Stories published in October, 2011

Remembering Karsaz

Nearly 150 people died in the Karsaz blasts four years ago; many more were injured. But yesterday, the fourth anniversary of the blasts, the biggest concern most people in Karachi had was whether Karsaz will be blocked? Will the roads be jammed? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=gKwaf1xAZI0]] Like countless other incidents, Karsaz too is now just a distant memory, another episode in the violent political history of our nation. Still, it’s kind of hard to ignore the half page ads in the papers, exhorting us to remember “The Day of the Martyrs” – which is the best that the communications machinery of the Government of ...

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Anna Hazare, you are not welcome in Pakistan

Not long ago, international media saw the rise of a new star; a man who vowed to reincarnate the principles of Gandhi, who is respected universally for his passion for peace and non-violent political activism. Well, we too were happy to see, despite the mudslinging that Ziaul Haq and his prodigal children did towards Gandhi, a man who would strive for peace. We hoped his anti-graft movement would come to Pakistan as well. Moreover, we prayed that the Pak-India border would be adorned with flowers and candles rather than barbed wires. However, today all of my hopes suddenly evaporated when I ...

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Help! I don’t want to be a second wife

Dear Miss Informed, As most university girls do, I too fell in love with my professor. However, I later got to know that he had already had an affair with one of my classmates. So extremely furious was I that I actually mailed this information anonymously to my university friends just to give him a bad name. Moreover, I even started calling him from another number just like in the movie Body Guard (freaky, I know). In the later months, however, he fell in love with me, and I too, again began to like him. He was totally different than what I made him ...

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Edhi: “I’m not God, just a humanist”

This video shows a discussion with the philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi. The viewer is shown an ordinary day in his life and taken in to his office. One observes the incredibly humble life-style lived by this humanist.  Edhi states humanity is the essence of all religions. The Holy Quran, too, he says teaches Muslims to feel for other human beings. However, it is a trait that most people have forgotten. He is critical of Muslims in Pakistan and states that he has yet to come across a single true Muslim in his entire life. Capitalists, according to him, indulge in ...

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Boom boom’s latest 180

Much to the delight of the boom boom brigade Pakistan’s  cricketing superstar has decided for the umpteenth time to announce his comeback to international cricket. His decision wouldn’t surprise many considering Mr Ijaz Butt is no longer the commander in chief at the PCB headquarters and that Waqar Younis has taken his place back in the comforts of a commentary box. To anyone who follows Pakistani cricket, Shahid Afridi’s performance as captain and more significantly as a player was never in question. His credentials and recent performance with the ball in particular are there for everyone to see. During his hiatus from the ...

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Occupy Islamabad!

For decades, we have heard, and chanted, slogans against the evils of capitalism. We have witnessed the monopolization of multinational corporates and intensifying ratio of starvation, growing side by side. We have seen so many wars, imposed in the name of peace. We have heard enough lies about the people’s struggle and their achievements of the past. We have watched the world transforming into a global village of miseries, poverty, bloodshed, hunger and oppression. Now, the masses, all over the world, seem to realize the root cause of all the miseries: exploitation of man’s labour by man. Capitalism is ...

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Pakistan wants a piece of the pie

Something big is taking place on October 21, in the world of diplomacy. It is the elections against five non-permanent seats at the United Nations Security Council with Pakistan contesting for the Asia seat. Kyrgyzstan is our rival. The stakes are high. First of all, let me clear the misperception that the criteria of contesting is directly linked to the internal domestic politics or economic situation prevailing in a country. It is not.  The domestic environment is only important to influence the opinion of other member countries who will be voting. Article 23 (1) of the UN charter states that in electing ...

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Kinnaird murder: He was a psychopath not Devdas

Unrequited lover or  psychopathic stalker, I can’t help being angry, depressed, repulsed at the act committed by a boy of 23 years of age outside my college gates. Shams Alam murdered Samar Wasti  because she wouldn’t marry him. He then went on to commit suicide mere seconds later. I did not know Samar personally but she was a fellow student. I had seen her around college a number of times, with friends, at the café, studying. Never in a million years would it have crossed anyone’s mind that this young girl of just 19 ...

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Open letter to Shahbaz Sharif

Dear Mr Shahbaz Sharif,  If only you knew a little about economics and governance policies, I would not have been writing this letter today. For the past couple of weeks I have been hearing and reading constant malicious criticism from you and your fellow political puppets on the Government of Pakistan’s policy on two weekly holidays. Keeping the power shortfall debate aside for which this policy has been implemented, I would like to state certain economic arguments in favour of this policy, which of course you would have known of, if you would have ever taken an economics course in ...

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Representing our real selves

While the US makes a ‘strategic deal’ with India to send the latter’s military to Afghanistan to train soldiers there, and also improve mutual trade relations, and Pakistan observes with uneasiness and helplessness, I, at Deutsche Welle, Bonn, begin to start working on a joint project with an Afghan and an Indian colleague on representing a positive image of our countries and the trilateral connection among the three neighbours. With an aim to endorse our individual countries and prepare a group project about the three ‘most-in-the-news’ nations, us three have got together in Germany to work amiably, peacefully and, most ...

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