Women are slowly changing Pakistan

There was a strange dichotomy amongst the women I met whilst in Pakistan. For every woman I’d meet that was breaking all social norms, spearheading change, shattering all glass ceilings, walls and doors, I would meet another resolutely uninformed about the conditions of the ‘have nots’ and more interested in the more banal pursuits of . . . → Read More: Women are slowly changing Pakistan

The world’s funniest man could be a Pakistani

Welcome to the voting page for the semi-finals round of the Funniest Person in the World, streamed live from the World Famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood! Voting will start at 8pm (U.S. Pacific time) On October 20th and will continue until 4pm on October 21st.

Thank you to the thousands and thousands around the world . . . → Read More: The world’s funniest man could be a Pakistani

Na Maloom Afraad – A good comedy from Pakistan

The recently released Na Maloom Afraad could veritably be perceived as an insider’s roller-coaster ride through Karachi.

Director Nabeel Qureshi is very obviously a Karachi-dweller — he traverses the city, even as he regales with the story of three hapless no-gooders scheming to make a quick buck. Not that the movie won’t appeal to . . . → Read More: Na Maloom Afraad – A good comedy from Pakistan

The narrative deficit

It is said that one narrative cannot give you truth, but, different narratives have portions of truth coupled with portions of myth and falsity. It is always important to get all narratives on the front, in order for the targeted audience or any viewer to interpret them as he or she may like. This is . . . → Read More: The narrative deficit

CONTAINER LIVING

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One perhaps unintended spin-off of the dharnas episode has been the interest in the use of containers. There was the repulsive use of containers as obstacles to movement and as barricades against onslaughts by crazed mobs. This may catch on with government agencies and political parties but holds no attraction for the public at . . . → Read More: CONTAINER LIVING

Setting the narrative in the Seraiki belt

By Ayesha Siddiqa

Bilawal Bhutto’s visit to Multan got many people excited about the future of the Pakistan People’s Party. It was a moving sight to see old women welcoming Benazir Bhutto’s son with such love. However, this is too early to determine whether the party will come back to life, especially in . . . → Read More: Setting the narrative in the Seraiki belt

Rapprochement finally takes root in Afghanistan’s election crisis

Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani finalized a power-sharing agreement on Saturday, ending months of tension in the country, and officially signed the pact on Sunday in a ceremony with President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul (BBC, Guardian, NYT, Pajhwok, RFE/RL, TOLO News, WSJ). According to reports, teams for both . . . → Read More: Rapprochement finally takes root in Afghanistan’s election crisis

China machinery engineering corporation signed deal for indigenous coal in energy sector

A MoU was signed between the Punjab government and the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) for mechanical mining of indigenous coal in Salt Range here on Sunday.

Secretary Minerals Dr Arshad Mahmood signed the MoU on behalf of the Punjab government while Vice President Jingkai on behalf of the CMEC. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif . . . → Read More: China machinery engineering corporation signed deal for indigenous coal in energy sector

In conversation with one of the mutiny leaders of PIA flight incident

Cellphone videos of the anti-VIP mutiny on PIA’s Karachi to Islamabad flight PK 370 have become a viral sensation, even in India. The flight was originally scheduled to take off at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15 but was delayed, according to the government, by 90 minutes because of technical reasons and another 25 minutes because . . . → Read More: In conversation with one of the mutiny leaders of PIA flight incident

Scotland can do it alone

my country, Scotland, decides whether to remain a part of the United Kingdom or go it alone as an independent sovereign nation. I have been a vocal advocate of the Yes campaign, and spoke at its start in Edinburgh in May 2012.

Last week, during a . . . → Read More: Scotland can do it alone