international women's day in pakistan

Celebrating women or the day?

So, I have to write something for the International Women’s Day (IWD). I think, and then I think some more. I go look at the IWD website for inspiration. It says the theme this year is “Connecting girls, Inspiring futures”. I also find out that the UN theme is different: “Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty.” So, every country and organisation has a…

police man in bunker

From the Mouth of a Babe

“Why is police uncle looking at us?” I follow the tiny finger and see a clad-for-war policeman pointing his gun at us. Sitting hunched inside his fortlet, the policeman changes the position of his gun in his usual sweep of the roadside. I turn to see my nephew’s eyes still focused on the huge gun and wonder how you explain terrorism, security and world peace…

And We all Flow Down – A Look at Pakistan’s Water Crisis

Pakistan has long been a country recognized for its agriculture-based economy – whether after primary, secondary or tertiary processing is beside the point. Our exports-based economy really is based on agricultural produce – ranging from wheat and processed cotton to rice. Honestly speaking, this fact is stressed upon us so forcefully during high school that anyone having completed this level of education can tell you…

women in pakistan

Aunty ‘hot’ honi chahiye, teenagers want change

  “Aunty ko dekho zara,” (Look at the Aunty) I hear a spiky headed teenager say to his equally spiky headed friends. “Chor yara, she isn’t even hot,” says his friend, looking at a woman across the road. Having let go of her fluttering dupatta, the woman, hardly in her late thirties, was bent down, trying to retrieve the oranges that had fallen from her…

Pakistan Waziristan attacks by US

Pakistan and the US – Working for a Greater We or a Greater Me?

  To say that the Pakistan-US relationship is one of the great modern voluntary mistakes of the region is not an understatement. What is this relationship based on? What are its foundations? Is it really necessary? Unfortunately, it is not. Coercion? Threats? Muscle flexing? All three? Yes. This may be partly or entirely true – but that is irrelevant here. What is relevant is the…

Islamabad change through time

The Form of a City Changes Faster, alas, than the Human Heart

Having spent my youth growing up in an Islamabad[i] that belonged to an entirely different generation, I can’t help but compare today’s Islamabad with the yesteryears. While it may still be the city of sleepers that it was in the 90s – when the name was still a novelty[ii] – Islamabad is no longer the ‘burbs that Pindi-ites [iii]would visit every now and then to…

“There Will Be Time To Murder And Create”

Indignant, pained, angry, frustrated… I can go on writing many more words but they would never appropriately convey how I, and many others, feel right now. A nineteen year old man shot in broad daylight and left to bleed to death. This may be something we hear and read about every single day. What makes this story different is the fact that the murderers are…