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Bitcoin, the magic money, and why I chose to risk it for the biscuit

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The Bitcoin saga has been one of mad fanfare, terminological jargon, ridiculous price jumps, and scathing criticism from banking establishments. There is a plethora of information available on how Bitcoin works, and the original proof-of…

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I wanted to earn the ‘Lashari’ surname, and studying abroad in HEC Paris helped me achieve just that!

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This is an inquiry that follows the moment anyone is introduced to my full name. What I am really being asked is if I am in any way related to Kamran Lashari – my father, and arguably one of the most popular and respected bureaucrats in…

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Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury’ represents “anti-news”, only highlighting the dumb things Donald Trump did

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When I was asked if I wanted to write about Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, my a priori response was, No! My curiosity does not extend to the contents of Wolff’s book, not to mention penning a whole blog on the…

Wednesday, Jan 17

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Actually, General Bipin Rawat, nuclear weapons CAN deter war; a deterrence our countries are all too familiar with

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Indian army chiefs rarely make policy statements. Thus, on the rare occasion when they do choose to partake in diplomatic posturing, it is taken very seriously. This is exactly why the DG ISPR and the Defence Minister took very stern…

History, politics, drama, scandals – The Crown has it all and will make you google ‘did that really happen?’

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Netflix has set a landmark when it comes to creating original series, but anyone who has seen The Crown will agree that it surpasses even Netflix’s high standards. The series is based on the life of Queen Elizabeth II, with the focus on…

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Zainab was clearly not the last one as cases keep popping up, yet sex education remains taboo in Pakistan

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Recently, a school guard of a private school in Karachi was detained by the police for allegedly molesting a minor girl.

Tuesday, Jan 16

From Donut Burger to Waffle Chicken, 6 inventions at Karachi Eat 2018 that made it worth the hassle!

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Karachi Eat 2018 started and came to an end with a lot of hype, by being bigger than ever with over 100 food brands selling mouth-watering edibles. The event turned out to be the most hyped and crowded (and also rather elite) thus far – a…

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Of the great America and its need for coups around the world

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In the past few months, there has been a successful coup in Zimbabwe, preceded by a failed attempt in Turkey. While local elements involved in such a takeover are in view of the public, the same cannot be said about foreign conspirators.…

Man City will take home the title, but without their unbeaten run, thanks to the magical nature of Liverpool

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Phillipe Coutinho might be a very special player; he could even be one of the best footballers currently plying their trade on God’s green earth, but then again, no single player can ever be bigger than the club. This axiom gains special…

Monday, Jan 15

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Sorry America, but Oprah 2020 is not the answer

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On Sunday evening, at the annual Golden Globes award ceremony in Los Angeles, Oprah won hearts and minds with a rousing speech about speaking truth to power and advancing the position of women in society.

Will PML-N and PTI take pages from TLP’s book to gain votes for the 2018 general election?

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Recently, the results of the by-election in PP-20 Chakwal were declared, giving the embattled Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) a comfortable victory. This particular by-election was important for the following three parties: PML-N,…

Sunday, Jan 14

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Pakistan says the US is no longer an ally – and it’s a much bigger deal than you think

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Donald Trump’s decision to ring in the new year by simultaneously demonising both Iran and Pakistan on Twitter has already backfired tremendously. Following threats that the US would withhold aid to Pakistan, the US confirmed it would…

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The fallen giant: Arsenal is out of major leagues and has no one but itself and Arsene Wenger to blame for it

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Arsenal under Arsene Wenger had always been a pleasure to watch. With their free flowing attacking moves and gripping inter-changeable link-up play, it was impossible for opposing teams to keep up with them in their prime. The Gunners had…

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Remembering Ahmad Faraz: Do not murder the voices

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The 87th birthday of one of Pakistan’s most beloved poet – who was also a resistance poet par excellence – the legendary Ahmad Faraz, was celebrated on January 12th. The honour of both the Pakhtuns and Urdu-speaking community, I was lucky…

Saturday, Jan 13

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How does one demand #JusticeForZainab from the Punjab government when the executioners are the perpetrators?

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Punjab has now become a hub of sexual violence and a living hell for children. The plethora of rape cases being reported in this province alone is higher than all the other provinces combined. One wonders though, why the Pakistan Muslim…

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Dear abuser, my truth matters, and your time is up!

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Six days ago, Oprah Winfrey made history. I sat staring at my laptop screen, feeling her words personify themselves. I felt them dance around, vibrating to be heard and felt. Resonate ­­– yes, that’s what they did.

The day Queen Elizabeth II was nearly shot

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Christopher John Lewis, a disturbed New Zealand teenager was on the verge of assassinating Queen Elizabeth II in 1981. He aimed his .22 rilfe at the British Monarch during her tour of the country. Fortunately, the bullet missed but the 17…

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Netflix’s ‘Dark’ is a deeply fascinating and eerie tale that demands your undivided attention

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I can perfectly understand why Stranger Things was everyone’s favourite series, but for me personally, it was a tad too “Hollywoodish,” that is, it was a little too mainstream for my liking. Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong…

Friday, Jan 12

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Iran-Turkey is not an alliance, but an incredibly realistic and meaningful partnership

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The two greatest imperial foes of the Ottoman Empire were Russia and Iran (Persia). While the Russian empire collapsed in 1917, the Ottoman empire in 1922 and the Iranian in 1979, the modern successor states of the Russian Federation,…

The entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed on US trivialising our decade old cooperation: COAS

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has informed Commander US Central Command (CENTCOM), General Joseph L Votel that the “entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed on [the US] trivialising our decade old cooperation. We won't…

How did Pakistan’s stock market go from being Asia’s best to Asia’s worst?

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It is a universally accepted truth that the performance of stock markets, or even individual stocks, is determined by a combination of both fundamentals and animal spirits. What a long-term investor must always investigate is whether…

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Without Andy Murray and Serena Williams, will the Australian Open 2018 be a classic Federer-Nadal showdown?

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Over the years, the Australian Open has effectively been the perfect curtain raiser for the year, as it serves up some pretty special matches to captivate the audience. The last edition of the prestigious event proved to be memorable, but…

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Kasur tragedy: Punjab govt changes JIT head on father's demand

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A day after the father of eight-year-old victim of rape and murder in Kasur had demanded to change head of the joint investigation team (JIT) formed to probe the incident that shook the nation, the Punjab government on Friday appointed RPO…

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Zainab needs Justice from the state

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Zainab's murder is telling of something more sinister than a few bad eggs. PHOTO: FILE. Zainab's murder is telling of something more sinister than a few bad eggs. PHOTO: The writer is based in Islamabad and is the co-founder of the Women's…

Thursday, Jan 11

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Victim-blaming, slut-shaming, parent-blaming, inappropriate memes – is this your way to demand #JusticeForZainab, Pakistan?

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A tragedy has paralysed the nation once again, this time in the form of Zainab, yet another innocent child that we lost too soon. Emotions are high, and rightly so, as people demand #JusticeForZainab, and ask the government and the law…

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Despite its great cast, The Greatest Showman failed to put on a show

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Every once in a while, a project comes along that, on the face of it, has several elements that suggest the final piece will be stellar. However, it ultimately ends up failing to turn its promising individual components into an impressive…

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Seeking #JusticeForZainab in a land where mindset might change but inherent nature will not

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We all saw Zainab’s funeral on our television screens. Some of us were there as well, witnessing her cold body wrapped in a white cloth with a green cloth bearing verses from the Holy Quran. Then we read the ticker on all news channels…

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The world after Weinstein

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Nobody is perfect and sometimes we all get something wrong. When you get it wrong in print these days and that print appears online, then your mistake is there for as long as there is an internet. So I hereby put my hand up and admit I was…

Wednesday, Jan 10

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5 observations from #PAKvsNZ which prove the men in green need to get their act together

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The much-awaited series for Pakistani cricket fans kicked off on January 6th, with the first match of the ODI series played at Basin Reserve, Wellington. The hype for the series was as expected since our players had been out of…

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Home 1947: A walk down a painful memory lane

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The idea that it only takes one person to make a difference could not have been more apt for Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s (SOC) ground breaking project, “Home 1947”. Having visited the exhibit earlier this week, I walked out in a state of…