Stories about 2013

2013: The year Pakistan’s snooker players made us proud!

Pakistan’s snooker players are known worldwide for their consistent participation and spectacular performances in international events. However, in spite of the fact that the sport is played all over Pakistan, and played well, snooker players remain unknown to their own countrymen since their performance and victories are not given the due attention they deserve. Just recently, four Pakistani snooker players gave another bout of outstanding performances in Latvia at the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) World Snooker Championship. All four of them came out at the top of their groups before the knock-out round in which Muhammad Sajjad won the bronze medal. The year 2013 had begun ...

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Can Pakistan beat India at the Kabaddi World Cup?

The time to chant “kabaddi, kabaddi, kabaddi” is upon us again, as the fourth Kabaddi World Cup tournament has commenced in Punjab, India, from November 30, 2013 and it will continue till December 14, 2013. It is a known fact that players from Pakistan and India are the best in the game, as Kabaddi has been derived from this very region. These two teams are obviously going to be a huge challenge for the other international teams in the tournament. Pakistan kabaddi player is tackled by a Scotland opponent during the 3rd Pearls World Cup Kabaddi Punjab-2012 tournament at Guru ...

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To survive at NADRA you must (not) obey the law?

NICOP and Smart NICOP facilities were started by NADRA in an attempt to assist overseas Pakistanis who send a considerable amount of their income to Pakistan and invest in the country despite the deplorable situation here. Here is the sad story of my pursuit to get this card.  My first attempt:  On October 20, 2013, I made my first attempt to acquire the Nicop. For that, I went to the Nadra office at Deans Trade Centre in Peshawar. After having spent two hours waiting in the queue at the token counter, I was told by the officer that the Nadra Dean Centre office did not accommodate applications for the ...

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Post your BB Pin to Facebook! Seriously, it’s the ‘it’ thing to do!

At the beginning of 2013, when the demise of BlackBerry (BB) was fairly evident, BlackBerry CEO Thorsen Heins first announced, in May 2013, that the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) application will be soon be available to all non-BlackBerry devices as well. This was the final farewell. Or so I thought. By June, rumours of the release date went viral and in mid-October 2013, to the delight of many of my friends and family, BBM became available to Androids and iPhones. Perhaps now would be the best time for me to toss in a disclaimer that I am no tech expert, but the ...

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When Pakistan beats the world’s best, you know Misbah is captain

September 14, 2013 was the day when Pakistan faltered in a Test match, succumbing to a shocking defeat against Zimbabwe. This was Pakistan’s first loss to Zimbabwe in almost 15 years. Scenes of joy in Harare, and of despair and humiliation in Pakistan were prevalent. Whatever could have gone wrong did go wrong and all the blame and acrimony fell on the shoulders of Pakistan’s beleaguered Test captain, Misbahul Haq. The daggers were out. The hyenas were moving in to slay the aging lion once and for all. This time there would be no way back. The defeat would leave a definitive ...

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This Independence Day I long for peace with India

“Panchee, nadiya, pawan kay jhokay, Koi sarhad na inhay rokay, Sarhad insaanon kay liye hai, Socho tum nay aur mainay kya paya insan hokay ” – Javed Akhtar (Birds, streams, the flowing breeze No border can stop them Borders were made for mankind Just think,  what did you and I get for being human?) Monday, 5:45am, December 7, 2012: I am at the India-Pakistan bus terminal in Lahore. It’s bitterly cold and yet the throng of well-wishers outside the gate is ever growing. Some are waving goodbye to their relatives about to embark on the bus for Delhi. Others are crying into their shawls or trying to put on a stoic face ...

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Before and after: Chaand raat in the city of lights isn’t the same

Chaand Raat, 1995 Lights, camera, action, food! After thirty days spent in prayer, fasting and being on our best behavior, Chaand Raat is finally here. Our emotions about this joyous night vary from excitement to contentment and relief to gratitude. It’s time to let loose, put on your favourite henna design, iron your spanking new clothes, and paint the town red with family and friends. The city shines with colourful qumqumay (small light bulbs), while the roads are flooded with cars blasting loud songs in celebration. Women gear up in glittery outfits and put on matching bangles; then go out to shop for ...

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I finally escaped…

The days of my four-year-old relationship were a mixture of contentment, depression and confusion at my inability to understand what he was saying. As days passed, I felt that he was becoming more possessive and controlling than ever and I wasn’t really sure if I could cope with his long list of demands anymore. There were days in those four years when I spent sleepless, agitated nights trying to understand what he really wanted out of me. I was more than willing to adhere to his demands but by the end of it, I felt more exasperated and tired as ...

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A litmus test for the PTI

Finally, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has managed to assume power in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) after the decisive May 11 elections. The people of K-P found Imran Khan (IK) as their messiah and rallied around him in the wake of decades-long socio-economic disparity, rampant corruption, nepotism and above all, a dismal law and order situation. IK raised slogans against oppression and challenged the oppressive socio-economic structure in Pakistan and the people of K-P responded by voting his party into power. One may have ideological differences with him, but even his ardent detractors concede that IK was the only prominent leader in Pakistan ...

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New year’s resolutions: What Tribune bloggers hope to do

As we exit 2012 and say hello to 2013, The Express Tribune blog desk decided to ask some of our bloggers to send us their New Year’s resolutions. Below is a collection of these amazing, inspiring, quirky and fun resolutions by our writers! _______________________________________________ Lemn Sissay: My new year’s resolution is…to connect. Disconnection is necessary for a writer for whom the storm is best observed in the calm of its eye. But this can lead to enforced isolation and no calm at all.  People are like unpredictable weather and I need to be with people to experience what happens as storms pass and ...

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