February 24, 2017
By US Desk

Waiting for justice Recently, a terrible incident occurred in Army Public school, Kotli, AJK. Due to security lapses a student, A, was roughened up by some fellow students who entered the school premises with prohibited arms, i.e. brass knuckles, and attacked this student. Security staff and administration did nothing to stop the attackers. The question that comes to mind is why was A attacked? It seems that two members of Disciplinary Committee, W and N, incited the students to attack A, as they illegal request was not entertained by the victim’s father, who is a vice chancellor of one of the AJK universities. W and N had...


By Saqib Hussain

Pakistan test team - pushup to pushover? November 4, 1987 was perhaps one of the grimmest days in Pakistan cricket history. The Pakistan team was favourite to beat Australia in 1987 World Cup semi-final played in Lahore, but the 18-run defeat in that match stunned the whole nation. On that day, the people of Pakistan felt a two-fold grief. Not only did they lose the crunch match, but they also lost arguably their best cricket leader (Imran Khan announced his retirement). Immense gloom prevailed not only at the Gaddafi stadium, but also from Khyber to Karachi. But after only a couple of months, in January 1988, the head of state of the...


By Muhammad Omar Iftikhar

Candid to the core! Osama Ghazi, a theatrical actor who made his transition to television as an actor and a producer, opens up about his career and the future of the country’s movie industry. 1. What is more challenging, doing theater or television? It was back in 2011 when I appeared on the television for the first time in Geo Special Project team’s project called “Dil To Bhatke Ga”. Performing arts enable us to find ourselves and love our acting abilities at the same time. Definitely, the theater is more challenging because there are no retakes and the chances of error are zero. Anyone can do television but not...


By US Desk

POEMS FOREVER The Falling Star By Sara Teasdale   I saw a star slide down the sky, Blinding the north as it went by, Too burning and too quick to hold, Too lovely to be bought or sold, Good only to make wishes on And then forever to be gone.   A complete poem By Gulzar   Translated by Suhd Nazeer   A poem travels to my lips, from the recesses of my chest But fails to come out, As words seem to flutter Shyly away from the page. Except your name in the start, Love, blank is the rest of the page. Your name’s complete though, Could this poem be any better?   Blank verse By SM Hassan...


By Javeria Shakil-Kazim

Sights and Sounds from the KLF 2017 ‘Sorry, you can’t sit here. These seats are reserved! ’Remember when you were in school and always sat next to your best friend? You were so attached to him/her that the mere thought of someone else sitting beside you gave you nightmares. Even outside the classroom, you sat together be it a match, a seminar or any other kind of congregation and always reserved a seat for him/her, not letting anyone else occupy it. For most of us, that period of ‘reserving seats’ has long passed. We have grown up and don’t occupy seats for our friends who have not shown up on time....


By Fatima Zakir

Arrested by Omar Shahid Hamid I would like to start off by apologizing to Javeria Shakil-Kazim for reading her piece before writing mine but I would take that as a privilege of being the ‘late latif’ I am. Yes Jay, even at submitting my articles. When I started reading it and your complaints about people who couldn’t show up on time, I turned red with embarrassment because I thought you were talking about me but as you did not reserve a seat for me, I am safe from your rightful annoyance at people. Phew! She has rightfully mentioned about being star struck at Karachi Literature Festival. Well, I am not going to focus on...


By Tooba Ghani

Rendering Karachi on pages “Since that fateful day my father asked me to punctuate the following sentence: That that is that is that and that that is not that is not. Naturally, I retorted, “Comma after the sixth word, sir!” Papa could be difficult but I knew then that he had in an indirect way communicated to me his aspiration for me to be a phenomenologist even if he would deny it vehemently afterwards.” H. M Naqvi reads an excerpt from his upcoming novel, a comic epic in prose at Karachi Literature Festival ‘17 (KLF). Though KLF this year had more sessions on politics, I was able to attend a lively sneak...


By Sameen Amer

Coming Soon Out this week: * Albums The Breaker by Little Big Town: Eighth album by the country group, the follow-up to last year’s Wanderlust (2016); led by the Taylor Swift penned single ‘Better Man’. * Movies Rock Dog (with the voices of Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J. K. Simmons) - animation, based on the Chinese graphic novel Tibetan Rock Dog by Zheng Jun; after a radio falls from the sky into his hands, a Tibetan Mastiff (Wilson) leaves his home village to pursue his dream of becoming a musician. Collide (starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley) - action; an American...


By Usama Rasheed

A lucky woman The preacher, in his sermon, used “Forgive Your Enemies” as his subject. After a long sermon, he asked how many were willing to forgive their enemies.  About half held up their hands. Not satisfied, he harangued for another twenty minutes and repeated his question.  This time he received a response of about 80 percent. Still unsatisfied, he lectured for another 15 minutes and repeated his question. With all thoughts now on dinner, all responded except one elderly lady in the rear. “Mrs Jones, are you not willing to forgive your enemies?” “I don’t have any.” “Mrs...