Stories published in February, 2017

Will Najam Sethi be able to apply his “zero tolerance towards corruption” policy in the PSL?

The second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is already off to a magnificent start with all the five franchises having played their inaugural matches. The first two days in the UAE have already promised loads of exciting tussles in the days to come. Destructive clean hitting, innovative captaincy, intelligent bowling, nail biting finishes and the birth of raw talent is what this league is all about. But with lots of excitement, flair and promise, drama is bound to follow. On just the second day of the PSL, in an attempt to make the league completely scandal and corruption ...

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Live by Night brings nothing new to the crime drama genre

Even though Ben Affleck’s acting career has been decidedly uneven, his directorial efforts have generally been impressive. Which is why it is quite disappointing that his latest project, Live by Night, fails to deliver anything interesting, compelling, or original. Set in the 1920s prohibition era, the film tells the (ludicrous) tale of World War I veteran, Joe Coughlin (Affleck), who turns to robbery after his return from the war. But when he falls in love with Emma Gould (Sienna Miller), the mistress of Irish gangster Albert White (Robert Glenister), their relationship, as you would expect, doesn’t have a happy ending. ...

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Does post-crime insanity have any legal value in Shariah?

Recently, the Supreme Court of Pakistan maintained the death sentence awarded by lower courts to Imdad Ali – a schizophrenic man placed under trial for murder. This decision sparked controversy among civil society members. In their view, to punish an offender with a severe mental disorder is an extremely unjust decision. Although the court has agreed to revisit the verdict and many have presented their views on the issue, no one has yet approached the problem from the Islamic law perspective despite the significant role it plays in our legal system. Indeed, the case of post-crime insanity has been greatly debated and discussed in ...

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I made 44 friends in Kenya’s prisons and they taught me more than I taught them

When I arrived in Nairobi on New Year’s Eve in 2015, I didn’t know what to expect. A city I had never visited before or had any familiarity to was going to be my home for a year. Its people, unpredictable weather, public transportation and food were all very foreign to me. All I knew was that I had come to teach law in Kenya’s prisons. This was a bit much for my family to process who were in denial of my endeavours until the night they bade me farewell at the airport. I had never even stepped into a ...

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I was 12 when she said “move, you brown thing”

Reality checks are painful. Once the harsh realities sink in, they can be quite liberating actually. I fondly refer to myself as the brown one though many may argue that it’s more of a tan and/or attention seeking behaviour on my part. My “non-brown” friends find it funny, mildly inappropriate, and sometimes, downright annoying. But truth be told – that is the truth. I am brown. The realisation of what it meant though took many years to sink in. The first time I was told that I am brown was when I was 12. I was visiting family in Birmingham (England) for my ...

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On Hina Dilpazir, Khwaja Saras and our intolerance

Any open-minded person living in Pakistan will agree to the fact that we as a society are not very tolerant, nor easily accepting. Living in the 21st century where other countries are striving to overcome the gender pay gap, we are still battling issues like honour killing and inter-racial and religious conflicts. In a nutshell, we are still at a war with ourselves struggling to deal with and accept the differences that every society faces. So how I ask, would you expect such an intolerant society to treat their intersex community? Simple, we opt for the easy way out and dismiss ...

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Pakistan’s Blind cricket team broke its own record and is on a roll!

The Pakistan Blind cricket team can hardly put the wrong foot forward in the on-going World Cup T20 in India as they stay well and truly on course to lift the elusive trophy in the backyard of their arch rivals. The openers dominated the West Indies bowlers right from the outset and set up a solid platform with an opening stand of 198 runs.Photo: Twitter. Pakistan’s flawless track of run form in the tournament has now seen them win eight matches in a row with the side moving from strength to strength with every passing match. In their latest outing, the men ...

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What’s aiding Pakistan

I was recently in Pakistan after a long gap and observed first-hand how the country functions. After years of learning about Pakistan through electronic media and personal accounts of recent immigrants in North America, I was a bit guarded when it came to what I would find in the country. Most of the experiences I heard about from people returning from Pakistan ranged from bad to catastrophic. What I found was a country that was crazy and chaotic yet chugging along. Below are some things that I walked away with: 1. In all the companies that I have worked for in ...

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Is there a second amorous affair brewing in Saanp Seerhi?

For an average serial, one of the most vital moments is when cupid strikes. However, it is hard to establish such a plot in certain dramas where power and politics form the backdrop. So seems to be the case with Saanp Seerhi. With loud, ruthless socio-political commentary in the background, the love story of Mohid and Sophia is a faint thump.  Politicians stepping into puddles for footage (no points for guessing the inspiration behind this), and enforcing their progeny upon their voters as future masters and their complicated relationship with the media indicates the focus of the drama quite clearly. ...

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Patriots Day: Made by Hollywo… US Security Agencies

Are we aware of the fact that loads of people consider the whole Boston Marathon Bombings an elaborate hoax perpetrated by the US Government and stage-crafted by none other than our beloved Hollywood? It shouldn’t come as a major surprise given that Tinsel town has been in cahoots with Uncle Sam ever since World War One. Yes, that far back! Anyone who believes that all these war-mongering movies are purely coincidental is at best, completely naïve and at worst, complicit in all the resulting atrocities. What is the point of discussing all of this, you might ask. Well for starters how about ...

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