Fighting the floods, eight weeks on Print E-mail
Pakistan Blog
Thursday, 30 September 2010 04:11
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By Faisal Shakeel

The flooding in Pakistan this July has created a situation that still perplexes the government and the NGOs engaged in helping millions of displaced people. Eight weeks on, the emergency is far from over and people in Sindh still need to be airlifted to safe places where they can get food and shelter.

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Karachi calling Print E-mail
Pakistan Blog
Friday, 16 July 2010 01:12
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By Anwar Akhtar

As part of my work for The Samosa I am currently in Karachi meeting writers, artists, citizen and cultural organisations, hosted by leading Pakistani newspaper Dawn.

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The army way Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 July 2010 07:53
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By Taapsi Ramchandani

“Doesn’t indiscipline bother you?”

“Of course it does! Like, I can’t stand people spitting on the road. It simply isn’t done. So I tell them their intestines would dry up if they didn’t swallow their spit. It works on some of them,” says Mrs Shahane, her eyes crinkling with mirth.

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Benazir - UN report leaves Pakistan's elite in the spotlight Print E-mail
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Friday, 30 April 2010 13:08
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Former Pakistani premier Benazir BhuttoBy Faisal Shakeel

The investigation report of the United Nations Commission on former premier Benazir Bhutto's assassination mirrors the fears she narrated in her book Reconciliation, Islam and the West.

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Pakistan's judges must learn their limits Print E-mail
Pakistan Blog
Sunday, 25 April 2010 17:32
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By Faisal Shakeel


The stage is set for another round of confrontation between parliament and the judiciary over the constitutionality of the newly-passed 18th Amendment.

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Pakhtoonkhwa and a Pakistani tragicomedy Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 April 2010 14:53
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By Faisal Shakeel

We may not be a match for the developed world in the fields of education, technology and wealth, but we are certainly oceans ahead when it comes to bad politics.


For some, politics may be like a game of chess that requires time, focus and a certain level of devotion.


But in Pakistan it is seen more like theatre, where action, comedy and tragedy are rolled into one for everyone to watch for free – though there are hidden costs.

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Pakistan bombers must be brought to justice Print E-mail
Pakistan Blog
Tuesday, 09 February 2010 18:34
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By Faisal Shakeel

Karachi’s reputation as a relatively safe city was shattered again as terrorists detonated two bombs and wreaked havoc on the conclusion of Ashura, a religious event observed by the Shias. A little over a month back another Ashura procession was bombed in the same city in an apparent attempt to fan sectarian violence.

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Betting for keeps with the Mumbai elite Print E-mail
India Blog
Tuesday, 26 January 2010 01:20
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By Taapsi Ramchandani

Now while we emphatically deny to our foreign friends that cows, buffalo, camels and elephants amble along our Indian streets, the truth of the matter is that you are often more likely to make acquaintance with at least one of the above animals before you make a new friend in the city. I decided to add one more animal to the list just in case my homo sapiens circle of friends threatens to vanish altogether – the beast of burden complete with rippling muscles, the horse.

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Pakistan's leaders in deep Blackwater Print E-mail
Pakistan Blog
Monday, 25 January 2010 11:00
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By Faisal Shakeel

The revelation by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates that notorious security firm Blackwater, now known as Xe, is operating in Pakistan did more harm to the sitting government than anything else. The media zeroed in on his admission and beamed across the country the previous statements of US and Pakistani officials denying Blackwater’s presence in Pakistan.

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