Stories published in December, 2013

Akhtar and Yousuf, what do you have to say about Lala’s performance now?

In the last couple of weeks, we have seen a lot of interest in Shahid Afridi. Not to say that he was shy of the media before, but his war of words with Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Yousuf has left a bad taste in the mouth for cricket lovers across the country. What’s surprising is that the number of fingers pointed at Afridi outnumbered the ones pointed at Akhtar and Yousuf. Not only does that show the fickle nature of a Pakistani supporter, it also goes to show the level of hypocrisy prevailing in this country. It was July 2013, not too long ...

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KU, IBA and PU are plagued by political wings, they must be stopped

There is a common norm for political party student wings at the University of Karachi – if an issue is at odds with your views, the only way to deal with it is through disruption and menace. The members of these wings are university going students. One would expect, at this level, a certain sense of maturity and control over emotions from individuals at this age. Unfortunately, student politics has led them down quite the opposite path. There is hardly any wall or corner devoid of graffiti favouring or defaming one political party or the other. Student political wings, however, posses a ...

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10 reasons why Malala is Pakistan’s very own Katniss Everdeen

Most of us Pakistanis who have seen Hunger Games had the same question in their mind. What if we had a Katniss Everdeen of our own? Who would it be? Well, for those who don’t already know, we do. We have Malala Yousafzai and here is how I view their similarities: 1. People think they’re both ‘pretentious’ A lot of people think Malala is fake and pretentious. A lot of people thought Katniss was fake too, until the passion shone through. Like Katniss won the hearts of Panem, Malala won the hearts of people across the world. When Katniss showed up in Panem with an innocent personality and a shy, ...

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How to cope with the loss of a loved one

I feel so dazed and numb, like this is all happening in a movie and not in my life. I feel guilty for feeling relieved that she is gone, as I could not bear to see her go through so much physical pain. I feel like I lost a part of my identity and support. Everything around me reminds me of my mother as if she will suddenly appear from the next room. Why do bad things always happen to me and my family? Can’t God give us a break? Why do people leave us when we want them the most? Why ...

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Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, our man of vision and courage

The time for Mr Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), has come to an end. Like him or loathe him, the fact remains that the CJP has managed to stay in the news constantly since 2007 and he has managed to create quite a following for himself. He is, after all, the same man who went into a room with an army general and refused to resign when he was asked to do so on March 9, 2007. Instead he stuck by his guns and what followed was the beginning of the movement for the freedom of judiciary which ...

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Can the banking sector help Pakistan’s education crisis?

Pakistan is going through an economic crisis. It has been years since the nation has been suffering. For more than 60 years, the nation has put up with different politicians and military dictators. We have no one but ourselves to blame. We are the one who welcomed each of these rulers as our saviours. Despite all of these governing problems, we see that the private sector has sustained itself, and is growing no matter what the circumstances may be. A recent study shows that large private sector organisations can impact the country’s GDP by working on becoming more efficient and improving ...

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Amazon drones: Risk vs convenience, which will win this war?

Just when you thought you had seen and heard enough, the world comes up and punches your imagination into oblivion. You’ve heard about Amazon.com, and you’ve heard about drones. What you didn’t realise was that one day both these things would be used in the same sentence. While that day isn’t completely upon us, in another five years, it most certainly will be. The world’s largest online retailer, Amazon, claims it is testing unmanned drones to deliver goods to customers. Like all other new concepts, this too will be met with a fair amount of scepticism. And again, like other new concepts, this will ...

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Does Afridi need to behave himself?

While there are several serious issues brewing in Pakistani cricket, perhaps the worst is that senior cricketers have started quarreling over comments passed by each other, adding spice to cricket talks shows, but creating chaos in the media. Pakistan finally managed to win a series against South Africa for the first time. They managed to win the hearts again of Pakistani cricket lovers, and at the same time Misbahul Haq won appreciation from critics too. Sadly, Shahid Afridi’s performance throughout the series raised a lot of questions about his batting performance especially since he has played 300 plus matches yet still resorts to the same careless shots. Cricket drama starring ...

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I fell in love on Facebook, but had to move on

I am nobody. Do not bother to look me up on Facebook. I recently de-activated my account. I am nobody even though I had more than 500 ‘friends’. I won’t tell you my name, but trust me, the display picture was my own. Yes, from a few years back. From one of those weddings where I had suited up for the first and last time. ‘Graceful’ ‘Beautiful’ ‘Handsome’ ‘Stud’ These were not my words – they were the words of my ‘Friends’. And my cover picture? It was a beautiful, artistic representation of Wasi Shah’s poem Haseen Kangan side-by-side with the ghazal from Tum Bin. See, I am good at ...

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Wearing a Sindhi topi and ajrak won’t rebuild a backward province

It is the same mayhem every year. Yes, with ear-splitting songs ricocheting in the backdrop, the clatter of a hundred different tunes which sound sweet to the ear but are ironic when their meaning dawns upon one; a mela, a festival, a frenzy of colour as a consequence of a host of ajraks with exquisite block prints and astutely crafted Sindhi topis on display – all this seems so empty in the end and so fleeting in the final assessment. A land of culture and civilisation: check. A history of Sufi traditions and humanistic thought: check. A past of resistance to oppression of the Imperialist ...

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