Aminah Suhail Qureshi

  • Emmanuel Macron, the newly elected President of France, vowed on Thursday to “Make Our Planet Great Again” by slightly modifying the slogan of “Make America Great Again” chanted by his contemporary in the United States of America. This slight alteration in the slogan is what ...

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  • Socrates was sentenced to death by the jury of Athens. The judicial system of that time did not allow the filing of any arraignment, plea or subpoena… just a verdict after a trial in response to an allegation constituted the fundamentals of court proceedings. The dimensions and dynamics of ...

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  • We, as a society, have formulated some rules, the exceptions to which are not acceptable. One such rule is to repeatedly negate the idea that man, sometimes, can be afflicted by psychological disorders without actually being crazy or mad. A direct consequence of visiting a psychologist or ...

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  • Writing this letter was hard as I did not know from where to start; my life and this letter are quite similar in this regard. I know what some of you might be thinking about me but it has become quite a necessity for me to explain my viewpoint so that the little hope of being understood does not ...

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  • After 2014-2016 Ebola virus epidemics in West Africa, 2015-2016 Zika virus epidemic in USA, and 2011 dengue outbreak in Pakistan which continues to surface every year, we are now being threatened by another rapscallion of microbiological world – Chikungunya virus. Though it was only recently ...

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  • I once planted a seedling in my garden. I watered it daily, provided it with the required nutrients, protected it from windstorms, and watched it growing into a healthy plant. Then, to increase the greenness of my garden, I added a fully-grown Eucalyptus shrub to it. In the days that followed, I ...

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  • “Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope, other will share with us.” This was the message of Quaid-e-Azam to Frontier Muslim Students Federation on June ...

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  • I guess we all are aware of the food and service provided by F.R.I.E.N.D.S Café in Johar Town, Lahore. It has been heartbreakingly disappointing since its opening. But I admit that it was the orange couch that made me visit that place again and again. My recent visit was on the 23rd of ...

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  • Minds click. Ideas converge. Thoughts unite. There is something common in all women. I realise this every time I read a blog or column authored by a woman. Perhaps it is the negativity of this society that brings us together. Believe me when I say that I can very well relate to every single word of ...

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  • My first memory of you is that of a bespectacled boy named Cheekoo. Though many kids, along with their parents, had already started enjoying Indian soaps (thanks to the ‘cable’ craze!), I was still an audience to PTV’s dramas and sitcoms. I was a kid back then and laughter was the ...

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  • I knew that something is rotten in the state of Denmark but never had I expected to witness the misery of those who cannot see. It was yesterday, at the Flag Hoisting Ceremony at Hazoori Bagh that I got a chance to grasp the insights of such ceremonies. We are a nation of late-comers. This goes for ...

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  • Revolution... Demarcation of Pakistan’s boundary Mass migration 1947 parade Celebration... Pakistan's identity: Its flag Mazar-e-Quaid, Karachi Minar-e-Pakistan, LahoreJhandiyan on rooftop Roadside stalls selling flags Badges Pakistan Pakistan, by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Evolution... Sale Sale ...

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  • City of Gardens it was called. Cultural heart of Pakistan it was proclaimed to be. Centre of literary and educational activity in Pakistan it was thought to be. But now it has attained the mark of being a metropolis. It is a piece of land with a transport fabric comprising intricate and much ...

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  • Having my cuffs shackled with the manacle of nationalism, I struggled not to write on this particular topic. I made a strenuous effort to resist my fingers from typing these words as I feared crossing my boundaries and defaming my country and its people. But even bacteria stabilise themselves after ...

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  • They named you Kashmir… a land desiccated from water. They hid in your name your fate… you were and still are a ‘shimir’… the desiccated. The demarcation that gave the Union of India and the Dominion of Pakistan their identities in actuality deprived you of ...

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  • It had been two long hours. The queue had not moved by an inch. I had brought all the required documents with me in a file cover but the delay in my turn caused me to use the file cover as a hand fan. The scorching heat of blindingly golden sun was already roasting me, but what made me boil was the ...

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  • It was only last week when she was being blackguarded over a banned video. It was only some hours ago when her name was being used as an abuse. It was only some minutes ago that she was being shamed over her acts. At this moment, people are visiting her Facebook profile page not to view her ...

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  • Sara was awake. She had just been pretending to sleep. She sneaked out from her mamoo’s (mother’s brother)bedroom and skulked through the corridor towards the room where her mother was having a discourse with her grandparents. “Either I would kill him or he would kill me,” ...

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  • Weeping eyes, silent sobs, burned faces, empty hands... homeless bodies, abandoned newborns, despondent orphans, tocher-less ladies. I have seen these turning into smiling eyes, pleasing giggles, sanguine faces, fondled hands... sheltered humans, nursed newborns, gleeful children, beaming brides. ...

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  • “Stupid admi”… These words caught my attention in a department store where I was standing at a counter and waiting for my turn. I saw a salesman being abused and insulted by a customer, this being a common sight and, thus, not disturbing at all for most of us. But what I saw next ...

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  • I anxiously wait for this time every year... flying to Qatar, visiting different hypermarkets and malls, shopping different brands for clothes, shoes and accessories, and enjoying delicious food from their food courts. My exhilaration was at its peak this time too as I always consider the trip to ...

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  • So, dear readers, I am absolutely baffled. First came Maulana Sherani with his permission of ‘lightly’ beating wives. Then came Senator Hamdullah with his televised threats of taking off ‘shalwars’. Up until this point I had become a draconian believer of male chauvinism ...

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  • I have been writing about women empowerment, gender equality, rights of epicenes and other issues pertaining to our society as a whole, but I am confused... Confused about how many more fractions we would have to formulate in order to justify the definition of ‘being normal’... Confused ...

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