A Chance to Promote Peace on Our Roads

August 30, 2014
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 Pakistani electronic and print media has played no positive role in countering the hate, xenophobia and bigotry that has permeated into our society. The public space in Pakistan, specially Punjab, has been taken over by the right-wing organizations. It has been filled with callas for jihad, social and monetary boycott of religious minorities, incitement to […]

Amrika Chalo! –Really?

January 5, 2012
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by Awais Masood While going to watch Ajoka Theatre’s new play ‘Amrika Chalo’, I had in mind the pleasant memories from last year when I watched its play ‘Dara’, a beautiful ensemble of colours, costumes, music and dance that brought to life the historical tragedy of Dara Shikoh.  Keeping in context, the history of Ajoka […]

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Pakistan ki Tareef

December 24, 2011
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by Haseeb Asif Originally published at Kafila Islami Jamhooriya Pakistan ki tareekh Hindustan se bohut purani hai. Balkay Islam se bhi purani hai. Jab aathveen sadi mein Muhammad Bin Qasim Islam phelane bar-e-sagheer tashreef laye tau ye jaan ker sharminda huwe ke yahan tau pehle hi Islami riyasat maujood hai. Yahan kufr ka janam tau […]

Posted in: Humour

For frogs in the well, the world is a big hole

November 25, 2011
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  A well is a perfect place for frogs, especially when they are born there and have no idea about a bigger world out of the dark hole. It is a comfort zone to live a short life, reproduce and die. What a peaceful life and painless death they live! I wish I was a […]

Islamic fundamentalism, post-modernism and science

November 23, 2011
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by Awais Masood Published Daily Times – November 23, 2011 The recent killing of Yemeni-American Imam, Anwar al-Awlaki, in a drone attack has brought to front the significance of Islamist propaganda in cyberspace and its effects on terror recruitment. Hundreds of sermons by Awlaki were available on the internet. He operated a Facebook page, ran […]

Posted in: Politics, Religion, Science

To Aliaa Elmahdy

November 22, 2011
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by Sonia Wahab I will not hide and I will not cover Let the world face my truth I am the life and I am the lover I am living and that’s the truth No god, no rules and no fear Fake is your world, Of honour, respect and dignity Let my body feel the […]

Posted in: Gender, Identity, Media, Religion

Haspataal puhancha day yar, mujhay haspataal tau puhancha day’

June 12, 2011
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Sarfaraz Shah, a youth died in hope for mercy. by Sonia Wahab These are the last words of Sarfaraz Shah, murdered in cold blood by six paramilitary rangers in Karachi. There is very little known to us that how this video was shot so closely and how it got a chance to spread so quickly […]

Let’s talk about it…

April 14, 2011
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by Samina Naseem Yesterday I read in the State News online here in East Lansing, Michigan that Michigan State University (MSU) is celebrating “Pride Week” to celebrate and appreciate the presence of diverse population at MSU. It is mainly about celebrating LBGTA (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender & ally) community and their contribution to the university […]

Posted in: Gender

Because I am an Idol Worshiper

January 26, 2011
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by Samina Naseem Interesting claim that han! Well, born in an orthodox Christian family, brought up in a very traditional system, going church regularly and o yes! Singing in choir and participating in Christmas and Easter programs as well. My parents were blessed Christians and wanted their children to be like them too. They struggled […]

Posted in: Religion, Society

No Country for Sane Men

January 26, 2011
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by Lone Liberal Kohsar market seems to be flickering back to life, but an unmistakable aura of dread and apprehension persists. This was the site of the tragic assassination that took place on the 4th of January. I visited the market yesterday, and it is no longer the place I recall. According to an employee at […]

Submission and Obedience in the name of ‘sharm’ and ‘ghairat’

January 26, 2011
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Pakistani Media representation and Veena Malik (Part II) by Nadia Siddiqui When I wrote my previous article on Veena Malik, I never thought that the controversy would become such a serious national issue of honor and representation. It is really strange that under such critical circumstances of war against terrorism, we are confused to adopt […]

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Pakistan’s Atticus Finch:Salman Taseer

January 7, 2011
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by Usmann Rana In Harper Lee’s much celebrated novel ‘To Kill A Mocking Bird’ , my favorite character is not that of the children but of  their father, Atticus. Atticus Finch, the brutally honest, highly moral, an extremely opinionated tireless crusader for good causes (even hopeless ones). Today I can say that at least a […]

Posted in: Minorities, Religion, Society

I am a woman and I enjoy being myself

December 28, 2010
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Pakistani Media representation of Veena Malik by Nadia Siddiqui Veena Malik is a popular name in our show biz world. Her recent success is a famous Indian reality show, Big Boss. Veena’s has quite explicitly discussed her love affair on the show and chose to be very western in her selection of dresses. As the […]

What is Enlightenment?

December 8, 2010
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By Humayun Nosheerwan They say that there is no such thing as ideal in this world, and to look for one is an unavailing pursuit. But contrary to this popular notion, ideals do exist and they sustain their existence in the minds of the “idealists”. For some it must be quite surprising to know that […]

The Enemy Within

December 3, 2010
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by Humayun Nosheerwan Who is responsible for this dismal and depressingly dark fate of Pakistani nation? And who is to blame for the fear of impending disaster and catastrophic future which now occupies the hearts and minds of people living in this part of the South Asia and in entire Muslim world? WHO is the […]

Posted in: Politics, Society

A Murder by a Theocratic State

November 30, 2010
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by Danish Khan   The state of Pakistan has been in the news again, and unfortunately it is for all the wrong reasons again. This time it is not about any suicide bombing, in fact it is even far more worst than a suicidal bomb blast. In a suicide bombing a single individual kills innocent […]

The left is the devil

November 23, 2010
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This column was published on the op-ed pages of Express on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, written by Orya Maqbool Jan and addresses a wide range of issues from geo-political realities to political ideology. Orya takes on his usual enemies, “the West”, “America” and the liberals in Pakistan whom he and the likes of Ansar Abbasi […]

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Blasphemy Laws

November 22, 2010
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by Nadia Siddiqui   Q: What is Blasphemy? A: Saying something what you don’t believe in. The laws against blasphemy are so apparent to give power in the hands of ruling authorities who can exercise their control in the name of religion. It is so evident from the case of Aasia Bibi, a Christian by […]

Posted in: Minorities, Religion

Plagiarism in The News

November 14, 2010
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My very recent foray into the world of formal writing took off with op-eds that I started writing for Daily Times some two months back (thank you @Mehmal for giving me the opportunity). Since then, I’ve been struggling to balance formal studies and amateur writing and have written nine columns for Daily Times. My October […]

Posted in: Cross posted, Media

Is it That Easy? The Laws of Polygamy in Pakistan

November 7, 2010
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by Nadia Siddiqui A 24-year-old-man in Multan married two women in 24 hours. This incident happened in Multan and the media presented it as spicy news for the viewers. We are living in an age where reality shows provide us entertainment. There is no surprise why as an audience we were not enraged by this […]