Maheen Usmani

  • The opening India Pakistan match on Sunday in the World Cup was billed as the clash of the titans; for days there was a relentless drum roll of bhangra and machismo played out on the national media. TV advertisements and analysts were of the firm belief that Pakistan had won the match even before ...

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  • They gave us the best years of their lives but in their time of need of need, they were abandoned on the scrap heap of indifference and apathy. Intelligent, perceptive, sensitive and high strung, their names form part of a virtual roster of brilliance and depth in the performing arts. Lehri, Mehdi ...

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  • Image courtesy: Ayesha Mysorewala In the swanky Dolmen Mall, facing the popular café Expresso, surrounded by chatter and food, she stood barefoot in her shabby clothes in the corner assigned to her. No chair was offered to her as the minutes ticked by. No wonder, because the chairs ...

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  • A land which is a boon for amnesiacs; a real life Ghajini where memories are rebooted on a daily or weekly basis; people busy in constantly debating the next scandal, the next encounter, the next terrorist attack, the next bomb. If the casualty figures are not in double figures, no one is ...

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  • One may fault political leader Imran Khan for his lack of political acumen or tying the marital knot for the second time a little too soon after the Peshawar massacre of school kids, but it is the vilification campaign against his new wife that gives one pause for thought. It appears that critics ...

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  • “Allahu Akbar” resounds through the air as the muezzin at Khan-e-Kaaba calls out the mellifluous call to prayer; Muslims gathered from around the world prostrate themselves on the marble floors in Mecca; there is a rhythm, a beauty, a resonance, a trance in the hallowed words. Contrast ...

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  • Wasn’t the attack on the school in Peshawar supposed to be our watershed moment? A defining moment when the nation came together to face down the terrorists who drowned school kids in not rivulets but rivers of blood? The mourning commenced on Twitter with a constant stream of pictures of the ...

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