Chaudhry Negroponte

March 31, 2008 at 8:19 AMAdministrator

 

Transcultural Dialogues 

By Hakim Hazik 

Gen. (Retd.) Tinpot: O Master, O Lord, O Chaudhry of the State Department and of the Empire, hallowed be the ground you walk on. Welcome to this land and this fiefdom.   More...

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Letter to the Queen

March 26, 2008 at 10:52 PMAdministrator

by Asif Raja 

Inspired by none other than the ‘Muflis-e-Haal’ of his time, the one and only Saadat Hasan Manto, I have decided to write a few letters to Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain, also affectionately known as Ma’am and otherwise HRH Queen Elizabeth the Second! 

Dear Ma’am

I have decided to write a series of letters to Your Royal Highness over a period of time. The purpose of these letters will get clearer in the course of time. 

Allow me to introduce myself. I am a humble, loyal and dedicated subject of yours, though Your Majesty’s Government has changed my official status to a ‘citizen’. I, however, being somewhat stuck in history, would like to think of myself as the former. Not only this, but I can lay claim that this very honour was inherited by me; as generations before me have served you and your forefathers with even greater diligence.  More...

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Quaid-e-Tehrik Pizza Shop

March 23, 2008 at 8:29 AMAdministrator

Transcultural Dialogues

by Hakim Hazik 

(Trrrrrn Trrrrrrrn .........)

Il Leader: Edgware High Street Pizza Shop, Quaid-e-Tehrik ispeaking, via telephonic address, how may I help you?

Customer: Can I order a deep pan, extra large, ultra hot, Sicilian please.

Il Leader: Would you like extra toppings sir, we do from extra hot jalapenos to gunpowder. We also have ispecially imported Hamdard Corporation soup, Takbeer Publications ketchup and Edhi Foundation chutney. More...

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TUNED OUT

March 18, 2008 at 4:37 PMAdministrator

‘The government is not fulfilling its responsibility to fight terrorism and protect the lives of the people’, said an eminent politician as reported by a newspaper. The argument sounds familiar as it has been made before. We want the government to realize its responsibility to fight the battle against extremism and terrorism alone. The media is entrusted with the job of creating awareness in the masses. But the media can propagate awareness only to the extent that it is aware itself. Even the journalists who yearn for freedom of expression want it hedged when the freedom goes against their favorite school of ideology. For example, Shahid Masood of Geo TV was all for revealing the signs of Kiamat but did not want Maulana Abdul Aziz to be shown on TV fleeing the Lal Mosque clad in a burqa, since he thought it would bring a bad name to Islam. More...

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Where Have all the Lotas Gone?

March 15, 2008 at 4:40 PMAdministrator

By Mohammad Ayub 

 

 

People are foolish

They will be scared,

They will never ask questions,

They will always follow orders.

Where are the wise men,

Who gave this counsel?

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Lord's Prayer

March 15, 2008 at 4:31 PMAdministrator

 

Extraordinary Rendition

by Hakim Hazik 

O Lord, O Master, O Creator of the Universe and of Tribal Areas, I seek your forgiveness for the transgressions that I have committed. I have sinned. I don’t have Sind any more; neither do I have the Punjab, or any other province. I have also lost FATA, FANA and Azad Kashmir. I have lost the uniform, the elections, the assembly, Mushahid Oilcan, Sheikh Ding-Dong and Chaudhry Lickspittle. I can’t even find my glasses. The only companion I have got left is 58-2b. It is my pride and joy. When I stroke it, it purrs with pleasure. When it growls with hunger, it sends a shudder through the country. It is growling more and more, as it has not been fed since 1996. More...

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The Magic of Habib Jalib

March 15, 2008 at 4:20 AMAdministrator

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The Colours Of Spring

March 12, 2008 at 2:45 PMAdministrator
By Rafia Saman

 

Lahore has a festive air in March. The scents of spring mingle with aroma of food as vendors of food around the city prepare to participate in food carnivals that take place in the city near Basant. The mornings are white and gold speckled with green, of course, as tiny new leaves begin to sprout on trees. It was Basant week at school. Elf-like little girls, dressed in traditional colors of Basant, decked with accessories danced in tune to the drummer’s beat. More...

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Message from Aitezaz Ahsan

March 10, 2008 at 5:14 PMAdministrator

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The Trial of Pervez Musharraf

March 10, 2008 at 4:48 PMAdministrator

Extraordinary Rendition 

March 9, 2013

by Hakim Hazik 

The President of Pakistan and Commander of the Faithful, Brig Zaheer ul Islam Abbasi, confirmed today that the enemy of the state and fugitive from justice, Gen. Retd. Tinpot has been captured today from an underground cellar in Chak Shehzad, the Islamabad suburb that has become a hiding place of dangerous criminals. More...

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The Islamabad Spring

March 8, 2008 at 2:05 AMAdministrator

By Hakim Hazik 

 

The spring of 2007 led to a long hot summer. It led to the conflagration that left the remaining credibility and legitimacy of the establishment a smoking hulk. Was it just Pervez Musharraf’s bad luck that he ran into a recalcitrant and peevish judge, prone to unpredictable tantrums? Was it just unfortunate that the thugs of Islamabad police were caught on camera roughing up the Chief Justice, leading to the public outrage? Or was there something more fundamental that had changed to lead to this outcome?

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THE PARADIGM PERSISTS

March 8, 2008 at 1:59 AMAdministrator

Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
 ‘It is more fun to be right than compassionate. Compassion is not a popular virtue as religious people prefer to disapprove of others and tell them what is right with a righteous glow around them. It is difficult to dethrone yourself from the centre of your universe and place someone else there’ said Karen Armstrong during her recent visit to Pakistan. In an interview to TV One she said, ‘Working at compassion and application of your knowledge of God for the benefit of humanity is at the heart of all great religions including Islam. Mohammed [pbuh] was a towering spiritual genius of an immense order and a brilliant political thinker.  More...

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LOTA NAMA II

March 2, 2008 at 2:39 PMAdministrator

 

We saw success in the offing
When president started doffing
I counted on BB floor-crossing
And Mian Sahib boycotting
The illiterate came for voting
So much for ‘peoples’ mandate’

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