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At Gawaahi.com, we urge you to speak out. Speak out against injustice, religious bigotry, violence against women, fascism and any number of problems that are increasingly visible here in Pakistan. At the end of a video showing how government school girls — not potential Taliban terrorist boys in training at madrassas — were parroting the […]


Power and fear

19Jan11

Last night I went to an unusual event in Karachi. Some of the wealthiest people of Pakistan sat next to the poorest, and when I say that, I mean it literally. Leaders of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party were invited to speak at the same stage as those of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and the […]


Ten years ago Pakistan was a different place. The country had many problems, and has had since its very inception, but it was not somewhere a man would fire forty bullets into an unarmed man’s back and be lauded as a hero. In the Pakistan of today there are rows of security checkpoints at every […]


[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=zardari&iid=9481057″ src=”http://view.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9481057/france-president-sarkozy/france-president-sarkozy.jpg?size=500&imageId=9481057″ width=”380″ height=”253″ /] As Fatima Bhutto or @fbhutto said on Twitter on August 2, ‘And the president buggers off to Europe on a five star jaunt. Typical. Violence hits Karachi this evening too.’ I would not put it in exactly the same words, and am not a great fan of […]


[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=lahore+shrine+attack&iid=9268538″ src=”http://view3.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9268538/devotees-weep-the-grounds/devotees-weep-the-grounds.jpg?size=500&imageId=9268538″ width=”380″ height=”274″ /] The attack on Data Darbar has left Pakistanis shocked. It is not because of a high death toll or the magnitude of the assault — we have seen much worse over the past decade — but due to the site itself. Data Darbar or the shrine of […]


[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=pakistan+lahore+attack&iid=8939974″ src=”4/0/3/7/An_Ahmadi_Muslim_c58f.jpg?adImageId=13093023&imageId=8939974″ width=”380″ height=”254″ /] There are many before me who have written about Friday’s attack on the Ahmadis in Lahore. By the time this piece goes into print, still more will have written – and written better – of the audacious attack on Jinnah Hospital by the terrorists who came back […]


[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 […]