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…

Short Story : MashAllah Man

“Sister Humaira has a question now…” Raees Ahmed, the bushy moustached bespectacled host, had the camera on him as he read out a message from a card infront of him. “She says Asalamualikum Aalim Sahib..” “Walakumasalam “ muttered a voice in the background. The camera was still on Raees. “My daughter recently completely her Intermediate…

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…

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 –…

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…