Stories published in March, 2016

The big Kamal confession: What happens next?

It takes exceptional courage to speak out against power abuse in Pakistan. To expose someone infamous for violent politics. To challenge the status quo. Regardless of the authenticity of claims, Mustafa Kamal exhibited extraordinary courage in an unprecedented tirade against the party’s chief Altaf Hussain. He accused him of working against the state and deceiving people of Pakistan. He exposed the internal workings of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and even made a revelation about the party’s alleged links with Indian spy agency RAW. Interestingly, there was nothing too shocking about the revelations. It all sounds like familiar stories. A recent BBC report had also raised ...

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I was never his wife, I was only his slave

“I maybe from a  third world country but I have a heart like you do, emotions like you have, and dreams to pursue. On my first Eid as a married girl, I wanted to dress up and celebrate my new beginning instead of being in a hospital bed recovering from the effects of abuse.” I got married in March 2014 in Chicago with dreams of starting a new life and a future built out on love and trust in my new home. My parents were so assured that they were giving me into the hands of an educated guy; someone who ...

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Stop blaming Afridi for Pakistan’s dismal T20 performance!

As our Pakistani cricket team hits rock bottom, keeping in mind their recent T20 form, the amount of criticism hurled towards Shahid Afridi has been increasing. Before I elaborate on anything, let me make it clear, I am not a diehard Afridi fan and hence I am not here to defend his lack of consistency. Sure enough he has been making errors on and off the field and he could have definitely performed way better, but delusional Pakistani cricket fans must realise Afridi is a part of the problem and not the only problem. Being a captain of a subcontinent ...

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Is allowing menstruating women time off from work discriminatory against men?

Every woman on this planet will experience the immense joy of menstruation in her lifetime. It is something she was biologically made to experience. But for a workplace to recognise the pain she experiences whilst on her period is quite revolutionary. This week a company in Bristol, UK decided to allow menstruating women time off from work in order to recuperate from period pain. Suffice to say, this decision was met with a mixture of applause and derision from both men and women alike.  At first, I didn’t know how to react to the news. The feminist streak in me thought it was a brilliant idea ...

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Stop killing our dogs, CBC!

“I came back home at night and found Sandy dead, my maid boy told me CBC van came and shot her, her body was just lying there covered in bullet wounds, her four puppies were left behind from which one died of poisoning, two were rescued by Mustafa Ahmed and the last one ran away and is yet to be found…” – Hira Sami These are the heart-breaking words of a citizen of Karachi who took care of Sandy the stray dog for the last two months. Coming home from work to find your beloved stray, one you’ve been taking ...

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24 completely Pakistani reactions, explained through Disney

We Pakistanis have many trigger points; many things irk us and many leave us disgruntled. Some moments make us sing with joy while others leave us simply bewildered. Therefore, in line with all things Pakistani, here are 24 Pakistani reactions that can very aptly be explained via Disney Gifs. 1. When it rains, anywhere in Pakistan Photo: Tumblr 2. When Shahid Afridi hits the ball in the air… Photo: MermaidConga And it lands in the fielder’s hands Photo: Disney Wiki 3. When Pakistanis come across #ThankYouRaheelSharif Photo: Tumblr 4. When a Pakistani is recognised internationally [caption ...

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Do you have what it takes to resist this chocolate caramel tart? Because I don’t!

I’ve always wanted to make a chocolate tart, but honestly, I had been scared of making the pastry required for the base. I’m not sure why, but making pastry seemed difficult. The time required, the kneading, the rolling, the making sure it’s perfect to cook (and also the dried beans/pie weights needed?! What!) I tend to not have the time or the patience, and recipes with lots of steps scare me. But I am a determined woman. After years of wanting to make a chocolate tart, but never actually doing so – it was finally time. I had invited some ...

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Why women need to STOP losing weight!

Weight Loss = Calories Out – Calories In. Or in layman’s terms, to lose weight, burn more calories and eat less. More exercise, less food. Is it really that simple? Can your perfect body be achieved with this simple equation? Answer: No. It’s not that simple! Good news however, it’s not that complicated either. Weight loss is not the same as fat loss. ‘Weight’ refers to the sum total of everything your body is made up of: bone mass, fat mass, water, organs, muscle and other tissue. Fat, on the other hand, refers to a particular kind of storage tissue in your body which is deposited ...

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Baby Asha’s struggle signifies the divide between the rich and poor

The CNN headline: Australian hospital refuses to discharge asylum seeker baby. The details: “Nepalese baby, while at a detention centre in Nauru, an island in the South Pacific 2,000 miles away from the hospital in Brisbane, suffered severe burns. Now that she had recovered, though, the hospital didn’t want her to return to the abominable conditions in Nauru.” To morph a cliché attributed to Joseph Stalin – individual tragedy moves us; millions of tragedies become statistics. This signifies either that humanity cares nothing about humanity, or that we cannot process mass atrocity. I’ll take the latter. The story of one life, disseminated to millions, can ...

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Five amazing batting stints we got from the PSL

Pakistan Super League (PSL) surprised many people like me who are of the opinion that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) can never organise a successful tournament like this. It is time that we give credit to the organisers of PSL for their great effort. There are many reasons that made it a huge success in the cricket world. One major reason is the presence of the top players from all over the world like KP, Gayle, Watto, Afridi and Russell (to name a few). Another reason is the involvement of certain media houses that created hype amongst people for example ...

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