Archive for May, 2010

I’m honoured and humbled to report that I’ve won in the Best Celebrity Blogger category of the Pakistan Blog Awards. The Unconference organized by CIO Pakistan and Google Pakistan for the first time ever in Pakistan was a fantastic venture and a glitzy ceremony! Their aim was to ‘discuss, recognize and platformize one of the the […]


[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=hunza&iid=8900230″ src=”4/e/6/6/Villagers_who_lived_b0e8.jpg?adImageId=12979485&imageId=8900230″ width=”380″ height=”285″ /] The ‘ticking water bomb’ that is Attabad lake in Hunza has already exploded for many. Caused by a major landsline on January 4, the expanding lake has already killed 20, left about 25,000 people stranded, and blocked the Hunza river about 750 kilometres north of Islamabad. It […]


[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=zardari&iid=4723702″ src=”6/d/b/7/Pakistani_President_Asif_d46d.JPG?adImageId=12932907&imageId=4723702″ width=”380″ height=”271″ /] When I left my home a couple of days ago, I noticed that there were more cops of many different varieties than is the usual in my neighbourhood. Has anyone else noticed how many different kinds of cops there are these days? Special forces, extra special forces, […]


According to Pakistan’s National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), about 80% of deaths and 90% of illnesses in this country result from diseases which are considered preventable. If that statistic wasn’t startling enough, here’s another. Every ten minutes, a child dies in Pakistan from a disease that is preventable. Death by preventable disease. It makes […]


If nothing else, my participation in the Eurasian Media Forum Conference, held in Almaty, Kazakhstan last week, showed me that the debate on the ‘mainstream’ media versus the ‘new’ media is alive all over the world. In fact the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council is traveling across continents to discuss the future of journalism, […]


Every few months, the narrow corridors of land on the edges of the Karachi Cantonment railway tracks are inhabited by gypsies. In the shade of thorny shrubs and at the foot of garbage heaps, they set up tents made of sticks and brightly-coloured, floral-printed cloth. When the train passes, it blows and blows its horn […]