May 20, 2022

The PPP supporter Nazim Jokhio murdered in Sindh; What’s the update on the case? 

Details: Nazim Jokhio, a man in his 20s as he, approached his bid to digitally record the alleged rare bird hunting by the influentials of Sindh; he was murdered for the video, that’s the opinion of social media. However, the case was last delayed scheduled hearing in April due to the change in the federal […]

May 11, 2022

The self-proclaimed religious scholar Aamir Liaquat’s alleged obscene video leaked; internet calls him a ‘pervert’

What happened: On May 10, the self-proclaimed religious scholar of Pakistan, Aamir Liaquat Hussain, came under fire after an alleged leaked video of him showing Hussain doing cocaine on a black plate as music was heard in the background. The member of the National Assembly’s ‘leaked’ video has raised questions, and eyebrows as Hussain’s third […]

May 7, 2022

Cowardly actions of a handful of people, Mustafa Nawaz Khohkar, demands an end to enforced disappearances

What happened:  A recent trend has been witnessed in different parts of Pakistan, where students from different universities are allegedly abducted, especially the Baloch people are allegedly kidnapped from different universities across Pakistan. Najeeb Rasheed, Bebagr Imdad, Fayyaz Ali, Mudassir Mahmood Naaru, and the list of enforced disappearances continue.  Details: State’s failure to provide justice […]

April 21, 2022

The Paradox of Politics in Pakistan

We can sit for hours and unpack exactly what PTI has done wrong — and we should. PTI is also in the midst of an anti-American imperial struggle. Both coexist, and for the latter, we must lend them our support. I may dislike PTI but I am not so blinded by my emotions to pretend that the opposition is the better option.

April 16, 2022

Naya ya purana nahi, insaaf wala Pakistan chaiye!

Someone needs to tell Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari that all the chatter about ‘protecting constitution’ is an absolute waste if they cannot even protect their own people, especially when that protection is at stake because of their own MNAs who brutally murdered, tortured Nazim Jokhio.  Nazim Jokhio was a […]

April 16, 2022

The legacy of Pakistan’s humanitarian power couple

They say there’s a woman behind every successful man, such was the case with Pakistan’s beloved Edhi couple. Yesterday, Bilquis Bano Edhi breathed her last in Karachi, leaving the orphan children motherless once again. She was a trained nurse who managed maternity clinics and set up baby cradles outside Edhi Foundation locations around Pakistan, which […]

April 15, 2022

‘How to get away with murder’ starring Pakistani feudal politicians

A fair verdict on Nazim Jokhio murder seems to be disappearing into thin air as primary accused in the case, Pakistan People’s Party MNA Jam Karim and MPA Jam Awais’ names were removed from the charge sheet recently. The 27 year-old citizen journalist paid the price for stopping their Arab guests from illegal hunting of […]

April 15, 2022

Worrying silence from the PPP leadership on Nazim Jokhio murder case

Details: Nazim Jokhio’s murder case has highlighted how the proper affiliations and elitist mindset can set you free from any criminal charge. Jibran Nasir’s tweet, late on April 14, perfectly described the worrying stated that Sindh is in due to the feudal mindset, “Reality of #PPP. The Party of martyrs provides patronage to murderers. Is this […]

April 15, 2022

Nai Revolution Purana Churan?

On 11th April, Shireen Mazari retweeted poster signs saying “Itni Vigo kahan se lao ge” – bold and brave one might call it, in a country stricken with a string of missing people cases and midnight raids into people’s homes.

April 12, 2022

Here’s why Kartarpur corridor was big-hearted gesture by Pakistan under PTI’s regime

Details: On Apr, journalist and editor, Zaidi Hassan took to his Twitter account where stated that back when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was in power, its Kartarpur corridor project earned Pakistan most praise, “It doesn’t matter who initiated the project, fact remains that Khan sahab ko is kaam pe bohat duaein mili hongi,” Hassan added. Click here […]

April 11, 2022

Did Khan really hint at martial law on the night of Vote of No Confidence? 

What happened: On April 10, which became a history for Pakistan and was noted to be one of the most dramatic days in the country’s political history, just minutes before the imposition of contempt of court, the Vote of No Confidence was initiated at the National Assembly. But, the turnaround of events was something to […]

April 2, 2022

With less time in hand, Khan ‘conspires’ to delay the no-confidence voting

What happened: As the #NoConfidenceMotion is scheduled for Sunday April 3, in the capital #Islamabad, there has been a cabinet meeting under #ImranKhan’s leadership, and several tactics have been discussed to delay the voting. However, in my opinion, the last few weeks for Imran Khan have been tough as the tone of his speeches has […]

March 21, 2022

Amid fear of losing government, Khan’s tone mellows down as PM faces no-confidence motion

What happened: Over the past few weeks, there has been a variety of tones used in Imran Khan’s speeches and statements by his MNAs and MPAs, as from playing on the front foot, they have divulged to take a back step and try to play around with the emotions of Pakistanis, by hitting right where […]

March 18, 2022

Why did the black Vigo come to Lums?

The arrival of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) to Lums on Monday, 14 March was marked with the closure of all food places and a protest by the faculty and student body. The 2 hour long session which was supposed to be held from 12am to 2pm turned into a 7 hour long session […]

February 11, 2022

A true depiction of na deen na imaan: presenting Pakistan’s ‘religious’ scholar Aamir Liaquat

Who is Aamir Liaquat Hussain? Comedian, primarily and then a Pakistani politician born on July 5, 1971, has been listed three times in the 500 influential Muslims worldwide, which is a concern for most Pakistanis. Apart from this, the now PTI lawmaker has been in the public headlines due to his comments as a religious […]

February 3, 2022

Did the Punjab government really announce a ban on co-education and then after backlash called it fake news?

What’s happening now: Akmal Soomro on February 3, shared a screenshot of a notification stating, “The ban on co-education has been lifted and co-education has been allowed in private colleges in Punjab.” The uncertainty still remains, as there have been instances where the government had reverted back on its decisions after backlash. Subsequently, according to […]

January 26, 2022

Dissecting Quaid’s August 11, 1947 speech and why do some people call him “Kafir-e-Azam”

Back-story: Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s address to the constituent assembly on August 11, 1947, has been narrated with numerous definitions. Some believe it to be “anti-Islam,” while some appreciate the motivating speech of the founder of Pakistan. Let’s get one thing clear before reflecting on the address; despite the world saying anything about the speech, Muhammad […]

January 14, 2022

Is K-Eat Festival worth a new Covid-19 variant? I guess not!

The city of lights will be witnessing it’s biggest food festival at Beach View Park from Jan 14 to Jan 16 after a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19, but we’re still not sure if it’s worth it, as of now, Karachi is the bullseye of the new Omicron strain and has a positivity ratio of […]

December 29, 2021

Why Pakistan needs to embrace digital assets and cryptocurrency

What happened:  Earlier in 2021, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had hinted at building two hydroelectric-powered mining farms as the hype around digital currency continues worldwide. The hype around cryptocurrency and NFTs has forced Pakistan to choose cryptocurrency. On the other hand, Turkey and China have taken measures to curb cryptos and in India, the central […]

December 27, 2021

These fives statements by Pakistani celebrities in 2021 faced backlash by the audience

“Our husband is our culture” – Sadaf Kanwal on being a wife In an interview, in July 2021, Sadaf Kanwal was asked about her views on feminism and Aurat March, “Our culture is our husband. I’m responsible for picking up his shoes and ironing his clothes. I know where all of Shahroz’s belongings are, as […]

December 24, 2021

A Karachi-based bakery refused to write ‘Merry Christmas’ for a university student, but another confectionery stepped in and made her day

What happened: On Saturday, Celestia Naseem Khan (@celestia_naseem_khan), a Christian university student posted pictures of a Christmas cake and customized festive cookies, sent by a Karachi based bakery, ‘Pie in the Sky’ (@pieintheskypk). This gesture came after another bakery-chain, ‘Delizia’ refused to write ‘Merry Christmas’ on the cake she bought from them. Back-story: On December […]

December 23, 2021

A bakery in Karachi refused to write ‘Merry Christmas’ on a cake – this is what happened

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a Christian university student from Karachi, told ProperGaanda that she was disappointed when a local bakery refused to write Merry Christmas on a cake as the winter holidays approached. *Names have been changed to maintain anonymity. Read Ayesha’s* statements below, narrating the incident. Afterwards, Ayesha* shared the incident on […]

November 30, 2021

5 cheap fast food places near LSE that fit a student’s budget

People of LSE! Are you tired of having food from ‘The Corner Store’ and ‘Paratha and Karak’ yet? But also don’t want to go to Phase 6 because these places fit your student budget? Worry no more because here is a list of 5 places near LSE where you can get a fast food meal […]

November 26, 2021

“DHA Security was about to kill these stray dogs before I saved them!” reveals a Lahorite

What happened: An Instagram user Rafae Karim revealed that a few dogs were about to be killed by the DHA security before he rescued them. While talking to Rafae, “The obedient and cute stray dogs were about to be killed by the DHA security.” Rafae also said that the little puppies were packed in a shopping bag […]

November 24, 2021

Covered in thick smog, Lahore is the world’s most polluted city

What happened: The latest data released by Swiss Air has ranked Lahore as the most polluted city globally. Lahore has now left behind New Delhi in the air quality ranking, as it tops the list with a rating of 243 PM. Lahore’s air has been deemed “unbreathable” by various health experts. At the same time, the citizens of […]

November 22, 2021

Women left out as Taliban announce new TV directives

What happened: The Taliban-led Afghan government has announced new television rules. The Taliban government has banned women from appearing in Afghan TV dramas. The Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, while announcing the new directives, said that only men without exposing their bodies could appear in Afghan TV dramas. Details: According […]

November 22, 2021

This time it is not Covid causing schools to close, but smog

What happened: Lahore has been on the receiving end for the worst air quality since the past few months. The provincial capital has remained on the top of the list for the worst air quality index worldwide. With various Lahoris being hospitalized, the Punjab government has announced a closure of schools and offices. In a […]

November 20, 2021

PTI’s lawmaker receives Saad Rizvi with a bouquet, after the TLP chief was released from jail

What happened: On the 18th of November, the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan’s chief, Saad Hussain Rizvi, was released from prison. Before this, the federal government had struck a “secretive” deal with the TLP leaders amid the violent protest in the provincial capital. However, the TLP chief was welcomed by a large crowd after he reached the Rehmatul-Lil-Alimeen […]

November 18, 2021

Lahore with the worst air quality, needs government’s attention

What happened: The provincial capital has been facing severe air pollution and smog wave, sending hundreds to hospitals because of sore throat, upper respiratory tract infection. Whereas, the citizens of Lahore have complained about severe headaches caused by the worsening air quality and are amazed at the deafening silence by the people at the helm […]

November 18, 2021

#BringBackProperGaanda: Censorship limits important information

What happened: Media censorship is defined as the suppression of speech, communication, or any other significant information. The censorship of media in Pakistan is considered the suppression of words and ideas deemed offensive. The reporters at ProperGaanda had to censor a few of their reports considering the societal rules and the ‘so-called,’ restrictions enforced by […]

November 18, 2021

Anti-rape bill allowing chemical castration of rapists, passed by Pakistani parliament

What happened: The sex offenders convicted of multiple rapes can now face chemical castration after the parliament passed new legislation, Pakistan. While, this legislation aims to fasten the conviction rate and have harsher sentences for the accused. Why it matters:  Reports have suggested that the conviction rate of sex offenders and rapists in Pakistan is […]

November 18, 2021

#OpenProperGaanda: Factual reporting considered against freedom of speech?

Details: The nation has survived, through various stages of military dictatorship, and through the so-called democracy, where there have been numerous bans on factual reporting. The journalists and media outlets are often dictated to write and express specific incidents in a somewhat biased way than in stating facts. What happened: On the 17th of November, […]

November 18, 2021

Truth, and nothing but the truth – We want ProperGaanda back!

Pakistan The land of pure; people are not letting the country live by its name and we can all accept that, as a journalist in Pakistan, I can testify to this. We love our country, as we should, and that is why we report on everything that is going on here, people can’t turn their […]

November 17, 2021

How Fair are Instagram’s banning policies in Pakistan?

Image source: Instazood As social media became more integrated into daily life, platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter adopted a more a stringent set of policies. While these policies aimed to curb hate and violence, they also restrict expression of freedom.  This is not the first time Propergaanda has been banned. While it doesn’t fall […]

November 17, 2021

#OpenProperGaanda: Is reporting on the controversial TLP against the social media giant’s rules?

What happened: ProperGaanda has been quick at reporting swiftly, with keeping the facts intact regarding any matter that deeply concerns the nation, but has faced criticism for factual reporting. ProperGaanda’s reporters believe that the current ban on ProperGaanda could have been instigated by the social media users, who tend to shy away from the harsh […]

June 26, 2021

Imran Khan takes a wrong turn

An opinion piece by Hiba Sohail When cricketer turned politician Imran Khan became Pakistan’s Prime Minister in 2018, there was widespread cautious optimism that he would reinstate the liberalism of the early 70s. His ideas of populism and a promise to crack down on the corrupt institutions of the country were a welcome change in […]

June 23, 2021

A mullah can rape a child for as low as Rs. 50,000

How do Madrassasah’s work in Pakistan Madrassas whatever side of the fence we might stand are a reality in a country like Pakistan. There are more than 22,000 registered madrassas in the Country. The students they teach are often among the poorest, who receive food. education and many a times accommodation for free. Many more […]

May 18, 2021

Zara Noor Abbas sparks Twitter debate on Eid celebration in the midst of the Israeli Apartheid

Actor Zara Noor Abbas calls out people for sharing celebratory Eid pictures instead of raising awareness about the Palestinian crisis.

May 15, 2021

Indian youtube channel livestreams Eid photos of Pakistani women and ‘rates’ them, passing lewd comments

The internet and social media aren’t always safe for women, be it unwanted messages, unsolicited pictures or outright harassment. This latest incident is just one event of many and was first called out by a Twitter user who goes by ‘K’ to protect her identity. What happened: A video titled, ‘Pakistani Girls Review’ was live-streamed […]

May 14, 2021

The Smell of Palestine

“…And as I toured Israel’s Supreme Court, I was struck by the iconic architecture which embodies Israel’s founding principles of Democracy and Rule of Law. It’s straight lines which represents the immutable nature of truth, while the curved walls and glass represent the fluid nature of justice…” Senator Kamala Harris, 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference, March […]

April 10, 2021

Digital art is rising in Pakistan. Is it the next big thing or just another bubble?

Abdal Mufti, a self taught artist based in Pakistan uses art to tell stories. He combines animations and 2D illustrations with an audio component which provides quite an experience for the viewers. He focuses on telling stories that are embedded in the social fabric of society which need to be highlighted. With a degree in […]

April 3, 2021

This short film depicts the hypocrisy of so-called mullahs preying on children

Muskurao, a short film by Ali Raza is a story of a Quran teacher, his young student Zara and her mother which conveys a thought provoking message. Based in London, Raza is a filmmaker, digital content creator and activist who graduated from Royal Holloway and now runs his own production company which goes by ‘Romisa […]

April 1, 2021

Dear white saviours, we’re terribly sorry but please keep your opinions to yourselves

Dear white saviours, We’re terribly sorry but please keep your opinions to yourselves; you see, white saviours sharing their opinions has never brought anyone any good. From the first ship of looting thieves that docked at the subcontinent’s shores in the 1600s to white tourists turned cultural commentators taking on the role of Pakistan’s saviours, […]

February 24, 2021

Is the tobacco giant behind VELO targeting Pakistan’s youth with its catchy influencer campaigns?

In the face of a shifting global tobacco epidemic that marks dwindling sales of cigarette consumption, British American Tobacco (BAT) which is one of the world’s largest cigarette companies has bet a hefty £1 billion on a marketing campaign that relies heavily on social media, concerts and sporting events to entice new customers. The Tobacco […]

February 22, 2021

Why are women not a part of Imran Khan’s vision for Pakistan?

When cricketer turned politician Imran Khan became Pakistan’s Prime Minister in 2018, there was widespread cautious optimism that he would reinstate the liberalism of the early 70s. His ideas of populism and a promise to crack down on the corrupt institutions of the country were a welcome change in a country long overdue for a […]

February 12, 2021

Atoms co-founders record heartwarming video for fans back home in Punjabi

Footwear brand Atoms, run by entrepreneurs Sidra Qasim and Waqas Ali, has been generating buzz since its launch. But that was nothing compared to the traction they received when the Humans of New York interview with Brandon Stanton released in late January 2021. People are replacing their Nike’s with Atoms, swearing by the comfort and […]

February 3, 2021

I’ve been in medicine for more than a decade but I’m still made to feel like an outsider because I’m a woman

At the age of 13 I chose sciences in my O levels and sealed my fate. At 15 I chose pre-med in my A levels and further cemented my path. At 17 I joined Med school. At 22 I graduated from Med school. At 24 I started residency. And at 27 I started my fellowship […]

January 20, 2021

Dear Dada, it’s not the same anymore

Disclaimer: The following is a work of satire. Follow the author, H. Ghaznavi here on Twitter. Dear Dada, It’s been a while since I’ve written to you. In the current scheme of things it seems funny that I should reach out. Magar woh hamari aur wardi kai is anhokay piyar ko kahan samjhay gain. I […]

January 20, 2021

Death and glory on the Savage Mountain

The mighty K2, known as the Savage Mountain since the 1950s, has a deadly reputation among climbers. But this past Saturday history was made as 10 Nepalese sherpas summited the mountain during winter, a feat never before accomplished. The team was led by 37 year old Nirmal Purja, known as Nimsdai, who took the climbers […]

January 20, 2021

The revolution knows no pandemic

Is gathering thousands of people during a pandemic is morally and politically correct or not? As Pakistan Democratic Movement prepares for its sixth and final power show in Lahore, the accused Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf government has been anxiously trying to stop PDM. Many believe that the lockdown 2.0 due to the second wave of Coronavirus outbreak, […]

January 14, 2021

Benazir Bhutto’s Legacy and Aseefa’s Debut: Nothing More Than Political Theater

How does Aseefa prove to be as a politician? The political dynasty of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) debuted another family member during the final months of 2020 – no doubt preparing for the new year. Aseefa Bhutto Zardari addressed her first political rally, reminding many Pakistanis of her late mother, Benazir Bhutto. Aseefa, unlike […]

January 14, 2021

What can we expect from a coronavirus vaccination campaign if polio workers are still being killed?

There is much concern of what will happen once the coronavirus vaccine lands in Pakistan; first and foremost, with an initial 1.1 million doses being procured for a population of 220 million, who will be vaccinated – will the doses actually reach frontline healthcare workers or can we expect the corrupt to get their hands […]

January 11, 2021

Why do Disney’s diversity policies have a loophole when it comes to Pakistani representation?

Earlier this year, Disney announced that a Pakistani-American, Iman Vellani, had been cast to play Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan, the first Pakistani-American Muslim superhero within the MCU. After the debacle of South Asian representation that was Mindy Kaling’s Never Have I Ever, the news of Ms. Marvel was refreshing – and brought a wave of excitement […]

December 29, 2020

What happens when a show like ‘Dunk’ – an ode to rape apologists – airs on television

Fahad Mustafa’s recent production, Dunk, starring Bilal Abbas Khan, Noman Ijaz, Sana Javed, and Yasra Rizvi aired this week on ARY Digital. From promotional interviews and the first episode itself, it is clear that this is yet another drama whose sole intent and purpose is to further degrade and justify violence against Pakistani women. ‘Should […]

December 27, 2020

Dad, r u there?

Authors note: The following is a work of satire, keep your pants on will you.The author, Hamza Ghaznavi, can be followed on Twitter at @Hamza_Ghaznavi Dear Dad, It has been a while since I’ve written to you. I’ve been reading this new book, ‘greatness of a sports captain’: it talks about what it takes to […]

December 22, 2020

Former Soch Video employee alleges she was ‘harassed at her job for months’

What happened: A former employee at Soch, Aiman Rizvi, alleged she had been harassed at her job for months by her employers, which led her to resign, and was later gaslit by one of her ex-colleagues Arafat Mazhar after she spoke up about the issue. Okay Arafat, this is me holding you accountable. I was […]

December 13, 2020

Why does society still think unmarried women in their 30s are a ‘burden’?

There is an alternate reality episode of FRIENDS in which a married Rachel asks Monica if she’s in a relationship, Monica says she’s single to which Rachel replies ‘Aww, that’s okay’. A surprised Monica answers, ‘Yes, I know.’ The same scene has no doubt played out for many Pakistani women at family dinners and weddings […]

December 3, 2020

PTI calls out ‘corrupt’ journalists on its Twitter account – here’s why that’s problematic

In the latest chapter of the PTI government’s drive to muzzle all criticism of its performance it has decided to try to name and shame journalists on Twitter. Just last month, the PTI government installed a new PTV chairman who said the opposition would get no screen time on PTV. The PTI government seems to […]

December 1, 2020

Naeem Bukhari’s PTV appointment is just another instance of cronyism

Lawyer, TV personality, and PTI member Naeem Bukhari was recently appointed as head of the Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV). But, Bukhari’s appointment is just another instance of cronyism in Pakistan. PTV’s new chairman Naeem Bukhari says there will be NO coverage of the opposition parties on taxpayers funded PTV — Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaViews) […]

November 28, 2020

We asked for your weirdest experiences after getting high

*Disclaimer: Recreational cannabis use in Pakistan is illegal. PG does not promote, condone or advocate licit or illicit drug use. This article is for entertainment purposes only. For this week’s #SaturdayColumn at ProperGaanda, we asked you for your weirdest experiences after smoking up. This is what you said: ‘I ended up screaming in the middle […]

November 26, 2020

Ahmadis were vital in the creation of Pakistan yet the country still refuses to accept them

Ahmadis are reviled and persecuted in Pakistan, ironically, both for not being muslim enough or trying to be too muslim. The extent of their persecution is such that it is enshrined in the law. The state has forcefully stripped them of the right to call themselves muslim, and it has all its citizens participate in […]

November 25, 2020

Hash dealers in Lahore make PKR 50,000 in a bad month during the pandemic – this is how they do it

Truth be told, it’s been a tough year for the world. But there are still those who are prospering and finding opportunity in these dismal times. The raging pandemic has led to excruciating levels of uncertainty and taken a toll on the world economy; 2020 brought to life more than a few apocalyptic fantasies about […]

November 24, 2020

Why are we craving for nostalgic films and music during the pandemic?

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we have found ourselves in the middle of a nostalgia frenzy. It seemed to permeate everything: nostalgia playlists on music streaming platforms, old albums by Vital Science and Nazia Hassan. Moin Akhter’s loose talk show and mid-2000s memes.   But why is it that we yearn for nostalgic content so desperately, especially […]

November 20, 2020

Why are condolences from the highest echelons of power pouring in for a far right, radical cleric?

Khadim Rizvi, the head of the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), passed away yesterday and condolences from the highest echelons of power have swiftly come pouring in. From the Prime Minister to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), it seems everyone is struck by grief, which seems odd when just a few days prior Khadim Rizvi and […]

November 20, 2020

Khadim Rizvi, the firebrand cleric who left behind a legacy of hate, fear and intolerance

Amid much confusion late on Thursday night, news of Tehreek e Labbaik chief Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s death started floating on Twitter before they eventually made headlines. Less than an hour later, voice notes and videos were being forwarded on Whatsapp groups claiming the cleric had started breathing again. As a large number of TLP […]

November 17, 2020

How a handful of posters from the Aurat March drove a wedge between women fighting for their rights

The rights of women, especially of girls born to more conservative brown households, are often debated, argued and sometimes even repressed. The struggle to attain these rights however, is often outright rejected, deemed radical and even considered an insult to long-standing religious and cultural ideologies. Backlash against feminist movements in Pakistan has always existed, with […]

November 17, 2020

Banning the two-finger test is not enough, all virginity testing needs to be outlawed

The Punjab government has issued a notification banning the two-finger test for survivors of rape and sexual assault. A move that should have happened much earlier given that the test holds no medical validity whatsoever. But still, it is a step in the right direction. However, it is important to note that this notification has […]

November 13, 2020

A cruel and callous nation: rampant animal abuse lays bare our reality

Animal carcasses rotting away in the middle of the street are a common sight in Pakistan. Both the people who hit these animals and those passing by everyday don’t have the basic decency to at least move the poor animal out of the way. Imagine the sheer callousness required to look at death and suffering […]

November 11, 2020

This is how Arnab Goswami became India’s most controversial TV anchor

Arnab Goswami falls both in the category of ‘anti-hero’ and ‘icon’ at the same time to his followers. Goswami has, during his career, broken every rule of journalism but still manages to succeed in ‘popularity’, foregoing credibility. But how did a journalist make a cult following based on propaganda (pun not intended) and strong rhetoric? […]

November 10, 2020

Pakistan’s newest animated feature, Swipe, confronts the weaponisation of religion and technology

From the start Swipe is both intriguing and alarming, we see a flock of crows ravenously feeding on scraps of meet and then we hear the overly cheerful voice of a news anchor talking about a shiny new app on the market called ifatwa. The casualness with which she states ‘swipe right se wajib-ul-qatal, aur […]

November 9, 2020

Biden’s drones couldn’t have flown without Pakistan’s help

The recent discourse in Pakistan regarding the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris has been one of jubilation and relief. After Trump’s defeat many with relatives settled in America have breathed a sigh of relief, while others have welcomed his departure owing to his less than warm relations with Pakistan. However, in the waning […]

November 9, 2020

In conversation with a Hitman

Gang culture and mafias have a special place in South Asian society. Not because we are innately drawn towards violence, which can “sometimes” be the case, but also that our mainstream entertainment has put an extra effort to create an appetite for it. From Bollywood to Lollywood we have seen the glorification of gangsters, and […]

November 8, 2020

America thinks it made history with Biden’s win but the rest of the world is still recovering from Obama’s drone wars

Congratulations to America for choosing a woke hypocrite over an outright racist. It’s a victory for the United State’s fight in restoring democracy no doubt, but the fact is a majority of US presidents have been responsible for death and destruction in some part of the world, except the esteemed United States. Joe Biden is […]

November 6, 2020

Indu Mitha: Sovereign of Classical Dance in Pakistan

Indu Mitha has championed the classical performance art of bharatanatyam as a teacher to thousands of students across Pakistan, and a supportive mother to Tehreema Mitha, who is the torchbearer of her school. With each passing decade, their contribution to the Pakistani classical art has further deepened our understanding and expanded our compassion.  Originally from […]

November 6, 2020

To all the Qasim Ali Shah’s of the world, just stop. I’m tired.

Not a day goes by in this country when women aren’t being raped, abused, murdered, or just generally having the life stifled out of them. And still, men like Qasim Ali Shah have the audacity to preach to us about our ‘ultimate roles’ in life. Which of course, is to start out as an unpaid […]

November 5, 2020

This U.S election is giving me serious Pakistan election deja vu

Pakistan and America are old allies with an often tumultuous relationship but never before has the Pakistani public felt so close to the Americans. The current U.S election has shaped up to be strikingly similar to a desi election. The entire cast has been mirrored near perfectly. We have the incumbent who has proven to […]

November 4, 2020

Are Imran Khan and Donald Trump cut from the same cloth?

Prime Minister Imran Khan, with what appeared to be thinly veiled admiration, recently shared how both he and the American President, Donald Trump, have had to get creative and do “a lot of out of the box thinking” over the course of their political careers. In an interview with Der Spiegel’s Susanne Koelbl the prime […]

October 28, 2020

Explaining the slogan “my body, my choice” for dummies

T/W: Rape, Assault, Violence  Truth be told it’s been a really hard year for everyone. A month ago, the whole nation witnessed a treacherous incident that shook our core and left us traumatized. A mother was raped by two men on the motorway in front of her kids. Fortunately the criminals are behind bars now […]

October 27, 2020

Rallying for change: 3 possible outcomes of the PDM

The Pakistan Democratic Movement, a nexus of parties across the political spectrum, has been rallying against the sitting government and the establishment for the past month. Agitation from the political opposition, no matter who they are, is commonplace and expected however, the public support that the PDM has rapidly gained is what has made it […]

October 27, 2020

Does ‘Glow & Lovely’ mean Unilever cares about exploiting South Asian colourism to make millions?

From billboards to truck ads at every other street of Karachi, Glow & Lovely is trying so hard to convince you it has changed, that it won’t hurt our feelings anymore with its insensitive tone, much like a toxic partner. So much, that it even launched a feminist anthem. Mitti kay sau rung hain, they […]

October 20, 2020

Zombies, Maryam, Bilawal and Imran – who’ll lead us to the apocalypse?

I recently came across a story about a child in Pakistan who was taught by her mother that a potato is actually a boti because they couldn’t afford chicken and she didn’t want her child to feel that she was deprived of anything. This is a reality for most Pakistanis, not a minority but an […]

October 17, 2020

Opposition:1, Imran Khan:0 – What happened at PDM?

Anti-state speeches, slogans and a massive crowd; opposition leaders called out administration, government officials and some ex-official(s) for incompetence and corruption. Background: Pakistan Democratic Movement, is an opposition-led coalition of 11 political parties. They have planned to organize six major rallies across the country until December and eventually a long march in January 2021.  Their […]

October 10, 2020

Is the PTA the most powerful entity in Pakistan?

This opinion has been authored by ProperGaanda’s viewer, Nasar Qadir. The views and opinions represented in this article represent those of the author alone and do not represent the views and opinions of ProperGaanda. To submit your articles, email us at In any society, the most uneasy question to ponder upon is the question […]

October 9, 2020

Suffocating slowly in Pakistan’s ongoing censorship saga

Suffocation by censorship, what an ironic thing to say during the coronavirus pandemic; the same pandemic which wreaked havoc not only in China and the United States, but also the neighbouring countries of Iran and India. To say that Pakistan escaped almost unscathed, in comparison, is an understatement – and while we may have been […]

September 25, 2020

A barbaric history of sectarianism in Pakistan: Red in tooth and claw

Authored by Talha Jameel (follow the author here). The views and opinions represented in this article belong to the author alone and do not represent the views and opinions of ProperGaanda. To submit your articles, email at “You can persuade the masses to believe that something they are asked to do is religiously right […]

September 25, 2020

What you need to know about the protest being organised in Toronto by the Pakistani-immigrant diaspora against patriarchal violence back home

This week on Pakistani news and social media, headlines such as ‘woman allegedly raped by police’ and ‘girl raped by two cousins in AJK’ have, unsurprisingly, caught my attention—as they usually do. On Tuesday, September 8th, 2020, a woman was raped on the Sialkot-Lahore motorway. Her car had run out of gas, and while waiting […]

August 31, 2020

The most affordable MacBook you can buy in 2020

Apple’s computers just never lose their appeal, despite the fact that there are other laptops out there capable of competing – and even beating – the MacBook in terms of performance. Whether it is their longevity, design, or simply the Apple branding, nearly everyone in 2020 wants to buy a MacBook. The only kicker? The […]

August 31, 2020

In Malay mythology, women who have been wronged come back as a vengeful spirit called ‘pontianak’

A strange folktale told in Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia is one of the scariest and most savage superstitions in Southeast Asia, a region where superstitious beliefs tend to be commonplace. The belief goes something like this. Any woman who has died a violent death at the hands of a man (directly or indirectly) – in […]

August 29, 2020

The 7 worst burgers you can eat in Lahore

Team PG reviewed some of the best and worst burgers you can order in Lahore. From pricey all-organic burgers at fancy eateries such as Amavi to affordable – but not so healthy – fast-food joints like Fri Chicks, Lahore has it all.  Lately, burger joints have been popping up on every other street corner. Old […]

August 29, 2020

How do Shias practice matam in Pakistan and why?

Matam is a Shiite ritual performed during the month of Muharram to express grief for the tragedies that befell Muslims at Karbala, specifically the death of the Holy Prophet’s grandson and nearly all his companions. Matam translates to ‘act of mourning’, and in this particular context, it usually involves inflicting physical pain on oneself in […]

August 28, 2020

Where Shia Islam begins and ends

Shiite Islam emerged in the 7th century following conflicts that arose partly over who had the right to carry on the Caliphate. Two schools of thought emerged and the Sunni-Shia divide was established, irrevocably changing the world of Islam in ways that would have unprecedented – and often devastating – effects. In Muslim nations throughout […]

August 27, 2020

Why is Nadeem Sarwar called the Safeer-e-Aza?

‘Nauhakhawni‘ is the act of reciting nauhas: nauha being a lament about the tragedies Muslims faced at Karbala. A Nauhakhawn is someone who is particularly gifted in this art and with his mournful recitals, is able to incite intense emotion at what is typically a Shiite majlis during the grieving month of Muharram. Syed Nadeem […]

August 27, 2020

Did the government know or even care how catastrophic Karachi’s floods would get?

Karachi continues to sink beneath a torrential wave of storms and rainwater. The city has been in turmoil since before the monsoon, what with sewage overflowing onto main roads as well as distressingly long power outages. All of these factors have culminated to bring about absolute chaos in a metropolis that is by nature a […]

August 26, 2020

Indian origin talk show host condemns racism for others but apparently not for himself

Hasan Minhaj’s award-winning show the ‘Patriot Act’ has been accused of creating a toxic workplace environment for women of colour. The irony of this is clearly evident, seeing as Minhaj himself is of Indian origin. Why Minhaj has allowed this to happen seems to be a mystery. Several women who worked to make this show […]

August 25, 2020

America brutalizes yet another Black man, shooting him 7 times in front of his little children

On Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officers shot 29 year old Jacob Blake in the back – not once or twice but multiple times. They did so just as he was getting into his car, with his three children aged between 5 and 10 sitting in the backseat. Ben Crump, the Blake family’s lawyer, said […]

August 25, 2020

This Islamabad real estate mogul’s gold Lamborghini Aventador S is the most luxurious car in Pakistan

Kunwar Moeez Khan, CEO of Top City-1 Islamabad, has been the proud owner of a gold foil Lamborghini Aventador S since the year 2018. The man who is known as KMK is a die-hard car enthusiast, housing an entire collection of impressive vehicles. Notwithstanding his dubious past involving allegations of terrorism, KMK has remained a […]

August 24, 2020

What happened to Nirala Sweets?

Founded after partition in 1948 by Taj Din, a man who sold shawls in Indian Kashmir, Nirala Sweets was the fastest growing confectionery Pakistan had ever seen. It was a success from the moment Taj Din opened his first shop, a tiny breakfast place on Fleming Road. Soon, Nirala Sweets was a household name; it […]

August 24, 2020

Is the Muharram mourning period now a cheerful capitalist free-for-all?

The period of Muharram holds immense religious significance for Muslims. It is a time saturated with grief and painful remembrance: a highly spiritual occasion, commemorated intensely amongst Shiite communities in particular. But what is happening to Muharram? The public has recently raised concerns surrounding fashion brands and the proliferation of a strange kind of advertising: […]

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 22, 2020

When did Karachi’s downfall begin?

Pakistan’s biggest metropolis, with a population of over 1.6 crore, is drowning in a sea of neglect – both literally and metaphorically. Various parts of Karachi have been affected by the monsoon system, with some areas submerged in rainwater. The storms have already claimed a number of lives. But to believe that flooding is Karachi’s […]

August 21, 2020

Israel and Hamas continue to use Gaza as a pawn in their political games

Since the conflict began, Israel and Hamas have engaged in a bloody back and forth with Gaza in the middle. Once Israel declared Hamas-led Gaza an enemy, violence ensued on a devastating scale. Israel placed crippling restrictions on the Gaza Strip: it closed borders, imposed power cuts, and limited imports. In 2014, the battle gained […]

August 21, 2020

Why is it so easy for people in Pakistan to not pay their employees?

Every corporation, big or small, has a responsibility towards the people it employs. And it goes both ways. It’s simple. A transaction is made or a service is performed, after which the effort receives acknowledgement in the form of dues. It is a legal agreement: a covenant. So why is this covenant so often violated […]

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

Is TikTok really a poisonous trend we need to get rid of?

TikTok has been blamed for a lot of things during its rise to the top. One of the greatest on-going grievances people raise is that it pollutes minds and encourages toxic behaviour. Created in 2016 by a Chinese company, TikTok steadily gained popularity over the years to the point that it is now expected – […]

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 […]

August 10, 2020

Was it a smart move for Zardari to plead not guilty in a corruption case?

In an arraignment earlier today, former President Asif Ali Zardari pleaded not guilty in front of an accountability court via video appearance. He has been accused of using undue influence to obtain a loan amounting to 1.5 billion rupees for his company called Parthenon Private Limited and then channeling the money through illegally – using […]

August 10, 2020

Do bankers in Pakistan really make that much money?

Careers in finance are consistently ranked amongst the highest-paying pursuits worldwide. Investment banking is one extremely lucrative niche the world of finance offers. This leads to an age-old question: how can finance industries be so profitable? After all, it’s a delicate balance between things like price risk, risk aversion, risk tolerance – no shortage of […]

August 8, 2020

Pirs may be the most powerful individuals in Pakistan

Pirs are thought to be blessed individuals with a unique spiritual connection to God. But they hold extraordinary significance that goes beyond religiosity. Their influence and power runs miles deep and touches every crevice of Pakistani society – in particular, politics. Pirs possess two things that turn them into all-powerful beings, and ensure their inclusion […]

August 8, 2020

Pakistani police needs to think before it shoots

On Friday, Karachi police mistook two men for miscreants and promptly began to shoot at them – killing one and injuring the other. A witness named Noman, who was riding on a bike with his friend, says that he stopped the bike momentarily to take a phone call. Three constables on standby near the area […]

August 7, 2020

Bilawal Bhutto needs to accept that his party has failed Karachi completely

The situation in Karachi has been dismal during this monsoon season. With five people dead and three more electrocuted, and city streets turned into rivers, it is natural to expect that the PPP government would take necessary action. But it seems the predicament is too difficult for PPP to tackle. In fact, Sindh government officials […]

August 7, 2020

Four days, four explosions, four different Muslim majority nations

Four different Muslim majority nations have experienced either fires or explosions in key areas during the past three days. The latest incident is a fire that occurred today in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia near a train station: the Haramain railway station, purportedly offering the fastest train service in all of Middle East. Another fire broke out […]

August 6, 2020

Balochistan is even more majestic than the north and unpolluted to boot – but will we allow it to stay that way?

Soaring cliffs, waterfalls, sand dunes, and a blue-green ocean: Balochistan is what most people would call a ‘hidden gem’. Part of what makes it so beautiful is the fact that it remains uncorrupted by manmade influences. While tourism in Balochistan seems to be picking up, the region so far has retained its natural rugged beauty […]

August 6, 2020

Is it true that destroying Hiroshima and Nagasaki was necessary in order to save the world?

At the time of the first bombing in Hiroshima, the second world war had already claimed millions of lives. Civilian deaths made up more than half of these. War crimes were committed on both sides: not one party emerged innocent of bloodshed. During 1939-45, six all-powerful nations played god, deciding who would live and who […]

August 5, 2020

Lebanon: An unseen, unheard nation with a leadership that couldn’t care less

On Tuesday, Beirut saw a massive explosion on its sea port. The shockwaves were horrific, and the consequences, even more so. A report claims that the Prime Minister of Lebanon has promised he will hold the perpetrators responsible. But when apparently the cause of the explosion is 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate – a […]

August 4, 2020

TikTok should teach greedy American tech empires a lesson: Refuse to sell out to Microsoft

America is no stranger to threatening companies into seemingly ‘beneficial’ acquisitions. The reason TikTok’s parent company ByteDance is even considering giving up its U.S. shares is because of President Trump’s recent declaration that he may ban TikTok in the country. On the surface, his reasoning isn’t flawed. Due to China’s tight security laws, its government […]

August 4, 2020

Letting kids go to school could be Pakistan’s deadliest decision yet

According to Forbes, new studies suggest that children could in fact be quite efficient transmitters of the coronavirus. One of these studies, done in Chicago, claim that young children contain about one hundred times the concentration and amount of coronavirus in their throats as compared to adults. Thus, they can transmit with almost deadly efficiency. […]

August 3, 2020

Why many would sell their souls to be able to wear Gucci and Armani

Each with a net worth amounting to billions of dollars, top fashion houses in the world hold immense power. High-end fashion brands don’t just sell clothes and accessories. They sell  lifestyles – lifestyles that are so headily attractive, an ordinary person cannot help but fall under their spell. The question ‘who are you wearing’ asked […]

August 3, 2020

What’s in a ‘Lahori’?

What does it mean to truly belong to Lahore, the place once known as the city of gardens. Usually, the word ‘belong’ automatically links to permanence and continuity. No one feels as if they belong the first time they step foot in new surroundings. But with time, belonging turns into a natural state of being. […]

August 3, 2020

Why going vegan was the weirdest thing I’ve ever experienced

According to the Time’s ‘Brief History of Veganism’, the term vegan was coined in 1944 by a British woodworker Donald Watson. He wanted to acknowledge those brave souls who went a step ahead of vegetarians and said no to all animal products, not just meat. Today, a vegan lifestyle can mean many things. Some people […]

August 1, 2020

Where did the concept of eidi come from and is it exclusively a choti Eid tradition?

‘Eidi’ is usually meant to signify a special sum of money gifted to young family members by parents and older relatives. But eidi doesn’t always have to be a gift of cash. It can also be a trinket, clothes, or any sort of present: something that shows appreciation and love. Eidi is perhaps one of […]

July 31, 2020

Violence at Pak-Afghan border so close to Eid is a bitter reminder that Afghanistan can never be a true neighbour

Skirmishes on the Pak-Afghan border are not a rare occurrence. The two countries share an uncommonly long border – spanning nearly 2,500 kilometres. But more than the length of the frontier, it is their fraught history that leads to deadly flares of animosity. There have been successive violent altercations between the Pakistan army and Afghani […]

July 31, 2020

Pakistanis don’t mind being fooled if it’s beautiful Esra Bilgic doing the fooling

Esra Bilgic, star of Turkish drama series ‘Dirilis: Ertugrul’, recently published a tweet claiming she had found her number one in Pakistan. The statement was so intriguing for audiences that it began to attract all kinds of speculation. But for a large number of Pakistanis, there could only be one explanation for this cryptic tweet; […]

July 31, 2020

Pakistan needs to stop celebrating extrajudicial murderers

The extrajudicial murder of Tahir Ahmad Naeem was bad enough, but what was arguably worse was the reaction of the Pakistani people followed. The celebration of another example of extrajudicial “justice” and the proclamation of the murderer as a “hero” served as the latest example of Pakistan’s tendency to worship and praise extrajudicial murderers. The […]

July 30, 2020

You’re not alone if you regret having witnessed qurbani as a child

It’s not always easy fulfilling religious rites. Slaughtering animals may be an inescapable obligation but it is never pleasant. The uneasiness begins from that first day a child forces his or her parents to let them take a peek at the bloody ritual and continues into adulthood. Often, people placate themselves by saying it is […]

July 30, 2020

Hajj: How a noble religious ritual became Saudi Arabia’s money-making business

As another year in the Islamic calendar approaches its end, thousands of Muslims are once again partaking in the holy religious ritual that is Hajj, although this time in significantly lower quantity and in much different fashion, owing to the coronavirus pandemic. However, what was once a noble gesture of unity and solidarity aimed at […]

July 25, 2020

Lahore has more than 500,000 homeless people; where do they live?

The homeless are seen everywhere. But are they really and truly visible? The world they inhabit is so different to what Lahoris call home, it might as well be the ‘upside down’. Most of them live hard, scary lives. They may be seen lounging under bridges and whiling the days away on hot pavements but […]

July 25, 2020

Pakistan is at the edge of having its very own Big Brother

With journalists being abducted in broad daylight, textbooks being censored at an alarming rate, and a disturbing trend of civil rights violations being observed, one is driven to wonder if somehow the all-watching Big Brother from George Orwell’s 1984 is beginning to manifest himself in Pakistan. The chilling character – perhaps more accurately described as […]

July 25, 2020

How powerful is the Prime Minister?

As the public sees it, Pakistan’s prime ministers hold the nation in the palm of their hands. It is true that ‘head-of-government’ is not a title to be taken lightly. But with a lofty title comes a list of expectations daunting enough to justify the amount of political fervour that surrounds every election. Nearly six […]

July 24, 2020

If you’re not from DHA or Clifton, who are you really?

For a lot of people, this question may sting. And why shouldn’t it? It’s never easy to realize that you’ve been excluded or left out. Yet that is exactly the feeling some Karachiites live with. The unspoken division of a city into affluent and non-affluent areas is a common phenomenon. This concept is then reinforced […]

July 22, 2020

Does Careem’s ad really make you want to wear a mask?

Careem recently released a well-intentioned commercial poking fun at coronavirus conspiracy-theorists and encouraging the wearing of masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While Careem’s ad was indisputably a positive step forward, and one that other organizations could learn from, the internationally-recognized organization could also have gone a step forward in bringing about social awareness against the […]

July 20, 2020

6 yards of elegance: The sari

This article was written by Sidra Vohra, a literature and film student in Amsterdam I remember Amma draped in shades of pink and red mixed in with gold on banarsi kapra that made its rounds around her body—one, two, three, four, I seemed to lose count after five as the pallu draped over her head. […]

July 13, 2020

Two Years On, Abrupt End To Sharif Legacy Still Has Nation Reeling

July of two years ago was a devastating month for the Sharif family. Not only were the family members facing conviction on three counts of corruption but they were also bracing for the loss of Kulsoom Nawaz, the Prime Minister’s wife, who was battling cancer. The facts are well known by the public. Under the […]

July 13, 2020

The Most ‘Controversial’ Girl In World Politics

Pakistan never liked Malala: truth, conjecture, or a bit of both? In reality, to pick any one categorization would be doing injustice to the different shades of opinion prevalent in this country. After all, there are a myriad of possibilities to consider. Malala Yousafzai has been labelled everything under the sun: liar, spy, coward, fraud, […]

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July 10, 2020

When Death Calls In The Night

Phone calls in the latter part of the night, when the moon is brightest and the monsters are lurking, are the worst, the most sinister – almost the harbingers of bad news. It is almost certainly the angel of death, the grim reaper, the ferryman of the dead, who has come knocking on your door […]

July 7, 2020

Meet Tasleem Ejaz, The Breadwinning Woman

It’s a story I’ve been told a hundred times, to have a meal on your table for your family to feast on is a luxury. To only eat half way although you struggled to bring that food to the table is a sacrifice only the breadwinner of the house has to give but it is […]

July 4, 2020

What happens when an entitled millennial turns thirty

I remember an incident from when I was around 5 years old. My dad handed over some money to my mom—remember the oversized, ugly, deep-blue Thousand Rupee notes? A few of those.  What followed was a conversation about what would happen with the cash. I think they wanted to buy someone a wedding present, I […]

July 4, 2020

Why the ban on PUBG is ridiculous and insulting

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) recently announced that it will temporarily ban PUBG in Pakistan. This news came after a series of events that were triggered by the suicide of a 10th grade student in Lahore last month. The police found a smartphone near the body which had the video game running on it. SSP […]

July 1, 2020

LGS Model Town student claims the admin is silencing them in the wake of the #TimesUp movement

As more and more allegations of harassment by teachers and other individuals of authority come forward, a student from the LGS Model Town branch reached out to ProperGaanda and, on the condition of anonymity, shared details of incidents that took place at the school, which the student states the administration is well aware of.  “In […]

July 1, 2020

Former student calls out teacher who taught at KIPS Lahore for 6 years for alleged harassment

As enrolled and former students share incidents of alleged harassment by teachers, a former student of KIPs Lahore reached out to ProperGaanda to bring to attention the actions of a former teacher who is now reportedly employed at Punjab University. Multiple students came forward against the teacher Irfan Babu – who they named in their […]

June 28, 2020

In 2010, my worst nightmare was attending a chemistry professor’s class and LGS Defence is to blame

From 2008 to 2010, I was enrolled at LGS Defence, possibly the poshest and one of the most talked about educational institutes in Lahore – but my grades in one subject saw a drastic drop; from a bright shining ‘A’ (the A+ didn’t exist then) in chemistry in O-Levels, to a deformed and depressing ‘D’ […]

June 27, 2020

Is it okay for South Asians to use the N-word?

The N-word is perhaps one of the most widely debated words in South Asian circles, especially in Pakistan; many use it without a second thought, while others label anyone who uses it a racist. Being brown, many South Asians think it is okay to use the N-word, considering themselves a part of the larger coloured […]

June 27, 2020

‘Commanding success’ and Aitchison’s flawed legacy

I remember asking my father, who happens to be a surgeon, when a child starts forming memories. I found out that the memory I was trying to recall was from a time when I was well past that age, even though it seems far more distant.  I distinctly remember being smartly turned out at age […]

June 20, 2020

Sushant Singh’s death and the wave of awareness it created for mental health

When you wake up on a Sunday morning from a long night’s sleep, after a very tiring week, you don’t want the first thing you see to be the news of a celebrity’s death and pictures of his dead body.  Death is always sad but when it’s called upon by oneself, it’s even sadder. Because […]

June 14, 2020

Why is LUMS asking 2000+ students to return to campus during a pandemic?

The LUMS administration has proven, once again, that they are ignorant and insensitive regarding the pandemic we are facing.  It started with a fee hike, one that LUMS’ students are still fighting against, which created nearly a 41 percent increase in our semester fees. They are now asking over 2000+ students to return to campus […]

June 12, 2020

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s favourite Netflix movie is about sex

I never imagined there would come a day when I would get to see a Polish film trending number 1 in Pakistan. However, I’m also not surprised that the Polish version of 50 Shades of Grey did end up achieving this milestone. The day 365 Days came out, I knew it would trend in the […]

June 10, 2020

Why justice was never an option for Uzma Khan

A few weeks ago, amid the pandemic, one news story was making headlines: the Uzma Khan case. Viral videos were leaked on social media before reports emerged, activists raised hue and cry, an FIR was filed, those who weren’t busy morally shaming Uzma Khan tried to rally for justice – but all in vain. The […]

June 9, 2020

Love in 2020: Getting married during a pandemic and lockdown

Nida and Bahawal, a young Pakistani couple, is one of many who tied the knot during the coronavirus outbreak – this is their story. The coronavirus pandemic upended everything from the economy, health care industry to the thriving wedding culture – which seems an impossible feat. The business of weddings, like in any other densely […]

June 6, 2020

Here’s how you can save three lives with Indus Hospital from the comfort of your own home

In the midst of global instability caused by COVID-19, the murder of George Floyd and numerous other problems facing humanity, Indus Hospital has arranged for a system through which residents of Karachi, Bahawalpur and Multan can save up to three human lives per person from the comfort of their own home. What is the campaign? […]

June 5, 2020

What can we learn from Tank Man in 2020?

31 years ago to the day, tanks rolled down Tiananmen Square in Beijing to shut down student-led demonstrations against government corruption, inflation and restrictions imposed on freedom of speech and democracy. With hundreds to thousands of protesters killed, and wide-scale political repression in its aftermath, the massacre is remembered somberly. But within this tragedy, a […]

June 5, 2020

Sexual ‘Liberation’ and Class Struggle in Contemporary Pakistan

Four years ago, Vice published an essay I wrote on Pakistan’s “hook-up culture.” Initially upon submission, the piece was less of a personal essay and more of an informative one. However, if there is one thing I have learned, it is that Western media loves publishing people of colour’s narratives and compensating them poorly and […]

June 2, 2020

Three suspects in Uzma Khan case granted pre-arrest bail at PKR 50,000 each

On Monday, a sessions court granted pre-arrest bail to two daughters and one relative of property tycoon, Malik Riaz, in actor Uzma Khan’s house storming and harassment case.  Daughters of Malik Riaz, Amber Malik and Pashmina Malik, and wife of Riaz’s sister-in-law’s son, Amina Usman, were present at the court alongside their legal representative. On […]

June 2, 2020

Woman who killed her husband after 40 years of enduring abuse granted family’s UK estate worth $1.2 million

Sally Challen’s landmark case has put a spotlight on the fight against domestic abuse in Britain, as well as the changing laws in the country, reports the New York Times. A British woman who was convicted of killing her husband after decades of emotional abuse is entitled to the family’s estate, a judge has ruled […]

May 22, 2020

Pakistani documentary ‘Out of the Smog’ highlights the stark reality of climate change in the country

Climate change, is a dilemma too real and too scary but still largely ignored, especially in our part of the world. In 2019, all everyone seemed to talk about was the impending climate change disaster; it ruled Twitter trends and filled many streets with protesting people all across the world, most who rallied behind Greta […]

May 16, 2020

It is not okay to call someone a ‘Chubby Girl’ while reporting her meet cute love story. Period.

A recent article published by the far right digital news website Parhlo titled CHUBBY PAKISTANI GIRL SHARES STORY OF HOW HER HUSBAND FOUGHT FOR THEIR MARRIAGE, goes on to show how fat-shaming is deeply ingrained in our society; it also shows that journalism really is loosing all credibility in Pakistan. The story of a Pakistani […]

May 5, 2020

Student pens open letter to LUMS after announcement of 40% fee hike

LUMS has come under criticism again, as students and alumni took to social media after a 41% fee hike was announced. However, according to the LUMS vice-chancellor, the decision was taken before the Covid-19 outbreak in the country. A student, on the condition of anonymity, shared an open letter to the institution with ProperGaanda. The […]

May 4, 2020

Brown skin and Ink – Pakistan’s changing relationship with tattoos

Otzi’s tattoos. Otzi the Iceman, discovered in 1991, is Europe’s oldest human mummy – his body is adorned with sixty-one tattoos. Tattoos, originating from the Samoan word ‘tatau’ meaning ‘to strike’, have a rich history which originates from forty-nine countries with the oldest evidence dating as far back as 3370 and 3100 BC. Ink. Ink […]

April 27, 2020

Activist Ammar Ali Jan calls out Nishat and Gul Ahmed for allegedly firing workers

On Sunday, educationalist and activist Ammar Ali Jan called out local Pakistani brands Nishat and Gul Ahmed for allegedly firing their employees on the 2nd day of Ramadan.  Ammar Ali Jan did not provide any further proof of his claim on Twitter, but firing of employees during the ensuing economic crisis due to Covid-19 has […]

April 26, 2020

The nightmare that online classes have become in Pakistan

Almost a month ago, I was at my university dorm room, packing only a week’s worth of clothes-how wrong I was. I should’ve emptied my dorm room closet because what I’d thought would be a week long break turned into an infinite nightmare. Now I’m at home. I sleep at 5 am and get up […]

April 16, 2020

How well has Pakistan fared in the lockdown?

As the lockdown eases for several industries in Pakistan but still has been extended by 2 weeks for the common man, we can’t wonder but ask the question, is the lockdown doing any good? Because the case our Prime Minister makes is that it’s hurting the wage earning population. However, Sindh government alleges that a […]

April 10, 2020

Authoritarianism on the rise: 30 regimes using coronavirus to repress their citizens

As most governments around the world confront the coronavirus crisis and are trying to do whatever that is needed protect their citizens and economies, dozens of others are seizing on the moment as an opportunity to crack down and consolidate their power. Authoritarian leaders have all looked to take advantage of the outbreak and the […]

April 9, 2020

5 lessons Pakistan should learn from Italy’s coronavirus mistakes

The Covid-19 outbreak in Italy offers plenty of lessons for Pakistan, if only we would heed them. In a new Harvard Business Review article, a trio of academics — Gary Pisano, Raffaella Sadun, and Michele Zanini — broke down some of the key takeaways from the Italian experience. The authors called Covid-19 the country’s “biggest crisis since World […]

April 9, 2020

As cases surge, Pakistan must avoid the UK style response to Covid-19

The following article has been contributed by Omer Azhar Bhatti. Omer is the co-founder of the Future of Pakistan Conference and a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. A day before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the spread of Covid-19 could no longer be contained in the United Kingdom, the head […]

April 5, 2020

Will corporate philanthropy save the world?

By Saad Sultan. COVID-19 has halted the world. For good or for bad, it seems like everybody is on the same page across the globe.  While there are a myriad of opinions on how the post pandemic world will look, as of now, only one thing is certain: precarious and unreliable public health sectors across […]

April 1, 2020

‘Zoombombing,’ coronavirus and security leaks-should you be worried?

The coronavirus pandemic has not only changed the way we socialise but also the way we work. At the forefront of the change is Silicon Valley based video conferencing app Zoom.  Zoom launched in 2013 and has steadily become the preferred video conferencing app for businesses, overtaking the likes of Skype and Google Hangouts. The […]

April 1, 2020

Experts from Harvard and Yale explain how long the coronavirus survives on different surfaces

A recent report from the CDC from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that Coronavirus RNA was found on the Diamond Princess ship 17 days after the passengers had vacated the premises-the news is making may question what the risks are when it comes to handling “high-touch” surfaces. In conversation with 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 […]

March 30, 2020

Citizens Archive of Pakistan’s reply to former employee Raza Gillani is frankly put, inadequate and helps no one

Raza Gillani, a former employee of the Citizens Archive of Pakistan, shared his experience with the company via twitter. “Two days ago, I was fired from the Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP). I had been working for their Oral History Project, as an Assistant Manager and a researcher, for almost a year.  He also shares […]

March 30, 2020

Two tests which will help determine the spread of COVID-19

One test detects signs of past infection and the other finds current viral load, also known as viral burden, which is the numerical expression of the quantity of virus in a given volume. Researchers have revealed, that only the implementation of carefully controlled programmes that utilise two very different Covid-19 test kits will allow a […]

March 25, 2020

No sympathy for Maria B: Down with this elitist BS

Let’s get real, the trend of people popularising panic driven videos is not going to die down any time soon, especially not at a time when the whole of Pakistan is quarantined in their homes, frantically swiping on their feeds for new content – or as MangoBaaz would put it, “Content that’s as juicy,” as […]

March 24, 2020

Donate and help SWVL distribute ration packages in partnership with Saylani Welfare Trust, Robinhood Army and Rizq

In the wake of the rapidly growing pandemic which has adversely impacted Pakistan, with more than 900 cases confirmed as of 24 March, a country-wide lockdown has been announced. The lockdown will ensure that minimal spread of infection occurs through people coming in contact with one another. Pasha estimated that almost 40% of Pakistanis will […]

March 24, 2020

Pakistan’s cities look like ghost towns under lockdown

The country on Monday finally went into the lockdown mode in order to contain the spread of novel coronavirus as the army was called in to support the civil administration in the four provinces as well as Azad Jammu and Kashmir to ensure people stay at home.  Intercity transport only allowed for supply of food […]

March 24, 2020

How will movement be restricted in Pakistan during the lockdown

The country on Monday finally went into the lockdown mode in order to contain the spread of novel coronavirus as the army was called in to support the civil administration in the four provinces as well as Azad Jammu and Kashmir to ensure people stay at home. So, what does this lockdown mean for the […]

March 22, 2020

Is Generation actually firing its workers on the 1st of April? Here’s what we know

On 21st March, renowned activist, speaker and currently a professor at Forman Christian College Lahore, Dr. Ammar Ali Jan accused Generation and Limelight of firing their workers on the 1st of April. A video ProperGaanda received, reportedly shows an employee working in the clothing giant’s factory telling stating that they are going to be fired […]

March 22, 2020

Balochistan CM denies Gaurdian Taftan quarantine story, overwhelming evidence suggests otherwise

“It was the smell that was the worst. In this dusty camp on Pakistan’s border with Iran, which at one stage held more than 6,000 people, the stench of sweat, rubbish and human excrement hung in the air. There was no real housing, just five people to a ragged tent, and no bathrooms, towels or blankets.” […]

March 20, 2020

Another myth down the drain: You can’t cure coronavirus by having a hot bath

As the coronavirus spreads through the world, so do the wild myths and theories about how to prevent and cure the illness. The latest myth that is circulating on Twitter and among the WhatsApp conspiracy theorists, is the notion that heat, applied to the skin, or taking a hot bath will kill the virus. To […]

March 19, 2020

We might have to practice social distancing for more than a year

Life in Pakistan is changing drastically. We’re physically distanced from our favorite people, we’re avoiding going to our favourite hangout spots, and many are financially strained or out of work. Online classes, trapped in the four walls of our own houses, no hugs, no handshakes- this has become our reality. The response to the Covid-19 pandemic is […]

March 19, 2020

Open Letter from a Doctor: Cancel Everything, Stay Home

It is now high time that we start taking this pandemic seriously. The course this virus is taking in Pakistan is very similar to how it spread in other countries. I don’t have the heart to discuss the worst case scenario with which we are faced currently. It is still not too late for us […]

March 18, 2020

‘Ghabrana Nai Hai’ and other things Imran Khan said in his televised address on Coronavirus

On Tuesday, Imran Khan addressed all of Pakistan on the Coronavirus pandemic in a televised address, his first address on COVID-19.  As of Tuesday night, 237 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Pakistan with the highest number of cases in Sindh at 172. While Imran Khan’s speech aimed to calm down the population, which […]

March 17, 2020

The last Jews of Pakistan

Pakistan is home to several religious minorities, notably the Hindus, Sikhs and Christians. It is also home to a tiny 200 member Jewish community which is scattered all over the country. This is their story. First Look Pakistan’s small Jewish community gained attention when a Pakistani Jew, Fishel Benkhald, was reportedly allowed to undertake a […]

March 17, 2020

In pictures: World’s first human trial of a COVID-19 vaccine

The first human clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine was administered Monday. Four volunteers were given their first of two shots of the vaccine. Forty-five volunteers are expected to participate in this trial. The vaccine won’t be available to the general public for at least a year as it’s tested for safety and efficacy. The […]

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by Wu Doo
March 17, 2020

Corona Pyaar Hai – Love & Drugs in the time of Coronavirus

He sent the letter two days ago.  “I’m coming home. There’s too much noise here.” That was it. Short and concise. He didn’t wait for a reply. He had lived outside of Pakistan for 7 years now in one of the Gulf states. He’d been around his home town in Karachi, but the nature of […]

March 14, 2020

Yes, be cautious, but also chill bro

In the last week, COVOID-19 has gotten new notoriety, forcing world leaders into isolation, resulting in cancellation of sport leagues, restricting world travel and causing the market to plunge. All these things are bad, terrible, potentially disastrous – or whatever nasty acronym you can come up with. They all apply. But does that mean we […]

March 13, 2020

Flattening the curve: How to reduce the pandemic’s impact

The scale at which the coronavirus will spread in different countries and how big it will get is uncertain. 27,980 cases have been confirmed in Italy, which makes it the largest outbreak outside China. After an initial peak in cases in South Korea, the spread has slowly decreased with a count of more than 8,320 […]

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