Stories about social media

The Noorani attack proves Pakistan will continue being religiously intolerant

A few days ago, a friend of mine (who is a renowned activist) jokingly made a comment on Facebook that no suicide bomber would ever consider detonating in Lasbela, Balochistan because it’s unbelievably hot there; no bomber is mad enough to kill himself in such scorching heat. Alas, he was proven wrong. On Saturday, a young suicide bomber targeted a Sufi shrine near Lasbela, killing around 60 people and injuring more than a 100. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, and right now, I wish – as insensitive as that joke was – that my friend had been right. His words ...

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Three reasons why PSL should be separated from PCB

The highly anticipated second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is almost upon us, but the controversy and confusion surrounding it still remains thick and cloudy. Najam Sethi’s earlier announcement regarding the venue of the league’s final remained the topic of discussion for weeks, and now a new concern has been raised regarding the alleged “privatisation” of PSL. Recently, after having an eight hour long meeting with the chairman and members of the board of directors (BOG) of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Sethi announced that the board had been successfully persuaded and, therefore, has agreed to separate itself from the league with plans to make ...

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Who is the mastermind behind this presidential election?

The current political climate is a hurricane, and we, the people, are trapped in the middle of it. We, the people, of the United States (US) – sound familiar? – are to decide who the victor of this presidency will be, and our choice within this Democratic Republic will determine whether or not we escape the eye of the storm. The same two names have been spoken about, ridiculed, condemned, and praised for what seems to be centuries at this point, but we fail to recognise the pattern at which the incoming news about each of the candidates has revealed itself. The GOP debates, the ...

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Let’s face it, our need to network trumps true friendships

Of the myriad toxic habits incorporated by the modern day people, there’s one that is so rampant in practice and seemingly innocuous in nature that people hardly notice they’re doing it. That habit, my friends, is the habit of hoarding virtual friendships in our lives. Yes, the usage of the word ‘hoarding’ is intentional and, before you go off on a tirade about how I’m objectifying people, let me explain why. Consider the modern day practice of socialising. We meet someone, somewhere (or virtually), establish communication, strike a mental connection (though most people tend to skip this step altogether), determine ...

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I had an affair with Fawad Khan and I refuse to hide it

Now that I have your attention – maybe a bit too much of it – you will find out soon enough that this piece has nothing to do with the headline. It is so far off from what you thought it would be that it gives me the perfect opportunity to convey my point. These headlines are click-bait, a strategy media outlets are now using to gather pace on social media, since that is where most traffic originates from. Relatively unknown ‘news’ organisations, such as FHM, Brands Magazine, ProPakistani, and others within the Pakistani landscape, are proving to be quite ...

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Chaiwala pe charcha in India

Irony just died a few deaths. At a time when Indian women and their aunts are wondering whether or not to publically lament the ‘ghar wapsi’ of the original heart throb Fawad Khan, another man has caught their fickle fancy. And as the crow flies or rather the Sada-e- Sarhad bus plies, he couldn’t be geographically closer but those miles today are politically insurmountable. An Indian friend married to a Pakistani once told me, the Pakhtun shopkeepers are finer than the work on the famous Afghan carpets they sell. Now I know what she means, as do most of the ...

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Jack Reacher: Never Go back (take a cue from the title and don’t ever go back to it)

During the 90’s, a sure shot way to figure out a wannabe was to ask a simple question involving the identity of their favorite Hollywood actor. The acid test usually yielded a cringe worthy Tom Cruise or a Brad Pitt. Every now and then you also get a wise-ass girl pseudo-retorting with an, ‘Apnay aap ko Tom Cruise samajhtay ho kya?’ (Do you think you’re Tom Cruise?) type of lousy comeback line. Even then I would be all ‘heck no!  I’d rather frikkin be a Bobby De Niro than the overrated Cruise’. Tom Cruise in Jack ...

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Will Pakistan be able to #SaveNabeel?

In September, Nabeel Masih, a sixteen-year-old Christian boy was charged under Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws. His crime was ‘liking’ a post that allegedly ‘defamed and disrespected’ the Kaaba. Over a month later the police have yet to submit an initial investigation report to the courts. This means Nabeel is currently languishing in jail. His family has been forced into hiding and, fearing for their safety, many of his Christian neighbours have fled the area. Fair trials are uncommon in blasphemy law cases. Should Nabeel have a proper and fair day in court he’d likely be found not guilty for two reasons. First, there is ...

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My guitar and me

My interest in music developed when I was in the third grade. I began to play the flute and snare drums. My parents had always made it a point to get me involved in extracurricular activities and music was on top of that list. One day, my father told me to move on and learn how to play a ‘proper’ instrument – not that flutes and snare drums aren’t, but he wanted me to venture further. Maybe he saw something I couldn’t see at the time. So, as any other obedient child would, I complied. He encouraged me to learn ...

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Thank God for Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan!

Thank God for Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan, their powers are unlimited! Now that they are back in Pakistan, India is safe and the Indian actors whose jobs they took or whose films (see Ajay Devgn) might have flopped because of their magical presence in side roles or extended cameos are even safer. However, don’t underestimate the power these two extraordinary individuals possess, one tweet from them, one line on Facebook, or just a simple press release and the entire Kashmir issue would be resolved. It is just amazing how selfish they are by holding back, when a little effort on their part ...

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