Jahanzaib Haque

Jahanzaib Haque

News buff and Web Editor, The Express Tribune. Jahanzaib tweets @Jhaque_ twitter.com/jhaque_

Dr Aamir Liaquat’s show continues…on Twitter

After being hounded by a viral video controversy, it seems our esteemed Dr Aamir Liaquat has decided to take the fight against his good name online, via Twitter. Needless to say, for some of us, this has been an eye-opening, and somewhat refreshing experience compared to the Doctor’s rather lengthy TV series. Welcome to a show far removed from TV, as the brevity of Twitter updates forced the good Doctor to skip his usual elegant mannerisms. No more fluff, Dr Aamir Liaquat played hardball online, proving that he really knows how to segment and cater to different audiences (and varying levels ...

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Shahbaz Taseer kidnapped, and a scream that never ends

This is my country – a place where governors are murdered for fighting for minority rights by bearded men claiming higher moral ground in the name of religion. This country – where entire families are targeted for the alleged sins of a single individual. A place where justice is a joke, and every good deed can be counter-argued with ten evil deeds making us all, indeed, rotten to the core. I am talking about the abduction of the late Governor Salmaan Taseer’s son, Shahbaz Taseer today. I wake up to yet another morning of screams inside my head; visions of death, ...

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Black metal, white terrorists and what Norway taught me

When I was 17-years-old, I was a trouble child. I was oscillating between depression and rage, my teachers and parents had no control over me, and most of all, I had a profound sense of being an outcast from the society that I lived in. To offset this overwhelming sense of alienation, I turned to the internet, my only window into a world outside my own. It was here that I actively sought to find meaning and to fill the gaping hole that my own society and culture could not fill. What I found, (amongst other things), was a one-man black ...

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Good riddance to Osama bin Laden

Forget the future. Forget the fact that al Qaeda, the conglomerate, will continue to operate and spread terror. Forget the fact that the timing of this death is extremely suspicious given what is taking place in Afghanistan and Fata. Let go of the fear of an imminent backlash in Pakistan. This is the time to celebrate the death of a foul man, backed by a foul, twisted ideology that justified the murder of innocent people in the name of power. This is the time to say goodbye Osama Bin Laden – may I never see your face on TV again, and may ...

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Raymond Davis ka Khuda Hafiz

Raymond Davis, the man who almost single handedly sent Pakistan into a new free-fall of conspiracy theories has made his getaway in true spy movie form. He sneaked out of jail and was flown out to *London the very day he was indicted for double murder by Pakistan’s courts — a decision that was turned around in the blink of an eye following pardons by the families of his victims. Personally, I am glad to see this diplomatic quagmire come to a close. Given our diplomatic ties with the United States, the release of Davis was inevitable; it was always just ...

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I’m a media man, shackle me please

The time for change has come. Please just arrest me if necessary PPP, but do something! Make an example of someone, anyone! Show us that you stand by the values you preach and make the citizens of this country accountable for their actions. If you do not have the guts to round up, arrest and make a public example of every one of those hooligans who danced on the streets, posing for photo-ops with burning effigies of late Governor Salmaan Taseer, then at least arrest me and my ilk; throw away the key if one of us so much as ...

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Where is the suo moto notice for Aasia?

Our honourable Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has enough time to visit the Supreme Court at midnight to conduct meetings pertaining to hearsay reports on the government’s attempts to take down the judiciary, but he has not had the time to take notice (for days now) of a glaring issue in his own judicial system: the death sentence awarded to Aasia Bibi for blasphemy. I would like the Chief Justice to answer why he is hesitant to take suo moto notice on this rather critical issue which Amnesty International has lambasted, the Pope has appealed on and our own President ...

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My adventures on Shaadi dot com

Dear Diary, It is day one of my attempt to get married online, which as you may know is quite unconventional for a male to undertake on his own. However, I have decided to pursue this online adventure as I feel the need to settle down, and what the hell, I met my first girlfriend in an IRC chat room so I know there is a good chance this might work out. Shaadi.com tells me the odds are totally in my favour. The website claims to be the internet’s largest matrimonial service which has ‘touched over 20 million people’. They also ...

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October 5, 2010
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Good riddance to Faisal Shahzad

Faisal Shahzad, the man who tried to set off a car bomb in New York’s Times Square was sentenced to life in prison, and one can only thank the US Court for putting him behind bars and (hopefully) closing the door on yet another messy chapter in our two countries’ fatally conjoined history. I don’t care if Shahzad, the self-proclaimed ‘Muslim soldier’ was a mere pawn in a larger conspiracy and therefore deserves some form of leniency. I also do not buy the argument that a man who travels to Fata to give Hakimullah Mehsud a brotherly hug was a ‘confused ...

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Taking the Nokia N8 for a spin

Nokia has been promising to deliver the goods in terms of a ‘sexy’ high-end Smartphone for some time now and a lot of Nokia fans (you can throw a stone in any direction and likely hit a few ‘Nokians’ in Pakistan) have their hopes set on the N8, which is going to be available via Ufone (and reportedly one can pre-book a set as of now) in the local market at a figure of roughly Rs40,000. I’ve had the pleasure of playing around with this phone during an N8 pre-launch event in Dubai, so let’s take a look at what ...

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