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I am a Muslim, but I fake fasting in Ramazan

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It’s Ramazan and my mother is in the kitchen, slaving over a hot stove preparing a big feast. She’s fasting, even though she is a 64-year-old diabetic. As for myself? Earlier in the day, I had a huge fish and chips platter for lunch, but…

With these easy and yummy sehri recipes, Ramazan will go by like a breeze

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It’s the month of fasting, so Ramazan Kareem to all! I hope your fasts are going well so far, even though the weather has not been kind as yet sadly. This time around I would like to share two stories with this blog in light of this holy…

Wednesday, May 23

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Why Karachi’s Burns Road will always be the pioneer food street of Pakistan

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Ramazan cannot be complete in our household without the presence of iftaari from Burns Road, Karachi. This Ramazan, as I went to Burns Road on the first day of fasting to buy items for iftaar, I was once again reminded of the strong sense…

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Why Fakhar Zaman could be Pakistan’s wild card in #PakvsEng

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If the checklist to become a Test batsman had 10 items on the list, Fakhar Zaman would miss all 10 of them. His technique and temperament are not made for Test cricket and he didn’t claim to be one either. What he does have, however, is…

Move over, Marvel! Mission Impossible may be the most original, entertaining action movie franchise

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It isn’t common for action franchises to actually gain momentum as they get older; more often than not, it is the other way around. However, the Mission Impossible franchise stands as a distinct exception to the rule.

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WHO Advisory: Diabetics, expecting mothers advised to skip fast

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ISLAMABAD: With iftar meals becoming synonymous with gluttony with a litany of “all-you-can-eat” deals in recent years, it is imperative that a balanced meal is taken instead of trying to eat as much as you can with reckless abandon. In…

Tuesday, May 22

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13 Reasons Why S2: A season of secrets, guilt and the power of kindness

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The original Netflix series 13 Reasons Why released in March 2017 and took the world by storm. The show started an international dialogue about bullying, sexual assault, substance abuse and suicide. Although there was plenty of criticism…

Is China making Pakistan a client-state with its ‘debt-book diplomacy’?

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In Pakistan, China is the most active and positive economic force. So much so that continued cooperation between the two countries is supported by virtually all sides of this otherwise deeply divided country. Everyone from the Taliban to…

Does Sonam Kapoor’s name change make her any less of a feminist?

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I have often wondered about what feminism means to me, and there are still a lot of cobwebs in my mind that need to be cleared. However, the recent controversy surrounding Sonam Kapoor’s name change post marriage got me thinking again, as…

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Election 2018: Caretaker PM likely to be announced today

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ISLAMABAD: The anxiously awaited name of the caretaker prime minister is expected to be announced today (Tuesday) as Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah meet to discuss the…

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SBP to organise awareness seminar

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MULTAN: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) will organise 'Currency Note Security Feature' seminar on Tuesday, May 22 (today), to create awareness among masses about fake currency notes. SBP Chief Manager Multan Sarfraz Ahmed Nadeem said that…

Monday, May 21

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Imran Khan is right, Pakistan should have more than four provinces

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Whenever I make any comments about Pakistan having more provinces and smaller units, the reaction is always the same,

A new dawn for the monarchy: Will Meghan Markle follow Princess Diana’s footsteps?

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On Saturday morning, inside St George’s Cathedral, situated in the grounds of the historic Windsor Castle, Prince Harry, the youngest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana Spencer, exchanged his wedding vows with Meghan Markle,…

Sunday, May 20

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If the Royal wedding was a 'desi' affair

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KARACHI: The Royal wedding that took place on Saturday seems to have taken over the world. Making history, the recent exchange of vows between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is one that will be remembered for a long time. The British…

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Feminism needs to cater to Muslim women, not the other way around

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Feminism needs to include women of colour, Muslim women, disabled women, sex workers, trans women, gay women, queer women, fat women, skinny women. It needs to cater to all women. The fact that the term ‘intersectional feminism’ exists…

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Gwadar: From ghost town to gold rush town

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From the sky, Gwadar looks like a dust bowl as the ATR aircraft, which regularly flies along the Makran coast from Karachi, circles in for landing. The new airport, currently being designed, will be the largest in Pakistan once it is…

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Women's harassment

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KARACHI: Lately, schools and other educational institutions have also become places of some uncomfortable encounters in a person's life, particularly for female students. Cases and complaints of harassment at the hands of faculty members…

It was time for Laila to go home

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The autumnal sky was reddened by the setting sun. Laila gazed at it in admiration. In just a few hours, the sky would turn dark and it’ll be night. And Laila would finally escape her wretched, tormenting, miserable life.

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Wrongfully imprisoned for 20 years, Asma Nawab's acquittal sheds light on slow justice in Pakistan

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Nawab was just 16 years old when someone slit the throats of her parents and only brother during an attempted robbery at their home in Pakistan's chaotic port city of Karachi in 1998. With the killings dominating headlines, prosecutors…

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Catalonia's cabinet picks are 'provocation' says Spain's ruling party

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MADRID: Catalonia's new leader Quim Torra named his cabinet on Saturday, though the inclusion of politicians who are either in jail awaiting trial or in self-imposed exile was instantly denounced as provocation by Spain's ruling party. The…

Saturday, May 19

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“Mr Clean” caught with his hands dirty?

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It came as a surprise to many of us when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) filed an application in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), requesting to scrutinise the party’s foreign funding in secrecy. The ECP is hearing a case against…

With humour and humility, ‘The Perils of Being Moderately Famous’ brings literal royalty back down to earth

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Earlier this year, I had just finished two heavy novels, both on the topic of slavery and the struggle of African Americans today. Thus I found myself in desperate want of a ‘lighter’ read. The Perils of Being Moderately Famous by Soha Ali…

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In Pakistan, does #MeToo come with a desi tarka?

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The #MeToo campaign was initiated by activist Tarana Burke, after she had a conversation with a 13-year-old girl who opened up to her about sexual abuse.

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Acquittal in Azam Tariq murder case challenged

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad's Advocate General Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri on Friday challenged an anti-terrorism court judgment which had acquitted an accused in the murder case of a former MNA Maulana Azam Tariq. ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjumand had ...

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Thousands of chicken die as poultry farms hit by deadly viruses

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GUJRANWALA: At least thousands of chicken have died during a month after several poultry farms in different districts of Punjab have been affected by deadly viruses. The districts where the outbreak of the viruses were reported included…

Friday, May 18

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If US foreign policy were consistent, America would be bombing Israel right now

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The Syrian civil war, we have been told, began as part of the Arab Spring and really took hold when Syrian government forces allegedly opened fire on protesters across the country in early 2011. This pattern of indiscriminate violent…

Can Bohemian Rhapsody do justice to a band as legendary as Queen?

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Seeing how eager Hollywood is to immediately turn even mildly intriguing people and events into subjects of elaborate films, it seems peculiar that there hasn’t been any major Queen or Freddie Mercury biopic thus far.

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Today’s Mohammad Amir is a shadow of his own past

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Long silky hair blowing past his face, run up so smooth that there is not a single hint of hindrance and the ability to pitch the ball in the exact same spot, but make it move different ways at will. Who can ever forget the sight of an…

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France says foiled suspected terror attack

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PARIS: Police in France have foiled a suspected terror attack and arrested two brothers of Egyptian origin, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Friday. France's Chechens try to reckon with Paris stabbing. “There were two young…

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Pakistan, Canada have strong ties, says HC Tariq Azim

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Pakistan's High Commissioner in Canada Tariq Azim Khan has said the relations between Pakistan and Canada are based on strong foundations of friendship and cooperation. “We have to take it to new heights,” he stressed while addressing the…