Bryan Farris: See You Later Pakistan

Perhaps it is fitting that my last month in Pakistan has been the month of Ramzan (Ramadan). For those unfamiliar, Ramzan is the month of sacrifice in the Islamic calendar. Jawad Aslam, my CEO, close friend and resident expert on all things Muslim, described Ramzan to me as “religious boot camp”.

On the surface, Ramzan . . . → Read More: Bryan Farris: See You Later Pakistan

Govt reports on Karachi violence lack facts: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Monday expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s reports on Karachi violence, saying the reports lack facts that are needed to make headway in the case.

The reports were submitted by Attorney General Anwarul Haq during the suo motu hearing of the unrest in Karachi.

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It takes a village

An open-top military jeep arrived in our village from nowhere. It was a tough vehicle which the soldier driver had managed to bring here although no road, paved or unpaved, led to my village. He must have driven rough through streams, rivulets, mounds and narrow walking paths. It was summer and the year was probably . . . → Read More: It takes a village

Making Streets Safe For Pakistani Children

Nadeem knows first hand the misery of life on the streets. Sexually assaulted as a child, he became a pimp of young boys — the only way he knew how to survive as a member of Pakistan’s underclass.

He says he was 12 years old when he was attacked. Since then, he has . . . → Read More: Making Streets Safe For Pakistani Children

Mutassim Gaddafi’s Playboy Playmate

Filipino servants wearing spotless white jackets mixed his favourite Jack Daniels whisky and coke, and then Mutassim Gaddafi raised his glass and toasted the victory that he was sure was close.

Relaxing in one of his Tripoli homes just over a week ago, during a break from commanding at the front, the fifth son of . . . → Read More: Mutassim Gaddafi’s Playboy Playmate

PCB to search Waqar’s replacement after Eid

The Pakistan Cricket Board will start their search for a coach to replace Waqar Younis immediately after Eid and the whole process will be handled by a special committee to be constituted by the Board.

A PCB official also made it clear that the option of hiring a foreign coach cannot be ruled out as . . . → Read More: PCB to search Waqar’s replacement after Eid

Major Imran Ahmed’s Last Letter to his Wife (Translated)

Translated Version of Major Imran Ahmed’s Last Letter to his Wife

Assalam-o-Alaikum,

[Islamic Greeting: “May peace be upon you”]

Kaisi ho Maira? Ummeed hai khairiat se hogi, main bhi khairiat se hee hoon. Maira shayad yeh khat mera aakhri khat ho isliye isko sambhaalkar rakhna, kamsekam jab tak Zaid bada nahin hojaata. Kal Zaid ki . . . → Read More: Major Imran Ahmed’s Last Letter to his Wife (Translated)

Saudi beheading fuels backlash in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia – As leader of Indonesia’s — and the world’s — largest Muslim organization, Said Aqil Siraj used to get pelted with angry e-mails and text messages whenever he questioned Saudi Arabia’s rigid, ultra-puritanical take on Islam.

But the often menacing messages recently stopped — cut off by a single stroke from a Saudi . . . → Read More: Saudi beheading fuels backlash in Indonesia

Silent Revolution in Pakistan: Redefining Identity

Redefining Identity: How Young Technologists Are Leading a Silent Revolution in Pakistan (c) 2011 FiveRivers Technologies. A FiveRivers Technologies and Pepper.pk production. Redefining Identity takes a look at the amazing entrepreneurship and creativity that is being unleashed in Pakistan, where young technologists are coming together to lead a very real revolution that has powerful social, . . . → Read More: Silent Revolution in Pakistan: Redefining Identity

Who Will Be Pakistan’s Hazare?

Former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi observed on Thursday that the solution to all national problems lied in elimination of corruption, saying Pakistan also needed Anna Hazare-like movement.

“The people of Pakistan will have to raise voice against corruption as it has plagued our society,” he added while talking to the media persons . . . → Read More: Who Will Be Pakistan’s Hazare?