Manik Aftab

  • TThe sun has set on Stan Lee. The creative genius, who together with Jack Kirby took Marvel out of their financial mist in the ‘60s, died at the age of 95 – having left an irreplaceable and untouchable legacy. Lee was edging towards his twenties when he found himself the interim editor ...

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  • TAn avowed anarchist revealed decades ago that even superheroes struggle when it comes to choosing between right and wrong. Even the mightiest of the mighty have to go through the horrendous task of ‘choosing’, according to Alan Moore who, decades ago, came up with perhaps one of the ...

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  • TYep! You heard it right. The fourth bout between Kazuchika Okada and Kenny Omega have destroyed the ratings system, again. The two pro wrestlers collided at New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) Dominion event, which took place at Osaka-jō Hall in Japan on June 9. The no-time limit 2 out of 3 falls ...

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  • TNew Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) have announced the final match card for their upcoming Dominion event at Osaka-jō Hall in Japan on June 9. The main event will see reigning IWGP heavyweight champion Kazuchika Okada take on former United States champion Kenny Omega in a no-time limit ...

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  • TNew Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) have announced the fourth bout between reigning IWGP heavyweight champion Kazuchika Okada and former United States champion Kenny Omega will take place at Osaka-jō Hall in Japan on June 9. Okada recently competed against Hiroshi Tanahashi in what was the ...

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  • TSnap!!! Spoilers ahead. And there goes half of the sentient life forms in the universe. We knew it folks. We knew it since the mad titan first appeared with a grim on his face in the post-credit scenes of the 2012 blockbuster The Avengers. The stakes had never been this higher. Even the Green ...

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  • TApart from being a shelter, Pakistan is what I believe will represent me wherever i go, whatever i become in the future. If I, with the help of Almighty Allah, achieve all my dreams, what will define my origin will be Pakistan. It is my identity. In the modern world, we demand multiple types of ...

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  • TIt must have been difficult for him. It must have been difficult for them as well. After all, it is never easy to say goodbye to your loved ones, and that too when the goodbyes are permanent. The elderly woman must have been waiting for months; just a glimpse of her child, her flesh that means ...

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  • TThousands on Sunday lined outside polling stations to determine the winner of NA-120, the constituency of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, which lies in the heartland of Punjab, Lahore. Historically, the constituency had been the stronghold of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). The party ...

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  • TAzad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider on Sunday denied media reports which claimed he had questioned Kashmir’s ties with Pakistan after Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif from premiership. ہم پاکستان کا آئینی حصہ نہ ہونے کے باوجود ...

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  • TDear Diary, It has been decades, isn’t it? The last time I checked it was Dharna-I and God knows I was scared. The atmosphere was tense. The capital had been a warzone. I had once tried to break in to my neighbour’s house but was caught for attempted burglary and placed under house ...

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  • TThe Pashtoon Council of Punjab University has demanded the provincial government to provide protection to Pashtoons studying in the university against what it termed the "hooliganism" of Islami Jamiat Taleba (IJT). Several Pashtoon students staged a protest on Wednesday, which ...

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  • TThey say all good things must really come to an end. And on Sunday night the inevitable happened. After a 27-year illustrious career in the squared circle, the man known as The Undertaker hanged up his boots; the place was Orlando, the PPV was Wrestlemania aka ‘The Granddaddy of Them ...

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  • TCall it a palette full of colours, both fresh and dry, or call it a book on partition, for that is what my area in Lahore seems like. Sant Nagar, as the name suggests was inhabited by Hindus before partition, and their remnants are what I mentioned before as dry colors, for there stand old, massive ...

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  • TColours were all over the sky as Lahori folks celebrated Holi with full zeal and fervour. People of all ages and from all walks of life embraced each other to signify the triumph of good over evil and spread love. Last year, the government declared Holi, Diwali and Easter as holidays for ...

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  • TThey say that happiness is short lived. I don’t know who ‘they’ are but happiness is indeed short lived. The second edition of Pakistan Super League ended with a bang in Lahore. The city is again set to host a World XI four-match series in September. But the former has passed and ...

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  • TThe brutal murder of Salmaan Taseer, a former governor of the Punjab who was gunned down by his own bodyguard at the Kohsar Market in Islamabad six years ago, screams of societal ignorance at large. Taseer was murdered because he sought reforms in Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws.  The ...

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  • TThe declaration issued at the end of the sixth Heart of Asia ministerial conference, hosted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Amritsar, stresses increased cooperation among member countries to play their due role in tackling the common threat of terrorism. Ironically, key speeches during ...

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  • TPakistan of 2016 is quite different from what it was several years ago. More and more people have access to information, thanks to the availability of internet, and that too, at an affordable price. However, this access to internet has come up with a cost, not in monetary terms, but the cost one ...

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  • T “I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.” - Martin Luther King US President Barack Obama made headlines when he told in an interview he had been to Pakistan during the ‘80s. Obama’s mother ...

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  • TA week has passed since I wrote International isolation looms as Pakistan continues to differentiate between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ non-state actors. For me it was just another day at the job. I wasn’t expecting any kind of reaction because the mentioned piece of writing, ...

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  • TIn an address to the leaders of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa that collectively make up BRICS, including India, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: "Tragically the mothership of terrorism is a country in India's neighbourhood." Now we all know that the very ‘mothership of ...

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  • TIt’s been several years since I scored good grades. The once topper of his class is now satisfied with average marks because, as we all know, time keeps changing. To my dear readers, I won’t be writing about the ‘Education system of Pakistan’ or ‘Grades don’t ...

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  • TCenturies before world wars and the subsequent crises that followed, mankind was hit by a deadly pandemic: the Black Death. The deadly infectious disease, which first arrived in Europe by sea in October 1347, is believed to have claimed an estimated 75 million lives, or 60 per cent of the ...

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  • TSummer vacations are finally over. Educational institutions have reopened and now, between 1 and 3 pm, the streets of Lahore will be crowded with schoolchildren. Speaking of schoolchildren, I too happen to be a brother of school-going siblings. Being the elder one, it is my responsibility to pick ...

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  • TMuslim leaders in the United States are relieved. They are relieved to know that they won’t be celebrating Eidul Azha indoors, or that they won’t have to celebrate it amid fears of possible hate crime against them. But what’s wrong with Muslims celebrating their festivals? They ...

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  • T“Pakistan and India have signed several agreements pertaining to education and health, Foreign Office and India’s Ministry of External Affairs said in a joint statement. Under the agreement, which was inked between finance ministers of the two countries, new schools and hospitals with ...

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