Stand up for love

Its hard to shut it off…its a constant stream… your mind can shut off your body can shut off your senses can shut off but the stream goes on…you wake up and the phone is jumping around buzzing like a mosquito…I only woke up early on this particular day because it buzzed about 200 times…

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I am not charlie or ahmed and I don’t want to be either

Lets call a spade a spade here shall we, what happened at the offices of Charlie Hebdo last Wednesday was a grotesque act of savagery and murder & what happened at the same offices before the attack in the name of cartoons and satire wasn’t anything short of extremely offensive and demeaning either. Demeaning not…

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The road back

I cannot use a mobile phone to make calls from home anymore. Its been the same case for about 6 months now ever since we got the news that there are several V.I.P prisnors residing in the central jail close to our house and thus mobile jammers are being put in place to make sure no…

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Unity at what cost

Our media is in an uproar these days, divided along the lines of “what is ethical” Its one channel against the rest of them and the point of contention is Geo’s coverage after the Hamid Mir attack. I was among the first to question the modus operandi being exercised on air, as in my personal…

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Of budgets and mango men

The challenge of presenting a budget that is well received in this country with its broken fiscal back and empty coffers is an ask for any government. For a newly elected one it may have proven to be a question they couldn’t answer correctly at this moment in time. Why do I say that? Well…

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Abbas town blast

  3:00 Am Another evening and another blast in Karachi. This time in a motorcycle according to DSP Sachal Qamar Ahmed. The bomb was placed at the entrance of Abbas town which is a densely populated area  with lots of tea shops and was powerful enough to destroy the facades of several building in that area….

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PTA’s alleged persistent pursuit of a URL filtration and blocking system is not acceptable

Please note that this is an unconfirmed report but from a reliable source, we are following the situation and will be publishing confirmed reports immediately.  Karachi 20th June 2012:  We received information from a reliable source that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) issued a notification to other government departments announcing the installation of a filtering system. This has in turn…

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Of fashion and my confusion with it

This past week has been sort of a mixed bag for me. First of all Showcase was held in Karachi and Pak tea house collaborated to bring live tweeting from it via cover it live. It was a short event and went off well but i was unable to attend unfortunately due to the situation in…

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Discontent with mainstream media

Shahid afridi’s arrival back in karachi had more fireworks then the final of the asia cup. He tried to come out like he normally does without much security, there was a throng waiting for him, beyond which was his daughter and then it happened. Someone stepped on his daughters toes, she screamed – people pushed,…

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Firewall looming

  These days social media in Pakistan is abuzz about the new spectre of doom it is facing.  All of us got to hear about it through an ad placed in a local newspaper from “The national ICT R&D fund” which actively invites both local and foreign software and hardware companies to help develop a…

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