Stories published in October, 2015

Jazbaa: An applaudable cinematic experience filled with comebacks and strong performances

When a former Miss World decides to make a comeback to the main screen after a five year long hiatus, the movie will definitely be worth watching. By teaming up with one of the most bankable and creative director cum producer, Sanjay Gupta, Aishwariya Rai Bachan, along with the supremely talented Irrfan Khan – the true Maqbool of Bollywood – have laid out a wonderful cinematic journey for viewers in the form of Jazbaa. Jazbaa is a thrilling and captivating movie, inspired by the Korean movie, Seven Days. The plot of the movie revolves around varying focal points regarding a murder-rape case. The main characters ...

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Her husband beat her and other women told her it’s probably her fault

A very recent Facebook discussion on a closed group brought light to an important issue: domestic abuse. The victim, *Humaira said she was distressed about the fact that her husband was not spending time with her so she voiced her concerns. Her husband reacted with anger; he shouted at her and grasped her tightly around the neck.    She then asked them, “Should I leave him?” Whilst there were certain sane voices that urged the woman to leave the hostile environment and remove herself from a dangerous situation, even if it were for a temporary period of time, there were many others ...

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Did Imran Khan lie about the 2013 elections being rigged?

Apparently it was a close fight and PTI has actually done well. In by-elections, the incumbents have an inherent advantage and it was also a seat which traditionally PML-N has always won. Yes, in case it had been a normal by-election then PTI has actually exceeded expectations. Only, that it was an extraordinary by-election and therefore the eventual analysis has to consider this fact. The entire narrative of PTI with respect to rigging in 2013 was basically based on four seats, out of which NA-122 was the most significant, because here the PTI chief had himself lost. It was here that the stakes were ...

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Has India’s tolerance been destroyed by Hindu extremists?

In a shocking and a shameful incident, the Shiv Sena activists smeared black paint on Sudheendra Kulkarni’s face to protest against the book launch of ‘Neither a Hawk, nor a  Dove’, written by Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, the former foreign minister of Pakistan, at Nehru Planetarium, Mumbai. The immediate provocation for the attack on Kulkarni was because he was the person who had organised the book launch. As Kasuri was a close confidante of former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf, and also one of the main architects of initiating the peace process with India, it would have provided a great opportunity for the people of Mumbai to ...

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Noori awakens the music industry with ‘Begum Gul Bakaoli Sarfarosh’

Recently, the highly acclaimed Pakistani music band, Noori, held album preview sessions in Lahore, Islamabad, and Karachi for the public on a first come basis. That was the first uncut and instrumental public performance of their upcoming new album, “Begum Gul Bakaoli Sarfarosh”. Being a Noori fan myself and having attended the album preview held in Lahore, I can safely say the band members, Ali Noor and Ali Hamza, have not given up on the music industry in Pakistan just yet. They made an attempt to bond with their loyal fan base and discussed the ideas and concepts behind the album in ...

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Taliban and al Qaeda were creations of the United States, what about ISIS?

After chasing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) out of Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown just about 100 miles from Baghdad, ISIS was supposed to be on its way out. The Iraqi forces held their own, as their prime minister famously claimed having won the ‘psychological battle’ against the jihadist group. But if events over the past few weeks have indicated something, it is that the ISIS is no ordinary foe. For its sheer, brutal efficiency and an unnerving desire for the creation of the caliphate, it is scarier and more strategically organised than any terrorist group that has ever come before it. It ...

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Was I objectified and humiliated because I am a woman?

To be honest, I had no plans of writing this blog post, till some well-intentioned friends noticed my passive-aggressive rant on Facebook a few days back and nudged me to let it all out. Indeed, I owe it to their encouragement and to my own sanity. Not to mention, the borderline harassment incident that makes me want to smash pumpkins for Halloween. Just for starters. It all began when I was stopped by security guards at the gate of the Parliament House, asking me to prove my identity. As if flashing my press and senate cards was not enough, I had to verbally ...

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Will Pakistan’s reformed cricket team be able to stand up to the English challenge?

The year 2015 has been a year of mixed emotions for the Pakistan cricket team. Having lost both 50-over fixtures against New Zealand prior to the World Cup, the men in green had a horrendous start to the year as they suffered crushing defeats at the hands of India and the West Indies in their two opening games of ODI cricket’s most coveted tournament. Photo: AFP Pakistan’s World Cup dream seemed all but over at 58-3 against Zimbabwe, when a resolute knock of 73 by Captain Misbahul Haq, along with a spirited half century by Wahab Riaz, ...

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Criminalising Owais Raheel: What happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty’?

Shocking headlines flashed across several news channels on Wednesday, regarding the arrest of a lecturer named Owais Raheel from Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST). Owais Raheel holds a BE from NED University of Engineering and Technology and an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA). The news clip on the Geo News website read, “Another highly educated terror suspect arrested in Karachi’s Clifton”. Samaa TV reported, “Karachi professor booked for terror-ties”. ARY News read, “IBA graduate-turned-terrorist arrested in Karachi.” The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) has arrested Owais Raheel under section 11EEEE (1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, which will investigate charges against him for at least three months and ...

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If this continues, India will no longer be the big brother of the sub-continent

Pakistan proposes and India disposes. One wants to talk but the other doesn’t. Paranoia defines the relationship between these two South Asian neighbours. They clearly haven’t learnt from history, nor do they desire to create a better future. India aims to play a big role at the international arena, yet remains stuck in a time warp. As a result the subcontinent remains disturbed and volatile, thereby, affecting the progress and prosperity of one of the oldest civilisations of the world. India has again demonstrated its paranoia by rejecting Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s peace overtures. It has proven that the big brother ...

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