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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…

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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…

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Did Obama Kill the Bogeyman?

In what seems, to many, to be a rather suspicious operation, Osama Bin Laden was shot in the head by US Navy Seals in the early hours of May 2nd 2011 (Pakistan standard time) in Pakistan’s city of Abbotabad. Bin Laden has been reported as having been in hiding in the house for a number of months if not years. (The exact duration has yet…