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Natasha Raheel

A Karachi-based sports reporter for The Express Tribune.

Mob violence and channelling anger

Anger is a gift. It is a feeling related to one’s perception of having been offended or wronged, and there is a tendency to correct that wrongdoing with retaliation. It is also a gift because it signifies restlessness and a will to change things. It’s a good thing we are an angry nation because it shows that we aren’t as complacent as we like to believe, and we are not satisfied with our current state of affairs. We are people who feel wronged and we want that to change. But first, we need to learn a thing or two about expressing ...

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Witness to a crime

I walked as fast as I could, and recited ‘Ayatal Kursi’ more than 10 times in two minutes. I could see the motorcyclist from the corner of my eye. He was staring at me as he passed and a shiver ran down my spine. I tried to catch my breath. My palms were cold with sweat and fear choked my heart. Retribution was coming; I was going to be punished  for people-watching. I shouldn’t have stopped and stared at a couple being mugged on the roadside by a twenty-something holding his pistol towards his elderly prey. The motorcyclist had stood there so nonchalantly, ...

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