Stories published in May, 2016

The problem is not with the PTI jalsa, it is with our misogynistic mindset

The women harassment incident at a public demonstration by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) in Islamabad was taken by storm on social media. The news didn’t only spread like wildfire but invited scorching criticism from all and sundry. The condemnation spree was so intense that the Chairman of PTI, Imran Khan, had to offer a public apology, one that was rightly due on his part, to appease the critics. Besides an apology, he assured that there would be an investigation into the matter and that the culprits would be taken to the task. He further assured that more precautionary and rigorous arrangements would be ...

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Will the US government establish a power-sharing government with the Afghan Taliban?

On April 19, 2016, the Taliban carried out one of its most deadly attacks in Kabul, claiming the lives of 64 innocent people. The attack, an extension of the on-going intense battle in Kunduz, came a week after the Taliban announced its own Spring Offensive called Operation Omari or OpOmari in honour of the late Mullah Omar, calling mujahideens to take forward his vision. Considering the deteriorating situation at hand, one wonders if the peace process between Pakistan and Afghanistan has come to an end. Where is Afghanistan headed? Has Pakistan lost its influence over the Taliban? Regional dynamics This land-locked, mountainous battlefield has proven to be much more ...

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KGS isn’t perfect but it isn’t quite as bad as you may think either

To some, Karachi Grammar School (KGS) is a name as synonymous with snobby elitism as it is with academic prestige to others. On the one hand, those enrolled in the school make us proud with an impressive list of notable alumni and achievements, in both national and international competitions. The same students also warrant spite for their reputation of being overly westernised, entitled and completely out of touch with the society in which they live. But the question is, how did it get to this? To understand that, we have to go back to colonial India in 1847, when the school was first ...

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And the underdogs claimed the Premier League crown

The beautiful game of football showcased yet another memorable entry in the books of history as Leicester City won the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League. Some say, “75 per cent of the earth is covered by water; the rest is covered by Leicester City’s N’Golo Kanté.” Leicester City. Champions of England. pic.twitter.com/WRwfysTn2N — Leicester City (@LCFC) May 2, 2016 They also say, you only need the right ingredients to stand out from a proportion of competition to bag a spectacular feat, and those ingredients are sportsmanship, integrity, character and daring to dream, with a mix of leadership initiated by the right leader. Jamie Vardy celebrates ...

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Can The Night Manager be as good as a small-screen James Bond?

The Night Manager is one of the many adaptions based on the work of the bestselling espionage novelist, John le Carré.  The Night Manager, the book, was published in 1993 and was brought to TV by BBC and AMC as a mini-series comprising of six episodes. This mini-series is directed by Susanne Bier, staring  Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine and Olivia Colman as Angela Burr. The Night Manager, adapted by the BBC and due to be screened later this yearPhoto: Mitch Jenkins/The Ink Factory/AM Jonathan Pine, a former British soldier, currently working as a night manager of a hotel in Egypt, is hired by intelligence agents for an exciting yet dangerous mission. ...

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Why we fail to condemn extra judicial killings?

A citizen of Pakistan, without getting any trial, died a slow painful death in Karachi at the hands of some Rangers’ officials while begging for mercy. This wasn’t alleged but it is what actually happened. We all saw it on video. I am talking about the 22-year-old Sarfaraz Shah whose killing in 2011 put it beyond doubt that men in uniform are not necessarily holy men. They are as much capable of violating the law and misusing force even without any provocation. Sarfaraz’s death warranted condemnation from all segments of society, perhaps because it was on video and even the ...

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We’re celebrating the 250th Press Freedom Day but is the Pakistani media really free?

You know, therefore you are. And we know because of the press. Be it print or broadcast, media is what keeps you updated. It provides us with information because it is our right to know, and it is the press’ right to relay that information. The press, or a more relevant term today might be the media (that includes products of both print as well as broadcast and digital journalism) relay that information to you. But, if you are a Pakistani and have never been a part of the media, never seen the workings of a newsroom and have never been a ...

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20 names of places that could break Pervez Rasheed’s wuzu

Perhaps in an earnest attempt to set the Guinness World Record for longest simultaneous face palm across a single country a few days ago, politician Pervez Rasheed attacked rival Imran Khan at a press conference by saying that he couldn’t name the locality where Khan’s boys studied, for it would break his wuzu (ablution). Continuing the silly line of attack, he added, “If he believes in wuzu.” It didn’t take long for the internet to tear Rasheed to shreds over his comment. The area he refused to mention, of course, was Middlesex. Later, he tried to save face by claiming he had ...

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9 reasons why you should take the Introduction to Self-Development Course at CPPD

Recently, at the urging of a close friend, I took a course at CPPD in Karachi. For the uninitiated, CPPD stands for Centre for Personal and Professional Development. It’s a leading counselling training school in the UK. Since 2002, they have had an outpost in Karachi with regular classes and programs leading to certificates and qualifications on par with those received in the UK – so the quality standard is top notch, trainers fly-in from the UK ignoring all their country’s travel warnings and that coupled with the boundary-breaking nature of the course itself lends the place a feeling that something special ...

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Stop sharing photos of domestic workers on Facebook. Fix the problem instead!

If one is seen accompanied by their domestic staff in a public setting, it’s common practice for them to end up being secretly photographed; the picture being shared all over social networking websites. All this accomplishes is violating someone’s right to privacy, and starting internet wars over the picture, the discussion soon becoming personal, dirty and irrelevant. Amidst all the personal attacks and battles of egos – socio-economic issues are ignored. Be it a tweet, blog article, or a Facebook post, instead of indulging in a civilised discussion where one can work towards finding sustainable and practical solutions, people find reasons to ...

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