Blogs Desk

Blogs Desk

The Express Tribune Blogs desk.

Dear Nadia Jamil, you cannot support Meesha Shafi and stand by Ali Zafar at the same time

Every Pakistani is familiar with Nadia Jamil. Her Twitter bio describes her as an activist, amongst many other roles, and thus far her activism on social issues, particularly child sexual abuse, has garnered her many admirers. She can also be described as a feminist, by her own admission of what she understands feminism to be. Feminism to me is equal opportunity and equal respect ✊ https://t.co/637NQ0vKNQ — Nadia Jamil (@NJLahori) April 23, 2018 I have a lot of wonderful friends who are men. If feminist means believing men & women are equal,have equal rights 2 equal opportunity & RESPECT, have the ...

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#SalmanVerdict: 7 ways Twitter made the best jokes out of a ‘horrible’ situation

It is undoubtedly a sad time in the world. One of the most “respected”, “kindest” and “greatest” people on the planet has been convicted of a crime he committed some 20 years ago. Obviously, we are all in mourning as we see the harsh punishment sentenced to “a great human being”, whose only taint on his record includes domestic violence, hunting illegal animals and killing an innocent man sleeping on the footpath (allegedly, as we are all aware). Of course, these tragic times have compelled fans from all over to defend Salman Khan and protest the harsh laws that exist ...

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If Sridevi gets more coverage than Syria, that is your fault, not the media’s

Pakistanis are a dissatisfied nation. On a superficial level, they care a lot about issues affecting the Muslim world and want to highlight the injustices being faced by Muslims all over the world. However, this concern usually seems to be a reaction to attention received by other issues. Take for instance, the two recent incidents that occured simultaneously and divided opinions yet again. On the one hand, Syria was being bombed; hundreds of civilians killed as a ceasefire was ignored and hospitals were under attack as well. On the other, Bollywood superstar Sridevi breathed her last, and the events surrounding her death ...

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Oh. My. God! Could it be more fake?: 15 reasons why we wish the new ‘Friends’ trailer was the real deal!

Everyone’s seen Friends, and if you haven’t, what have you even been doing with your life? It’s only been 14 years since the most popular sitcom in the world ended.  There are some TV shows that we connect with to the degree that they end up creating a special place in your life, and Friends was that show for us. We were pulled into the world of Apartment 20 (though we don’t quite see how they afforded it), and we got to know each member so well that we, too, felt like we belonged in that group. And then after 10 seasons of laughter (even ...

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8 times McDreamy was actually a McNightmare!

These days, it seems like every day you wake up to a different scandal which makes you sort of hate a celebrity you once used to love. There is, of course, Matt Damon, the perfect example of a celebrity whose tendency to put his foot in his mouth made us question what seemed to be a “nice guy” façade. This time, the outrage is directed at the revelation by Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo, that her co-star, Patrick Dempsey, did not support her when it came to negotiating her pay. Pompeo rightly felt that she deserved to be paid ...

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Victim-blaming, slut-shaming, parent-blaming, inappropriate memes – is this your way to demand #JusticeForZainab, Pakistan?

A tragedy has paralysed the nation once again, this time in the form of Zainab, yet another innocent child that we lost too soon. Emotions are high, and rightly so, as people demand #JusticeForZainab, and ask the government and the law authorities to ensure accountability, and for once do their job and deliver justice to the family and to the rest of the nation. Hopelessness and despair prevail at the moment, along with a certain sense of despondency at the state of the country we live in, especially in light of how we continuously fail to protect our greatest asset – ...

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Not just the shawarma, but Pita managed to revolutionise our taste buds as well!

The toasty smell of pita, the succulent texture of meat, the citrusy taste of pickles, all blended with the garlicky Tahini sauce. When we think of a shawarma, this is what comes to mind. If you’ve ever visited the Middle East or seen The Avengers, then you’ve probably heard of shawarmas – food that is healthy, affordable and delicious. Photo: Giphy Karachi has a variety of places where you can get shawarmas, but while most of them are adapted to suit Pakistani taste buds, the rest serve authentic Lebanese food. But what happens when you crave a Lebanese ...

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Did Ahsan Iqbal and Imran Khan not get the memo about not using Twitter? Or was the ban only for the general public?

A bunch of religious hardliners taking over a country may seem like something a government may be able to control, but this being Pakistan, of course this wasn’t the case. After weeks of inaction, when the government finally decided to do something about the Faizabad protesters, it was to deploy the police, and unless one slept through Saturday, everyone is by now aware of the chaos that ensued following the government’s failed attempt at an operation. What undoubtedly added to the panic on Saturday was the fact that both social and electronic media were shut down by the Pakistan Electronic ...

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Happy Children’s Day, Pakistan! BTW, child sexual abuse increased by 10% since 2016

Child abuse is one of the most prevalent social issues in Pakistan. A 2017 report suggests that there has been a 10% increase in cases since last year alone. The issue is only made worse by the fact that neither do we talk about its prevalence, nor do we take any preventive or rehabilitative measures to deal with it. Topics of importance, such as child abuse, rape, sexual assault, honour killing, forced marriage or mental illness, all are considered taboo and often brushed under the rug. The fear of being shunned by society and victim-shamed is perhaps what keeps some of the victims from speaking up about the issue ...

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Why do most Pakistanis always favour the ‘wrong’ side of any issue?

Most issues aren’t black and white – they’re grey. More often than not, we read about an event or hear about it in the news, and while our personal views dictate what side we’re on, it is not unfathomable that other people might not see it the way we do. However, have you ever read about an issue and thought, “wow, this seems pretty black and white to me”? And then seen the reaction of people around you, as they somehow invent new colours just to add more sides to seemingly uncomplicated issues? This is quite frequently the case in Pakistan, ...

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