Sarmad Iqbal

  • Not them. The snarling, swirling, berserk mob did kill Mashal - sticks wielded by their arms cracked his skull, and their blood-soaked feet stamped out the last vestiges of life. But responsibility extends beyond the confines of factual action and reaction. When the mob charged the university ...

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  • Back when the American-led coalition was still running riot in Afghanistan, we used to have a very peculiar phrase in our daily vernacular: “jo karawa raha hai, America karwa raha hai” (whatever is happening, is happening because of America). Admittedly, it was a concise and fairly ...

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  • Earlier this year, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) provided Internet Service Providers (ISPs) a list of 400,000 pornographic websites that needed to be blocked from viewership in Pakistan. The ISPs complained about this costly burden and the Supreme Court gave a righteous nod of ...

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  • Let me be honest, I felt a distinct sense of Schadenfreude when I heard that Hamza Ali Abbasi had been banned from hosting a Ramzan show for raising the question of Ahmedi marginalisation. Don’t judge me too quickly, hear me out.  I am not a fan of Hamza Ali Abbasi – in fact I have ...

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  • I remember exactly what I did when I found out Mumtaz Qadri is dead - I rejoiced. It was a raw feeling, not contrived nor rationalised; I was happy. There I was, stuck in a heavier than usual Lahore traffic when a colleague called me and told me going to the office today was futile, I should come ...

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  • It’s a wonderful transformation; one to rival the great metamorphosis found in nature. Like a butterfly emerging gracefully out of its cocoon at the changing of the seasons, as Ramzan rolls around the Pakistani media personnel get a dramatic makeover – the dresses get traditional, the ...

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