Mona Hassan

  • She was killed about five months ago. Her autopsy revealed death by asphyxiation. Her brother confessed to her murder in the name of honor. It’s been three months since we last heard of any development in Qandeel’s murder case. No matter how long it takes for any ruling to be entered, ...

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  • A couple of days ago a request was put forward in the Council of Islamic Ideology for “Protection of men’s rights bills” after months of protests over women's’ rights bill. The chairman of the Council accepted the request and now a bunch of respected well versed gentlemen ...

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  • One night I woke up feeling suffocated, unable to breathe anymore. I had to get out of the house in the open, thinking it will help me breathe because my lungs felt like they had stopped working. Later, my condition was diagnosed as the fear of the uncertain. I still, sometimes, feel that anxiety ...

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  • Image Courtesy: PinterestI haven’t written anything since my last article that was not taken well by a modestly large number of bearded society members. Some of these have beards not to be seen by a naked eye and some have more than those hanging down their subtly bright faces. ...

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  • Photo Courtesy: Suffiyan Ahmad September 6 is considered a big day in Pakistan and celebrated as ‘Defence Day’ in the memory of those who fell in the war of 1965. September 7th and 8th are Pakistan Air Force Day and Navy Day respectively and both dedicated to salute the forces for ...

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  • Sitting in a restaurant at the airport where you actually have to listen closely to even hear what you yourself are saying, I wonder how everyone is able to communicate with each other just fine. They have to lean closer, speak up a little or politely ask to repeat, but they all make an effort to ...

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  • Language is a beautiful thing.  It is amazing how many words you can find for one thing or entity in different languages. Development of language tells us that most terms come from another word or term in the same or a different language and with time and usage it evolves into a different ...

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  • A few of days ago, one of my cousins posted a question on Facebook about lineage and why we should have to follow our forefathers’ example. There were opinions that since Jesus followed his mother’s lineage and Prophet’s lineage continued through his daughter because he ...

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  • Image Courtesy Lahore Nama "Kaafir", a word we hear a lot these days, is directly associated with the concept of blasphemy that dates back to the 1800s, which is still in practice with new amendments and additions in Pakistan and India. Although, the definition of “infidel” ...

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  • “Frailty thy name is woman” was quoted to me when I was too young to understand what it really means or what actually it is like to be a woman. Being born and raised in a typical Pakistani society, without much exposure to the outer world to have my own opinion, indoctrination based on ...

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  • Two of my favorite festivals are Holi (the festival of colors) and Diwali (the festival of lights). Both are traditional Hindu festivals linked with religion and mythology.  Diwali always reminded me of that episode of Mirza Ghalib musical from 80s. In one episode after playing a board game ...

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  • Growing up I have always seen a masi coming to our house to clean and do laundry. As a matter of fact, most of our Punjabi language skills mature by passively listening to these massis talking. Our masi, let’s call her ‘Cheemaan’, gave birth to a child every year. She often ...

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  • When I Googled the above-given painting by Pablo Picasso, in an attempt to understand what it meant, I was led to a publication by Kaitlin Tremblay, entitled “Where Art Belongs: The Interactivity and Politics of Video Games.” Her thoughts on the painting ...

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  • Electricity, inflation, water and now (gas) petrol crisis; all of these utilities seem to be an urban legend in Pakistan. In the past few days, I have come across a number of excited posts on my Facebook time line about full tanks of fuels. There is an unignorable euphoria seen when a common man ...

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  • Humankind is experiencing a very deadly decade. In the past few years alone I have heard more deadly news in the name of religion than anyone would like to admit. Ibb, Charlie Hebdo, heartbreaking and enraging public flogging of Raif Badawi, Boko Haram massacre, Peshawar and Rawalpindi terrorist ...

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  • Pakistan seems to have taken the center stage  for all the wrong reasons. From murder resulting from hate speech by a pseudo religious scholar on national television to the murder in cold blood of over 130 children in  Peshawar, international attention retains ever present focus on its ...

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