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NY’s reaction to Osama’s death: The other side of extremism

Growing up in Lahore, the monsoon was my favourite season – those muggy, motionless afternoons when the air suddenly exploded into a river of orange rumbling down from the sky, leaving jungles in its wake. In the Bay Area, every balmy day of the year was beautiful except for the miserable characterless spluttering they called “rain.” In Ithaca, my favourite season was Autumn – a fire dance in the sky, bold and blazing, curling flames at your feet. And, in New York, it has to be spring, the teenage of nature, blooming poetry from every stem, every lilting branch a breathtaking ballet ...

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Falling ill

I came across Hameed Akhtar last week and found him quite out of sorts. He complained that even after he had written a column about his failing health none of his friends had come visiting to inquire after him. I felt so embarrassed and yet, I realised, the only person really responsible for it was himself. His column about himself was followed immediately by one that made me forget his illness. Even when I recalled the previous column, I was convinced that the latter column could not have been written by an ailing man. It was about how mushairas, the ...

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Magic in Mohali: I watched Pakistan beat India

In November 2007, I went to Mohali to watch a Pakistan versus India match. Walking to India We crossed the Wagah-Attari border by foot – a monumental step in my life.  I was struck with mixed emotions, the joy of visiting India and extending our message of peace and love. At the same time, I remembered the stories of hardship my ancestors faced while migrating to Pakistan in 1947. It took nearly six hours of waiting, tedious registrations and formalities amidst heavy police protection at the Indian side of the border. A large number of Indians were walking towards the border for the evening ...

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‘Justice must prevail’

The Arts Council Karachi collaborated with volunteers from the Voice of the Civil Society (VOTCS) to hold a protest against the brutal killing of Hafiz Mughees and Muneeb Sajjad from Sialkot. The gathering By 3.00 pm, a crowd of about 200 protestors had assembled in the garden at the Arts Council entrance, and despite the heat and mid-ramazan fatigue, the assembly’s zeal was palpable. The place was dotted with students, fashionistas, educationalists and TV personalities, brandishing posters and banners inscribed with slogans for justice, and black arm bands to signify their unyielding disapproval of the tragic incident. Enter Bushra Ansari Veteran TV personality and ...

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Sialkot lynching: What would Freud think

Watch the gruesome Youtube clip of the Sialkot lynching incident of the brothers, Mughees and Muneeb, and you will wonder why no one tried to stop the demonic perpetrators. What brought on the animalistic instinct of the executors and the crowds of wide-eyed onlookers? Who were the crowd around the two bleeding, flailing bodies, as the young men were thrashed repeatedly and mercilessly? As reported in a daily English paper, one of the accused said that the DPO, Waqar Chohan, present on the scene goaded the accused into partaking in the violence by saying “Go ahead and kill both of them. ...

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