Stories about Naya Pakistan

Naya Pakistan, where Salmaan Taseer’s murderer is a hero

It’s hard to know where to begin when a lawmaker in the National Assembly says a cold-blooded murderer should be released. Only expletives follow when you realise it was a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA and former governor of Punjab Salman Taseer’s murderer Malik Mumtaz Qadri is the killer in question. A man sentenced to death by a court of law.  These are the lawmakers we elected folks. Naya Pakistan has arrived. A country where we try to wash our hands off a war which is being fought on our soil, against our security forces by monsters we created with the ...

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Will Imran Khan end corruption in K-P in 90 days?

With the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government formed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), a lot is expected from the political party. Successfully governing such a challenging region would be nothing less than a miracle! Directly or indirectly, the political administration of K-P also involves the critical management of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) affairs. The PTI’s electoral victory in the region shows the unparalleled confidence the people of the province have in them, but by spreading hype of fulfilling high expectations, the party is in for an uphill task. The PTI team needs to first understand and rationalise the existing problems and then formulate and implement feasible solutions ...

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An open letter to MQM from a PTI supporter

Dear brothers and sisters, While I strongly condemn the brutal killing of Zahra Shahid Hussain, I would like to take this opportunity as an individual to apologise to the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) supporters on behalf on my leader, Imran Khan’s statement. I doubt my party will issue an apology statement or agree with me so I will speak for myself. It was incorrect of Imran Khan to point a finger at your supporters without waiting for an inquiry and an investigation to be completed on the senseless killing of Zahra Shahid Hussain. Apart from the chaos felt in Karachi, it achieved what it meant to and ...

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The agony and esctasy of PTI

‘’It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us..’’ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities. ‘’Captain oh my captain’’ Imran Khan energised many with his strident call for change which lassoed in thousands hoping to change the history ...

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Echoes of a ‘Naya Pakistan’

You burnt my house, but I stood still and said nothing, You raped my sister and murdered my brothers, but my lips remained numb, You starved my family, slowly and painfully, but I stayed silent.   Bullets were my grain and blood my water, it was the way, and I followed you mutely, You built golden palaces upon bones and ashes, and I laboured away for you, I watched my father die, cut by cut, his honesty reducing him to a beggar, but I said nothing.   My son was shot last night; his blood still flows on broken streets, but I remained silent, I watched as you ...

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The stories of three first-time voters

My first voting experience By Aaminah Qadir A junior at Yale University studying Global Affairs and History of Art. I arrived home from college, excitedly, two days before the general elections to cast my first ever vote. The 2013 elections were too precious to miss. Pakistan was begging for a change. I had previously heard that it is only the elite that will vote for drastic change, that only a small minority will support a new face, but what I heard was wrong. My entire family and I reached the polling office in Korangi at 8:20am. I was baffled to see a line of over ...

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When Imran fell, Pakistan rose

Something strange happened when Imran Khan fell off the forklift during his rally yesterday. Not only was I concerned for his safety, but I stopped in my tracks at the realisation of the fact that we cannot lose a leader like him. He is an upcoming leader who paved his way in to the broken hearts of millions. With or without Khan, people have decided to vote and demand for a new system, a new dream and a new risk. It was as if everyone felt what I felt as tweets, statuses, and love poured in from all corners of ...

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Do we even have a leader to vote for?

In my 20 years of life, I have never seen such a level of excitement amongst people to vote, especially when nothing has changed. The political parties are the same, their members are the same and the leaders are also the same. Some of the parties contesting have already had the opportunity to rule Pakistan and their performance is there for all to see. The other two, supposedly the ‘underdogs’ and extensively branded as the ambassadors of the much-needed and labelled ‘inevitable’ change, don’t seem to be too promising either. Former army chief Pervez Musharraf, who reigned the country for eight ...

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Why I am not impressed by ‘Naya Pakistan’

These are dark and trying times for Pakistan. Violence, sectarian conflict and political turmoil have led the people of this country to the brink of a ‘national nervous breakdown’. We sometimes need a hug, even if it’s in the form of a song. On paper, it is the perfect time, thus, for a song like “Naya Pakistan” to mark its place in the hearts of patriots who have lost hope and faith in a Pakistan that was once fought very hard for. Musically, the song has a great introduction, a good beat and strong guitar solos. Junaid Jamshed’s voice sets the tone ...

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