Dr Amyn Malyk

Dr Amyn Malik

The author is a PhD student at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. He is a former Fulbright Scholar who likes to write. He tweets as @amynmalik

Cafe policy: Does sexism change after 7pm?

Ever walked into a restaurant with ‘the boys’ only to be turned away at the door? If it were any other country, this would be regarded as blatant discrimination with the media having a “field day” for weeks and the owners getting sued. But here in Pakistan this is not the case, hence many prominent restaurants implement the “family only” policy after 7pm. If this policy was really just for “family only” in all instances, it would still make sense. But this policy is just there to prevent single men or a group of single men being at the restaurant. ...

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December 14, 2010

Isn’t it obvious why we don’t need Amir and Asif?

Who needs Mohammad Asif or Mohammad Amir?  What have these two bowlers accomplished, anyway? I’m sure there are many cricketers who have taken 50 odd wickets in 14 test matches at the age of 18 like Amir, although I am unable to name even one right now. Didn’t we manage to win two ODIs without them, even though we lost the series to South Africa? We managed to keep South Africa in check during the Test series without these players, not letting them win a single test match, never mind that our bowling attack could just bowl them out once. ...

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I mourn the death of Australian cricket – its Ashes will remain in England

A demolition – no other word better suits England’s victory over the Australians by an innings and 71 runs. Actually, I believe demolition is a milder word too for so complete was England’s dominance that Australia must be wondering whether they were playing against the Australia of the Steve Waugh era or the West Indies of the 80’s. The roles have been reversed. It is Australia who cannot bat, cannot bowl and cannot field and are being left high and dry at home looking for an inspiration. This is a situation that England are used to. But since South Africa ...

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AIDS: Battle the disease, and the stigma

It has been almost 30 years since the symptoms of HIV/AIDS first presented themselves in 1981 in San Francisco and New York amongst young homosexual men; 27 years since the virus itself was discovered and in this time we have come a long way in figuring out how HIV spreads and what precautions to take. As far as treatment is concerned, leaps and bounds have been made and now people with the disease can live an (almost) normal life. But what has not changed in this time is the stigma attached with having the disease, the public perception and the public ...

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Asian Games 2010: A bright day for Pakistan

Pakistan brought gold home at the Asian Games on Thursday.  Many believe that it is Pakistan’s right to be the holder of so many medals since, traditionally, Pakistan has been good at hockey and squash and has been world champion in the past. Pakistan is considered to be the greatest ever squash-playing nation of all time, and credit for this goes to the Khan dynasty. It all started with Hashim Khan, who, at the age of 36, opened Pakistan’s participation in the international arena at the British Open in 1951. Hashim went on to dominate the squash arena by winning ...

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