Stories published in July, 2010

Why we need special economic zones

Pakistan is a country of unlimited human potential, especially with regard to talent that can be utilized to create a culture of dynamic entrepreneurship. Once the majority of your population is below 25 years in age you cannot depend upon a number of big companies working in the country to produce employment of a desired level for the qualified and skilled youth. It is all about how well the planners in the government provide solutions to the youth to become their own employers and in turn employ others. Let me give an example of a UAE based company, RSI Concepts. The company is ...

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Rebuilding an emperor’s dream

I do not feel very proud as I tell you about Akbari gate, it is more of a junkyard than a cultural heritage site. When you walk through this gate it feels like you have descended to some level of hell. The air is filled with dust and the odour of animal waste has permeated to even the edibles sold here. Surprisingly, people manage to live here. They conduct business very proudly, contributing to the increasingly vast garbage heaps in the area. There are no traces of monuments and our old heritage; all that is left is a materialistic mess of the greed of humanity. There is little sign of the gate named after Mughal emperor Jalaludin Muhammad ...

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Wikileaks: a deliberate accident

Wikileaks, has opened a Pandora’s box by making public the transcripts or journals of the hour by hour detail of service by Nato soldiers in Afghanistan. It has been termed as the biggest leak in the history of intelligence. Most news sources are giving the story the headline of “Pakistan back Taliban in Afghanistan against the Nato forces.” The White House has strongly condemned the incident and sent detailed answers to the media describing how the US wants to establish peace in Afghanistan and wishes to work along with its partner Pakistan. They have shown that they have nothing to do with Wikileaks who has ...

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Pakistan’s victory, worth the wait

When I was eight, I hadn’t thought I would have to wait 15 years to witness this moment again: Pakistan beating Australia in a Test match. Hence, the celebration, the happiness, the dancing is all justified. If it wasn’t for work, I would probably be at Sea View right now, where, I am sure, some Team Pakistan jiyalas must have blocked traffic to dance to “Jazba Junoon” blaring from their cars’ woofers. The victory has been defined as dramatic and rare, adjectives that aptly explain losing five wickets in the course of 40 runs. What the win can’t be called, ...

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Old-fashioned fashion reporter

They say I should dress to kill. After all, I am a fashion reporter. But they don’t understand that I am an old-fashioned reporter. The spirit that prowls in me can only identify with old-fashioned people. To say the least, I admire their taste of dressing and adore their hair styles. Well, to say the least, I hear all kinds of remarks from family and friends, but the fact is that today’s fashion does not make sense and looks bohemian to me. Yes, yes, your very own 2010 ‘in’ style appears very bohemian to me. I too probably, though, look ...

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Enough with the negativity, we won!

After fifteen long hard years and a lot of heartbreaking moments we have finally managed to cross the psychological barrier and beat Australia in a test match. How big an effect this losing streak had on the psyche of our team was evident from today’s play in Leeds. Requiring 40 runs to win with 7 wickets in hand at the start of the days play, Pakistan stuttered, stumbled, and just as memories of Sydney began flowing back, managed to cross the finish line. For a long time I have felt that no matter what the target is, be it 180 ...

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‘I killed my children’

“Whats going on there?” “I killed them…I Killed both of them…I killed my kids.” It doesn’t get more agonizing than this. A leaked conversation of a Pakistani woman who killed her two young children has left me unable to sleep. Saiqa Akhtar strangled her son and daughter with a wire, after unsuccessfully trying to shove ‘wash-room cleaner’ down their throats, while insisting with the 911 operator that they were blue and not moving. This is my first blog post for The Tribune and apologies that it has to be so dark, but fact of the matter is that we have some really messed up people in ...

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What Olfrute did wrong

Nestle has been having a hard time in Pakistan for the past few years. First, Aquafina by Pepsi snatched its market share of mineral water then Olpers by Engro foods sidelined Nestle’s Milkpak to become the market leader of that category. Now Engro Foods is set to give Nestle a tough time again. Olfrute is a juice brand recently launched by Engro foods. The question is can Olfrute take the market share of Nestle Fruitavitals or will it share the fate of Shezan and Freshers? Freshers failed largely because of poor distribution even though the taste and packaging were different and nice. Shezan has ...

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Who remembers buying CDs?

If you got into Metal when the internet was still not widely accessible and the abomination better recognized as Justin Beiber was still being genetically engineered in a lab somewhere in Alaska, chances are, you look back fondly on the bands you discovered through 30 rupee acquisitions made at the local music shop. Bands that you have come to adore would often hide away beneath highly deceptive cover art, featuring, for instance, Lionel Richie spacing out about something or if you were really lucky, you would get the occasional scantily clad Britney Spears. As far as I can recall, these CDs ...

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From UK, with love

Saeeda Warsi has been the big news since July 16. The chairperson of the Conservative party, who is Pakistani by origin, visited Pakistan, met some top people and visited many places including her father’s hometown. This trip was expected ever since she attained success in the recent British elections. She received a hero’s welcome wherever she visited, especially in her hometown. Pakistani people are very hospitable. We forget everything when it comes to treat and greet guests. At times we even forget rivalries and enmity just to keep the color of this quality alive. She deserved it, and I think every ...

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