Blogs Desk

Blogs Desk

The Express Tribune Blogs desk.

November 13, 2013
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Pakistani reactions to breaking news (explained through cats)

When visiting US diplomats talk about Pakistan being a key ally in the War on terror. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. When Imran Khan says he will block NATO supply routes. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Reality of trying to block Nato supplies… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. How security forces are seen when rumours emerge of an operation into North Waziristan ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..  How the MQM is seen when they announce they are breaking a political alliance ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..  How the JI is seen battling over the ‘martyr’ controversy …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Each time the power tariff is raised by 50 paisa …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. When there is a strike due to ‘namaloom afrad‘ ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..  When a negative review of Waar is published ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..  When a positive review of Waar is published …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. When there’s a ...

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Diwali 2013: This is how we do it in Karachi!

This Diwali, Karachi showed the world how to celebrate.  Here are some of the gorgeous people and moments photographers Khaula and Rahat came across. She lit that five times till she was sure I got the shot!Photo: Khaula Jamil ‘I ring this bell indicating the invocation of divinity, So that virtuous and noble forces enter (my home and heart); and the demonic and evil forces from within and without, depart.’Photo: Rahat Rafiq A man silently seeks a moment of peace away from the maddening crowd.Photo: Khaula Jamil Dil ...

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The stories of three first-time voters

My first voting experience By Aaminah Qadir A junior at Yale University studying Global Affairs and History of Art. I arrived home from college, excitedly, two days before the general elections to cast my first ever vote. The 2013 elections were too precious to miss. Pakistan was begging for a change. I had previously heard that it is only the elite that will vote for drastic change, that only a small minority will support a new face, but what I heard was wrong. My entire family and I reached the polling office in Korangi at 8:20am. I was baffled to see a line of over ...

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A drama-packed election day comes to an end

The big day we have all been waiting for is finally here! The voting is over and counting has begun. We are here to keep an eye on reactions and comments  from all over Pakistan for you. Read below for minute by minute updates on what people have to say. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………                                                         END OF  LIVE UPDATES ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 11:00pm As the results pour in, talk of a strong PTI-led opposition to ‘control’ the PLM-N makes the rounds. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 10:45 pm While ...

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Keeping it clean: It starts with you!

The authors of this post are Heraa Farooq and Tamreez Inam. Pakistan’s cities and towns are teeming with litter. With exponential population growth, increase in plastic packaging of food and other items and lack of a decent waste management system, let alone recycling facilities, our cities are unable to cope with the massive amounts of waste generated on a daily basis. While all these issues can be handled at the macro level with better planning, governance and educational initiatives, they may take a while to show results. However, there is something very simple and instantaneous which ordinary citizens can do by themselves, stop ...

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Positive Pakistan: Moments of pride in 2012

The authors of this post are Maria Niazi and Tamreez Inam. It’s that time of the year when we reflect back at the year that was and look forward to the next one. So we opened up the news and all we saw in the articles that took stock of Pakistan’s top stories of 2012 was plane crashes, terrorism, Veena Malik’s antics, and porn. Wow, that was depressing. We know this is not all that happened in Pakistan, so we’ve decided to come up with a list of our own. Here is our list of the stories that warmed our hearts, moved us, inspired us ...

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New year’s resolutions: What Tribune bloggers hope to do

As we exit 2012 and say hello to 2013, The Express Tribune blog desk decided to ask some of our bloggers to send us their New Year’s resolutions. Below is a collection of these amazing, inspiring, quirky and fun resolutions by our writers! _______________________________________________ Lemn Sissay: My new year’s resolution is…to connect. Disconnection is necessary for a writer for whom the storm is best observed in the calm of its eye. But this can lead to enforced isolation and no calm at all.  People are like unpredictable weather and I need to be with people to experience what happens as storms pass and ...

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