Zeeba T. Hashmi

  • TFor the dwellers at Sector M, Model Town Extension, there have been many a celebration of births, or mourning over deaths. For the last thirty years, they have seen the seasons change, the rains bringing them renewed joy, and sometimes misery. They shared smiles, and embraced tears. For thirty ...

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  • TRecently in Pakistan, a debate occurred on social media regarding a famous picture of a sailorman kissing a woman during an end of World War II celebrations in New York.  To say a little about this photograph’s background, the lady in the picture is Greta Freidman, who talked about her ...

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  • TOkay Imran Khan, you win this time. Corruption is indeed eating us inside out. You moved the Supreme Court against the Prime Minister for his family’s names mentioned in the Panama Leaks, which the worthy institution has accepted and summoned Prime Minister Nawaz Shareef and other federal ...

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  • TWhat we are going through is not something that could ever be defined as our normal behavior and outrage at something that is so grotesquely unjust and unfair, which we cannot reconcile with our collective sanity.  Our natural sense of empathy has been abused again by our contractors of ...

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  • TWhat is it I see on that broken chair? Perhaps someone had left the dirty laundry to be done, What is this smell emanating from the rotten clothes? Seems like someone has used cheap deodorants to make it go away. How is it nobody is noticing that there is also something moving beneath this ...

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  • T“Kashmiri baighairat qaum hai” (Kashmiris are a dishonorable people) is what I came across in recent days during one of my interactions with a hyper-nationalist fellow countryman in Pakistan. To be honest, I was appalled, but as a non-Kashmiri, I cannot even imagine the immense insult a ...

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  • TWhen people have accepted the subservience of women performing in mujra parties and receiving all kinds of harassment, their hypocrisy majorly remains subliminal when they themselves abhor their female family members doing the same. They would dance at the whims of men. They would even be raped by ...

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  • T23 March, 2003  was a terrifying, soul shattering night. When the airstrikes hit Baghdad, the destruction campaign against her was christened as “Shock and Awe” by George W. Bush, the then Republican President of USA. And America was not alone in bringing an ultimate doom to Iraq, ...

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  • TControversy has arisen in Punjab University over the recruitment procedures, criteria set for staff and compliance of the university to its rules and regulations point towards shady recruitments of the visiting professors. It has been found that the Additional Registrar, Doctor Kamran Abid who is ...

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  • TFor a man like Danish Kaneria – with his sportsman spirit and unbeatable hope – the treatment he has received is not deterring him from seeking justice against the accusations leveled on him.  To understand what has caused Kaneria to come to this point, we need to go back to 2010 ...

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  • TWhat is it in a religion that binds human with his environment that defines worldly morality for him? Religion becomes politically necessary to justify any act of goodness or, evil.  However, I don't think religion is necessary to make an independent judgment on moral and ethical issues. I ...

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  • TThe purpose of law is to guide and streamline society within the limits guided by moral judgment and to guard against miscreants and criminals. This may work sometimes, but in most cases, laws have failed or have loopholes to frame others of crimes for their own vested interests. The laws can be ...

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  • TThe purpose of laws is to guide and streamline the society within the limits guided by moral judgment and to guard against the miscreants and criminals.  This may work sometimes, but in most cases, laws have failed or have the loopholes for others to take advantage to frame others of crime for ...

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  • TDr Abdus Salam, the laudable figure in the world for his breakthrough theories, was a true patriot in deciding to come back to Pakistan, despite knowing the dangers this country posed for non-Muslims, and the insults hurled against him for being an Ahmedi. Even in death, his grave was desecrated. ...

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  • T There is a growing need for the protection of children who are being nursed by mothers while they are serving sentences in jail.  Some argue that these women have been framed by their tormentors and are wrongly sentenced by the courts.  Now, under the Pakistan Penal Code many raped women ...

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  • TLife as we know it, is the most sacred trust God has bestowed to humanity. And the disrespect of life is a most heinous crime. However, there are many dilemmas one faces in terms of social dictums, and abortion is an important one. Terminating a life within a woman’s body seems a gory ...

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  • THaving lived a life of exploitation, from a humble beginning in extreme poverty to the corridors of lobbyists raising the grievances of his community, Ramesh Jaipal is in double jeopardy both as a Hindu minority and a sub-sect of Hindu community. As a Dalit, he is the founder of the Scheduled Caste ...

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  • TThere are a myriad of challenges faced by civilians running away in mass exodus to avoid the conflict between the Pakistan Army and the Taliban. Most have taken shelter in Bannu; many of them elderly citizens, infants and pregnant women. They were initially banned for entry by the Sindh and Punjab ...

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  • TThe FATA region does not come under the ambit of the Constitution; it is interesting to note that Article 247 (7) of the Constitution, Supreme Court or High Court do not have jurisdiction there, forcing people to rely on tribal jirgas or the FCR jirga for the quick dispensation of justice. The huge ...

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  • TThe dictionary defines the word “indigenous” as:1.  originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country; native 2.  innate; inherent; natural But in reality how do we define an indigenous Pakistani? Just stating they are the natives of the land is not enough ...

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  • TWith blistering feet, and braving the cold winter, a caravan of children, women and men defeated all odds to make it to the Capital armed with nothing more than their grievances regarding the missing persons issue; family and friends who have vanished from their lives without a trace. Initiated by ...

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  • TBy taking into consideration various derivatives that influence children’s mental health, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been increasingly found in children facing war, or similar conditions such as incidents of terrorism, and natural disasters. Scientific observation and a review ...

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  • THere is a nation feeding on its own blood; heading its way into an ultimate implosion; where people have become murderously judgmental; where there is open talk of ethnic and religious cleansing of fellow citizens: where rationality has been overcome with impregnating hate material; where humanity ...

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