Opinion

National Youth Parliament of Pakistan Sets the Stage for Year 2014-15

A podium shrouded in ajrak, with ‘It’s time to change your point of view’ written in bold in the backdrop, setting up the stage for the 2014-15 oath taking ceremony for the National Youth Parliament of Pakistan (NYPP). Individuals from various parts of the country attended the function for the current session. NYPP was first held in 2008 to make the youth aware about the political system of their motherland

India reaches Mars, So What?

By now all of us have heard that India has sent a spacecraft to Mars. Actually the mission actually began on 24th September, 2013 when the spacecraft called Mangalyaan was launched by the Indian Space Organization. Just a few days ago, the Mars Orbiter Mission as it is called was successful and returned back pictures of the red planet’s surface. The Mangalyaan has five instruments that it has taken with

Can We Forget Palestine Now?

So, just a few weeks ago, finally, the latest war in Palestine has ended. 2000+ Palestinian died and less than a hundred Israeli soldiers lost their lives. In the end, both Israel and Hamas claimed victory. Israel because it says it dismantled Hamas’s underground tunnel network and weakened the regime. Hamas because it managed to hold up the fight for so long and killed quite a few Israeli soldiers. During

Independent Media – The Downside…

One of the most important things that Musharraf did during his era was giving the media its much needed freedom. One of the reasons I believe this took so long was because, for most of our history, we have been under dictatorial rule and dictators generally do not like people pointing fingers at them or being held to account. The irony however, is that media was given freedom in Pakistan

No, we are not being paid to attend the Dharnas Mr. Sharif!

A few days ago, one of the PML (N) MNA’s categorically said that people are being paid 400-500 PKR to attend the sit-ins organized by PTI and PAT. There was however, no proof for this. I don’t really know about the PAT rally, but it is evident that the people that are there to support PTI are not being paid. Politicians have used this trick for a long time now

Are we ready for a world cup without Saeed Ajmal?

Everyone has by now heard of the Saeed Ajmal ban. Yes, even my first reaction was ‘Oh! Common! Is this all that the BCCI is doing?!’ They are scared of a challenge. But then I thought, maybe there is an actual issue. There are plenty of off-spinners called for their action; even Ajmal was a few years back. No doubt this is a big blow to the Pakistan cricket team because

What’s Up with Mamnoon Hussain?

‘Where is Mamnoon Hussain?’ is what everyone wants to know! These are some of the most tumultuous times in Pakistan’s political history and the one person that is nowhere to be found is our great President! Let me give you a brief background on Mr. Mamonoon. Mr. Mamnoon is an IBA Graduate (just like Shaukat Aziz); he has held the position of Governor of Sindh and has also served the

Bilawal Jumps on the Rigging Bandwagon!

Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is taking his political career to the next level. He can now be seen issuing official party statements (most of which we don’t need or care about), he can also be seen addressing small gatherings, and just last week he went around visiting the flood affected people to gather political points, just like his father did a few years back and his grandfather did quite a

So Rehman Malik Got Kicked Off – Is This Really a Sign of Change?

It has finally happened. The common man has started to stand up to the ruling elite. You guessed right. I am talking about the infamous video of Mr. Rehman Malik getting off – rather, being forced off – of a PIA flight. Being one to have suffered such a ‘delay’ myself, I felt a real sense of satisfaction watching the video. In fact, everyone who has suffered these delays would

Being Pakistani

I often hear from people; I live in Punjab but I don’t know how to speak Punjabi, I am seraiki but I don’t understand what Attaullah sings, My parents are Pakhtoon but I don’t know Pashto, I live in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa but I don’t know about famous foods there, I am Kashmiri but I don’t know about the beauty of snowy December and most pathetic statement I ever heard is