Stories published in July, 2015

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) warned us of the ISIS

In separate attacks last week, ISIS terrorists killed 39 tourists at a beach resort in Tunisia, and close to 30 worshipers at a Shia Mosque in Kuwait. The onslaught came shortly after the group called on its militant jihadi sympathisers to expand operations in the month of Ramazan. ISIS has demonstrated an unflinching determination to take out anyone who dares to disagree with it. Its members have slaughtered Yazidis and Christians, but the vast majority of its victims have been Muslims who resist it and refuse to acknowledge its authority. ISIS has even executed Sunni clerics who refused to swear ...

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Can Petr Cech help Arsenal bring home the Premiere League title?

Arsenal was basking in glory last month. Freshly after winning the FA Cup for the 12th time, it was a matter of double delight for Arsene Wenger as he also became the most successful manager in tournament’s history having won six times,  with his famous old foe Sir Alex Ferguson next in line, with five wins. Therefore, the end of the seasons result shows a very good return for the Gunners who won the FA cup and finished third in the league. Surely, Arsenal fans were looking for more, as they expected a sustained title challenge from their side. But realistically speaking, if this offer was made to Wenger at ...

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In Iran, you can marry your 13-year-old adopted child

Define irony: When you pass a bill to ‘protect’ children and in that bill you allow a man to marry his adopted daughter even if she is as young as 13-years-old. Woody Allen, are you listening? I think it’s time to move to Iran. Or at least base your next movie there. Or maybe George RR Martin would be interested in this as his next plot twist? Parliamentarians in Iran have recently passed such a bill, I kid you not. It allows the caretaker to marry his or her adopted child if the court rules in the interests of the child. There are so many fundamental issues with ...

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Does Nawaz Sharif even care about Sindh and its people?

The outcome of the visit of our Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, to Karachi has been disappointing. There is an obvious crisis of governance in the province of Sindh where the provincial government and the administration are unable to rule and fulfil their tasks. It has reached a point to where people are dying on the street in droves. Besides, the security situation is far from under control and it needs to be addressed on the basis of the findings given before by the Apex committee and the DG Rangers a couple of days ago. Governance and security issues cannot be tackled successfully if the ...

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Pakistan’s pantomime and the icons of our society

Right at the outset, let me apologise for this rant. I do not normally criticise or write negative reviews, but this time around, it just felt like I should say something on behalf of the common, harassed and saddened citizens. This ensuing blog is about a stage show on television, like the numerous we see regularly. There is this lady and there is a lot of her. Most of it is showing. She is dressed in black and her smile never goes away. Around her are 20 young men, all dressed in white and they are all gawking at her. The ...

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With gradual ticks of the clock, I lost my wife but not her present

Many years later when I was content with my life and mending my way to an ultimate slow pacing end of life, I didn’t realise that my wife was mending hers to an early birth. Strange as it may sound, all too covered in memories of the past and recollections of the harsh realities and blissful events, this was my life now. My life and hers entangled so much that whatever she felt, I endured. She kept on reliving her past, while still existing in the present, and I kept on imagining what would happen when she’d stop. Sarah, my ...

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‘Beti Bachao, Selfie Banao’: Modi finally takes a step in the right direction

It’s hard to take Narendra Modi seriously. As a member of the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh political party) and a controversial one at that, his election to the post of the 15th Prime Minister of India is more likely to make most people raise their brows in amazement. But every tub can stand on its own bottom even if it wobbles at times, and Mr Modi proves he too has some stable ideas. Mr Modi has suggested that Indians should take selfies. Not just random selfies but selfies of themselves with their daughters and post these pictures onto any social media platform with a ...

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Suffering from Asthma? Here is why inhalers should be your best friend!

Asthma is a rapidly spreading disease around the world, including Pakistan. The number of Asthma patients in Pakistan has increased to seven million, out of which two million are children. There are 300 million Asthma patients around the world and this figure is predicted to rise to 400 million by 2020, if preventive measures are not taken. Asthma has no permanent cure and the victims have to live with the disease for the rest of their lives. There are many suppositions on asthma but as a patient of this disease myself, I can surely say that many of those assumptions are false. My battle with ...

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Pixar gets it right when it describes your mind Inside Out

Pixar never seizes to amaze us with their stories which manage to present a different perspective to life and bring forth life stories which we can relate to. The recently released Inside Out falls in the category of movies you want to watch repeatedly, for they don’t fall into the confinements of time and manage to remain a classic – a trait that all Pixar’s movies possess. Directed by Pete Docter (The executive producer and writer of Monsters University) and Jonas Rivera (the producer of Up), Inside Out takes us into the mind of an 11– year old girl, Riley ...

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Naltar – Stuck between trekking anguishes and scenic bliss

It has been a month since my university life ended, and to be honest, the alumnus status on my LUMS student ID card still unnerves me.  The hostel life,the  overwhelming independence,the never-ending sleepovers, the shopping sprees for the peculiar paindu day and daaku (thief) day, and the all night ‘chilling’ sessions at the khokha (canteen), not to forget the extensive travelling, are some of the best and irreplaceable experiences a student can ever have. The travelling came in the form of flights from Lahore to Karachi and vice versa, each time introducing me to strangers and immediately churning them into friends over the one hour 45 minutes flight. Some ...

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