Stories published in January, 2011

I don’t want to make New Year’s resolutions

With the start of 2011, everyone all over the world is busy finalising their resolutions for the new year and assessing their efforts at accomplishing, or perhaps failing, to meet their goals for the previous one. In my opinion, New Year resolutions may not be such a great idea for the people of Pakistan. The reason is clear and simple. Every morning, many of us leave for office, children leave for school, college or university, not knowing whether we will reach our destination safely or even return home safe and sound. Even those who stay at home fear for their loved ...

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What about the non-VIPs?

While on my way to cover an event I was made to deviate from my intended route as the police stopped me amongst a dozen other motorists in order to allow a ‘VVIP’ to pass through.  The first thing that went through my mind was, “Are they really worth my time and my life?” The answer is, no. I had to travel a good extra couple of miles to get to another intersection where I joined a long queue of vehicles piled up at a police check point. I stopped myself from delving into a motivated judgment and decided to wait ...

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I know a secret: The ways of the VVIPs

Residents of Streets 15 and 16 of DHA Lahore’s Y Block have had a rough ride ever since a string of houses, belonging to a VVIP family, started springing up with the return of democratic rule in Pakistan. It gets worse every Saturday and Sunday, when the boss arrives from Isloo. The residents of DHA Phase1-3 are not the only ones who have to put up to road closures and police pickets, the police also are heard complaining. Protocol requirements have become an addiction even for family members, who may not even be recognised, if they were seen driving around. Policemen say ...

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In the commune: New Year’s resolutions

We all know that resolutions are easier to make than keep but that certainly doesn’t stop most of us from making a commitment to change ourselves for the better every new year. Whether your resolution is to lose weight, make a career move, or get a make over all it boils down to one thing – becoming a better person. So put out out that cigarette, get on that treadmill or pick up the phone – make a change in 2011! We asked Tribune bloggers what New Year’s resolutions they have made for the upcoming year. Ali Syed My new year ...

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Armenian genocide: Millions killed and forgotten

On December 24, 2010, the United States once again avoided diplomatic difficulties with a Nato ally, Turkey. The House of Representatives ended its term by not putting forward a resolution recognising the genocide of the Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during World War I. This resolution is unlikely to be passed by the Congress in the next term because the next house speaker, John Boehner, does not support it. According to the Independent, supporters of the resolution had high hopes for it to be passed before the term ended because the outgoing speaker, Nancy Pelosi, had previously supported the resolution. Turkey ...

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