Karachi literature festival 2012

Three years old, the Karachi literary festival at least by its lineup seems to have come of age finally. I was there last year and although there was much local talent present the international big name flair seemed to have given the festival a miss as many invited Indian authors could not get visas on…

Share
Continue Reading

Here comes the change?

There is a strange feeling in the air these days. No its not the smell of rotting blood from the carcasses strew about after Eid ul adha but something a little more unfamiliar. Everywhere I go and whoever I meet talks about one subject alone, what should we make of “Imran Khan” Previously the same…

Share
Continue Reading

The tall tale of the bull

One of my neighbors has gotten a bull. It is not just the usual run of the mill, medium-sized animal either, this one is big – bigger than I am and frolics in the area because after all it would be pretty cruel for the owners to keep him locked up. A few nights ago,…

Share
Continue Reading

OBL’s death and the mystery around it

The day the twin towers fell on 9/11 in New york the world changed for the worse. From then on started the largest man hunt in history for a man known as “OBL” or Osama bin Ladin, the leader of Alqaeda, a terrorist organization hell bent on destroying life as we knew it . Two…

Share
Continue Reading

A welcome move

As educated members of this society we often stress on the importance of developing the learning sector and pooh pooh our country for being “so backward” when it comes to imparting knowledge in any organized manner to the masses. Odes have been written about how much we could benefit if we were to just allocate…

Share
Continue Reading

Wither lifesavers

In the last month post graduate doctors (young doctors),  protested for higher pay and better benefits  and went on indefinite strike across Punjab. Which after a recent meeting with the CM there they have finally decided to call off. They resigned en masse from their positions in the public healthcare system, 750 in Faisalabad and 1500 in Rawalpindi ….

Share
Continue Reading

Letter from Pk Journo in Bahrain

I write this in great distress. As the world knows, there has been a wave of protests in Bahrain that has rocked the entire country. While most of the world, including our brothers in Pakistan and media want to see it as a sequel to the incidents in Tunisia and Egypt, let me assure you…

Share
Continue Reading

The plight of Pak workers in Bahrain protests

Following is an eye witness account received from a staffer in Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain where he was witness to the brutality exerted on poor Pakistani workers at the hands of the protesters which had laid siege to this complex for well over 3 weeks and in the last three days had stormed inside the hospital, set up their own media unit and were beating Pakistani’s…

Share
Continue Reading

The global game of power

The world has watched in jubilation the scenes of revolution in Tunisia, Egypt and Bahrain over the last few weeks. In each instance, the populace of the country in question has peacefully demanded change and has managed to achieve it, either in the shape of a change in government or concessions being made by ruling…

Share
Continue Reading

How did BBC Asian Network allow this?

The BBC Asian network has generally been regarded as a standard in the world of radio broadcasting since its inception on 20th October 1988. Its focus being on news and programmes featuring the music, culture and diversity of England’s asian community. Listeners to this network were thus understandably shocked when on the 1st of Feb in a radio program hosted by Mr Nihil Ashanayake whilst…

Share
Continue Reading