Stories published in August, 2016

Pakistan cricket’s motto= “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”

Nine days after Pakistan defied the odds by beating England at the home of cricket, the green shirts suffered an ignominious defeat at the hands of the English at Old Trafford. The culprit was not their inept batting or naïve bowling, but a felon who has always managed to escape the cricketing brains at the helm of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) – consistency. England’s Joe Root shares a joke with England’s Ben Stokes.Photo: AFP In recent history, Pakistan has had a niggling knack of boasting in their temporary glory – not realising that the job at ...

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If Trump can’t even comfort the parents of a war hero, how will he manage a nation?

Hate the Clintons or not, you have to admit that they have one heck of a smart team.  Donald Trump who feeds on people’s fears, irrationality and bigotry to get votes just got played. And how! One of the key points in Trump’s campaign is his stance against Muslims in general. Known to all by now, he plans to bar Muslims from entering his country if he is elected president. Of course, he also plans to build a wall along the US-Mexico border and make Mexico pay for it, but let’s just put that rant aside for now. One of the supposedly ...

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Dear Ishaq Dar, your statement is beyond the comprehension of this nation

The political stunts of Mr Ishaq Dar, Federal Minster for Finance, can be attributed primarily towards the unrest in the country and average conclusion that the debt from International Monetary Fund (IMF) actually translates into submission to US desires. The extracts from the interview are given below, “Pakistan will soon stop looking towards IMF for assistance. The last session with IMF is underway right now.” He went on to say that by 2050 Pakistan will become the 18th biggest economic nation across the world. It is imperative to note in the world of finance which is governed by cash flow management or balance ...

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Jason Bourne is a worthy successor to the Bourne franchise

Jason Bourne (2016) is the fifth instalment in the Bourne film franchise and also the direct sequel to the much acclaimed The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). It is based on the popular novel of the same name written by Robert Ludlum and is directed by Paul Greengrass, who has directed several other Bourne films in the past. Matt Damon returns in the titular role as Jason Bourne, who is a former black-ops CIA operative cum assassin on the run. He is also suffering from amnesia and long term memory loss. Matt DamonPhoto: IMDb Jason Bourne is a modern thriller movie, ...

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Qandeel, Muqadas, Zeenat, Sumaira, Ambreen, Maria…

On the fateful day of Saturday, July 16th, 2016, news broke in Pakistan that internet sensation, model and actress Qandeel Baloch had been found murdered in her home in Multan. Controversial till the very end, Baloch shot to fame because of her provocative social media videos and posts, in which she would comment on any issue, wearing risqué clothes, while lying on a bed. Photo: Facebook Her murderer turned out to be none other than her own brother who strangled her. Baloch’s parents discovered her body in the morning and her brother was arrested the same day. [caption ...

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Rowling’s birthday, my present

The first time I picked up a Harry Potter book was at the age of 12, when my elder brother threatened to sit on me if I did not try and read one his favourite series. Fearing for my life, I dejectedly picked up The Philosopher’s Stone, and within minutes, I was hooked. Today, nine years later, I still feel that teenage excitement and fixation as I sit on my bed, desperately and acutely ready to soak in the final instalment. The fandom that surrounds Rowling and her books can only be compared to the great George RR Martin and ...

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Why are all state-owned entities in Pakistan so corrupt?

In Pakistan, nearly every state-owned mega corporation is prone to corruption. This is evident through cases pertaining to the rental power plants, the Nandipur power plant, the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM).  Simply put, state-owned entities are the strength of the economy, especially for states that realise their significance. Widespread globalisation has already begun posing a threat to the domestic industrial growth of weaker states. After the fold of the civilian government in Pakistan during the 70s, Bhutto changed the foreign policy around. He shifted his focus from Russia and China towards the US due to their help with fighter jets ...

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Is it ethical for doctors to accept gifts from big pharmaceutical companies?

A little over a decade ago, as a new and idealistic intern at Jinnah Hospital, Lahore, I was determined to put the patients first at this important juncture of my professional life. I was warmly greeted, to my surprise, by pharmaceutical representatives who were trying to increase sales of their medications. In the next few months, there was a weekly educational lecture given by a pharmaceutical company representative followed by a free lunch. The company selected the medication they wanted to promote in these sessions; physicians picked the menu. I realise, looking back, that my practice of medicine was very ...

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The Joker ’08 vs The Joker ’16: Will the madness continue?

For the past couple of days, I simply can’t stop tossing and turning in my bed. You know what keeps me up? Pale skull-like expressions and a grotesque smiling face, the stuff your most terrible nightmares are made of! But far from being scared, to be perfectly honest, these nocturnal images have psyched me up for the imminent arrival of the sociopath supreme. With just four days left until the release of Suicide Squad (2016), the thought that lingers in my head and keeps me away from slumber-land is; will Jared Leto’s joker be as psychotically impressive as Heath Ledger’s in ...

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My brother hit me, but to my family I am the villain

When my brother hit me, I realised that Qandeel Baloch didn’t even have to become Qandeel Baloch for her brother to murder her; he would have done it anyway. I have realised that there are men out there who think they are born with the right to govern women, to humiliate them, to hit them, and if all of that is still not enough, to kill them. They choose easy targets, women who live with them, their wives, their sisters, even their mothers. Because they know these women will forgive them, and believe in their fake apologies and tears. They won’t do ...

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