Stories published in December, 2013

Bilawal spoke against the militants, he has the blood of the Bhuttos of Larkana!

Time does not heal all wounds and this has been the case with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). It can neither forget its scars nor can time heal them because this party – the party of martyrs – has come face-to-face with various tragedies over the past few decades. PPP’s leaders were hanged, they were sent to the gallows, were exiled and were executed judicially. However, in spite of all the persecutions by the state authorities, PPP remained committed to its basic principle of democracy. Since its very inception, this party has been struggling to inculcate a democratic society and a democratic ...

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The Netherlands-Belgium border: Can Pakistan have similar relations with its neighbours?

It was a hot day, by European standards at least. I took the bus and embarked on a journey of about an hour. I had a book to read but the company on my bus seemed far more interesting. I looked around and saw a couple that appeared to be Muslim, as the woman was wearing the typical headscarf. They were middle-aged and had a calmness about them. A young man entered the bus, headphones on, busy on his phone. He was cheerful and energetic and appeared to be from a Middle Eastern origin. The couple and this man knew ...

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Rest in peace Farooque Sheikh: Your humility and talent will be missed

Who would have known that the movie Club 60 would be his last performance? Who knew that so soon after playing the role of a man coming out of depression and learning to live again, he would say farewell to life forever? His name was synonymous to the word ‘politeness’ in Hindi cinema. He was also considered to be the pioneer of ‘The New Indian Cinema’ which was later termed ‘Indian Parallel Cinema’. Yes, I am talking about one of the most versatile, genuine and dependable performers of Bollywood – Mr Farooque Sheikh. With his death on December 27, 2013 due ...

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Your daughter’s education is as important as her marriage

The wedding season is currently in full swing in the country. There are weddings events and functions almost every other day.  This is the time when practically every household is involved in mehndis, dholkis and mayuns (musical nights) along with nikkahs, shaadis and valimas. I do not know whether it is the pleasant weather that inspires so many to get married at this time of the year or if it is the fact that winter holidays means that friends and family from abroad can attend weddings at this time, not to mention that local schools are also closed, making it easier for the parents. What I do know ...

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Got the minimum GPA? No? Then no IoBM degree for you

A convocation ceremony marks the end of an academic journey and the beginning of a professional one. The sixteenth annual convocation of the Institute of Business Management (IoBM) took place in Karachi on December 7, 2013. It was a time of celebration for all those students who were finally getting their ultimate reward – their degrees. Among this merriment and joy, however were those living under clouds of gloom and despondency. These students were those who had passed all their courses but had been unable to maintain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 — a requirement set by the administration that every student ...

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Who will win UEFA Champions League 2013-14?

The UEFA Champions League is certainly European Club Football’s biggest and most anticipated spectacle. It is followed the world over as fans watch the top teams from the best leagues in the world – from La Liga of Spain to England’s Barclays Premier League and Germany’s Bundesliga among many – battle it out to achieve ultimate glory. The 2013-14 editions have been no different as all four teams from both England and Germany have made it to the knockout stages while three out of the original four Spanish teams have qualified as well. One team each from Russia, Turkey, Greece, Italy and France has made it ...

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Dhoom 3: Drama, action and Aamir Khan awesomeness

Dhoom 3 was possibly the most awaited Bollywood film of 2013, and boy did it finally release with a dhoom (bang) all over the world. The film managed to do exceptional business in Pakistan, India, Dubai and the US and I personally think that the Dhoom series is at par with any Hollywood action movie, perhaps, even the Fast and the Furious series. Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif display the merchandise for Dhoom 3. Photo: IANS First things first – contrary to the gossip, Dhoom 3 is not a copy of Now You See Me, at all. Yes, the storyline revolves around ...

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Is it time for Pakistan to reconsider the US as its ally?

Close to 50,000 deaths, over $100 billion in losses, and growing insecurity and fear among the citizens with each passing day. These are few of the highlights of Pakistan’s involvement in the US-led war on terror that has now been fought for more than 12 years.  This war which was initiated to target the militants in Afghanistan has haunted and continues to haunt, many innocent civilians, not only in Afghanistan but also in Pakistan. The United States, along with its allies, began this war to hunt down the 9/11 mastermind, Osama bin Laden and to put an end to the Taliban regime and its activities. However, in ...

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We’re not God, we’re just doctors

You must have heard stories about doctors or hospital staff giving the ‘wrong’ injections and blood transfusions which were said to be the cause of death. Although I agree that such tragic mishaps do happen in the field of medicine, I assure you that most doctors would not do anything deliberately to harm a patient. My maid once told me that her nephew had been admitted into the hospital due to some critical illness. Her eyes widened in fear as she told me the way the doctors applied pressure on his rib cage, almost as if trying to kill him, when according to her his condition was not that critical at ...

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The Aam Aadmi Party is good news for democracy in India

Staring at the sky while lying on a wooden plank in the media section at Ram Lila ground – the venue of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare’s fast until death for a strong anti-corruption ombudsman – I am rapt in thinking about the fascinating revolution that is taking place in India. At a stone’s throw away, Hazare is spending the first night of his fast until death in his private chamber. It is also my first night of reporting for the Press Trust of India at the venue. It seems that the sky is also being economical in the use of light tonight for it ...

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