That Naseem Shah Spell

MCG. World Cup Final. Versus possibly the greatest white ball team in history. It’s a spell that I’ve gone back to watch, and then re-watch and then watch again one more time. Make no mistake, Naseem Shah isn’t the kind of bowler that ignited that raw Pakistani fast bowler emotion in me during the early…

The Pakistan Cricket Hangover

Here we go again. Not the first time.  Definitely not the last. It’s like having a painful, toxic romance. There are time where you despise them. Abhor every iota of their existence. But then they put on your favourite cologne, utter saccharine dipped words, and it is all butterflies and rainbows again. These feelings hit…

Pakistan’s Line Of Defense

Pakistan has a robust line of defense. There is the army. Somewhat sexy, ever present, every where. There is the air force. Sexier, less visible, but still there. There is the Navy, neither sexy, not visible, but still there ( allegdley ) And there are the average every day nationalistic drum beating Pakistanis. Everytime something…

South Asia and Black Lives Matter

It’s not easy looking at images of burning, looting and rampant violence. Not today, when the modes of inflicting said damage have become faster and more co-ordinated than at any point in our history. The only thing worse than looking at those images, is living through it and that is what African Americans have been…

Trudeau and Kashmir

There is a long list of current gut wrenching headlines on our phone and TV screens currently. From the puddles of blood in Gaza to the clampdown of protest in Hong Kong, we live in times where good news is an abnormality. In the middle of all this is Indian Occupied Kashmir. It has never…

My Pakistan Cricket Romance

It was 1992, and I was seven. We were living in Goth Machi at that time, near the border of Punjab and Sindh. I remember Moin Khan’s winning boundary in the semi-final, and Wasim Akram dismissing Chris Lewis. I wasn’t old enough to comprehend what had transpired when Imran Khan eventually lifted the trophy, or…

PTM : New Movement In an Old Pakistan

My father used to work for an organization that would transfer him across different cities in Pakistan every few years. Not as regularly as military men, but regularly enough for me to have attended 3 separate schools in 3 separate cities by the time I was in grade 11. When I graduated from University, I…

The rise of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

In the midst of the political tussle between the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has been a distant observer for the large part. For a party with rock solid ideological roots, this is not a healthy sign. For a party that has historically been Pakistan’s most potent left-wing force…

Pakistan and the Ahmaddiya Community

We have been here. This is not the first, nor will this be the last time. The Ahmadiyya community is under attack again. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Remember Ashfaq Ahmed, the veterinary? Remember the chakwal mosque burning? Remember the signs outside Hafeez Centre in Lahore? Remember the US based doctor, Mehdi Ali Qamar? Remember Professor…

ISIS and Pakistan

There is the lush screen scenery. There are the picturesque Margalla Hills. There are the curve-friendly roads on these hills that remind one of Vital Signs and Junaid Jamshed. There is the crisp and cool weather. There is a particular calm never found in other major cities of the country. Then there is the Lal Masjid – the antithesis of everything in Islamabad –…