Stories published in December, 2015

Five reasons why Mohammad Amir should be welcomed back

The Lahore High Court, in response to the petition filed by Malik Munsif Awan of the Pakistan Justice Party, has announced that Mohammad Amir will be allowed to play international cricket. Naturally, many people have certain reservations about this particular proclamation. People are still beating their chests and saying that he committed a heinous crime and brought Pakistan cricket to shame. Petitioner Awan had stressed that allowing a convict to represent Pakistan would be inappropriate. While those cries of lament are quite true, it is time for us to address the issue in a manner that is progressive instead of regressive. It ...

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And the award for the best tablet from 2015 goes to…

In the age of mobile and easier access to internet, more and more users have grown accustomed to using smartphones and tablets. Some even avoid purchasing and carrying around bulky laptops that seem less portable as compared to a tablet. And this is also why top technology manufacturers are focusing more on tablets. In 2015, all top tech companies released new hi-tech tablets. While Apple came out with great features, which came with a high price, Android also provided a great choice for tablet lovers. Let’s take a look at the top 10 tablets released in 2015: Note: As choosing the best tablet is ...

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Should we be suspicious of Modi’s visit to Lahore?

The hysterical outburst, as if the man was in a state of utter delirium, at Lahore Airport of a reporter of a Pakistani news channel on the surprise visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Lahore on December 25, 2015, left me gaping with disbelief. He asserted, with such certainty, that never in the history of international diplomacy have foreigners ever entered the territory of a sovereign and independent state without procuring the visa first. I must admit that for a moment even I was taken aback at the alleged singularity of such a diplomatic irregularity. However, my own sense was that visas are ...

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Remembering Benazir Bhutto: This is the last chance we have to save our country

In the Oscar winning 1976 film Network, an ageing anchor-man tells his viewers to go to their windows and scream: “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it any more”. The tragic, completely unnecessary death of Benazir Bhutto makes me want to do something of the sort. I remember her as a charming, attractive young woman when she came to Karachi Grammar School to do her A’ levels. I was two years behind her with her brother, Murtaza Bhutto, who was more commonly known among his friends as “Mir”. Their younger sister, Sanam Bhutto was with my sister, Samira, at the ...

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Don’t panic, Pakistan! Sure, we will miss Yasir Shah, but not too much

On Sunday, anyone who follows the Pakistani cricket team was left dumbfounded. Yasir Shah, our very own Messi, failed a random sampling dope test taken on November 13, 2015 after the match against England. Yasir was found guilty of the use of banned medicine chlortalidone, which was said to be used either as a masking agent, or as a blood pressure control medicine. According to the rules, Yasir now has seven days to ask for a retest from sample B, which was also taken at the same time. If the results come negative, the entire test will be considered negative. In the ...

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Forget Bollywood, here are Lollywood’s most popular and most impactful movies from 2015

Pakistan’s movie industry met its downfall during the 1990s and 2000s. This was the time when big screen actors migrated to television, because there was no variety and Punjabi movies ruled the cinema. During the 1960s to 1980s, Waheed Murad, Nadeem Baig, Shabnam, Shaan Shahid, Resham and Reema Khan were the regular faces to be seen on screen. However, during the revival of Pakistani cinema during 2012-13, television actors adorned the silver screen with their powerful presence. During 2015, a number of Pakistani movies were released which heralded the rise of this industry. This blog will highlight some of the ...

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Why was Nirbhaya’s most vicious and barbaric rapist set free?

The gang rape on that fateful night of December 16, 2012 sent shock waves across India and the world. It was not just the brutality or brazenness of the assault that was terrifying, but it was also the fact that it happened in the heart of the country’s capital, right in the midst of its usual hustle and bustle. It wasn’t perceived as a stray incident of rape in an isolated outpost, it was an assault on the people’s sense of security. Middle class India identified with Nirbhaya, and a society that is normally divided over most issues suddenly coalesced in ...

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How I deal with Islamophobia in the US

Mass shootings in the United States have become a frequent occurrence. Every time I find a breaking news story flashing on my cell phone that mentions a mass shooting, my heart skips a few beats. My first concern is not the number of casualties or the setting of the tragic event, but the name and religion of the shooter. Unfortunately, in this part of the world, those factors define how the news media provides coverage of the event. It was a nightmare come true when I found out that in the recent shootings in California that claimed 14 lives, the shooters ...

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The day Benazir Bhutto died, and with her the city of Karachi

On December 27, 2007, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated. The reverberations from those guns shots were heard and felt all over Pakistan. Many of us have distinct memories of where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news. We have stories of our personal experiences from that day. Some of us were stuck in traffic; some of us were stuck at home. Despite the variance in our experiences, there was one common thread that tied all of our stories together – feelings of panic, hysteria, confusion and chaos. On that fateful day, I was attending a training session ...

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When love and kindness speak a universal language

“Humanity is a religion, and kindness is its most effective prayer.” With this thought in mind, the Human Touch was formed by a team of advertising professionals based out of Mumbai looking to channel their creative energies into building something beautiful and thought-provoking. To tell stories that would move a mass of people and make them believe in the indomitable power of the human spirit and inspire them to rise beyond the chaos that surrounds them in their world.

[/fbvideo/ The first two videos conveyed exactly those thoughts – stories of selflessness, innocence and genuine kindness that touched millions of hearts all over ...

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