Monthly Archives: July 2009

My Boy Jonaid : A Father’s Lament


(First published right here on Pak Tea House)

 Capt. Jonaid Khan: Special Services Group in the Pakistan army was born in Quetta in 1983, with his primary education in Ankara, where his father Prof. Ayaz Ahmad Khan was stationed on deputation in the Pakistan Mission, Ankara. He was abducted by Taliban on April 19, 2009 and said to be martyred on May 10th 2009.

  I met Prof. Ayaz Ahmad Khan at Saint Mary’s College in Rawalpindi.  He was sitting in a modest office, inquiring about costs he had to approve for the college which is run for those students who fall through the cracks. This was 100km from where his son, Capt. Jonaid Khan, died 2 months ago, in Swat. Continue reading


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Lawyers Go Beserk


This is a terrible way to squander the benefits of a revolution.   Shame on the Lawyers- YLH

From the Daily Times

Lawyers go unbridled, breaking rules in routine

By Rana Tanveer

LAHORE: The lawyers’ ruthless attitude towards media in the city on Thursday is not the first such instance. Continue reading


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“Dollar nahin deinge, woh hum rakhain ge”

By Ali Eteraz

Last Saturday in various Pakistani papers at once, Fiza Batool, the daughter of the current Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Reza Gilani, wrote one of the most flattering — I don’t think that quite captures it — pieces of political fluff about Bilawal Bhutto, the son of the late Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari, the current President of Pakistan. Bilawal, who is 20 and still at Oxford, is being touted as the next leader of the Pakistan’s People’s Party, which was founded by his grandfather, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. He recently gave a speech to party faithful. Continue reading

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Will the General Be Relaunched?

Musharraf, Imran Khan and Overseas Pakistanis

July 29, 2009
Although their politics is polls apart, there is one thing that Musharraf and Imran Khan have in common. Both have more support abroad than within Pakistan . Pakistani expatriates, often disturbed by the poverty, lacking social welfare infrastructure and corruption they find on annual trips home, come back pining for “radical change,” a familiar refrain of Imran Khan’s support base. It was this yearning for radical change in fact that led many overseas Pakistanis to initially back Musharraf’s military coup against Nawaz Sharif’s elected government in October 1999. Continue reading


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Best Left Unsung

By Nadeem Farooq Paracha  (The Dawn Blog)

Modern Pakistani pop culture is a cultural extension of the upper echelons of urban middle-class Pakistan. This remains in spite of the fact that acts such as Sajjad Ali, Nazia and Zoheb, Abrar-ul-Haq, Atif Aslam, and to a certain extent, Junoon and the Vital Signs have often managed to resonate some aesthetic and social relevance within the more populist sections of popular culture in Pakistan. Continue reading


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“Pakistani Writing is Older Than Pakistan, Novel itself”

ali-sethiBy Mayank A Soofi
I caught up with Mr Mr Ali Sethi, a young Pakistani novelist, in the lawn of Delhi’s Ambassador Hotel during the last week of July, 2009. He was visiting India for a book tour of his first novel The Wish Maker. Mr Sethi’s parents, Najam Sethi and Jugnu Mohsin, run The Friday Times and Daily Times, two of Pakistan’s most popular newspapers. He lives in Lahore.

Hello, Mr Ali. You are 25 and already a novelist. At this age people just dream of one day writing a novel… Continue reading


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His Maternal Instinct


KARACHI, Pakistan She is an illiterate woman from the tribal areas of Pakistan who almost died in childbirth a year after marrying at the age of 12. She suffered a horrific injury during labor called a fistula that left her incontinent and smelly, and for the next 13 years she was confined to her house — never stepping outside for shame at the way she was leaking wastes. He is a famous Pakistani ob-gyn who was educated in Ireland. After spending eight years there, he returned with plans to set up a fertility clinic for rich patients and zip around in a Mercedes-Benz. Continue reading

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