Opinion

Provisions of the Protection of Pakistan Bill 2014

The potentially controversial Protection of Pakistan Bill 2014 has been passed by the National Assembly and will now be in place for the coming two years. The proposed law allows security forces to enter and search premises without a warrant, and shoot on sight any suspected militants, subject to the permission of an official above grade-15. Zahid Hamid, the Minister for Science and Technology, had moved the bill in the

What does 14th August Symbolize Today?

It’s almost that time of year. The day Pakistan gained independence 67 years ago. The 14th of August. The day that reminds us that we are free. The day that we vaguely remember as the day our forefathers sacrificed everything so that we could live freely! Today however, the meaning of freedom is very different than what was envisioned 67 years ago. Today freedom is not synonymous with the right

Honesty is the Worst Policy

If by reading the title, you are discerning that I have written it wrong then dear readers the title of the post is not wrong at all but truly depicts what has been happening in this land of pure. Since childhood, we have been reading stories of “Honesty is the Best Policy”. Our parents, teachers, scholars taught us that we should always act honestly regardless of the circumstances and results.

When Pakistani Pilots Battled Israelis

Did you know that there are only two countries in the world that were built upon religious ideology? Pakistan and Israel. Israel created for Judaism and Pakistan for Islam. It is also said that the one country that Israel is most scared of is Pakistan as it is the only Muslim country with the military might and religious zeal that compares with Israel. Although Pakistan has never had a direct

The Security Affair and the Real Estate Concern

Pakistan’s economy is a fairly unique one amongst other world economies, one where the idea of a receipt framework is either not strictly enforced or is completely overlooked. The Pakistani economy is generally cash-based and a huge part of it does not exist on the books, working as an alternate economy that does not contribute to tax revenue or follow regulations. As indicated by a report published by Bloomberg BusinessWeek,

Pakistani Talk Shows – News or Entertainment?

Ever since the advent of independent media, people have come up with a number of ways to utilize the air time and earn some major bucks. Some of these ideas have culminated in the launch of a variety of talk shows. There is a wide range available of these as well. There are shows where they call in political experts for an analysis of current affairs, health specialists to take

The Tale of Three Imams

I grew up in the United States where religious programming wasn’t as much religious as it was a setup for asking for donations from television viewers. Sermons crafted to motivate the viewers for donations would start innocently with dreams of building a church for followers to come on Sundays to hear the Word of God. Over time, however, the requests turned into opportunities to sell sermons on tape, books that

Can Pakistan and India Ever be Friends?

First the invitation from Modi, then the warm handshake at Modi’s oath-taking ceremony, followed by a shawl from Narendra Modi for Mr. Sharif’s mother and a sari in return from Nawaz Sharif for Mr. Modi’s mother. No, it does not stop here. After this there were warm words that were said by both the prime ministers on social media and also via physical letters. What is going on here? Are the two

Kill Me: A Poem for the people of Palestine

This poem has been dedicated to People of Palestine, Pakistan especially who are an epitome of courage and patience against terrorist forces, and to all human beings in general. Kill me but I won’t surrender Kill me even without a tiny blunder Kill me for no reason Kill me for not committing treason Kill me and my eyes won’t even blink Kill me and my heart won’t even sink Kill

Gullu Butt – Our Political Parties Best Kept Secret Revealed

Everybody is aware of Gullu Butt, the baton-wielding man seen damaging vehicles in Lahore during the clash between the police and Pakistan Awami Tehreek protestors. Mr. Butt, if you remember was filmed vandalizing cars during the clash. What we all also know is that Mr. Gullu Butt is an avid supporter of the PML-N. So if we put two and two together, Mr. Gullu Butt was PML-N’s attempt at hijacking