August 27, 2020

These Spice Rubs make cooking super easy for every millennial who struggles in the kitchen

Vatani is a Pakistani food brand that specialises in seasonings. They provide all-natural spices and spice blends across retail outfits in Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad, and Islamabad. Vatani is now offering ‘Spice Rubs’, unique spice blends that can be added for rich flavour to your everyday home-cooked food. For those who want a quick fix and […]

August 25, 2020

These two Pakistani moms are helping young scared adults navigate parenthood

Realising just how taxing – but rewarding – parenthood can be, Areeba Tipu Khan and Zara Tirmizi are two mothers who decided to take to Instagram and put their skills to use. The idea is to present scientific, tried and tested methods as well as tips and tricks in order to help uncertain parents make […]

August 22, 2020

What ever happened to Maro Tandoors?

Before Maro Tandoors came into being, we all knew of cheese and qeema naans that were served at desi eateries. But after Maro Tandoors, Pakistan got to see a different kind of stuffed naan: a kind it had never seen before. The four LUMS students who founded Maro Tandoors proudly claim the status of pioneers […]

August 21, 2020

This sprawling Italian villa possibly belongs to Mian Mansha, one of the top richest in Pakistan

Elusive billionaire Mian Mohammad Mansha has been ranked 2nd to 3rd richest in the country according to net worth. In 2010, he was also featured on the Forbes list of World Billionaires. Chairman of Nishat Group, a conglomerate that is reportedly the largest in Pakistan, Mian Mansha has been amassing wealth for decades. In 1991, […]

August 20, 2020

Silk face coverings may look good but are they more than just a trendy new fad?

Silk is probably as fancy as one can get with a face mask. A silk face covering is a definite step up from a brittle, boring surgical mask. Seeing as covid-19 may be here to stay, we won’t be rid of face masks for a while – which means considering more stylish alternatives could be […]

August 20, 2020

A tech guru’s dream: Abu Dhabi’s Artificial Intelligence university is offering 100% aid to every student

The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence is the first of its kind: offering graduate level research-oriented Masters and PhD degrees in the up-and-coming field of AI. Although it was originally set to open in September, its launch has been postponed to January 2021 presumedly due to the worldwide pandemic. The university will be […]

July 15, 2020

This Music Video Of An All Girls Trip North Is Pushing Girls To Be More Fearless

The music video for ‘Dil Chala’ performed by Nirmal Roy aims to revolutionize the very concept of entertainment. In a world dominated by films and songs written about love and attraction between the two sexes, ‘Dil Chala’ sheds all such presuppositions to become a whole new animal. It is four minutes of idyllic scenery, soft […]

April 28, 2020

A UK-Based Solicitor’s Take On The Rise In Demand For Wills

With property and share prices changing, and young people caught up in intense paranoia, demand for wills is skyrocketing. The elderly are concerned about revising old wills while young people want to prepare for an uncertain future. Solicitor Mubin Ahmed has been practicing law in the UK for almost 5 years now. This is what […]

April 27, 2020

Pakistani-Origin Shoe Brand Makes Its Mark In The White North

Who doesn’t love a good pair of shoes? We all know how it feels to step into a shiny new pair that hugs your feet and looks like a million dollars – pure bliss. Ottawa resident Taimur Ghaznavi is clearly no stranger to the concept. Four years ago, he launched his very own custom shoe […]

April 24, 2020

Here’s How Two Students At Harvard Medical Decided To Fight Misinformation and Myths About COVID-19

We’re constantly being told to stay informed; it is the key to survival. But what if you have an influx of information – and no way to filter it? To address exactly this kind of issue, a group of students and teachers at Harvard Medical School took up the noble task of information dissemination. The […]

March 31, 2020

Fear Reigns Supreme As People Begin To Suspect The Worst

As this global crisis continues, we face another difficult conundrum: Are people now unconsciously gearing themselves up for something darker on the horizon? Grappling with distressing food shortages, rampant paranoia, and a global fast-spreading disease is a lot to take on at once. As a result, prison riots have broken out in several countries: a […]

September 1, 2018

Awami Workers Party to Challenge Mainstream Education With Political School

Awami Workers Party – claiming to be a ‘party of workers, peasants, women, students and marginalized groups fighting for a democratic and socialist society’ – has recently launched an initiative to build a political school of sorts whose agenda will act as a modern alternative to Pakistan’s age-old curriculum. Focusing on a radicalized concept of […]

August 29, 2018

The Curious Case of the Rs.55/km Helicopter Ride

The recent helicopter controversy, emerging right on the heels of the Khawar Maneka vs. DPO Pakpattan incident, has kicked off another round of debate on social media. It is not only a question of CM Punjab Usman Buzdar using government copters for family excursions, but also Prime Minister Imran Khan making use of them to […]

August 29, 2018

Maqbool Hussain’s Story Reminds Us of the Hidden Cost of Heroism

It has recently been reported that war veteran Maqbool Hussain passed away yesterday at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Attock. His loss is being mourned as that of a true hero who sacrificed everything he had, and more, for Pakistan. Furthermore, as promised, the funeral was held with “full military honor” – at Corp […]

August 29, 2018

7 Times Pakistani Karatekas Struck It Big

During this year’s Asian Games, Pakistan teams ended up securing three bronze medals in total – for the javelin throw, women’s karate, and Kabbadi categories. Social media was overflowing with praise particularly for Nargis, the 19-year old girl from Hazara, Quetta who won Pakistan its first ever medal for karate. However, she is far from the […]

August 28, 2018

Can Saudi Arabia Ever Be Reformed While Steeped in Archaic Practices?

154 in 2016, 146 in 2017, and 48 till April of this year – that’s how many people have been publicly beheaded in Saudi Arabia over the past two years. And no one seems prepared to do anything to change it; contrarily, and one might say ironically as well, Saudi Arabia continues to sit unimpeded […]

August 21, 2018

3 Bhutto Family Speeches that Pack Quite a Punch

We thought Bilawal Bhutto’s first speech in the National Assembly, which is now being called a historic one on his part, calls for a bit of retrospection. Is it something in the Bhutto genes? Were PPP leaders before him just as charismatic, direct, and unafraid? Here are 3 speeches from the Bhutto timeline that should […]

August 20, 2018

Pakistan’s Most Democratically Romantic Oath-Taking Ceremony Yet?

Cricketer turned politician and new PM Imran Khan’s long-time buddy Navjot Singh Sidhu probably received more publicity than Khan himself at his oath-taking ceremony. While Khan fulfilled formalities and read out his oath, his friend Sidhu was busy carrying out a much more important task: making sure everyone knew that Sidhu had arrived, and was ready […]

August 17, 2018

5 Things People Are Remembering Atal Bihari Vajpayee For

A lot of people took the news of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s passing away pretty hard. Compared to Bhishma Pitamah, a hero from one of the tales in the all-important Mahabharata texts, it seems he was more than just a politician. Atal Bihari had certainly been around for a long enough time – since the Quit […]

August 16, 2018

Sapphire’s Not the Only One Making Waves for Its Attempts at a Greener Pakistan

Recently, Pakistani clothing brand Sapphire launched a creative initiative for tree planting that people think is the absolute best idea ever. With the innovation of a biodegradable shopping bag, Sapphire has attempted to make tree planting as easy and efficient as possible for its customers. This bag is embedded with seeds – so all you […]

August 15, 2018

Here’s the 411 on Naya Pakistan’s Maiden National Assembly Session

Monday’s National Assembly session – the 15th one to date – is being cited as the ‘dawn’ of Naya Pakistan by many on social media. The event was highly publicized and tweeted about throughout the day. However, while we observed, critiqued, and admired from a distance, we can only guess the deeper sentiments brewing and […]

August 14, 2018

6 Things You’ll Wish You Never Found Out on Independence Day

Independence Day fever is running high as usual as Pakistanis gear up to celebrate the birthday of their beloved country. Flag gathering, face painting, getting their playlists ready, assembling green-and-white outfits – Pakistanis really go all out with their celebrations. But really, how far are they willing to go? 1) The Kiki Challenge Like You’ve […]

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August 11, 2018

5 Beautiful Cities That Wouldn’t Exist if Not for the Rivers in Pakistan

Recent news is telling us our rivers are rapidly drying up. A serious concern for the country, seeing as rivers also make up our water supply – but honestly, do we even really understand just how important a role our rivers have been playing in Pakistan? Starting from the Indus Water Treaty in 1960 when […]

August 10, 2018

7 Things To Know About the Future of Foul Language in Naya Pakistan

Elections this year were nothing short of chaotic. The aftermath saw notices being sent by the ECP to a few select candidates as warnings against the use of ‘indecent language’. These candidates were Imran Khan, Pervez Khattak, Ayaz Sadiq, and Maulana Fazlur Rehman. What’s more, recently all have been cleared of the charges against them, which […]

August 9, 2018

7 Times the Turbulence Was Way Too High on PIA

Regrettably, PIA has never exactly been a shining example of how an international airline should operate. Quite the contrary in fact – over the past few years, it has often managed to sully its own name through some controversy or the other. The latest development, keeping passengers detained in the plane for more than two […]

August 8, 2018

5 Unconscious Grudges You Might Hold Against Muhammad Arif

Don’t know if you’ve heard, but here’s what’s been making rounds on social media lately: It is the video of a painter singing his heart out while he works on walls. The guy named Muhammad Arif, reached the pinnacle of fame today when the news that he would be performing with known artist Aima Baig […]

August 5, 2018

PTI Joins Hands with Sindh’s Goon Squad

A precarious situation was created for winning party PTI at the centre due to it not attaining the minimum number of seats required to form a government – and this meant PTI would have to form coalitions in order to bottom out at the 172 seats needed to govern. Perhaps the most surprising development was the alliance […]

August 3, 2018

7 Things You Might Want To Know About PTI Favourite, MNA-elect Zartaj Gul

Zartaj Gul is a member of PTI’s Core Committee. Not only that but she has been a PTI activist since around 2005 when she first joined the party. She has recently won the constituency of NA-191 Dera Ghazi Khan, one of two women from PTI to win a National Assembly seat. Although she was always […]

August 3, 2018

7 Reasons Why Justice (R) Nasira Iqbal is A Force To Be Reckoned With

Justice Retired Nasira Javed Iqbal – daughter-in-law of Allama Iqbal – could very well be Pakistan’s next president. This is an exciting concept for many, considering her education, poise, and also considering what having a female president for the first time would mean for the country in terms of progress towards liberalism. Here are 7 […]

August 1, 2018

Breaking Down The Collusion Politics Fiasco

Elections this time brought forth some shaky results: although PTI was the party that won most seats in the National Assembly, it fell short of the 172 that are required to attain a majority in the NA. PTI did manage to secure 115 in the elections – after this, it needs to form coalitions with […]

August 1, 2018

Pakistanis Slam the ‘Establishment’ for Its Mistreatment of Fatima Jinnah During Her Lifetime

Fatima Jinnah’s birthdays are celebrated every year with a considerable degree of aplomb, on social media forums especially. This year the Nazaria–Pakistan Trust (NPT), chairman of whom is former President Rafiq Tarrar, has once again taken a lead in organizing celebrations. Several other events were planned in order to pay tribute to ‘Mother of the […]

July 31, 2018

Did Hamza Ali Abbasi Mistake Hum Awards Stage for a PTI Rally Podium?

Hum TV awards this year were held in Toronto on the 28th of July and attended by several prominent TV stars. The show was a success – but it got a lot of negative press, to the point that a petition was proposed to boycott the awards. This was due to the fact that celebrities […]

July 30, 2018

3 Things You Should Know About PTI MNA Najeeb Haroon Who Has Set ‘Naya Pakistan’ Into Motion

Najeeb Haroon has pleasantly surprised the public with his claim that he will not accept the salary traditionally afforded to MNAs  – and nor will he accept any of the other perks that come along with it. People are lavishing praise on Haroon for taking such a decision. Here are 3 things that will help you […]

July 30, 2018

Have We Taken the Hum Awards Boycott Too Far?

Hum TV award week this year coincided closely with elections in Pakistan – naturally, this meant a large number of Pakistani celebrities headed to Canada for rehearsals earlier. This had sparked a major debate on social media, with the public demanding to know why it was so easy for celebs to abandon their ‘civic duty’ […]

July 29, 2018

Will the Infamous ‘Maulana Diesel’ Be Able to Provide Fuel for His Anti-PTI Movement?

Election results, and in fact the entire procedure itself, was rejected by an All Party Conference (APC) on Friday. The leader of far-right party Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) Maulana Fazlur Rehman in his speech has declared that they will protest against the unfairness of the election. What makes his claim significant is that it is backed […]

July 29, 2018

Looks Like PTI Fans Now Have an Official Victory to Celebrate!

After nearly three days of counting, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has finally announced complete results for all constituencies and for National Assembly seats.  PTI: Top Contender  PTI’s overall win has been definitively announced: it stands out as the largest party in the country, having won 115 out of the total 270 seats that […]

July 28, 2018

‘Aakhir RTS System Kyun Fail Hua?’ – Twitterati Demand to Know

It’s two days since election results were announced and there are still two major questions on everyone’s minds: Rigging or no rigging? And… Is the ECP so inept it couldn’t get its own system to work properly on the most important day of the year? PTI Govt should thoroughly investigate & punish elements within NADRA […]

July 28, 2018

7 Lessons Khan’s Victory Speech Has Given Pakistan to Ponder Over

Imran Khan’s PTI has won the General Elections and now the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Khan’s victory speech has struck a chord with the people of Pakistan and even cynics are appreciating the words in it. 1) One of the First Things He Mentioned was Balochistan He appreciated how people still came out to vote […]

July 28, 2018

The EU Smashes Impartiality of Pakistan’s Elections

Further doubt has been cast on an election that was already fraught with misgivings and apparent loopholes – this time by EU election observers. At a conference held in Islamabad, the EU Election Observation Mission’s Chief Observer. Michael Gahler has stated amongst other things that Pakistan 2018 elections have turned out to be worse than […]

July 25, 2018

7 Incidents That Put a Big “Sawaliya Nishan” on Security Agencies During the Day

Unfortunately, election day so far has been fraught with tension. There have been a total of about fifteen significant acts of violence at or around polling stations as people venture out of their homes to cast their votes. Voter turnout has been encouraging: what’s more, famous celebrities and prominent politicians are posting pictures of themselves […]

July 25, 2018

5 Reasons Why Imran Khan Is Stannis Baratheon From GoT

On a surface level, Khan and Baratheon don’t have a whole lot in common. Khan is loud, expressive, animated – Baratheon acts like he’s charged a price if he acts cheerful. But there are some things about both that are startlingly (and often hilariously) similar. Here are 5 reasons this is so: 1) Zero Tact […]

July 24, 2018

Here’s a Chance For Die-hard PML-N Fans to Prove Their Mettle

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July 24, 2018

Think You Know Everything About the PTI?

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July 24, 2018

9 Times Pakistani Politicians Completely Lost It

There have been some truly golden moments in the course of Pakistani politics lately. As we came nearer and nearer to general elections, it seems our politicians found themselves overwhelmed by the pressure. This resulted in a series of truly bizarre screw-ups by some pretty prominent political representatives. Here are 9 times it seems they truly […]

July 24, 2018

How Much of a Pakistan Peoples Party ‘Jiyala’ Are You? Take The Quiz to Find Out!

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July 23, 2018

7 Bloody Acts of Terror Aimed at Politicans as the Country Awaits Elections

The two weeks leading up to elections have seen a total of about seven attacks on political rallies and leaders. More than 150 people have been killed in these attacks. Sadly, the pattern of pre-election bloodshed has not been broken. The magnitude and casualties haven’t been as bad as in 2013 elections, but the fact […]

July 21, 2018

DG ISPR Has Promised No ‘Direct’ Involvement in Elections but the Twitterati Aren’t Buying It

In a recent statement to the Senate Committee, DG ISPR General Asif Ghafoor has categorically stated that the army will not play a ‘direct role’ in the elections. “We do not have any link with the elections; we are only working on the election commission’s directives to improve the law and order situation,” he has […]

July 20, 2018

5 Things That Stayed Exactly the Same After Qandeel Baloch

Whatever else you may say about Qandeel Baloch, the one thing we all have to admit is that she definitely left a mark. But how much of a mark was it? Have we taken anything away from the message Qandeel attempted to preach? Turns out, not really. Listed below are 5 things that have stayed […]

July 19, 2018

15 Amusing Tweets by PTI and PML-N Fans That Made Absolutely No Sense

We’re less than a week away from elections, and the Twitter storm just keeps on getting more and more intense. PTI and PML-N supporters, perhaps most especially, seem unable to curb their anticipation. Consequently, they often make statements on Twitter that don’t always make a whole lot of sense. Here are some of the most […]

July 18, 2018

Social Media Lashes Out After Dawn CEO Accuses Army Of Gagging Media

The CEO of media group Dawn, Hameed Haroon, has made some far-reaching claims in his interview with BBC HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur. In his opinion, on the eve of general elections there has been ‘an unprecedented assault by the military on the freedom of the press’. This is not the first time Haroon has expressed such […]

July 17, 2018

PTI’s Manifesto – A Visionary Outlook or an Impractical Agenda?

PTI chief Imran Khan seems to be focusing on an agenda centered on a complete overturn of systems. The manifesto was revealed earlier this month at a conference in Islamabad. Divided into seven main categories, the document outlines all judicial, economic, and administrative reforms to be taken under PTI’s leadership. “For PTI, it is not […]

July 15, 2018

7 Extremist Political Parties Running For Elections

As the election day approaches, Pakistan’s major political parties are making the headlines day in and day out. However, there are a few far-right wing parties contesting this years elections as well. We’ve compiled a list of 7 such political parties, let us know how many you already knew about! 1) Tehreek-e-Labbaik This party emerged […]

July 14, 2018

7 Times Imran Khan’s Naya Pakistan Wasn’t All That Naya

‘Khan Saab’ has been screaming ‘Naya Pakistan’ on television as far back as we can remember, has he not? Has it borne fruit? Maybe it’s time we take a look at what’s so brand spanking new about this Naya Pakistan. 1) Blast from the Past Remember those good ol’ blasphemy laws Zia was so fond […]

July 12, 2018

NA-73 – Khawaja Asif and Usman Dar Ready to Battle for Sialkot

PML-N’s Khawaja Asif and PTI’s Usman Dar are going to be competing for the NA-73 constituency of Sialkot. With the former recovering from a recent disqualification and the latter hailing from an important political background in Sialkot, this one promises to be a hard-fought victory. Khawaja Asif Party – Pakistan Muslim League Noon (PML-N) Highest […]

July 11, 2018

Why Do Elections in Pakistan Have to Be Synonymous with a Bloody Body Count!

The shocking news of a blast in Peshawar at an Awami National Party (ANP) broke a few hours ago via Twitter. It reportedly took place in the heart of the city, in the Yakatoot area. ANP leader Haroon Bilour’s vehicle was the alleged target. The public wasted no time in taking to Twitter with the […]

July 10, 2018

Careem Tries to Get Politically Witty, Faces Social Media Backlash Instead

Careem’s latest election-themed advertising has not only resulted in harsh reprimands on social media but also a rising inclination towards its competitor Uber. Its apology tweet two days ago has not satisfied the public. People are demanding that the ads be taken down as well. What started all this was just a couple of promo codes […]

July 9, 2018

Khan’s Visit to Shrines Raise Security Concerns and Political Questions

About ten days ago, videos which showed Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Maneka paying their respects at the shrine of Baba Fariduddin Ganjshakar in Pakpattan went viral. This sparked debates on social media, with some defending Khan and insisting that religious inclinations not be mixed up with politics. Others criticised his actions, expressing their […]

July 8, 2018

A Day in the Life of a PTI Supporter

It is the third day following the Avenfield verdict. Imran Khan and his fans are riding an endless endorphin high. A strange aura of unreality interspersed with vibrating jubilance permeates the air. It is Sunday, and families prepare for a relaxing, food-filled day. But today PTI supporters do not care about the sanctity of the […]

July 7, 2018

The Sharif Verdict – A Drop of Justice in a Sea of Unaccountability?

The verdict announced yesterday has been a hard-fought battle for all parties involved. It was an on-going struggle since October of last year when the Avenfield reference was put forth by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in September 2017, which is one of three corruption cases that were filed against the Sharifs on orders of […]

July 4, 2018

Irrfan Khan’s Heartfelt Open Letter About Battling Cancer Is Everything

Earlier this year in March, Indian actor Irrfan Khan revealed that he had been diagnosed with cancer, that is, a Neuroendocrine Tumour (NET) which is one of the more uncommon types of cancer. There are subtypes to the NET, and Irrfan Khan found he had high-grade neuroendocrine cancer; a high-grade NET has the daunting characteristics […]

July 3, 2018

‘Sanju’ – The Much Needed Commentary on Journalistic Integrity

The film Sanju, based on Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt’s tumultuous life, has broken box office records this opening weekend, earning a total of about 120 crores. Sanju is being lauded for its intense and well-structured drama, the poignancy of the plot, and the impactful acting of Ranbir Kapoor who plays the lead role of Sanjay Dutt. […]

June 30, 2018

The Biryani Brothers Show How Retro Is Really Done With Original Track ‘Ikisvi Sadi’

Here we have an eclectic duo, the ‘Biryani Brothers’, Natasha Noorani and Zahra Paracha: not just brilliant, unique artists, but also the founders of Lahore Music Meet (LMM), a festival designed to make, think, talk, and teach music. Noorani and Paracha have certainly been succeeding in making their mark as patrons and makers of music. […]

June 30, 2018

Dawn Faces a New Wave of Repression Ahead of Elections

An upsetting wave of outright press sabotage has taken hold of the country, and Pakistan’s oldest English publication, Dawn, seems to be getting the worst of it. According to Dawn, this wave of suppression has been ongoing since 2016 due to the publishing of an article, which officials later claimed contained false information.   Reportedly, […]

June 27, 2018

Does Charity Absolve One of Corrupt Deeds?

Chief Justice (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has accused the chairman of Bahria Town Malik Riaz, of trying to cover up his illegal occupation of land by using the label of ‘charity’. The wording he chose while berating Riaz was quite brutally frank: ‘Charity work cannot be done by bribing people.’ Malik Riaz has been attending […]

June 26, 2018

7 Types of Ads That Promote Blatant Sexism

Media is a big part of our lives. Whatever is depicted on television and the internet is viewed by the entire public. This means that there is a need to evaluate what is being communicated through media: a major part of this is ad monitoring. Television ads are popping up almost constantly; if you have […]

June 26, 2018

9 Things Lahoris Think About Karachiites That Are Absolutely Not True

Lahore and Karachi: according to the residents of each, theirs is the city that offers the best metropolitan experience possible. It’s an age-old rivalry, and we all know how it works. Both try to one-up each other, often throwing verbal stingers that may not necessarily be totally accurate. Here are some of the things Lahoris […]

June 26, 2018

Democracy Takes a Hit in Turkey as Erdogan Wins the Election Once Again

Having served as Prime Minister from 2003 to 2014 and President since 2014, Turkish politician Recep Tayyip Erdogan has now once again won the presidency by a 53% vote. There was considerable opposition from one of the three other presidential candidates; Muharrem Ince from the Republican People’s Party (CHP), who claimed an agenda of wanting to […]

June 24, 2018

9 Lesser Known Facts About The FIFA World Cup 2018

This time around the FIFA World Cup promises to be a bigger deal than ever before. With a total of 32 determined teams battling it out, more than 3.2 million watchers around the world, and thousands of hours of television run-time, the World Cup is the focal point of all things significant and newsworthy. But […]

June 20, 2018

9 Excuses Every Tailor Has Made!

Although the Eid mania has died down, the wedding season is upon us, which means we are once again at the mercy of our tailors. This brings us to an important consideration… how do we make sure that our tailors actually listen to us this time around? Maybe, to ensure that you don’t get duped, […]

June 17, 2018

11 Unique Ways Eid Is Celebrated Across The Globe

Eid is a festival even the hardest of cynics will probably want to come out and celebrate. Not just because of the sanctity of tradition, but because there are so many different things happening on Eid, there is always something you can keep yourself occupied with. From dressing up in your absolute best to greeting a […]

June 10, 2018

Meet The Jewish Group Neturei Karta -Staunch Advocates Of The Palestinian Cause

The Neturei Karta is an ultra-orthodox Jewish organization; its members are not only strictly set against Zionism (which promotes the idea of a single Jewish nation that is present-day Israel) and thus in favor of the dismantlement of Israel, but are also actively campaigning for Palestine’s freedom. A prominent member, Rabbi Beck was recently interviewed, […]

June 8, 2018

Kamila Shamsie Does Pakistan Proud by Bagging the Prestigious Women’s Prize for Fiction in the UK

British Pakistani, Kamila Shamsie has been named the winner of this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her book ‘Home Fire’ is loosely centered around the theme of the Greek tragedy ‘Antigone’ written by Sophocles. It focuses on conflicting loyalties as the main character struggles between following the dictates of the state and remaining true to […]

June 6, 2018

7 Things the DG ISPR Attempted to Clarify for the Public in His Speech

DG ISPR, Major General Asif Ghafoor recently delivered a speech highlighting a few outstanding issues; these included Pak-India relations, talks with Afghanistan, concerns regarding social media, and the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM). https://www.facebook.com/dawndotcom/videos/10160559132975442/ Here is a quick summary of the major points made in his speech. 1) Pak-India Relations He started off with mentioning the […]

June 5, 2018

It’s Time We Stop Glorifying War in Movies

It is 2018; we’re approaching the end of the second decade of the 21st century. War is a distant memory. Correction: War should be a distant memory. 37 million people died in WWI. In Britain, almost two million soldiers returned home disabled, of which up to 40,000 had lost either their arms or legs. Fatality statistics for […]

June 2, 2018

The Water Crisis Isn’t Just the Government’s Responsibility and It’s High Time We Do Our Part

A report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revealed Pakistan to be third on the list of countries dealing with a water shortage. It is being said that Pakistan may be confronted with serious shortages as early as 2025. This is due to the combined effect of a constantly increasing population and a decreasing […]

May 31, 2018

Nida from Karachi Rides Bike In Her Colony And Brings Out The Lawmakers

Nida is a 15 year old, who lives in Omar Colony in Karachi with her father, sister, and little brother. She has been taught by her father to ride a motorcycle, a truck, and a rickshaw so that she can assist him with work; a very mature young woman, Nida sensibly points out that if […]

May 29, 2018

The Caretaker Government – a Setup with Great Responsibilities

With general elections coming up on July 25th of this year, a caretaker government needs to be put in place to carry on administrating the country during the transitionary period. Decisions regarding this need to be reached through a cooperative agreement between the Prime Minister and the opposition leaders in the National Assembly. As per […]

May 26, 2018

Pharmaceutical Reps Call It Quits When Fair&Lovely Launches Whitening Multivitamin

Pharmaceutical agencies nationwide faced a sticky situation today as representatives staged a walk-out at the annual board meeting. This was in response to Fair&Lovely’s new reveal: multivitamin capsules for skin whitening. An insider source told ProperGaanda that an enraged employee promptly resigned after stating the following: “Is this what our unhealthy obsession with fairer complexions […]

May 24, 2018

ICC’s Ruling On Amateur Street Cricket Match Sparks Some Fun Speculation

Hamza, cricket fan and we’re assuming amateur player as well, sent a video of a street cricket match being played to the ICC asking it to confirm whether the batsman was out or not out. A fan named Hamza sent this video to us this morning asking for a ruling. Unfortunately for the (very unlucky) […]

May 23, 2018

Karachiites Struggle With Intense Heatwave On Top Of Water and Electricity Shortages

Faisal Edhi, head of Edhi Foundation, has reported that the foundation’s morgues in Korangi and Sohrab Goth received up to 65 dead bodies over this past weekend. All deaths are claimed to have resulted from heatstroke. The age range for the deceased is about 16 to 78 years. The city has been experiencing an intense […]

May 20, 2018

UN Humans Rights Council Denounces Killing Of Palestinian Protesters

The series of Palestinian protests that began on March 30 have up till now resulted in a total of 118 civilian deaths, including 15 children. However, the worst carnage was seen this past Monday, when Israeli troops blatantly fired on the crowd of protesters, killing 59 people. The civilian protesters, for the most part, did […]

May 19, 2018

Pakistan’s Very Own Robin Hood Army Out To Make Sure No One Goes Hungry

The Robin Hood Army (RHA) first cropped up in India in 2014, led by Neel Ghose who took inspiration from a similar programme in Portugal called “Re-food”. The goal was to make sure that food which might otherwise be wasted or not utilized at restaurants was picked up and distributed to those in need of […]

May 17, 2018

5 Amusing Responses to the Tarbela Dam Power Crisis

The power breakdown at Tarbela dam, caused by the tripping of the line at Guddu-Muzaffargarh, resulted in an almost total lack of electricity yesterday in most cities of Punjab and KP. In Lahore, in particular, the power was out starting from about 9 am till approximately 5:30 pm. Naturally, this raised quite a storm on […]

May 16, 2018

Infamous Hawai Chappal Claims Another Victim

Mother’s Day took an ugly turn on Sunday afternoon when a young boy Samir, 16 years of age, returned home to his waiting mother sans gift… This is what the mother had to say when interviewed, “He’s my only child I suppose, so that’s why I was a little upset.” Samir added his own two cents: […]

May 15, 2018

A Look At What People Think About Priyanka Chopra Potentially Playing Ms Marvel

The diversely talented Indian actress Priyanka Chopra is now being cited by fans as the actress who should play Marvel’s brand-new upcoming female lead, Kamala Khan. Kamala Khan is a character inspired by Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) who made her debut in 2013 as a fan of the latter. Later she starred in her very […]

May 13, 2018

Hashish and Rats Aplenty at Parliament

You read that right… a pandemonium broke out at the Senate Committee meeting in Islamabad a couple days ago as politicians threw policy aside to focus on rolling their joints accurately instead. In a strange and random problem, however, there is a prevailing rat problem that needs to be dealt with as well. The question is, […]

May 8, 2018

The Notorious Sex Abuse Scandal and the Nobel Prize

It was quite surprising to hear how one of the most prestigious awards in the world, the Nobel prize for Literature, is apparently not going to be awarded to anyone this year by the Swedish Academy, responsible since 1901 for the granting of this prize. The question that arose in most people’s minds was this: […]

May 3, 2018

Bilawal Bhutto’s New Maternity Leave Agenda And Its Possible Implications

PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto has begun to take a very pro rights-for-all stance, with a special focus on labor rights. He stresses that the party has, in fact, a legacy of not only following but also fulfilling such a rhetoric. Recently, he brought up the work his father Asif Ali Zardari, his grandfather Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, […]

May 2, 2018

11 Reasons Why Avengers: Infinity War Was Worth the Wait

Marvel’s much-awaited “Avengers: Infinity War” has been a hot topic of discussion amongst fans online for months before it even came out. The unanimous opinion given out by everyone who walked out of the theatre after watching the movie was that: It. Was. Incredible. For some, it exceeded expectations; for others, it was exactly as […]

May 1, 2018

I Personally Never Understood What Labour Day Tries To Preach

As Labour Day came to a close, my friend and I kicked back and relaxed. We shared a joint and discussed Ashraf, who made his own special rolling paper at home and had been making the rounds all day today even though his wife and kids were sick back home. He’d come to us especially […]

April 30, 2018

Funerals and Folly

If you look up ‘Funeral’ in the dictionary, this is what you get: a ceremony or service held shortly after a person’s death, usually including the person’s burial or cremation. This provides us with a definition, but it doesn’t tell us what really goes on at a funeral. The truth is, for most funeral attendees, […]

April 28, 2018

Bridging the Gap and Reforming the Musical Experience – Pakistan’s First Deaf-inclusive Concert

Music, for many of us, is not just lyrics and a beat compiled together, but a way of life and a source of comfort. Quite a lot of people will resonate with this statement. For this reason, the work done in Karachi by local start-up ConnectHear in collaboration with the famous Pakistani band, Strings, and Habib […]

April 25, 2018

9 Things Hackers May Know About You Following Careem’s Data Breach

When an online platform that spans across 13 countries and holds data belonging to millions of customers announces that it has been hacked, it is inevitable that all hell will break loose.   So naturally, when transportation network company Careem announced a couple of days ago that it had experienced a security breach way back […]

February 28, 2018

The Characteristics of a Typical Fancy Cafe Meetup

A typical cafe meetup is a communal get-together, like one of those monthly meetings in the center of the jungle. It is that one big party of vampires racing through the moonlit forest, each one of them competing for the freshest, juiciest dinner. What am I talking about? I’m talking about the scene that you […]

December 24, 2017

5 Escapades That You Might Want to Remember Meera For

We all know Meera, Pakistan’s very own diva, unparalleled in both beauty and eloquence. We know about many of her escapades; being such a talented, beautiful actress, everything that she does must always be highlighted in every breaking news segment for at least three weeks after. Doesn’t matter if 20 people were killed in that […]

December 19, 2017

Maryam Nawaz Sharif and Donald Trump share a similar hobby

7 Seas apart, both born in privilege and both lacking the popular vote, have a fair bit of things in common but it doesn’t just stop there. You might remember how, not too long ago, our all-time favorite, President Donald Trump’s Twitter account was actually removed from the site: Twitter later admitted that it had […]

November 30, 2017

Let’s Try Something New: The Pakistani Morning Shows Mafia

To a few of us, Pakistani morning shows hold little if any meaning at all; they merely contribute to the white noise that makes winter mornings seem less dull. However, morning shows are the bread and butter for some people. Looking at overall ratings, it cannot be denied that morning shows are watched by a […]

November 7, 2017

Animalism: A Watcher’s Tale

It’s true. You caught me looking. I peeked in, just for a moment. I wanted to see what the hype was all about. To see what exactly drives us humans to this hot, wild, feral animalistic instinct. So I watched, for a long time. Turns out, it’s nothing in the environment. It’s nothing tangible, nothing […]

October 29, 2017

16 Times Sexual Harassers Outdid Themselves

We can no longer deny the severity of the issue of sexual harassment which, sadly, too many young girls and women have had to face at some point in their lives. It can happen to anyone, at any time. There is no way to guard ourselves against it; the only way this would be possible […]

October 12, 2017

I’ll Be The Bully, You Be My Victim

We’ve all been there. It doesn’t matter how long it has been since the last time it happened; we all remember. How can one forget? We’re not speaking of rude words being jeered at you by a street urchin; this isn’t about an “accidental” brush of the hand on your behind by a random passerby […]

October 3, 2017

CPEC: a new horizon for China and Pakistan

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) officially launched in 2013. It debuted three years after China’s first shipload of cargo exported via the Gwadar Port to markets in West Asia as well as Africa.   Essentially CPEC is an economic collaboration between the two countries; it seeks to bring about a new period of development for both […]

September 28, 2017

Nouman Ali Khan Vs. Our Hypocrisy

We’re facing quite a conundrum here: this is not simply a matter of hypocrisy, we’re looking at an accusation of hypocrisy (amongst other alleged misdeeds) against Nouman Ali Khan. These allegations have been made by the very people who have quite recently and quite zealously-and even in other languages- rushed to Mahira Khan’s defence for the smoking […]

September 23, 2017

World Leaders Scramble to Deal With Aftermath of Mahira Khan’s Soota Break in New York

There is talk of a second Cold War. The US is not worried about Houston anymore; we are hearing news of a special conference being held at the Oval Office right this hour. The all-important decision of whether we should defend Mahira Khan or surrender her to rabid Pakistani mobs foaming at the mouth rests […]

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