October 21, 2017

Daily Digestible News-October 21, 2017

Missing journalist Zeenat Shahzadi recovered after more than two years Zeenat Shahzadi, a journalist who went missing in 2015 has been recovered by security forces near the Pak-Afghan border, said officials on Friday. Prior to her disappearance, Shahzadi who raised a voice for missing victims had been on the trail of an Indian citizen Hamid […]

October 19, 2017

Daily Digestible News- October 20, 2017

Nawaz, Maryam and Capt. Safdar plead ‘not guilty’ when indicted in NAB references Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband retired Captain Safdar pleaded not guilty when indicted by an accountability court in Islamabad on Thursday regarding a reference pertaining to the Avenfield flats filed against them by the National […]

October 19, 2017

Pakistani Liberals Meet for Moot in London because of Threats to Free-thinkers Back Home

Why would several prominent liberal, progressive and nationalist intellectuals, human rights and social media activists and public figures from Pakistan have to gather in London for a conference to chart out Pakistan’s future, rather than in Islamabad, Karachi or Lahore? Because in Pakistan, the future of free speech is looking bleaker than ever. Last weekend, […]

October 18, 2017

Daily Digestible News- October 19, 2017

India can help ‘keep an eye’ on Pakistan: US Ambassador to the UN In her address to the United States-India Friendship Council in Washington on Tuesday, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said that India can help the US in keeping an eye on Pakistan, as Washington cannot tolerate any government that shelters […]

October 18, 2017

5 Times Pakistani Politicians couldn’t get enough of the Army

Pakistani politicians’ relationship with the armed forces is similar to Laila Majnu’s love story, in a way that both have disastrous endings! Obviously, there are major differences as well. If we assume Pakistan Army to be Laila, then it represents the girl who is out of Majnu’s (Politicians, obviously) league who the latter simply can’t […]

October 18, 2017

Daily Digestible News-October 18, 2017

Explosion on Quetta’s Sariab road, 3 police personnel injured Three police personnel on routine patrol were injured in an explosion on Quetta’s Sariab road and have been shifted to the city’s Jinnah Hospital where emergency has been declared, DawnNews reported. Security forces have cordoned off the area, while the nature of the explosion is yet […]

October 17, 2017

Daily Digestible News-17 October, 2017

UN General Assembly elects Pakistan as a member state of UNHRC Pakistan, securing more than two-thirds of the vote is among the 11 countries selected by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to be a member state of the UN Human Rights Council on Monday. Lauding UN’s Pakistan team for efforts and contribution in securing the […]

October 16, 2017

Daily Digestible News- October 16, 2017

Nawaz Sharif denounces Capt. Safdars anti-Ahmadi remarks Following Prime Minister Khaqan Abbasi disowning Capt. Safdar’s anti-Ahmadi remarks made in the National Assembly on Oct 10, Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif said that “Any negative expression in this regard has nothing to do with the ideology and policy of the PML-N”. “I declare it in categorical […]

October 15, 2017

Daily Digestible News-October 15, 2017

Musharraf’s Rs1m surety bonds seized by court The Rs1 million surety submitted by guarantors of retired General Pervez Musharraf was confiscated by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in connection with his release in the judges detention case. In June 2013, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had granted bail to the former military ruler, directing him to […]

October 14, 2017

The Daily Digestible News- October 14, 2017

Karachi marked most unsafe city in Economist’s report A report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) — the research and analysis division of The Economist Group marked Karachi as the most unsafe city in the world- having a place at the bottom of 60 cities on the list. The report is based on the second […]

October 13, 2017

Daily Digestible News- October 13, 2017

PM Abbasi disowns Capt. Safdar’s statements against Ahmedis in NA Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi distanced himself, the ruling party Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and party president Nawaz Sharif from statements made against Ahmedis by Nawaz’s son-in-law retired Capt. Muhammad Safdar in a speech at the National Assembly two days ago. In his […]

October 12, 2017

The Daily Digestible News- October 12, 2017

Senate passes resolution against disqualified persons holding party office Wednesday the Senate adopted a resolution, presented by Pakistan Peoples Party’s Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, stating that a person who cannot become a member of the parliament should not “become an office bearer of any political party”. Ahsan said that if an un-elected person can become the […]

October 11, 2017

The Daily Digestible News- October 11, 2017

Capt. Safdar lashes out against Ahmedis in National Assembly speech Speaking at a National Assembly session this Tuesday, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz leader Captain Muhammad Safdar lashed out against Pakistan’s Ahmedi community- calling upon lawmakers to pass a resolution banning the persecuted group’s recruitment in the armed forces. Safdar criticized Nawaz Sharif’s 2016 decision to […]

October 10, 2017

15 yr Old Christian Teenager Killed By Police Officers After Getting Into a Fight With a Muslim boy in School

A teenaged Christian boy was beaten to death by six policemen on October 9 in Jabbran district in Pakistan’s Sheikhupura area in Punjab, rights organizations said. Arslan Masih was an 8th grader at Government High School who got into a fight with a Muslim boy two days ago. The fight was allegedly triggered because Arslan […]

October 10, 2017

Daily Digestible News – October 10, 2017

Accountability court grants bail to Maryam Nawaz , husband An accountability court on Monday granted bail to Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, and her husband Captain Safdar, in connection with a reference prepared against them by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Read here about the legal gridlock that currently […]

October 9, 2017

Daily Digestible News – October 9, 2017

Captain Safdar arrested from the airport The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested Captain (retd) Mohammed Safdar on his return from London. This news made everyone anticipate of what to expect next. Maryam Nawaz would be appearing in an accountability court relating to the Panamagate case. Arrest warrants for Safdar were issued by NAB after he […]

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

How Pakistan’s Transgender Community Found Its Voice – The Milestones

We’ve seen them dancing at weddings, draped in sequinned dresses and flashy costume jewelry, and shooed them away when they’ve approached us for loose change on busy street corners. We’ve heard about them living on the fringes of society and being forced to make a living by begging, dancing, or sex work. We’ve even read […]

September 19, 2017

A Brief History of Pakistani Politicians Eating on Camera

There’s one photograph all politicians are universally terrified of: the one of them eating. Remember the time Ed Miliband was photographed eating that infamous bacon sandwich? He launched a thousands memes and in the process also terrified the crap out of David Cameron who subsequently tried to eat a hotdog with a fork and knife […]

September 19, 2017

Today’s News In Digestible Bullets – 19th September

Maryam Nawaz is off to London The dust from NA-120 has hardly settled and Maryam Nawaz is off to London. Currently the whole Sharif Family is there visiting Kulsoom Nawaz. The NAB references are out and the Sharif’s have indicated that neither they or their lawyer will be appearing in front of the court. KP Passing […]

September 19, 2017

Today’s News in Digestible Bullets

After the case was filed on 14 Nov 2014 by Akbar S. Babar, PTI was ordered by the ECP on December 1 of last year to submit its accounts or face ‘legal consequences’-following numerous chances given to the party to submit its financial details. On Monday, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf submitted financial documents and details of funds […]

September 14, 2017

Parking trouble for the International World XI Cricket Tournament

The Commissioner Lahore, Muhammad Abdullah Khan Sumbal has reversed the decision of the local authorities to completely shut-down FC College and use its grounds as parking spaces for the much anticipated Independence Cup International Cricket Tournament. The reversal came after a storm of protests and agitation flooded social media following the authorities decision to relieve […]

September 11, 2017

Review of Dozakhnama – Of Independence and Ideas?

The celebration of independence is always a complicated affair; are we celebrating independence from the British, the partition of the subcontinent, or both? Our sense of history tends to fuse partition and independence together, and while the two concepts are inextricably tied, they are not the same. This is simply because though we managed to […]

September 8, 2017

11 Things you need to know about Sharoon Masih’s murder right now

17-year-old Sharoon Masih was ruthlessly murdered on 28th August 2017. He fell victim to faith-based barbarism by his own classmates, that too within the walls of his own school. ProperGaanda has been following the story and detailed initial reports here two days ago. We have now managed to speak to Sharoon’s parents with the help of the […]

September 7, 2017

Read This Incredible Diary of A Mother From The 1971 War

The pages of the diary were yellow like sycamore leaves in fall. I opened to a page that read: “Each passing moment made the pages rusty”. And then: “On Friday 1971 at 12 PM, India attacked east/west Pakistan’s borders. But until now, no airplanes are coming our way. At 1 AM, I could hear the […]

September 6, 2017

A Christian Student Was Just Beaten To Death. Why Is Nobody Talking About It?

Classmates of a 17-year-old Pakistani student from the persecuted Christian minority beat him to death last month in Punjab’s Vehari district allegedly for drinking water from the same glass as his upper-class Muslim classmates, community members and rights activists have said, in a story that Pakistan’s mainstream media is so far completely silent about. The […]

September 6, 2017

Pakistan-India Standoff Enters its 25,591st Day Today

You might want to sit down for this: This September 6, the Pakistan-Indian standoff has entered its 25,591st day. That’s 614,184 hours, 36,851,040 minutes and  2,211,062,400 seconds that Pakistanis and Indians have wasted on hating each other. Isn’t that bollocks? Ever since the partition of the subcontinent in 1947, when India gained independence from the […]

September 3, 2017

The 9 most WTF moments in recent Pakistani political history

There are countless moments in Pakistan’s political history that make us ROFLMFAO. Remember that time when the chief minister of Baluchistan, Nawaz Aslam Raisani said, “degree degree hoti hai, asli ho ya jaali“? Yup, #NeverForget . Here’s a stroll down the weird memory lane that is Pakistani politics.   1. That time Shahbaz Sharif was captured […]

August 27, 2017

The Fundamental Right to Music

Article 9 of the Constitution of Pakistan guarantees the right to life. This provision has been continually expanded by the Honorable Supreme Court to include various facets of human existence. I say we read it to include the right to music; after all, humans are the only known species with an ear for it! In […]

August 22, 2017

4 Lessons From The Lawyers Riot

After the ruling given by the honorable Supreme Court based on the JIT investigation regarding the Panama case, the ex-Premier’s family and party workers dismissed the ruling as unjustified, going so far as to question the credibility of the courts. Deplorable as that is, it did not come as much of a surprise to most […]

August 21, 2017

7 Things Nawaz Sharif Absolutely Loves!

Nawaz Sharif might have been ousted as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, but that does not mean he’s out of the spotlight. After his recent march to the poor man’s Westeros, he’s made sure of that. During his march, he made a romantic confession for the people of Gujranwala, so I thought why not look […]

August 3, 2017

The curious case of Gulalai and the internet trolls

In a country rampant with misogynistic values and blatant androcentrism, it really isn’t hard to imagine women being slut shamed and their characters assassinated every time they raise their voice. Ayesha Gulalai is an example of just this: a woman raising her voice against harassment only to be made into a social media joke. This […]

August 2, 2017

Loveless Justice

Justice For The Sake Of It Accountability. Corruption. Words that had become meaningless in our discourse, the prevalence of the latter simply ingrained in our identity. Was it misfortune or our own failing? It never really mattered, because this is how things have always been. Blame the institutions, blame the people occupying the corridors of […]

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