Well done Ali Zafar for helping Pakistani Squash player

Noorena Shams could not believe the fact that it was her ‘real hero’ Ali Zafar who helped her out with sponsorship, so that she could take part in the Asian Squash Tournament.

Apparently, Ali Zafar is not only a versatile, talented artist of note but he also has a big heart and tends to help . . . → Read More: Well done Ali Zafar for helping Pakistani Squash player

Minority persecution in South Asia is often exaggerated

I had written in an article on this very forum some time back that many Indians and Pakistanis validate their deep-rooted nationalist prejudices by exaggerating the problems of the religious minorities on the other side of the border.

As an Indian, I have written articles informing my fellow countrymen that Pakistan has had a Christian . . . → Read More: Minority persecution in South Asia is often exaggerated

Third Oscar for Pakistani Visual Effects Artist

Richard Parker swims in the Life of Pi ocean. Afterwards, the 10 million hair on the Bengal tiger’s body are wiped down, his fur gradually morphing from dripping wet to dry. In Frozen, we watch the little girl Elsa create snowfall and her enchanting ice world emerge. The line between fantasy and reality blurs, so . . . → Read More: Third Oscar for Pakistani Visual Effects Artist

The exceptionalist Pakistani narrative eating up Pakistan

Recent revelations from the otherwise dormant Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah made the entire country undergo a cognitive dissonance of sorts. Well-educated militants are behind high-profile attacks, Shah proclaimed in a press conference from Nawabshah. IBA graduate, Saad Aziz, was said to be the mastermind of rights activist Sabeen Mahmud’s murder, and the main . . . → Read More: The exceptionalist Pakistani narrative eating up Pakistan

Writers gather around the freedom of expression

More than 150 writers have written an open letter to the Bangladeshi government calling for action to protect free expression and to bring perpetrators to justice

More than 150 writers from around the world, including Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and Colm Tóibín, have added their name to a Guardian letter condemning . . . → Read More: Writers gather around the freedom of expression

Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional title goes to 6 years old Humza Shahzad

Humza Shahzad sat the Microsoft Office Specialist exam, which is usually taken by adults who specialize in word processing and spreadsheets, and managed to pass it with flying colors. In order to clear the exam, Microsoft Certification requires a candidate to score 700 points. Humza scored a total of 757 points on the exam, which . . . → Read More: Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional title goes to 6 years old Humza Shahzad

Chimamanda’s golden words at her lecture

“No one is being murdered or hauled off by the American government to prison for writing a novel,” said Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her Arthur Miller Freedom to Write lecture, which closed the PEN World Voices festival in New York Sunday night. Though couched in a thoughtful set of anecdotes, Adichie . . . → Read More: Chimamanda’s golden words at her lecture

Islam has already had a reformation and it didn’t make the faith more pluralistic

In recent months, cliched calls for reform of Islam, a 1,400-year-old faith, have intensified. “We need a Muslim reformation,” announced Newsweek. “Islam needs reformation from within,” said the Huffington Post. Following January’s massacre in Paris, the Financial Times nodded to those in the west who believe the secular Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, . . . → Read More: Islam has already had a reformation and it didn’t make the faith more pluralistic

Jahangir Khan’s plan to bring back squash glory

Pakistan´s Jahangir Khan, often described as the greatest squash player of all time, has outlined a new plan which he hopes will spark a revival of the sport in his homeland.

It involves transforming a situation in which Pakistan, once by far squash´s most successful nation, has had no British Open winner since 1997, nor . . . → Read More: Jahangir Khan’s plan to bring back squash glory