Naila Rind’s mysterious ‘suicide’

An ambassador of the future, a brilliant student of the University of Sindh Jamshoro, Naila Rind, who was in her twenties and about to earn Master’s degree in Sindhi, died as 2017 began. Her death took place at the undergraduate hostel on the first eve of the new year when she is said to have committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan of her room. She apparently decided to commit suicide after returning from Qambar city after the winter vacations in order... Read More

How to deal with the liberal fascists: A Guide

We have done it folks. We have finally found the root of all evil in the world, nay, the Universe, and in particular Pakistan. Not only that, we also totally agree on what this mother-of-all-problems afflicting our homeland is: liberal fascists. Yes folks, liberal fascists are responsible for our social, economic, moral, ethical, civilizational, agricultural, floral, faunal, and livestock decline. They are also the reason why prices of Big Mac and printed lawn suits are too damn... Read More

Putting PIA back on track

Once upon a time, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the nation’s flag carrier was among the world’s premier carriers. The green flag was painted on every plane as a symbol of statehood. With the highest levels of safety standards, service quality and punctuality, it was really a ‘Great people to fly with’ airline. Originally founded as Orient Airways in 1946 in Calcutta, British India, PIA was nationalized in January 1955 and renamed Pakistan International Airlines.... Read More

The Chabahar troika

The Islamic republics of Iran, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of India are eager to support and consolidate cooperation and develop economic relations at the regional and global levels. A memorandum of understanding was signed in January 2003 among Iran, Afghanistan and India on the development of transport and transit infrastructure in their territories. Part of this picture is Iran’s Chabahar port. Chabahar is one of the main regional hubs in transport cooperation... Read More

Pakistan Railways: The giant meant to serve the masses

The railways are the cheapest means of transportation for covering long distances. It is so mesmerizing that poems about trains have been included in nursery rhymes and stories have been based on train journeys. Trains stand in as a metaphor for life and expeditions. But now the world of railways seems to have become a historic relic. Pakistan cancelled 115 trains and AC services and many trains were stopped after 2011, due to which people have to rely on the highways to cover... Read More

BK Jani: the best halal joint in NYC

Living abroad if any Pakistani is doing extraordinarily well, regardless of their field, they attract the attention of others also settled abroad who relate to and identify with Pakistan. All the usual questions are asked. Who? What? Where? Why? How? I’ll share my recent experience of visiting a small Pakistani (Lahori) barbecue spot in New York called ‘BK Jani’ that serves arguably the best halal barbecue food I have ever had.  The experience matches the city.... Read More

The Imrandan: Political Pawns from a Container

For the past three and a half years, an overwhelming number of my peers condescendingly criticised the Pakistani working class for voting in their interest against an authoritarian, disrespectful, know-all, holier-than-thou, cricketer-turned political deity. To them, the choice was clear between a corrupt political elite who loots the public coffers and a political outsider who demonstrated his leadership, winning abilities on the cricket ground. To me personally, Imran Khan’s... Read More


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