Archive for July, 2009

Pakistanis are very uncomfortable with the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s visit to India. The same pictures have run repeatedly on all the television channels. Mrs Clinton is animated and lively, her head thrown back in laughter as she announces the latest agreement with India with Indian Foreign Minister S M Krishna by her […]


Hillary Clinton went to India, and all we got was a special envoy.   Pakistanis are very uncomfortable, indeed, with the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent visit to India. The same pictures have run repeatedly on all the television channels. Mrs Clinton is animated and lively, her head thrown back in laughter as […]


The monsoon season left Karachi paralysed and without power for 3 days.


News of three-year-old Sana’s death sparked disturbing memories for Naveen Naqvi. [picapp src=”9/8/7/a/Refugees_Flee_Fighting_602f.jpg?adImageId=7266299&imageId=4816964″ width=”500″ height=”333″ /] I’m not sure how old I was, but I figure I was in kindergarten then because I was learning how to count and write my ABCs. I would pretend that the letter ‘a’ in the lower case was a […]


States play with nuclear weapons the way boys play with their toys, writes Naveen Naqvi. [picapp src=”5/2/f/d/Hawk_Missiles_Desplayed_2cc9.jpg?adImageId=7266344&imageId=2694135″ width=”500″ height=”334″ /] It was a joke someone cracked after North Korea test-fired seven ballistic missiles on July 4, Independence Day in the United States. I have to admit that I laughed at the word play, given my […]


Naveen Naqvi feels less optimistic than most. [picapp src=”d/1/2/4/Pakistan_Military_Oversees_558b.jpg?adImageId=7266414&imageId=5387962″ width=”500″ height=”333″ /] A headline in Dawn recently read, ‘Most Pakistanis see Taliban, Al Qaeda as threat: survey.’ This story was doing the rounds on Twitter, and as one young woman tweeted the link, she commented: This is our glimmer of hope! Is it indeed that? […]