Nicholas Sharaf

A computer systems engineer who graduated from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute. His interests include politics, blues music and football. He [email protected]

The inadequacies of ‘Financial Fair Play’

There’s an ongoing debate over the financial muscle of ‘big clubs’ and the amount of money they throw on player transfers – extraordinary amounts of money are seen being splashed out in the transfer window even with the existence of what we’ve come to know as an ‘economic recession’. While clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester City have bored followers by their excessive transfer spending, the recent excursion into the window by Chelsea has raised quite a few eyebrows among the general public and UEFA officials. UEFA’s answer to all these problems is the controversial ‘Financial Fair Play’ legislation. ...

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After Taseer: Time to change direction

For many, the start of a new year marked the beginning of fresh hope that things would finally change in Pakistan. After all, December had seen a dramatic decrease in the number of suicide bombings in the country and the politicians had finally started arguing over public policy as opposed to security. This new found optimism, however, came to an abrupt halt when Malik Mumtaz Qadri emptied the magazine of his brutally murdering Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer, and leaving the ideology of Pakistan hanging by a thread. What has followed since is a nation split in opinion over whether the action ...

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Minorities in Pakistan: Living a marginalised reality

I’ve found the reaction to Pakistan’s current blasphemy laws surprising. Not because I think the whole Aasia Bibi (and more recently Naushad Valiyani) issue has been blown out of proportion but because of how long it has taken Pakistan to acknowledge the malicious nature of the blasphemy laws. I feel that our nation’s reaction is luke warm – one that has flourished just so most of us can sleep at night feeling good about ourselves as genuine ‘online philanthropists’. These blasphemy laws have existed in Pakistan as long as I can remember. They are a product of what General Ziaul Haq and ...

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The lonely death of the protest song

It is often said that nations are at their strongest when faced with adversity, whether it be natural disaster or war. It’s supposed to bring out the best in everyone, a time when they decide to put aside all differences and unite for a common cause. During such times, however, the opposite is also true. While the general masses seeks guidance and unity under one cause, it provides an opportunity for the sly and corrupt to manipulate for their own benefit. It is during such times that we see the emergence of art forms depicting social problems which would otherwise ...

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Our universities are exploiting us

Before enrolling into my university, I was required to sign the usual hosh posh of documents that institutes require to ensure that they’re protected if the students ever decide to ‘act out’. This also included a written oath which demanded that I would abide by the rules and regulations of the institute regardless of what they were and failure to do so would lead to my expulsion from it. The complete sets of rules were compiled in a book and every student was required to go through them before being admitted. The book itself comprised of the usual assortment of ...

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