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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Killing hope for honor

  A 15 year old life was extinguished in the azad jammu and kashmir area of Pakistan last week. Anvu sha was not attending some wedding where a drone strike ended her life or was not the victim of some dastardly attack by the Taliban, no she was killed by being doused with acid by…

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Wake up calls

  I dont know how many write ups am I going to start with the words, its been a week from hell. Seems like lately every week is a week from hell here in Pakistan and all we can do as people who actually live here is to hold on to any sort of hope,…

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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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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…

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Who’s perception is this?

This is a map presented by Transparency International  based on according to them the “perception corruption index” The more corrupt countries are in shades of red while the less corrupt ones are in lighter colors of yellow and so on. Although I have no qualms with the International in TIP’s name as most of their…

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Practical optimism

Recently, I had been going through the  website of Youth Parliament Of Pakistan which focuses on Youth in the country and Youth’s awareness education and training in the norms of politics and democracy in the country. Several initiatives relating to the education and training of the youth of Pakistan have been launched and are running successfully, in…

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The urge to ban

Thou shalt not watch foreign media. A notion supported by many Pakistanis who foster a misconception that placement of such a ban would increase revenue for Pakistani media industry, halt Pakistanis from preferring to watch other channels, and also would indirectly cease Pakistani artists from heading over to the neighboring country. Why and how, one…

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Shame on Cricket & Pakistan

Cricket these days is not how it used to be. This is the understatement of the year as cricket is actually transformed ala 20 20 into something many of us cannot even understand anymore. Oh sure its hit and giggle and seemed fun in the start but the whole ambiance seems to be eroding the…

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Chaos in Karachi

Its been two days since the explosion which took place in the procession taken out by the shia community on the 10th of moharram.  43 people have been declared dead up till now, this is despite the fact that the suicide bomber was stopped by a scout and a ranger both of whom lost their…

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