Umaima Ahmed

  • Dear Pakistan, I was living a very comfortable life in England but returned to British India as the Muslims were having a hard time living in the hostile environment created by people with whom they had co-existed for centuries. The British had managed to divide the Hindus and Muslims into two ...

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  • For many yesterday was a big day for Pakistan as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was sent packing home. For Khadija Siddiqui and her Lawyer Hassan Niazi the coming day would be historic one- for 14 months she has fought with all her strength and will, to get justice against Shah Hussain who stabbed her ...

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  • This is part of the Hippocratic Oath that Doctors take when they get their degree to practice. “I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity; I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity; The health of my patient will be my first consideration; I will ...

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  • An attack in Kabul’s diplomatic area the other day killed at least 90 people and left about 400 injured with the count rising. A number of Pakistani and other officials of other embassies were injured also. Condemnations poured in, promises for retribution were made, and by tomorrow deaths ...

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  • Some time back I wrote a blog titled ‘What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘woman’?’ The reaction I received from all quarters was enough to tell me the value of a woman in Pakistan. Since childhood we were told politics is a dirty game, but ...

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  • Thank God, Sunday passed peacefully. With the cricket mania brimming over, the PSL final between cricket and terrorism ended safely. People bought tickets ranging from Rs. 500 to Rs. 12,000, and some for even more depending on the black marketer they got connected to. This led everyone – even ...

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  • Muslims believe that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was born on the 12 of Rabi ul Awal. The Prophet is known for being Rahmat ul il Alamin, but it’s heart breaking to see majority of Muslims understand him to be Rahmat ul il Muslimeen. On Monday, over a 1,000 ‘true’ Muslims, ...

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  • 2016 has been a terrible year for Pakistan. We were still not over Amjad Sabri’s sudden death that we get to hear about Junaid Jamshed’s demise in a plane crash. They were from two different genres of music, but both had played a major role in the days of our youth. Losing both of them ...

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  • Since the day the present government came into power, there has hardly been an occasion on which Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif were not found commenting upon each other. It’s hard to decide who is more vociferous, but what’s common in them is that they both ignore the serious issues of ...

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  • Last year Punjab Minister Colonel Shuja Khanzada (Retired) was brutally killed for his bravery in speaking out against terror outfits. He had earlier taken action against a terrorist organization which in retaliation killed him with 16 others in his home town. The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), a banned ...

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  • It is said that transgender people are the most precious people to God. “The Prophet of Islam treated transgenders with respect, prohibited their ill-treatment, and had good things to say about spiritually-inclined transgender. Believing that transgender are dearer to God, some Muslim rulers ...

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  • “No beta this program is not for you.” “This does not happen in real life, all relations are very scared.” “It’s a matter of respect of the family.” “Kids should not be told about sex at such an early age.” “Ye hamare ghar ka banda hai. ...

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  • We grew up hearing pen is mightier than the sword, but no one told us bullets and axes also existed. Khurram Zaki a civil society activist was targeted in a drive by shooting as he sat for supper with his friends a few days ago in Karachi. Like him, Sabeen Mehmood, Ali Khudi and Rashid Rehman have ...

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  • So one fine morning you log on to Facebook and find an ad with a lady in red, and people reacting to it. Well that’s not the end of the story; it becomes the hottest topic for debate, like always, for the next 24 hours, and then for a few days to come. This hullaballoo did raise a few ...

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  • On the afternoon of January 4th 2011, the-then Governor of Punjab, Salmaan Taseer, was murdered by his security guard,Mumtaz Qadri. The reason for this murder was Salmaan Taseer’s criticism on the Blasphemy Law and his support for Aasia Bibi who had allegedly committed blasphemy. After four ...

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  • A few days ago I was riding down in an elevator with some friends and colleagues when it suddenly stopped with a jerk and the lights went out. After a silence of about two seconds, with uncertainty building up, the elevator crashed in a free fall from the third floor all the way to the basement. ...

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  • After the First World War President Woodrow Wilson of the USA, put forward the idea of the League of Nations. The main purpose for its founding has yet to be fulfilled. It was a very idealistic model since states were not ready to let go of their interests. That is precisely what caused the Second ...

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  • Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. But it is when beauty starts showing in actions, that stone-hearted people find it hard to ignore. HRH Princess Diana of Wales was one of the very few people on earth who not only was a wonderful mother, and Princess, but also, above all, human ...

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  • Life is becoming too difficult in Pakistan for people who like to think. If you have an opinion that differs from the mainstream, then be assured of being attacked by fanatics and their supporters. Recently, I was the subject of verbal vitriol for speaking out on a post on a social media ...

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  • Everything has its negative and positive sides. Be it eating chocolates, chips or consuming cigarettes, drugs, soft drinks or alcohol. The negative side-effects usually are seen with excessive consumption. The same can be said about watching television, using cell phones or even surfing the ...

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  • A few days ago I was watching the movie “Highway” (from across the border, at that!), on a friend’s recommendation. The movie, in my opinion, is a masterpiece on child abuse and if you are interested in finding out about this subject I suggest you watch it then sooner rather than ...

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  • A few days ago I was experiencing one of my low moods, when I noticed a girl who was very fair and well dressed. I, for no reason, had a wish to be as fair as her or at least wheatish. Within seconds I realized how ungrateful I was being: I am able to see the world in color, I can do things on my ...

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  • Having a rare day off, I was, as always, sleeping when the news of Malik Ishaq, his two sons’ and 13 of their follower’s demise in an encounter near Muzaffargarh broke and spread like wildfire. I was still half asleep when I checked Facebook and was dazed to see status after status ...

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  • The other day a friend told me that a male acquaintance of hers wanted to go for a movie with her, but since she was not available she apologized and said that he can go on his own; she would download the movie later and watch it. But then, he asked her to ask a friend of hers to go with ...

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  • Recently, an advertisement has been doing the rounds on social media regarding Centaurus, the in-vogue mall of Islamabad. The advertisement says that visitors to the mall have to pay Rs.100 to enter the mall – with some exceptions. The list of people exempted does not make sense to many; the ...

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  • While many people would not know the meaning of the maxim, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others,” literature buffs and lovers of politics can easily understand this. Even though written long ago, it’s still very much applicable now, particularly in ...

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  • Hazrat Umar (RA) the second of the Khulifa e Rashideen, is reported to have said that if a dog died of hunger and thirst at the bank of the Euphrates (river in Baghdad), the caliph would be accountable in front of Allah for its death. This is one of the most frequently quoted quotes when we speak ...

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  • Last week our Prime Minister wrote a thank you letter to the President of Zimbabwe for sending their cricket team to play in Pakistan. What I don’t understand is why he is so slow in all important state activities? The team left for home after the cricket series about three weeks ago. For all ...

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  • After the successful launch of the "Ballay Ballay" audio track from the film Bin Roye on Telenor Bridal Couture Week 2015, Hum Films and MD Films showcased two more songs of the most anticipated movie of the year, during a press Conference on 9th June. The conference, held at Pearl Continental ...

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  • Lawrence Gardens, the famous botanical garden of Lahore, modeled after Kew Gardens in London was named after John Lawrence the Viceroy of India. It was renamed as Jinnah Gardens (Bagh-e-Jinnah) in the 1980s. These days it is hosting an exhibition “Awami Collective Art – Public Space ...

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