Pakistan’s growing and inspiring rap culture

For all those decrying the death of creativity in Pakistani music, the rise and rise of Pakistani rap is an eye-opener. While  Pakistani rap started with Fakhar-e-alam, once the comic Ahmad Ali Butt (White boy from L-town) was the only rapper of note in the Indus Music (IM) days. Most of the recent acclaim however, has been garnered by the witty Waderai Ka Beta fame Ali Gul Pir. The well-produced Adil Omer from Islamabad (BC Kholo), along with Osama Cum Laude (I’m Zoning), both of whom rap primarily in English, have also been making waves.

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Jang group’s propaganda against the ISI

Political and defence circles have expressed serious concerns over Jang Group’s attempt to implicate the national security institutions – particularly the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) – in the gun attack on Geo TV senior anchor Hamid Mir.

Mir was seriously wounded when gunmen ambushed his car on Sharea Faisal around 5:15pm minutes after he flew into Karachi from Islamabad. Soon after the attack, Geo TV blamed the ISI. The allegations did not even take into the account the fact that investigations into the attack had not even begun.

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Civil Society’s role in combating crime

A few months ago, something happened in Karachi that Karachiites would not have believed even in their wildest dreams. A middle-aged police constable signalled a black Prado to stop; the said car was being escorted by not one but two vehicles full of guards. 

Those who were witnessing this spectacle began a process of elimination much in the fashion of Sherlock Holmes. Was the constable asking for a lift from the Prado? No, of course not, he wouldn’t dare ask for a lift from a VIP! 

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Banned Hajj operator pulls off mega scam

A number of ‘tour organising firms’ in the city exist only to swindle customers out of millions as they continue their affairs even after being blacklisted by the religious affairs ministry and the Travel Agents Association of Pakistan.

In the latest of such scams, Muhammad Ahmed Qadri, the head of a tour organising firm, Karwan-e-Islami International (Private ) Limi-ted, managed to get away with around Rs20 million, along with the passports of 250 would-be pilgrims, who wanted to perform Umrah. Continue reading Banned Hajj operator pulls off mega scam

Light rain relieves part of Thar – imbroglio

Parts of the parched Islamkot tehsil in Tharparkar received low rainfall on Saturday night and Sunday, providing relief from surging temperatures. Agriculturists say the problem of livestock feed will be addressed to some extent through the scattered showers.

A resident of Morano village in Islamkot, Gul Muhammad Morano said that the rain came with strong winds and a brief hailstorm. According to Morano, the hailstorm injured dozens of livestock animals and peacocks. Some other unverified accounts also claimed deaths of livestock and peacocks.

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Mir’s allegations will be met in the court: Army

Reacting to the ‘baseless allegations’ levelled by Geo TV against the premier intelligence agency, the chief military spokesperson said on Sunday that Pakistan Army will take legal action in accordance with the law and Constitution.

“We are evaluating the baseless allegations levelled against the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) from all aspects and there should be no doubt that we will take legal action [against Geo TV],” Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj-Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa told Express News on Sunday. Continue reading Mir’s allegations will be met in the court: Army

Mouths louder than gun shots!

Karachi’s shooters targeted a prominent journalist and were promptly let off the hook by a segment of the media that immediately began making wild unfounded allegations about ISI (Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence Agency) being behind the attack.

The actual attackers and those who launched them must be laughing themselves silly because no one was really looking for them—everyone and their aunts were taking this opportunity to vent their personal grievances against the ISI and indirectly the entire military establishment.

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Pakistani bowlers advised to accept ’15 degree’ limit

Saqlain-MushtaqPakistani spin bowling legend Saqlain Mushtaq has said that players should move on accept the current rules of the ICC regarding 15 degrees of permissible straightening of the elbow joint for all bowlers in international cricket.

Widely regarded as the inventor of the famed ‘doosra’ delivery, Mushtaq is considered as one of the greatest spin bowlers and was the first off-spinner to consistently utilise the doosra which formed a key part of his armoury in both Tests and ODIs. Continue reading Pakistani bowlers advised to accept ’15 degree’ limit

Mir’s allegation do not reflect Geo’s stance: Management

HAMID MIRThe management of the Jang and Geo News group on Sunday distanced itself from the allegations levelled against the ISI with its anchors claiming that the Mir brother’s allegations did not reflect the media outfit’s stance on the issue.

Soon after the attack on Mir, most media houses had aired allegations against the ISI and its director-general for over 14 hours since the attack took place. Continue reading Mir’s allegation do not reflect Geo’s stance: Management

Dozens killed in Karachi-bound bus crash

A bus travelling to Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi has collided with a tractor-trailer, killing at least 42 people and injuring 17 others.

Among those killed in Sunday’s accident were 14 children and 13 women, the AFP news agency quoted the police as saying. Continue reading Dozens killed in Karachi-bound bus crash