Urdu Poem : Kahan Main Kahan Tum

din ki lehro ko choomti hui ye fazaa raat ki aghosh main hoti hui fanaa subh-o-shaam  laati hai aik hee paighaam kahain main, kahan tum, har pal anjaan   ranjh aur khushi se hamara jo naata hai yeh soch ke bazaar main na mil paye ga kabhi ye ishq ye pyar,sab hai qaid ka doosra…

Nawaz Must Not Resign

The earliest memory of television I have is Pakistan winning the 1992 Cricket World Cup. I don’t recall what happened on TV afterwards or how things got there, but I vaguely remember Nawaz Sharif’s sombre looking face on the television set in our living room a year later. Nawaz was prime minister. That’s all I was old enough to…

How To Tell a Pakistani and Indian Apart : 101

A shared history, a shared border and shared languages, ( or different variants of them ) and almost similar dress codes are among some of the things that are similar about India and Pakistan. Combined demographically, they make up some of the largest immigrant populations in Canada. However, Pakistanis like myself are regularly mistaken for…

Psychotherapy for Civilians, not Traffic Wardens

A recent news piece mentioned traffic wardens in Lahore being given psychotherapy sessions in light of their unruly behavior. It appears to be a good move on the surface, but is It only the traffic wardens who need these sessions? If one makes a list of the most disliked authority figures in Pakistan, it would…

10 Things Pakistani Men Talk About When Drunk

Alcohol restrictions were introduced in Pakistan back in 1977, but that hasn’t stopped men from popping open a bottle ( or multiple bottles ) with friends and talking deep into the night as the mashroob-e-mashriq flows freely.  These conversations encompass a multitude of things, from the sublime to the ridiculous (usually the latter), and over…

10 Things Pakistani Expats Do Upon Going Back

Going back to Pakistan is a wonderful experience, no matter how much time you’ve spent abroad. There are some habits that unite us as we come back to the motherland however, no matter which part of the country you belong from. 1.Distribute Chocolates The oldest habit in the book. It doesn’t matter if the chocolate…

To Benazir Bhutto

Bibi, It has been almost a decade since you met your untimely demise on December 27, 2007. It has been almost a decade since the day the country lost one of its greatest leaders. The state that Pakistan finds itself in today may not surprise you. Unlike the others, you had the foresight to see the storm we were…

The Curious Case Of Tarek Fatah

Unless you’re fairly active on Twitter, and/or have a genuine interest in expat Pakistanis who are active within sociopolitical circles, you might not be aware of who Tarek Fatah is. Originally from Karachi but now based in Canada, he writes a regular column for one of the country’s largest newspapers and has a frequent broadcast…

Coming Back To Life

It is half past midnight. I have my headphones on, and I am listening to something I have not heard in what feels like ages. Pink Floyd. And I’m not listening to any Floyd song. I am listening to the epic Coming Back To Life. I first heard this song back in 1999, five years…

Hey White Person – A Response

Hey White Person – I came across the leaflets you splashed across various locations in Canada. As a recent immigration to the country, i  was understandably put-off. But you’re angry. You’re frustrated. And you want answers, right? Read on : Tiered of political correctness? Political correctness is not about preventing debate. It’s about keeping basic…