Stories about Pakistani government

Subjugation and Kashmir during the 100 days of the Modi Sarkaar

More than a hundred days of Modi Sarkar’s achey din are over and since then the Indian premier has visited the occupied territory of Jammu and Kashmir twice. Lately, the disputed region, for a constellation of reasons, has also taken up quite a bit of space in the news. Starting from a debate over the abrogation of Article 370, which gives Kashmir special status, on paper at least, from the Constitution of India to the recent cancellation of foreign secretary level talks between India and Pakistan, Kashmir has dominated headlines and been the subject of prime time discussions on TV in India. An in-depth analysis of these ...

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From India: It wasn’t us, Pakistan!

I was sitting on Facebook when a friend of mine, a very patriotic Indian, messaged me informing me of the airport attack in Karachi. I replied expressing shock and grief, a feeling he reciprocated. We, the educated youth of India who love the music of Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, and have no qualms with Ali Zafar starring in Bollywood movies, only empathise with victims of terrorism anywhere in the world. Terrorism has been affecting our own country since the late 1980s; starting with the killings and forced displacements of Kashmiri Hindus, followed by a series of ...

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Pakistan’s official website is an embarrassment!

I tried to be objective; I tried to look at it neutrally, but let’s face it, Pakistan’s official government website is a disgrace. Building a website isn’t really very expensive and we have plenty of talent here, then why is the website in shambles? Well, I think the main reason is because incompetent politicised government employees made it and they are not bothered to put forth something that represents the brilliance Pakistan is capable of. Let me walk you through what happens as you hit www.pakistan.gov.pk  The speed The first thing that hits you is the speed of our official website; the website’s load-time is ...

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Alpine Skiing and the two Pakistanis who made a new record!

Imagine yourself clipped into a pair of 216cm downhill skis, pushing out of the start and flying at 145km/h down a steep, icy slope. Imagine the snow conditions ranging from bulletproof ice to slushy ruts and the terrain ranging from a near cliff to flat ground all in the same breadth. It’s not an easy task to confront a tsunami of challenges that Alpine skiing throws at you. Alpine skiing, also known as downhill skiing, is the sport of sliding down snow-covered hills on skis with fixed-heel bindings. Sounds scary? Well, it is! Photo: Pakistan Adventure Tours and Expeditions ...

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Pakistan’s murder: Aftermath of Nanga Parbat massacre

Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), a thinly populated area in the northern parts of Pakistan, is solely dependent upon tourism and agriculture for its sustenance. Commonly known as the mountaineers’ paradise on earth, it is safe to assume that the world’s top mountaineers and trekkers know this region better than most Pakistanis do, since a majority of the Pakistanis do not know a lot about G-B, other than that this land hosts five of the world’s tallest 14 peaks, which are above 8,000 metres. Last week, G-B was in the media spotlight as 10 foreign climbers and their Pakistani guide were killed by ...

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Dear Jinnah, I am sorry to disappoint …

Honourable Mr Mohammad Ali Jinnah, I’m convinced you’re well and in a much better place. I’m a citizen of Pakistan and after having enough, I thought I should speak to you – inform you about the Pakistan you fought for on our behalf. Sir, we have your picture on Pakistani currency which we use for bribing. We also have your picture in our government offices, under which our managers (I’m sorry Sir, but I don’t find any leader in this country as of now) sit and rape (literally) the constitution and tell lies. Sir, the Pakistan you thought of, we are nowhere ...

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No lamination paper, thus no passports for any Pakistani citizen

“May I help you?” asked the lady behind the counter.  “Yes, I’m here to renew my driver’s license,” said my husband candidly.    “May I see your passport and proof of your legal residence in the United States?” “Yes, here they are.” The lady glanced at my husband’s passport which had expired in March but still had a valid visa on it. My husband had applied for the renewal of his passport way back in January and by mid-April, we still had no news about it, except that our government had run out of lamination paper – seriously, it’s true. His passport was stamped ...

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Killed and forgotten: Another ‘police encounter’

“The criminal was killed in a police encounter” This, unfortunately, is becoming an all-too common phrase among the law enforcers, especially the Punjab Police, which have become notorious for extrajudicial killings in recent years. Over 300 suspects were killed in police encounters in Punjab last year, and this month alone there have been five in Rawalpindi, including two brothers. Ghulam Sajjad and Malik Jamshaid were shot dead during a raid by a team of elite force led by two security officers at the Katarian locality, to arrest ‘some terrorists’. An elite force commando was also killed in the shoot-out. The way the ...

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Why won’t you give Hazaras asylum, Australia?

On February 16, 2013, when a 1000kg explosive laden water tanker exploded in the midst of a crowded market in Hazara Town, Quetta, it not only destroyed lives and property but it also destroyed Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s vision of a tolerant Pakistan. In the mulch of torn pieces of women, children, tradesmen, charred vehicles and rubble, lay dead the ideology of Pakistan. Let it be plainly said that Pakistan is not safe for Hazaras anymore as the state has clearly failed to provide security to this community, let there be no argument on this. So what to do? Where to go? Resist and be ...

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Revolution is in the air

I watch the electronic window, In the corner of my room, I see the cricketer promise, An exit from this doom, I see the cleric swing his fist, Throwing curses everywhere, Inhale the winds of change for, Revolution is in the air! I watch the men in charge, Giving excuses for this state, I notice in the anchor’s tone, Frequencies of distaste, I see the opposition complain, As if they really care, Inhale the winds of change for, Revolution is in the air! I see my streets burn, In the fire of mistrust, I see the protesters yelling, As they burn another bus, Behind which the owner stands, Asking if this is fair, Inhale ...

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