An open letter to India on Kashmir Crisis

India, During his recent foreign visits, your Prime Minister, Narendra Modi highlighted two global issues as the most critical ones being faced by the world; one of which was terrorism. While he was stressing on the need to tackle terrorism on an international platform, back home his own forces were busy inflicting state terrorism on…

A visit to Balochistan’s capital, Quetta

Quetta is the capital of Balochistan; Pakistan’s largest province in terms of geographical area. It is one of those parts of the country that has been facing turmoil for years. And somehow, in Punjab there is a perception that the people of Balochistan abhor the people of Punjab. Outside Balochsitan, we often hear that if…

Film ‘Maalik’ & the Relevant Controversy

A lot has been said and discussed recently about the newly released Lollywood film Maalik. For me there were two things about the film that made me want to watch it: Firstly, the fact that it was directed and written by Ashir Azeem, who has been very popular for his super-hit drama serial Dhuaan; and…

When Shahid Afridi mentioned ‘Kashmir’

During my visit to Azad Kashmir recently, one day I saw a truck on the road that was unusually plain and bereft of any truck art. Its exterior was all plain but there were only few words painted at the back boldly and clearly stating ‘Boom Boom Afridi’. It surely exhibited the love for the…

The Case Of Stranded Pakistanis

Come to think of it; you are living in a region that is hit by a conflict as a result of which your country disintegrates and you are told that you do not belong to the land where you have been living for years. You are disowned, deprived of basic rights and moved to a…

My Blog: 2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 920 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 15 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the…

Unforgettably Agonizing December

Arrival of December is usually considered as an advent of delight. It marks the beginning of winter season and those who cherish winters start looking forward to the joy it brings which is mainly associated with the Christmas and New Year celebrations around the world. For Pakistan, on the political front, the month of December…