Archive for May, 2010

Beyond beauty by Huma Yusuf

2 May, 2010
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Huma Yusuf Sunday, 02 May, 2010 Far from the firestorm in Pakistan, Fatima Bhutto is currently launching her controversial memoir, Songs of Blood and Sword, in London. A recent launch event at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts was well attended by Pakistani expatriates, attired in their designer best and armed with fierce […]

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Two’s company: Let us not forget! by S.M. Shahid

2 May, 2010
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S.M. Shahid Sunday, 02 May, 2010 “ I can’t take my mind off General Ziaul Haq,” I said to Babboo as he entered. “Oh, no! Not again! I won’t allow you to start this trash again. Yeh tum ne kya chakkar chalaya hai? Not any more of the General,” Babboo looked upset and I suspected […]

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Not the voice of the creator by Ardeshir Cowasjee

2 May, 2010
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Ardeshir Cowasjee Sunday, 02 May, 2010 We inhabit a land where death no longer diminishes us, where those that hand it out do so with impunity, with no fear or trepidation. Day after dreary day it goes on — a professor, a woman, shot and killed in a rickshaw in Quetta, four policemen blown up […]

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Over the top by Masood Hasan

2 May, 2010
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The alien corn Sunday, May 02, 2010 Masood Hasan Over the last so many years every time things have taken a turn for the worse in the beloved motherland, many of us have contemplated moving. Many do but even more stay on and refuse to go. Some of these do so by choice, some because […]

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People without power by Ghazi Salahuddin

2 May, 2010
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Sunday, May 02, 2010 Ghazi Salahuddin It was during military dictator Ziaul Haq’s rule that our illustrious economist Dr Mahbubul Haq, who was then federal minister for finance and planning, was heard making this comment: “They want transfer of power? I will transfer power to the people.” Of course, he meant electricity. Well, to carry […]

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Life in the slow lane by Aakar Patel

2 May, 2010
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Sunday, May 02, 2010 Aakar Patel I shave with a straight razor, the kind that barbers use. I lather my face with a brush and a Godrej Shaving Round, which is a cheap and unscented soap. The razor is old, made in 1922, and forged of Solingen steel. The brush is old now too, bought […]

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Capital suggestion by Dr Farrukh Saleem

2 May, 2010
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Heavens will not fall Sunday, May 02, 2010 Dr Farrukh Saleem Episode I: The Sansad Bhawn (parliament of India), with Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi as the prime minister, passes the 24th Amendment to the constitution. In 1972, the following year, parliament passes the 25th and the 29th Amendments. Episode II: The Supreme Court of India considers […]

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Hanged man by Gibran Peshimam

2 May, 2010
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Sunday, May 02, 2010 Gibran Peshimam The past week ought to be celebrated – and enthusiastically so – in Pakistan. Not just by the common man, but also by political and armed forces. After all, we apparently stand on the threshold of solving many mysteries – ones that we thought we would never get to […]

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What we eat and drink by Jalees Hazir

2 May, 2010
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A heated discussion with some friends last week made me realise the alarming extent to which we’ve been brainwashed by glamorous advertising when it comes to making basic lifestyle choices. While the modern culture of convenience based on mass-production and mass-consumption has penetrated all aspects of our lives, its impact on what we choose to […]

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Asha: illusion of peace by Basharat Hussain Qizilbash

2 May, 2010
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Lahore is a welcoming city and Lahoris by nature are kind and generous. That is why the Indian delegation holding peace parleys in connection with the Aman Ki Asha initiative received a patient hearing. However, the mindful Lahoris have not forgotten that back in 1965, at the time of the Indo-Pak war, the Indians made […]

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