Ahsan Kureshi

  • TAs the curtains closed to a slightly modernised version of opera ‘Tosca Libretto’, everyone in the Royal Theatre Carre was on their feet. The curtains parted to reveal the cast, each humbled by the roar of applause echoing across the gold bordered and crimson velveteen lined hall. Then ...

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  • TCongratulations Pakistan. Congratulations. I have walked this path before; several times, really. In some earlier writeup, I traced the roots of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws in the English Common Law the very same roots that Ireland had with its Blasphemy Laws, those that their parliament just ...

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  • TI  had the wonderful opportunity to meet Will Storr yesterday as he travelled to Amsterdam to speak about his latest book ‘Selfie: How we became so self-obsessed and what it’s doing to us’. Talking about his book he walked the audience through his journey to capture the ...

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  • TImran Ali was hanged in Kot Lakhpat Central Jail on Wednesday. In all honesty, I do not know how to feel about this. Were his actions condemnable? Of course. They were despicable, horrendous and barbaric. He was a serial killer fitting the profiles of notorious names such as Ted Bundy or Gary ...

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  • T‘Let’s see what our breathers make of us’ was my last message to Anam as I entered the 10-day silence meditation retreat on a mountaintop in Thailand. She liked the message but didn’t reply. I figured it was her semi-failed attempt at implementing her social media break that ...

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  • TAs I planned to visit Kiev, Ukraine soon, I ended up reading a lot on Socialism and how it impacted the Soviet Union. Yesterday, the readings were entertained again, given I was visiting the Lenin Museum situated here in Tampere, Finland. Fun trivia: this is the only Lenin museum in the world and ...

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  • TYesterday marked the 63rd death anniversary of Saadat Hasan Manto, a writer I have commended in my previous columns such as ‘re-educating myself’. His writings remain incomparable. For someone who always enjoyed English literature, a transition into Urdu always seemed difficult. But, ...

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  • TThere is a certain hypocrisy involved in staying true to a certain mandate. The Kaptaan of course is the prime example of that. He is more confused on whether he is a liberal or a conservative or even, dare I say, a fundamentalist, than Trump is with his presidency. He championed the movement on ...

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  • TIt was rumoured that Khadim Rizvi and his band of monkeys wanted an instant hanging of Asia Bibi as one of their demands. Could be false but I am sure none of us can question that her hanging will make people happy. For them, she is as evil as it gets after all it was due to her that their sainted ...

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  • TI had a recent altercation with a son of a certain late politician I greatly admire. No, it was not a Shazeb-type engagement. On the contrary, I was working on a report for the gentleman’s NGO which was to be published next year. Long story short there was some miscommunication and work-style ...

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  • T‘In a way it was fortunate that Jinnah did not live long enough to see the negation of his principles, the perversion of his vision…his disillusionment would have been too great to bear’, thus wrote Ardeshir Cowasjee in the first part of his The Sole statesman series published on ...

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  • TIt turns out, I am the generation I despise. Back then, in the days that were dictated by teenage hormones, people around me were fake. What was worse was that they had a complete disregard of their roots. Supporting painfully fake accents and dressing in brands that sounded weird no matter how one ...

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  • TPeople opposing the beards that have caused havoc in the twin cities have urged that religion is strongly against anything that causes harm. Okay. Then, can the same religion actually be for killing someone in its name? The same people will not answer this question out of fear. Fear is what has ...

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  • TThe beards have taken the capital hostage, or so they want the world to believe. In all honesty though, besides some congested traffic spots, life goes on as usual. The beards exaggerate their influence when it comes to on-ground, social movements. However, they do continue to dictate our terms for ...

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  • TWhy does no one seem to respect the court? Kaptaan took his due time to come over. Ishaq Dar has now fallen ill due to the court calling. NS has reasons to delay the judicial proceedings. Mush is a constant escapee. And, then, murderers such as Shahrukh Jatoi don’t care about their hearings ...

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  • TA few weeks ago I wrote about the issue of Harvey Weinstein. In many, many columns before that, I have written on issues pertaining to women rights and issues. I am a very proud and adamant feminist.  Okay, now that this is out of the way, let me speak about our Oscar hero ...

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  • TWith time, in time, we will learn. Or, so insist the optimistic. My solution is more realistic: an overhaul. Nothing is to become of the current generation. Or, let me rephrase myself, nothing is to become of Pakistan with the current generation. The country begs a few generations. It needs an ...

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  • TThe Child Marriage Restraint (amendment) Bill 2017 has been rejected by the senate for being un-Islamic. In other parts of the world, giants such as Weinstein are being brought down for harassing the women they worked with. On the face, the two seem unrelated. But, if one goes deeper, the ...

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  • TThis week Pakistan was noisy for it had been rattled. You see, there was this woman who was photographed wearing clothes that were too short. She was smoking too. To make matters worse, she was seen next to an Indian. The paparazzi photographs spread across Pakistan’s social media scape like ...

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  • TA few moments ago, Cassini burst into dust as it entered Saturn’s atmosphere. In actuality though, it has been more than an hour since this happened but, as it takes almost an hour for the signal to reach Earth, the end was now. The specifics don’t matter. What matters is that Cassini ...

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  • TIn many ways, last month’s knife attacks in Turku were feared, if not strictly expected. The truck attack mere months ago in Stockholm had driven fears in Finland. For the Nordics, the attacks were always a central Europe occurrence. Countries that were big players in world politics were most ...

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  • TI’ve always prided myself over never having a nervous breakdown, of never letting anxiety take the best of me… of never, simply put, “losing it”. That is, until I did. It was a few days after 13th April 2017, that fateful day when Mashal was brutally murdered. As had ...

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  • TLudo has held an important place in the Pakistani household for many, many years. As per a quick literature review, the Ludo game is a simplified form of Pachisi, an Indian game which was, as Kristy McGowan writes in her article in Calliope, a favourite of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. The Emperor was ...

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  • TThe announcement is here. Nawaz Sharif has been termed a liar by the Supreme Court. As usual, the noise that follows is misguided. Those happy on the news are riding the waves of Panama even though the judgement insists more on the lying than the corruption. Those against, they seem to be a funny ...

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  • TIf we were to tell the story of a Pakistani man, the story of Fauzia Azeem would suffice. She was born in a family where educating girls was a rarity. When relatives fumed over Fauzia going to school, her father did not say anything. Her mother had to put her foot down and silence the opposition. ...

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  • TSP Arsala Saleem is, strangely enough, being supported by fellow PSP officers for her salute to the Pakistan royalty. There is nothing wrong in the salute, they argue. This shamelessness is ruthlessly- almost violently- painful to this author and to the many who seek to one day see a Pakistan that ...

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  • TSome days ago almost 150 people burned to death due to the oil tanker explosion. Everyone knows about that already. Many events of Eid were cancelled to pay respects to those who lost their lives. Political movement was seen and an outcry on social media was observed. People on social media ...

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  • TNehaal Hashmi used religion to justify his viral video. “I was fasting,” he reasoned, and hence he blurted out what he did. Strange how we allow people to misuse and exploit religion. If there was any punishment on religious bases, Mr Hashmi must be made to atone for his sins. But then, ...

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  • TI waited, but in vain. President Trump mentioned pretty much every country under the sun. He even mentioned Afghanistan, but no Pakistan. This was an obvious snub and a pathetic one. The country has been involved in the fight against terrorism whether Trump wants to admit it or not. Besides, ...

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  • TWhy should we appreciate Malala when children elsewhere die due to drones? Why should we worry about Asia when Aafia too remains jailed on an unprovable crime? Why should we appreciate Sharmeen’s achievement when there are so many good things about Pakistan?  Yes, ridiculous comparisons ...

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