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  1. Sabeen, the one who never backed down

    The fingers type, but I don’t feel them moving. The ears sense a commotion, but I cannot hear. The eyes fight back tears, but it’s futile to resist.

    How can you feel, how can you react, how can you respond, when the news of a friend’s death hits you, right between the eyes?

    But Sabeen was far more than a friend, she was a beacon; an island of calm in a sea of madness.

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  2. Bilawal needs to reinvent Bhutto

    Reinventing a name bigger than the party itself is a precarious task, but one that is needed for the PPP to have any relevance in future politics



    The death anniversary of PPP Founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was commemorated by the party leaders yesterday with usual rhetoric and populist slogans that ceased being popular decades ago. ‘Zinda hai Bhutto zinda hai,’ once an invigorating rallying cry for the nation being suffocated under military regimes, has now become its ...
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  3. Change of Command and Fears Surrounding Karachi Operation

    Ahead of change of the command in Pakistan’s military, fears loom over the ongoing Karachi operation about consistency in its pace and reversal of results.Outgoing Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, who embarked on a round of farewell visits to military formations last week, met officers and soldiers of the Karachi Corps and affirmed that change of command should not affect peace efforts in Karachi.Although he said ‘results’ achieved during the crackdown ‘cannot be allowed to reverse’, ...
  4. What Brand Pakistan can learn from Brand India

    Let’s face it, Pakistan has an image problem.

    Every year we seem to make a new ‘worst place in the world for’ list and as luck would have it, Pakistan is consistently in the top 10.

    This year alone, we’ve been named the second worst country in the world for women; the eleventh most unsafe country in the world; the fourth worst for journalists and third for overall worst reputation.

    Granted, the deciding markers and selection criteria for these rankings ...
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  5. This Muharram, I realised that my father’s childhood is still alive

    The beggar who did his beat in my old neighbourhood knew his audience well. The whole year he would beg by lamenting his misfortune with mixed results, but from the first day of Muharram he would change his tactic.

    In his high pitched but sonorous voice he would invoke the names of the Prophet’s (pbuh) family and the martyrs of Karbala. At some point he had come to the conclusion that the street my house was on was populated by Shias who would be moved to give charity when he called ...
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