Were Darwin to sit on the sidelines and observe the entire charade,he would have surely given himself a pat on the back. It’s as if his “Origin of Species” is being read out to him by overly-enthusiastic admirers. What a fulfilling experience it could have been. Alas,the man had to go before his ideas become a popular ‘ism’. It is a nation-wide theatrical activity and an engaging one at that. To think such a conservative country would allow it and celebrate it does not come without surprise. Performers came from close and near to home and from lands far and away and made it a success. The Darwinian Twist,the most celebrated dance move of the year draws its inspiration from Selection 2013.
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Britain’s deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has publicly defended MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s statement on breaking Karachi away from Pakistan. Mr. Clegg says it is ‘free speech.’
Mr. Clegg gave a carefully worded statement to Geo News London correspondent Murtaza Ali Shah. In the statement,Mr. Clegg tried to create an impression that there was no consensus on whether Mr. Hussain’s statements constituted an incitement to murder Pakistani citizens. He also refused to make much of Altaf’s call for the secession of Pakistan’s largest city,Karachi,from the country. The city is virtually under the control of armed gangs linked to political parties,including the MQM.
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In a significant move,China today signed a pact with Pakistan which will connect the latter’s strategically important port of Gwadar to it via rail,road and air routes. The crucial deal was inked during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Islamabad today.
China had taken over operations at the port earlier this year,a move that had upset India.
Once complete,the port,which is close to the Strait of Hormuz –a key shipping lane that serves as a gateway for a third of the world’s traded oil –is seen to be opening up an energy and trade corridor from the Gulf,across Pakistan to western China,and could serve as potential Chinese naval base in the Arabian Sea.
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In drought-choked Rajasthan,Barkha Dutt finds children dying on hilltops so remote that no doctors or nurses have ever made the steep trek up.
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“Other women prisoners say that I deserve to die because I’m a blasphemer,” a woman,accused of defiling two copies of the Holy Quran,told the Additional District and Sessions court on Wednesday.
“Why are people saying I should be killed while the court has not declared me guilty of blasphemy yet?” she said.
The police,she said,had not allowed her relatives to visit her. Neither did the police give her the items or food that her relatives had brought for her,she said.
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In an apparent reaction to ‘hooliganism’ during his speech on Sunday morning,Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Tuesday night disbanded his party’s Karachi Tanzeemi (organising) Committee.
The decision was made following observations and recommendations made by public and party workers during a general workers meeting held at MQM’s head-quarters Nine-Zero,said the party’s official website.
In the wee hours of Sunday,charged workers of the MQM had roughed up members of the Rabita (coordination) Committee,some lawmakers-elect as well as some journalists,during a telephonic address by Hussain from London.
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While western scholars deem it necessary to permit a revolution in Pakistan,the question of whether or not we require a messiah has often boggled the intelligentsia. While nationalism and tradition hailed in Balochistan and Punjab respectively,a ghastly series of repercussions garnered results such as the killing of PTI leader Zahra Shahid Hussain in Sindh. Common sense dictates that Sindh is desperately in need for a political messiah to alleviate the town in lieu of target killings,ethnic violence harboring separatism and a scraped social fabric and security. The general disputation among the intelligentsia regarding the failing political situation of Karachi,the hub of the most influential political party in Sindh,has been to chalk out the cause and effect of the town’s social tumult. Without doubt,MQM is an important power-player that has repatriated ethnic devises and fuelled ethnocentrism of the Muhajir,directly as well as indirectly. Reduced to victimized manipulation,the people of Karachi have fixated on this politics of division and extortion. With an alarming number of people losing their lives to a lack of social security,the solution to a monochromatic political representation of Karachi has been wishy-washy. The Election of 2013,however,reworked the political dynamics of Karachi and managed to considerably compromise the strain exacted by the MQM influence on the region.
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For almost two decades,the seemingly perpetual Middle East “peace process”has been like a hamster-wheel for Palestinians and a merry-go-round for Israelis. All the movement has been a form of running or turning in place. Nothing ever really changes.
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Promoting a brand through sponsorship of music,it seems,has become an important marketing strategy for the world’s largest beverages manufacturers,at least in Pakistan. After phenomenal success of Coke Studio,a television music series sponsored by Coca-Cola Pakistan,the archrival PepsiCo has launched its own music show,Pepsi Smash.
The Pakistani subsidiary of the world’s largest beverages company successfully positioned itself as a higher-end aspirational brand through its sponsorship of Coke Studio,now five seasons old. Starting in 2008,the music series helped the company’s flagship soft drink gain a significant market share in Pakistan – the world’s sixth largest consumer market,dominated by market leader PepsiCo.
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