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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

Quetta bleeds yet again.

Terror struck once again at the heart of Baluchistan. 61 police cadets including one military captain embraced martyrdom and almost 117 were injured when the Police Training Centre in Quetta was attack last night by "unknown" terrorists. According to eye witness reports, the terrorists struck around 930 pm when the cadets had gone to sleep. 3-5 terrorists stormed the watch tower of the academy which was manned by only 1 guard who did not have appropriate weapons to respond to the initial attack, as a result the guard had to abandon his post. This allowed the terrorists to storm the academy and carry out a free run massacre of "unarmed" cadets who were not even supposed to be in the academy as all of them had passed out and gone to their homes 2 days ago, but for some unknown reason these cadets were called back to the academy.

When abusing the women becomes a norm. | #ThaparWala

This list could have been very lengthy, there are clips which cannot be shown here, incidents which are too explicit to be shared. But they all point towards a single problem and that is our inability to see our own faults. As I said earlier, it is not about uniform versus media, it is about injustice and oppression. We have oppressed our nation willingly, we don`t like to face the monsters in our closet. Every time a problem surfaces, we divert it towards something else. That guard slapped the female reporter not because she tugged on his uniform, but because somewhere deep in his mind he believed that women are inferior and that his uniform will help him get away unscathed. The issue was the way we treat women, but our pseudo-intellectuals or the moral brigade turned it into a matter of Uniform vs media. Which is yet another problem, people in uniform should not be immune, they deserve our respect but this doesn`t mean every individual wearing a uniform is above the law.

Pakistan`s debt trap

In recent years, Pakistan has been known as a country which is extremely dependent on foreign aid and funding to maintain its economy, the internal infrastructure for this reason is almost non-existent as the ruling class and establishment have come to recognize that Pakistan is too important in the region to be allowed to go …

Indian atrocities in Kashmir.

Kashmir - termed as heaven on earth, has since 1947 been more like an open air prison. With the partition of India, the people of Kashmir decided to be a part of the newly created state of Pakistan, but due to the biased Radcliffe commission award, India was given leverage to occupy the state against …

Abdul Sattar Edhi

A humanitarian, who lived and died for the humans, who always spoke for the humans and when asked what his message for his nation was, he only replied "Become humans". Edhi was a man who did not receive traditional education, but he was far more "educated" and civilized than many of the intellectuals and topmost luminaries of this era. Edhi dedicated his life to the poor and the oppressed and lived with austere simplicity. He lived in a 2 room apartment with his wife, had only one set of clothing which became his symbol, and a pair of shoes which he bought 20 years ago! This is the man who on countless occasions took to the streets and the people emptied their pockets and savings for him. When he came out in Karachi to appeal for donations, people donated billions of rupees within hours, even if people came across him when wasn`t appealing for donations, they donated to him. Such was the trust people had in this saint who is no longer with us.

Education is not our priority.

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h45dGRwkgCI Post taken from Brother Sami Analyst`s blog United Nations urges its members to spend atleast 4% of Budget on education. Constitution of Pakistan (25A) declares that there should be free access to Schools for children aging 5 to 16 years. Despite the United Nations recommendations and constitutional provision of free schooling to Children, …

Our bitter realities…

Death, hypocrisy, corruption, theft and lies seem to have become norm of the day at least in Pakistan. Not a single day passes without seeing or hearing something terrible happening in some part of this Pak sar zameen. If this write up makes you cringe or if it compels you to say that I am …

Prefabricated modular housing from plastic waste.

Gul Bahao ( Pour or spread the roses ) is an NGO set up by Nargis Latif. She has been working since the last 22 years on a project she calls "Chandi technology"(Silver technology). She has basically come up with a way of recycling non-biodegradable plastic to be used as a raw material for construction of temporary shelters or housing units. This is a low cost alternative to tents and prefabricated shelters which are being used today.

#LahoreBlast

27th March 2016 around 1700 hours GMT, Lahore was rocked with an explosion. The explosion took place in Iqbal park. Due to weekend and Easter, the park was crowded with families when a suicide bomber blew himself up near gate no. 1. Chaos ensued afterwards as the injured and the dead began to pour into …

International Sufi Conference in #India

For those of you who missed it, here is the latest development from the Muslim world. India hosted the International Sufi Conference, a global gathering of Islamic scholars from the Arab and Non Arab world. The conference was aimed at providing a counter narrative against the plague of extremism and terrorism, which has been falsely …

Yet another protest at D-Chowk

Since last 70 days, highly educated individuals of this nation have been protesting and no one has raised their voice or helped them in any way. The teachers include mostly women who have children as well to look after, the government however seems to have no shame at all. The mothers and daughters of this nation are protesting, the residents of Islamabad come to see the show, take a few pictures and leave.

How advertising strategies affect human psyche.

Advertisement strategies and human psyche Advertising is itself as old as basic economic activity. Earliest forms of advertising can be traced back to Egyptian civilization, however in the recent past origins of modern advertising can be traced to the 18th and 19th century. Since then the science of advertisement has gone on to become one …

One year on, they still haven`t returned. #APS

A year ago, they woke up, got dressed and had their breakfast. Their mothers kissed them goodbye, motherly instincts told them to look at their children for a few more seconds, to embrace them once more, to kiss them once more, to smell their scent once more. As they went to their school, no one …