Stories published in October, 2017

It truly has been a sad and disappointing week in the regressive, woman-hating society that is Pakistan

Unless you live under a rock, you are not only aware of the Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy vs the doctor debate that has stirred the Pakistani nation, but have also most certainly picked a side. Statistically, it is more likely that you support the doctor, and why not? Poor man, who is also a father of four, allegedly got fired – a reminder to the harassers in the Pakistani population that harassment can also have consequences, a concept they are, of course, unfamiliar with. It all started with Facebook and Twitter – which is probably something we’ll also say about the third world ...

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NA-4: PPP, a party once truly federal in nature, getting votes from all corners of the country, today finds itself confined to rural Sindh

The constituency of NA-4 has given its verdict, giving Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) an important victory with a comfortable margin. Just like NA-120 was Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) litmus test of popularity after the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, this by-election was PTI’s. This election was in many ways indicative of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (K-P) electorate appraisal of PTI’s performance in the province. The comfortable margin of this victory has rejuvenated PTI, and to a certain extent, has provided a glimpse of its electoral prospects in the upcoming general elections of 2018. However, this by-election was not just about PTI but also about its contenders, both at the ...

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Jigsaw is basically Saw 8 with new characters – more of the same of something most of us were tired of

Jigsaw marks both the return and a new beginning of one of the most influential horror franchises of the past decade – the Saw franchise. For six years (till 2010), a new Saw sequel turned up every year on Halloween like clock-work, along with its moralising serial killer, Jigsaw. Even though the first Saw still holds its place as one of the more creative and ingeniously crafted horror films of recent past, it’s sequels grew increasingly worse, taking an absolute nose-dive after the third one. They were reduced to little more than a futile and over-the-top exercise in torture porn with each sequel ...

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Sending a friend request might not be “harassment”, but Pakistanis made sure that Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy feels harassed now

Oscar and Emmy Award winner, and an all around advocate for women rights, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (SOC), like for many others, is an inspiration for me too. With documentaries like “A girl in the river” and “Saving Face”, she has won the hearts of millions of people all over the world. A few days ago, one of my friends mentioned the news about SOC getting a doctor sacked from Agha Khan University Hospital (AKUH), a renowned hospital in Karachi. Hearing this, I had a million questions going around in my mind: “What could the doctor possibly have done?” “Did he make an inappropriate comment?” “Perhaps he made an incorrect ...

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#PakvsSL: The men in green bring home a gleeful dream

Pakistan was on top of their game during the ODI series against Sri Lanka, and the trend continued in the T20 series that followed. Winning eight international matches on the bounce is supposed to be good enough, right? The Islanders were not able to unravel the knot Pakistan had tied around them in the first T20, as Pakistan’s domination stretched into the shortest format of the game. A packed crowd at the Gaddafi Stadium welcomed Sri Lanka in their return to Pakistan after eight years. Photo: Getty Images Sri Lanka lost wickets at regular intervals and could only ...

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Do not accept praise for healthcare when you cannot accept blame for a woman giving birth outside your hospital, Shehbaz Sharif

They want to attribute this incident to a developing country’s poverty, meaning that it is nobody’s fault in particular. But I believe it is appropriate and needed for the public to shake its fist at the administration that has failed us all. No woman should have to bargain for shelter and basic healthcare while in labour. But that is what Sameera Bibi had to do at Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) Hospital in Raiwind. Sameera, the wife of a humble brick kiln worker, was refused obstetric care because there was seemingly no doctor available at the facility at that time. Knowing Shehbaz Sharif’s history with ...

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#TeamFaryal: 5 reasons why Amir Khan is the epitome of ‘bad guys’

Amir Khan and Faryal Makhdoom have certainly been Pakistan’s most interesting couple since they got together. Whether it is through their Snapchat feed or their Instagram posts, we have all witnessed the couple’s memories together. Somehow it feels like their history of social media spats is almost as long as the history of their relationship. While many celebrities keep their personal lives far away from social media, Amir and Faryal are constantly seen addressing personal matters or doing their dirty laundry in the public eye. Some call it a PR tactic, others call it stupidity. At the end of the day, their drama ...

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Yousafzai’s children weren’t children at all

Yousafzai village was a land of men. It was a land of agriculture and multiple wives. Presently, however, it was a land of marriage. Children around the village were waiting for the vehicle to arrive which was carrying the groom. Some lurked around corners, others behind shops, underneath sheds. Ah, when would the car arrive? When would they chase it? When would the groom throw the children the sweets they were denied by the main shopkeeper? It was, after all, Rashid sahib’s wedding, the only man in town who could afford more than five of the red crispy notes of hundred rupees all at ...

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Warm people, inexpensive food, beautiful culture – Uzbekistan truly is a treasure trove of wonders

We were at the Tashkent train station at around seven in the morning, on our way to Samarkand. I knew that the best way to travel in Uzbekistan was by train, and had found the schedule from the internet, but was not sure if any seats were available in the high-speed trains. Though a couple of ticket counters were open, there were no signs in English and no one who seemingly understood our language. I stood there, clueless as to how to go ahead with our planned trip. The bullet train we were to board It’s difficult ...

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Liverpool needs to tweak its defence, otherwise it’ll be another trophy-less season, thanks to Jurgen Klopp

‘Liverpool can’t defend!’ – This just sums up Liverpool’s situation over the past couple of seasons under Jürgen Klopp. Even watching them from a neutral perspective makes it so frustrating due to the repetitive nature of the mistakes which makes you wonder how the fans must feel after seeing their performances. Klopp’s obsession towards attacking and high tempo football, while clearly neglecting the defensive aspect of the game, has resulted in an end product which is a lot of chaff and not much wheat. Soccer Football – Premier League – Manchester City vs Liverpool – Manchester, Britain – ...

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