Blogs Desk

Blogs Desk

The Express Tribune Blogs desk.

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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8 reasons why ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is the best Thor movie by far, edging towards surpassing ‘The Avengers’ even

Years ago, when we heard there was going to be another Thor movie, our reaction was eerily similar to this: Photo: Giphy The film’s trailer however, proved all the doubters, including us, wrong. Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok looked unlike any other Marvel movie we had seen before – and we’ve quite literally seen them all. The trailer had us hyped for the movie, and – take our word for it – the final product does not disappoint. The response to the sequel has been fantastic so far, and here’s why we feel this is one of the strongest ...

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#TeamFaryal: 5 reasons why Amir Khan is the epitome of ‘bad guys’

Amir Khan and Faryal Makhdoom have certainly been Pakistan’s most interesting couple since they got together. Whether it is through their Snapchat feed or their Instagram posts, we have all witnessed the couple’s memories together. Somehow it feels like their history of social media spats is almost as long as the history of their relationship. While many celebrities keep their personal lives far away from social media, Amir and Faryal are constantly seen addressing personal matters or doing their dirty laundry in the public eye. Some call it a PR tactic, others call it stupidity. At the end of the day, their drama ...

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5 reasons why the premier of The Walking Dead Season 8 was highly disappointing

The Walking Dead (TWD) is hands down the best zombie apocalypse show out there; diehard fans may even argue that it’s the best TV show at the moment. (Warning: The following post contains spoilers) We’ve been fans of the show long enough to feel that in case of a zombie apocalypse, we’re good to go. Not only does the show excel in showing the apocalypse itself, it successfully creates the sense of community that arises as a group of people struggle to survive together and fight a threat that could potentially last forever. However, the last season was pretty much a let-down, with ...

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10 reasons why we cannot wait to watch Padmavati

The trailer for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati released on Monday, and it broke the internet. From a layperson to celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, no one could stop raving after watching it. #PadmavatiTrailer is very terrific. Looking forward to 1st Dec! Good Luck @SanjayLeelaB & team! @FilmPadmavati — Ninad Kamat (@iamninadkamat) October 11, 2017 Awstruck by the padmavati trailer.#fanart #PadmavatiTrailer #Padmavati #deepikapadukone #ShahidKapoor @shahidkapoor @deepikapadukone pic.twitter.com/y94cDe80SI — Masroor shah khan (@Masroorsk) October 11, 2017 T 2573 – HOW DOES HE DO THIS ..?? Sanjay Leela Bhansali, 'Padmavati' and the trailer .. the gift of extraordinary vision !👏👏👏👏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/9UvVzEqO3Y — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) October 9, 2017 With over 21 million ...

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10 reasons why we have a love-hate relationship with Eidul Azha

It’s that time of the year again – mutton lovers rejoice. Wish I could say the same but sadly, I am not a mutton lover and I am not rejoicing. But for those of you that are – let’s talk about what makes this Eidul Azha so great and not so great at the same time… 1.An endless supply of food Every Eid, I think that is the ultimate goal. How much food can I consume and how fast? Are you ready? One, two, three, let’s go… Me trying to hide my addiction to food in front of guests: Me once they leave: 2.The endless relatives ...

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