Omar R Quraishi

Omar R Quraishi

The editor of the editorial pages of The Express Tribune. He tweets as @omar_quraishi (twitter.com/omar_quraishi)

A picture and a new magazine

Newsweek Pakistan is about to hit the news-stands – or so its Facebook page, which is the medium through which it communicates in this country, claims. In fact, they are now asking people to send in a picture and telling them that it may appear on the cover. A closer look at the promo has the magazine saying that by sending the picture, the sender is giving Newsweek “the right to publish this photo in its sole discretion and in any format that it chooses”. So are we going to see a map of Pakistan, made up of pictures ...

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Do American soldiers understand Iraq?

The article ‘Culture as a weapon system’ came in Middle East Report and its by Rochelle Davis, an assistant professor of anthropology at the Centre for Contemporary Arab Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. It mentions a kind of pamphlet used by the US military for its soldiers in Iraq, ostensibly so that they can get acquainted with the culture of their area of deployment. A piece worth reading – for instance the following excerpt: Even as these materials set out to inform Americans about Iraqis, the vision of Iraqi culture that they presented ...

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What went wrong with Airblue ED 202?

Airblue flight ED-202 crashed with 152 people on board — 146 members and 6 crew members — a tragic event indeed. However, some key issues need to be discussed. 1. The pilot had retired from PIA after that airline’s retirement age of 60 – he then got a job with Airblue – whose retirement age is 65. 2. Several comments on our website suggest that out of two runways in Islamabad, the ILS (Instrument Landing System) is operational for only one of the runways — one is runway 12, the other is runway 30. ILS enables air traffic on the ground to guide a ...

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Writing for your audience

A few days ago I was going to first write about Kainat Soomro – about how her brother was kidnapped and killed by unknown men, men she claims are the same people who gangraped her in 2007, the same men who denied these charges, and the same Kainat Soomro whose accusations against her gang-rapists were treated with much scepticism by large sections of the media – as if gang-rapes don’t happen in rural areas (or for that matter urban areas) of Pakistan. I thought much about it till I went on The Express Tribune’s website and checked the comments section. ...

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How do such headlines get through?

What should I make of the following headline in Dawn, Images, June 27 for a movie review on The A-Team? Their regular reviewer (he seems to be writing for a number of years, though mostly forgettable reviews) Mohammad Kamran Jawaid wrote the piece, and I am assuming that he gave the headline which is: Man-on-man action and explosions (Incidentally, Mr Jawaid’s movie reviews invariably have a ‘Second opinion’ by someone by the name of Farheen Jawaid – and even if the two aren’t related I wonder why would you need a ‘second opinion’ to a movie reviews, especially by someone not very well known). Now ...

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Making editorial pages from scratch

My last job was at The News where I edited their editorial pages for more than three and a half years. It was an interesting time at the paper and there was a tug-of-war between various sections of the publication. For instance, the Karachi edition was run by the thoroughly professional and sensible Talat Aslam (who had prior to that edited Herald for a number of years) and its front page was decidedly saner than its counterparts in Islamabad and Karachi. The organisation, editorially, at The News was different. Each city edition has its own editor and each edition ...

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