Credibility across mediums

As a Pakistani growing up from the seventies to the present era many of us would remember the familiar music and sounds of the bbc urdu service on radio which remains to this present day one of the most reliable news services on that medium for us here in the land of the pure. The…

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Aman – Initiation

My interaction with the Aman foundation began a few years back when I was attending a TED X conference here in Karachi and they had one of their ambulances standing outside for people to check out. From the outside the yellow ambulance looked a bit bigger than the normal body carrier we see moving around this increasingly…

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Educate pakistan yourself

I have spent the better half of last month reading instead of writing. I feel this is a necessary exercise both as a digital activist and as a writer to absorb whats going on in Pakistan’s digital media space. While I have been doing this Musharraf has returned to Pakistan to quite a bit of hype earlier…

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From ashes to flame

The last week in Karachi has been bleak to say the least. The abbas town blasts almost shattered the spine of one of the most hardened and resilient cities on the face of this planet. When I say this i mean it quite literally because this city of almost unimaginable proportions 19 million at last…

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Youth tech camp – Experiences

Participants of the youth tech conference in Islamabad show a lot of energy, enthusiasm and dedication on being part of this community of world wide learners. Here are some of their responses on what they have experienced so far :       All these technology related stuff that we get to learn it here in…

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Fighting hunger one person at a time

Having done relief work for over two years now one thing has become plain to me, you have to focus on one thing and do it well. When the floods hit the first time round, we were all over the place providing food rations, cooked meals, tents, water proofing roofs, medicals camps, etc etc, we literally ran our selves and our group (SA…

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Ho yaqeen

A month or so ago Coca Cola Pakistan took our social media community on a “happiness cruise”. I have to admit at that point I was pretty skeptical as to what all could be really achieved from this exercise.  Reason being that quite a few social media initiatives have been started and left to drift…

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Letter from A Q Saggu to his student Maj. Zaka

  Today is my birthday. I was born to an officer of Merchant Navy named Abdur Rauf Saggu on tenth April, 1955. It was Sunday and lady doctor Mrs. Benjamin (RIP) had to leave her Easter Service in the church to help bring me into this world, where the Departure Mark is now closer than…

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Helping Pakistan one zahir at a time

Many Pakistanis I meet are fed up, frustrated and pissed off at their lives being incomplete because even though they make enough they aren’t fulfilled. The chief reason they usually give for this un fulfillment is that they want to help their country but do not know how to. Obviously in a place where the system is morally and ethically…

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Winter clothing drive by NWO

We at Sarelief have worked with Nishat wellfare group through out this year in different stages on flood relief activities.  At present our funds have run out but since Nishat is gathering money for winter clothing for  flood affected and other poor families for distribution in Uc Burhoon district Sanghar, we are doing what we…

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