Stories published in July, 2012

Parenting: On Andy Murray’s loss and Judy Murray’s victory

I am not particularly interested in tennis but to keep my husband company, I watched the Murray-Federer Wimbledon final. And at the end of the match – while I, along with everyone in the whole world, had a lump in the throat during Andy Murray’s emotional interview –  it was only when I saw his mother weeping did I break down too. Judy Murray stayed poker-faced while her son gave his all against Roger Federer in the final match, unable to accomplish his historic bid to become the first Englishman to win the men’s singles title since 1936. ...

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He who changed my life

I was part of the elite ─ the privileged, the damned. Yes, I was a part of those cadres of people who have dominated this country since its inception, crippling it in the nexus of nepotism and corruption. Fickle lives and distraught ambitions were what defined me in that period. Life was great or at least it felt to be so. All that changed on that fateful night. The night of March 3, 2005 changed who I was. It was around three in the night. Coming back from the usual late hangout with my friends, I stalled at the Atom Chowk, since the ...

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Let’s not blame Obama

At a friend’s birthday bash recently, I came across Ammar Ali Jan, an activist and history teacher from Beaconhouse University, who had a very thoughtful outlook towards racism in America. “The real problems in America have always had socioeconomic roots. They always have. These debates on race and racial profiling are only attempts to shroud the harsh ground realities. They are only distractions from real problems,” he said. What Jan suggested cannot be ignored. But the fact that racial profiling is at its peak in America cannot be ignored either. Otherwise, who would’ve thought how America is still coming to ...

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Euro Cup 2012: The highs, the lows and the just plain funny!

The recent European championship provided plenty of entertainment and nerve-wracking excitement for football fans all around the globe. The Spaniards were crowned champions after demolishing Italy in the final, which truth be told, was pretty anti-climactic. However, the rest of the tournament was deluged with controversy, tension, brilliance and quality football. The following is a list of the moments/highlights that stood out the most: 10. Nicklas Bendtner’s ‘power-ful’ celebration Dane could hardly have imagined what the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) had in store for him when he flashed his ‘Paddy Power’ (betting company) sponsored underwear. After heading past Rui Patricio ...

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The defect in the dual nationality law

Article 63(1)(c) of the Constitution needs clarification; of that there can be no doubt. At present, it stops an individual from being chosen or elected as a member of parliament if he or she ceases to be a citizen of Pakistan or acquires the citizenship of a foreign state. The problem with this is two-fold: Firstly, it fails to recognise the many ways in which citizenship is or can be acquired and, secondly, it fails to distinguish between that which should be acceptable and that which cannot be. To illustrate my point more clearly, let me give you four examples of people who ...

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Criminal silence over genocide of Muslims

Nowadays, on every social media outlet, tales of the ruthless killings of Burmese Muslims at the hands of angry Buddhist mobs and the Burmese Army are visible. Along with these tales, criticism on Muslim countries and international media for observing criminal silence over this genocide is also observed. According to some international news agencies, ten Muslims were killed when a Buddhist mob attacked a bus carrying Muslim passengers in the Rakhine (Arkan) province of Burma. They were blamed for the gang rape of a Buddhist woman, who was later murdered. The incident sparked a widespread protest in the country among Muslim ...

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Yes, I trashed your comment!

It’s 5:00pm. As people sign off from work and head on to meet their friends and family, I switch on the computer and log in to The Express Tribune comments dashboard. My work has just begun. As cyber space gets ever more populated, you find words, more words and more words floating about. Everyone has something to say; gossip to share; an opinion to express; or just simply babble for sake of babble. It is no different on news websites my friends – you come across a similar craze of words there too. As soon as a story is published on ...

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PTI and PML-N: Pro-US or anti-US?

Recently, in an interview with BBC Urdu, the US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter revealed that he had met with PTI Chairman Imran Khan and PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif. He further stated that both leaders had assured him of a pro-US government if elected. Now, this has come as a huge surprise to many people given that these two leaders have portrayed a distinct negative stance towards the US in their political statements in the past. However, should we really be surprised? This is not the first time Nawaz Sharif’s links with the US have come into the limelight. Earlier in 1999, during the ...

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Why I love public buses

Let me admit that no matter how much I hate Karachi’s public buses, deep down inside, I like them too. Of course, I can’t stand the stench, the over-crowdedness and the awkward stares I have to face. But I must say that I am in love with the sheer experience it has to offer. First things first, the fare is incomparable. Try any other mode of transportation, no matter where your destination is, buses are the cheapest means to get around the city. Once you figure out the timings of buses and their particular stands, catching a bus is not ...

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Why are our female MPs against women’s rights?

A couple of days ago, Kashmala Tariq shut down the reproductive bill, on the basis of religion, stating that it was an issue of ‘sensitive’ nature. Now, either our MPs don’t know what reproductive rights include or they don’t care to develop enough grey matter to analyse and have proper debates. Not to worry; here is reproductive justice 101 just for you. Reproductive justice recognises that women’s reproductive health is shaped by the socio-economic conditions of their lives. This includes conditions like human rights violation, race, sexuality, and status that they have in the country they reside in. It teaches that unless we solve all these issues, ...

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