Stories about guns

Great expectations… from the Lahore Lions

The Lahore Lions will be part of the Champions League T20 2014. After winning the local T20 competition, the Lahore Lions are all set with visas in hand to take on the big guns and probably slay a few giants. Led by Muhammad Hafeez, the former T20 captain of Pakistan, Lahore Lions are capable of spoiling the party for many favourites. The team is decent to say the least. The captain is one of the best all-rounders going around; sometimes he impresses more with his bowling than his batting, but he is a match winner especially in the shortest format. He’s likely to open, ...

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The Expendables 3: An action-packed and star-studded extravaganza

Right after watching The Expendables 2, I anxiously awaited for the next star-studded joy ride to be released soon. And, finally, The Expendables 3 is here. The experience of watching The Expendables 3 is incomplete if, by any means, you plan to watch it on a smaller screen. It must be watched in the cinema, on the big screen. When I think of my experience of watching the movie, the only word that comes to mind and describes it perfectly is ‘unbelievable’. The plot is carefully scripted, simply because of the fact that many critics bombarded the earlier enterprises with questions regarding the loopholes in the ...

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Trigger happy in Karachi

I grew up in a city where guns were unheard of. People moved about freely. Neighbours, family and friends dropped in without informing. Gates were left open and doors unlocked. We were taught never to point a gun at anyone or even threaten anyone. We were repeatedly reminded of guns being a matter of life and death and a grave responsibility. The only exposure we had to guns was when we went up North during summers. Over there, a man was not a man unless he had a gun hanging on his shoulder as carrying guns signified manhood. Pakistani laws ...

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When the policeman aimed his gun at us and my dad yelled ‘Shoot!’

It was Wednesday October 9, 2013 and I still remember how exhausted I was. I had just taken a test and was on my way back home from school. I just wanted to go home and sleep. On Khayaban e Ghazi, we saw two police mobiles and a bulletproof prison car. We were ahead of them, and one guard on the first police mobile gave us the signal to keep moving, so we kept going. On Gizri Boulevard, we were going down the slope leading to the Saudi house; my father was driving and had indicated that he was going ...

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Hamza Ahmed: No cause is too elite to fight for

A 16-year-old boy was shot dead due to a petty argument in the troubled city of Karachi. Like thousands of others before him and hundreds of innocents after him, he stands a good chance of being denied an impartial, fair investigation, and a thorough delivery of justice. Yet, when his family and friends protest against the murder of their loved one, it is met with scepticism as to whether the killing of this boy deserves the media attention it is getting. When his picture and story are shared on social media, they are met by comments on how he “brought it ...

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Is gun control fair when guns are a part of your culture?

Sitting around in the ICU recently, I struck up a conversation with one of the nurses. We started talking about his new dog that he’s trained not to react to loud abrupt sounds, such as gunfire. He does this at range he shoots at. I expressed interest in what kind of gun he uses being a bit of a self-touted gun enthusiast myself. He then went on to list about 15 guns that he owns, right from an antique short-barrelled musket to an AR-9 rifle, for which he recently bought an ACOG high precision scope! Renewed debate regarding the need for stricter ...

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In Karachi, fear is always your faithful companion

We are the sons of Karachi. We grew up knowing danger like knowing how to ride a bicycle – memories that refuse to wear down with time. We have lived our lives with fear as a close companion. We boast the epitome of valour. One too many a time, for one too many of us, it has taken away more than it can give back – notwithstanding, we love Karachi. Uncertainty has taken a firm hold on our hearts – and it taught us how to live despite that. We heard bullets and hid under the table when we were kids. Then we lay sleepless ...

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Child of war

The child of war loses his mind, As bubbles of fire from yonder rain, His youthful eyes no longer shine, He looks at all with much disdain, The war shall leave in its remains, A man afloat, a childhood drowned, A family was smashed and maimed, In a sea made of clamorous sounds, Out of order alphabet, Scribbled across his only book, The walls, although, his best work yet; Displaying all lives he took, His gun, he wears it on his shoulder; His morals somewhere in the trash, Emotions die as he grows older, His torrid heart now only ash, Upon the prisoners he has freed, His narcissism and his pride, Evils of heredity and creed, His only foes and by ...

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All I ask for is two drops

They whisper of demons that lurk in water the secrets it holds, the lies I thirst… The oasis knocks at my door, With the two drops I seek But my water, I’m denied By the whispers of the unknowing I thirst… Helpless before this treason, Of whispers I cannot stop, The word you utter is a plague, The vengeful cackle of pox, I thirst, I wait… In the lonely hills of the west, That sanity long forsake, No water to be seen, In the empty nest of my dove, The oasis knocks at my door, They’ve hidden away the key, My water has been swallowed, By the barrels of their guns, Lo, a vanguard of toddlers, Whom warriors cower behind, We, the ...

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The wailing wall of Israel

Perhaps we have all heard the oft repeated joke; when an American tourist came to Israel with the intention of visiting the Kotel (the Wailing Wall) but he forgot what it was called. When he stepped into a taxi, he said to the driver, Can you please take me to the place where all Jews cry? Do you know where this is? The taxi driver answered, Beseder – I’ll take you there. And he drove him straight to the taxation office! When I stepped outside the Easy Jet terminal on Tel Aviv International Airport, I felt chills travelling down my spine. They were partly ...

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