Stories published in December, 2015

Why don’t men give women the rights guaranteed to them by religion?

Pakistani women are playing an active role in society and have attained success in fields that were considered to be ‘no go zones’ a few years ago. Although they are taking strides towards prosperity and financial independence, further efforts need to be made in order for them to gain their share of honour and dignity. Could you have imagined, a decade ago, that Pakistan would have scores of female fighter pilots in its Air Force? Could you have imagined a year that Pakistan’s soil would be emboldened with the memory of a female martyr, Flying Officer Marium Mukhtiar? Many of you are nodding your ...

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Why should America accept Muslim refugees while Pakistan is sending back its Afghan refugees?

Donald Trump declares that it will be harmful for the Christian American majority if large influxes of Muslim minorities from all over the world enter the US. On the other hand, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) in Islamabad has claimed that the influx of poor Christians from across the country could lead to ‘demographic problems’ and ‘may affect the Muslim majority of the capital.’ Having said that, there is an outcry on social media over only one of these xenophobic and bigoted statements, Facebook activists in Pakistan seem to be very selective about their humanitarianism. America is perceived as the devil for bombing other ...

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This beef in oyster sauce will satiate all your Asian food cravings!

After my surprising success with the Thai Green Chicken Curry last week, I couldn’t wait to try out another oriental recipe. And then yesterday, I spent a while organising some of my recipes on the blog and came to realise that I have a lot of recipes which use chicken but not anything with beef or mutton. Sometimes I tend to write chicken/beef under the ingredients but that’s about it. So this is my first recipe using beef. Okay, so this is supposed to be another ‘Thai’ cooking recipe but I’m still not sure if it sounds more Chinese. I think I’ll ...

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Will The Undertaker rest in peace at 25 years?

On November 22, 2015, at a WWE Survivor Series, The Undertaker‘s career turned 25. Twenty-five years of absolute spine-chilling moments that cemented the legacy of The Deadman. Here are the moments and matches that made the legend who he is today to all of his WWE fans: 1. His WWE debut The moment he walked in, he sent shivers down the spines of his top opponents. His persona was petrifying. On November 22, 1990, the Million Dollar Man, Ted DiBiase introduced him as his surprise tag team partner, accompanied by his manager, Brother Love (who was immediately replaced by infamous Paul Bearer) in the Survivor Series. He was initially supposed to be introduced ...

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Does Al-Huda have strains of Taliban ideology within its teachings?

The founder of the Al-Huda Institute, Dr Farhat Hashmi, has said that her institute cannot be held responsible for the acts of her students. The statement came after it was revealed that Tashfeen Malik, the woman who shot dead 14 innocent people in California last week, attended Al-Huda International Seminary’s branch in Multan for two years in 2013 and 2014, and left without completing the diploma course. But class fellows have said that Malik attended Al-Huda between 2007-2013. This is just one of the gaps between the narrative that Al-Huda is giving and what friends of the California shooter have told the media. What role ...

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He suffered because Pakistan’s government does not care about healthcare

I am not a doctor, and this wasn’t a scheduled trip to one of the biggest hospitals in Lahore. It was a sudden, urgent need. Just moments after switching off the Xbox and lying on my bed, I felt extremely nauseous. My family members (God bless them) rushed me to a hospital and by the grace of the Almighty, I was in stable condition within an hour. To my surprise, there was only one Electrocardiogram (ECG) machine on a gurney carried around throughout the Emergency ward. So, in case two patients needed it at the same time, which is obviously a ...

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Donald Trump doesn’t need to ban all Muslims — that’s happening already

People are calling Donald Trump’s call to ban all Muslims from entering the United States “ridiculous” and “contrary to our views as Americans”. Some have pointed out that this isn’t really surprising: the other Republican candidates have not-dissimilar platforms, and Trump is just playing off already existing Islamophobic sentiment. What really shouldn’t be surprising is this: the plans he’s proposing are already policy — not just in the US, but worldwide, particularly in Western/Anglo sphere/Five-Eyes countries. Post 9/11, visa and immigration policy to the US has been targeted directly against Muslims by targeting countries with a significant Muslim population. Muslim countries saw their requirements for getting US visas tightened, ...

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Why Tort Law needs to be implemented in Pakistan

Tort law is a civil wrong that one commits towards another which results in legal liability regardless of a contractual relationship. So, for example, if a restaurant serves their customer expired food, they can face legal liability since they have a “duty of care” to all those who consume food on their premises. In fact every single law student will be well-versed in Donaghue v Stevenson (1932), a case which harks back to before World War II. The seminal case laid the basic foundations for negligence law all thanks to a dead slug in a ginger beer bottle. Two friends met ...

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We know more about Tashfeen Malik today than we’ve ever known about any of the other 354 shooters

Have you heard of a guy named Kenneth Morgan Stancil III? The man who confessed to the mass shooting that took place in April 2015, at the Wayne Learning Centre in Goldsboro, North Carolina, USA? Do you know which school he went to or where he developed such a ‘lone-wolf attitude’? ‘Lone-wolf and not extremist, obviously; he was white. Do we know who radicalised him or why he became so intolerant towards his very own society? Do we know why he deemed killing people the only way to prove his point? No, we don’t. Because back in April, when this incident took place, none of these ...

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Is Pakistan ‘innovative’ enough to compete?

Innovation is not usually the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Pakistan. The country lags behind in formal innovation rankings issued by a number of entities such as the World Bank, World Economic Forum, and INSEAD. However, as is often the case, there is far more to Pakistan than what usually meets the eye. Fifteen years ago, when I left Pakistan to study and work abroad, Pakistan was a very different country; people had a lot less money and no smart phones. What it did have was a better quality of life, a cleaner environment, reasonable food ...

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