Opinion

Pakistani Media’s Forgotten Role

He who controls the media, controls minds. This rightly quoted line by the iconic singer Jim Morrison is perhaps not given heed by our media persons and organizations, where sensationalism and high ratings become the sole objective. The battle to gain commercials has even deteriorated the moral values and media ethics of our newsmen. However, this impish trend can be eradicated if cognizance is propagated. Since the very inception of

The Role of Religion in the State Affairs of Pakistan

One of the more important reasons for the formation of Pakistan was the need for a separate religious identity for the Muslims of the Sub-continent. Islam was hence declared the state religion in 1973. This was considered a logical move as 95- 97 percent of the population is Muslim, and there was a need to counter the otherwise secular nature of the constitution. Pakistan had a brief flirtation with religion

What Was The Malik Riaz Saga All About?

In the ever-expanding scandal-ridden landscape of Pakistan my favorite one yet is the Malik Riaz saga! It’s really an amazing tale of “idiocy” on the part of the players and ineptness on the part of the system. How it all Began… The story begins one fine day with a certain Mr. Malik Riaz – a high profile real estate tycoon – giving a statement that he bribed the Chief Justice’s

Pakistani Journalists, “Mediagate” and Treason

I believe it was the early 2000’s when we first heard of free media in Pakistan. The credit went to the then President, Mr. Musharraf who liberalized the industry. Ironically the same media played a humungous role in his own down fall. Back then there was a kind of jubilation and everybody felt very lucky. Pakistanis now had a new and very potent platform to express their views and project

Pakistan – There’s Still a Lot to Love About It!

“Failed state“, terrorism, corruption, killings and oppression are among the terms that define Pakistan around the globe.  Is this all Pakistan is about? I don’t think so.   So what is it about Pakistan that raises hopes, makes us optimistic, and tells us that we’re going to make it out of this temporary rough patch in the road? Even before finishing the first paragraph of this post I can see the

Nice Going Mr. CJP – When do the Other Criminals Get Out Then?

As you all know – or should know – by now, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has found our beloved Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, guilty for contempt of court because he did not send a letter to the Swiss authorities to reopen the corruption cases against our, even more beloved, President Asif Ali Zardari. Everybody knew it was coming of course. However what everybody was hoping for was an

Breaking News: More Bull$#@^ !

“I think these news channels earn a lot more showing these -ve news items 24/7 ….surely there are good things about the country too. …. bloody idiots are leading the population to extreme frustration and depression i think .” Wait! Before you start bashing me with your hate comments, these are not my words. This is a status update my friend put up a couple of days ago. The two

Pakistan Cannot be Recreated in India Even in a Film for Right-Wing Hindus

After almost a decade of terrorizing Americans with the notorious destruction of the World Trade Centre’s Twin Towers and constant threat of violence on American homeland with various suicide attacks, Osama bin Laden was bound to be a pester for any state to own his responsibility. Pakistan was unfortunate in this case too. The Saudis disowned him and the Muslims all around the world began to hate him for creating

Investigative Journalism is the Riskiest of All Works in Pakistan

With the exception of Mexico being the most dangerous country in the world due to drug warlords in the country, and North Africa and the Middle East being the most dangerous places in the world in general due to high-state of conflicts, unfortunately, Pakistan is next in the line of these dangerous places due to high security risk. For the Committee to Protect Journalists, it is numero uno. Some rank

Empowering the Overseas Pakistanis – A Longstanding Demand

The decision of empowering the overseas Pakistanis to be part of the electoral process is widely hailed not only by the Pakistanis spread all over the globe but also by the people back home who wanted to see the country progress and prosper. Though belated the decision has established the broken link or strengthened the weakening link of all those who are living in Europe, America or any other country