The state of Pakistan`s economy

The next few months are going to test the mettle of Pakistan`s economy as the repayments of the loans taken in last 3 years are starting to come up. With rapidly falling reserves, reduced foreign investment and growing social and political unrest it remains to be seen if Pakistan will go once again to IMF for a bail out package or will CPEC really turn out to be a life line.

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The day #Karachi sunk…

https://twitter.com/defilibrator/status/903706346276704256 Have a look at the above thread to get the full picture. A few weeks ago Karachi was battered with intense monsoon rains. Almost 4 hours of non stop rain caused the clogged up storm drains of this neglected city to flood the low lying areas under 3-5 feet of water. Had the storm …

Burma, the untold story.

I was putting off writing about Burma as there is so little I personally understand about the ongoing conflict in Burma. Hopefully this is going to be a chain of posts about the ongoing genocide of Rohingya Muslims living in Burma. Burma or it is also known as Myanmar is situated between India, China, Bangladesh, …

Dr Ruth Pfau – The Leper Healer With A Heart Of Gold

Painting Souls

IMG_9213Her childhood was more war than peace… her childhood was the second world war. Born in 1929, Dr. Ruth Pfau, was four years old when ‘the little wars started’. “We annexed Austria, so when the official war broke out the year was ’45 and I was a teenager,” now an octogenarian, she shares her days of yore.

When in the abode of the protector of countless human lives, the accolades she has received over the years line the walls through which I pass. When we meet, Dr Pfau was up after her afternoon nap, dressed in the traditional attire of the city which has been her home for half a century. The journey she made from Leipzig, her city of birth to Karachi has been nothing short of an ‘adventure’. Serving the helpless and the destitute only arose in her mind during the war. “It was during the war in Germany that I thought I should…

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The Kashmir you will never understand

Cafe Dissensus Everyday

By Faakirah Irfan

While I write this, the Internet connections of various service providers have been shut down. The social media services have been banned, and the only thing working in the state of Kashmir is the ongoing conflict.

The government has stood prepared to face the wrath of Kashmiris by either silencing their voices online or by the bullets on their chest.

A lot has been written about the ongoing conflict in Kashmir. There is nothing much that can be added to it. However, as a story-teller, it is my job to let the society know the truth that it is being suppressed. This is to make those not living in conflict zones realize what it feels to have your virtual life taken away.

Without going into a comparison about the authenticity of narratives, I would like to narrate the reality I know.

I am Sakeena, Raffia, Ayushee. I…

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شائد کہ تیرے دل میں اتر جائے میری بات

Originally written for Audacity to Write. Click on highlighted text to visit the site. https://twitter.com/WhenWeWrite/status/880556116626690049 آج ایک انجانے خوف اور کرب نے مجھے یہ تحریر لکھنے پرمجبورکیا ہے۔ اگرچہ حالات کی ستم ظریفی نے ہمیں بے حس اور بے بس کر دیا تھا لیکن گماں تھا کہ ہمارے اندر اانسانیت کی رمق باقی ہے افسوس آج …

Elusive Justice

Also available on Audacity to Write https://twitter.com/WhenWeWrite/status/883352792886325248 Over 3 years have passed since Pakistan witnessed the massacre of at least 14 protesters live on television. The massacre termed as “Model Town Massacre” was neither the first nor the last such massacre in Pakistan. The brief history of Pakistan over the last 7 decades has witnessed …

THE MODEL TOWN MASSACRE – NEVER FORGOTTEN

The Grumpy Doctor

The third anniversary of Lahore massacre of 14 civilians, including 2 pregnant women, in Model town, Lahore, draws our “civil” society once again to gather together, move through the motions of protest, and raise voices to plea for justice for the victims and their surviving family members.

On June 17th, 2014 a tragedy unfolded at Minhaj-ul-Qura’n International which remains the most heinous crime in the Pakistani history of state terrorism. This atrocity was carried out by Punjab police, which acted at behest of the government, against the innocent, unarmed and peaceful workers of Minhaj-ul-Qura’n. The final death toll of 14 citizens included 2 pregnant women, youth and elderly. Punjab police’s brutality injured over a hundred people and left most of them disabled for the rest of their lives. We commemorate this date, remembering the victims of that terrible event.

According to Minhaj-ul-Qura’n International’s website and the live stories shown by…

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Solving The Paradox Of Desi Liberals

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You are liberal if you believe and advocate free expression of choice with out any bounds and limitations. It is liberal belief that there should be no restriction of any kind against personal choices. Liberals have all the reasons to prove that they should not bind themselves in any frame of thought because they are in “liberal frame of thought”. Many popular claims are gender equality  , free expression of voice  and free expression of choice. These noble liberal claims have interesting impressions to follow.
Firstly, gender equality means a woman can do whatever a man can do.” Gender roles are socially constructed that are  developed over the passage of time. It has nothing to do with biological, psychological and genetic make up of both gender”. Gender equality is maxim that is well fed by liberals.
A layman may ask that why a man does not develop motherhood if it…

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Art for Social Change

The society we are living in today is one where life is quickly losing its meaning, not for everyone but at least for the over whelming majority. For most of the people life has become nothing but dull drudgery, a monotonous routine, automated almost robot like repetition of tasks day in and day out. Everything which …

Kashmir by-poll: When democratic practice turns into a catastrophe

Cafe Dissensus Everyday

By Arif Khan

A thematic scrutiny of electoral system in a democracy would entail at least a conversation on the existential situation of a state and the purpose of government as advocated by different political scientists. While dealing with state and government, a sort of scholastic vibes of light would be directed to cast upon the election system. The light so cast is anticipated to take us to two discrete sides: whether our system could really address problems related to elections and if our existing rules and norms meet electioneering processes, especially in Kashmir.

Criminalisation of politics and politicisation of criminals are not only the features in our political structure but have become the basis for entire political gimmicks. Stories of capturing, rigging, bogus voting, impersonation, misuse of religions, caste and tribal identities, and various other corrupt practises are the greatest challenges to democracy.

The recent by-poll in Kashmir has…

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Parallels between Indian and Palestinian Partition

Cafe Dissensus Everyday

By Inamul Haq

Partition, whether in the Indian Sub-continent or in Palestine, is considered as a catastrophe in history, resulting in lakhs of casualty. Stanley Wolpert describes Partition as a “shameful flight” of the British colonialists. For their survival and benefit, the British partitioned both India and Palestine on societal, ethnic, ideological, religious/sectarian, and geographical lines.

During August 1947 in India and again nine months later (May, 1948) in Palestine, the problem of post-colonial governance and social order was resolved by the partition of land on the basis of identity, religion, and ethnicity. It is noteworthy that partition has no consistent meaning for the populations across these countries and can be understood in the context of detailed, specific memories, images, and stories remembered and transmitted by the individuals. In the Indian sub-continent, partition is a highly charged, clashing set of images, memories mainly related to the personal and national identity…

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Incoherent thoughts.

The world seems to have encountered some turbulence lately with every region facing turmoil in one form or the other. Clashes in Venezuela, protests against police brutality in France, lone wolf attacks in Europe, famine in Africa, rising incidence of rape in South Africa, political instability in Korea,  a dose of daily absurdity from the …

Internet Is Not a Holy Place, says British Muslim Scholar

Cafe Dissensus Everyday

By Mujeeb Jaihoon

Many religious-minded youths today look upon the internet as a source for spiritual enlightenment. In their zeal for outright righteousness, they innocently fall prey to many half-baked scholars, who are driven more by agitation than conviction.

“The Internet is not a holy place for spiritual seekers,” said Abdal Hakim Murad, formerly known as Timothy John Winter, in a conversation with Mujeeb Jaihoon, the UAE-based Indian author and wanderer, during his visit to the renowned academic city of Cambridge. This University City is the latest in Jaihoon’s intriguing tours to leading cradles of medieval cultural centers, which include Jordan, Palestine, Samarkand, Bukhara, Kashgar, Mughal India and Tbilisi.

Educated at Cambridge, Al-Azhar, and London universities, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad is a leading British Muslim scholar and researcher, who is currently serving as Shaykh Zayed Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Cambridge University and Director of Studies in Theology at Wolfson…

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MODEL TOWN MASSACRE – IS THE QUEST FOR JUSTICE ELUSIVE?

The Grumpy Doctor

It was a massacre that shook the nation. On 17 June 2014, 14 political activists of Pakistan Awami Tehreek were shot dead by police at Minhaj-ul-Qura’n secretariat, Model Town, Lahore. This illegal and unannounced operation was carried out by Punjab police before Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri’s arrival and the only agenda behind this midnight operation was to harass the people and keep them from joining Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri’s antigovernment movement. Police tortured elderly, women and children which was live broadcasted on all national and local TV channels. They opened fire on the unarmed and peaceful workers and killed 14 people including 2 pregnant women and leaving hundreds of youth injured and disable for the rest of their lives.

PMLN and Sharifs bear a long legacy of state-sanctioned police brutality against their political opponents and model town massacres on 17th July 2014 and police brutality against the unarmed and peaceful protestors on 31

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Our future appears dark.

Pakistan emerged on the world map in 1947 after getting independence from the British colonialists, the new state came into being with a dream. A dream where human potential would flourish, where an egalitarian society would be set up to raise the bar for everyone else to follow. However about 70 years later the nation state is now struggling to steer clear from the path of self destruction.

STOP COMPARING WOMEN TO CANDIES AND MOBILE PHONES

The Grumpy Doctor

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“A man asked a Muslim man: Why do your women cover their bodies and their hair? The Muslim man smiled and took two candies; he opened one and kept the other closed. He threw them both on the dirty floor and then asked: If I asked you to take one of the candies, which one would you choose? The man replied: The covered one. Then the Muslim man said: That’s how we see and treat our women.” (Author unknown)

I’ve been reading similar stories trying to make sense of hijab by using a particular analogy, like sweets and i-phones. At first glance, these stories appeared succinct and ingenious all at once. It’s probably the best way to convey the purpose of the hijab through a short story full of shrewd analogies. In fact, when I was young I used to love these stories as they made perfect sense to me. I…

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Shifting social norms to stop violence against women.

Social and cultural norms can either protect women against abuse and violence or they can encourage the use of violence against them. The culture of violence against women persists in Pakistani society because it’s deemed acceptable. A religious and traditional belief that men are superior to women and they have a right to control them with use of force and discipline them through physical means makes women vulnerable to violence

دیکھتے رہے میرے قافلے کو زمانے والے

دیکھتے رہے میرے قافلے کو زمانے والے  اور جان سے جاتے رہے جان سے جانے والے  ظلم پر ظلم سہا ، شکوہ ظلمت شب نا کیا  خود سو گیے اوروں کو غفلت سے جگانے والے  خون شہیداں کی تاثیر میں ہی زرخیزی ہے  اٹھیں گے دیوانے اور ہمارا علم اٹھانے والے  ہم بھی منصور ہیں …