November 27, 2021

Man on wheelchair beaten up by robbers in New York

What happened: In the Bronx, a man was attacked, robbed, and dragged from his wheelchair earlier this month. Details: Around 2:30 a.m. on November 8, a distressing attack was caught on tape at the corner of East Tremont and Anthony avenues. The 39-year-old victim was allegedly involved in an altercation on the sidewalk with a […]

November 27, 2021

Mohammad Waseem becomes the first Pakistani to win WBC Silver title

What happened: In a match at the Boxing Arena in Dubai, former WBC champion Muhammad Waseem defeated Colombian boxer Rober Barrera. Details: According to sources, Muhammad Waseem won the silver championship after defeating the Colombian fighter in a 12-round World Boxing Council (WBC) battle. Waseem has won 11 fights in his career, including eight knockouts. […]

November 27, 2021

Punjab is now a polio-free province

What happened: Punjab is declared polio-free. All environmental samples obtained from sewerage water tested negative on Friday. Details: Punjab Chief Minister, Sardar Usman Buzdar says it is a significant success for the province administration. He says its a result of Allah Almighty’s blessings and a positive outcome of teamwork. He praised the provincial health department […]

November 27, 2021

Omicron: The new Covid-19 variant worries scientists

What happened: South African health authorities discovered a new and more transmissible Covid-19 variant. It has triggered a strong reaction around the world. It has led to a number of governments prohibiting tourists from various southern African countries. Details: The World Health Organization categorised the newly discovered coronavirus variation B.1.1.529 as a variety of concern. […]

November 27, 2021

Malala has officially graduated from Oxford University

What happened: Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Laureate, ‘virtually’ graduated from Oxford University last year. The 24-year-old has now officially become an Oxford graduate. Details: Malala attended the virtual graduation ceremony for class 2020 in June of last year. The activist was also a part of the viral YouTube original, Dear Class of 2020, in […]

November 26, 2021

16 year-old British Sikh boy stabbed to death over a Gucci bag

What happened: On the night of Wednesday, November 24, a 16-year-old British Sikh kid named Ashmeet Singh was stabbed on a West London street. Details: The year with the greatest annual numbers was 2008, when 29 young boys were killed. Singh’s acquaintances claim that he was stabbed because he was often carrying a fake Gucci […]

November 26, 2021

PTI MNA Zartaj Gul exited the Glasgow conference amid confrontation with Amin Aslam

What happened: During the United Nations Climate Change Conference Malik Amin Aslam, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, and Zartaj Gul Wazir, Minister of State for Climate Change, got into a heated argument. The conference took place in Glasgow. Details: Fatyana, a member of the ruling PTI’s National Assembly made her statement […]

November 26, 2021

Nationwide petrol strike ends after talks with the government

What happened: The All Pakistan Petrol Pumps Dealers Association called off strike on Thursday in protest of the government’s failure to raise profit margins. Details: After a day of negotiations, the government and the association’s leader, Abdul Sami Khan, achieved a middle ground. The government team included Shaukat Tarin, the Prime Minister’s Finance Adviser, Hammad […]

November 26, 2021

The Pakistan-India World Cup match was the most watched T20I in history, says ICC

What happened: The International Cricket Council said on Thursday that India-Pakistan match this year in the T20 Men’s World Cup was viewed by 167 million people. It has become the most watched match in the history of T20 Internationals. Details: Pakistan made history in a highly-anticipated encounter when it defeated India by 10 wickets. The […]

November 25, 2021

Dubai’s cricket chief offered to host Pakistan-India series

What happened: Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, Chairman of the Dubai Cricket Council, has offered to host a bilateral cricket series between Pakistan and India. Details: The T20 World Cup, won by Australia, was held in three UAE cities — Sharjah, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. After the tournament was over, Falaknaz said, “The best thing would be […]

November 25, 2021

From making parathas to winning an international bronze medal: Pakistan is proud of Nisar Ahmed

What happened: Nisar Ahmed from Karachi used to make parathas on the streets. He has now won a bronze medal in the international kickboxing tournament. The event took place in Moscow. Details: Nisar Ahmed came in third after defeating a Tajik player in the qualifying round. He is a resident of Baldiya Town, Karachi. The […]

November 25, 2021

Rare white lion dies at Karachi Zoo

What happened: It was reported on Wednesday that rare white lion passed away due to pneumonia. The creature was also suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis. Details: The lion was ill for the past 13 days with pulmonary tuberculosis, which was being treated by vets. He could not recover and died around 11 a.m., according to Karachi […]

November 25, 2021

Noor Mukkadam’s CCTV footage: Court orders FIA to investigate the leak

What happened: Social media platform run by Noor’s friends, Justice for Noor (@justicefor_noor) shared an update on their Twitter handle regarding the CCTV Footage leak. Court has directed DG FIA, Dr. Sanaullah Abbasi to investigate the matter; how the footage was leaked and how it got viral. Details: On 11th November, Inspector Sattar, the investigating […]

November 25, 2021

Michael Vaughan has been dropped out of the BBC commentary team

What happened: Michael Vaughan has been dropped from the BBC commentary team for the next Ashes series in Australia. It is due to a “conflict of interest” in the wake of a racism allegation. Details: The allegations have been made by Pakistan-born former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq. According to Rafiq, Vaughan allegedly warned him and […]

November 24, 2021

This girl is the first Pakistani to get selected for Anti Nuclear Weapons Academy

What happened: Komal Ali Shah, 25, has been selected as the first Pakistani for the Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2021. It was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. Details: ICAN’s Nuclear Weapons and Global Security programme develops global leaders. They advocate for nuclear disarmament and contribute to a more […]

November 24, 2021

Pakistani Singer Arooj Aftab makes it to Grammy Awards Nominees

What happened: Arooj Aftab, a Pakistani artist received two nominations for the 64th Grammy Awards, which were announced at a livestreamed online event on Tuesday morning. Details: Wasn’t long enough when Barack Obama recognized ‘Mohabbat,’ a song by Arooj Aftab. He said he had it on his 2021 summer playlist. Aftab, who sung the title […]

November 23, 2021

SHC orders NADRA to issue single mothers CNIC for their children

What happened: The Sindh High Court has directed the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) to provide CNIC to single mothers who don’t know the whereabouts of the father. Details: In an interview with a differently-abled person, Rubina she shared how she was unable to get herself registered. This was due to the fact that she […]

November 23, 2021

Cash spill on California highway made people go nuts

What happened: On Friday, an armoured vehicle spilt its cargo on a California highway, triggering a cash grab that ended in two arrests. Details: Demi Bagby released a video on TikTok showing vehicles hastily gathering up money. Some yelled with delight as they posed with their haul in the centre of the road, which was […]

November 23, 2021

Lawyers physically assaulted a woman complainant in Karachi

What happened: The event drew widespread condemnation on social media, with many users shaming the lawyer. A video circulating on social media shows a group of lawyers assaulting a female complainant, named Laila Parveen. She belongs to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf. Along with her brother, she was betean up by a group of lawyers inside the Malir […]

November 22, 2021

Arijit Singh takes a stand for Pakistani singers during a live concert

What happened: Arijit Singh (@arijitsingh), the Indian singer ended his live performance with a sold-out show in Abu Dhabi. He stunned the audience by speaking up for Pakistani artists. Details: Later, people praised his bravery on social media and shared heartwarming moments from the concert. A clip from the concert was also released on Twitter. […]

November 22, 2021

Saqib Nisar denies the authenticity of the leaked audio clip

What happened: Saqib Nisar, the former Chief Justice of Pakistan, has called an alleged leaked audio clip, fake and fabricated. In the said audio clip he is instructing to keep Nawaz Sharif and his daughter behind the bars. Details: The audio clip was also provided by journalist Ahmed Noorani. In the clip, Justice Nisar is […]

November 19, 2021

Pakistan will play its first T20 against Bangladesh today

What happened: The first T20 match between the two teams is set to take place on Friday at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, at 1pm. Details: After a five-year absence, the men’s cricket team has returned to Bangladesh. They will also play two ICC World Test Championship matches. Mohammad Hafeez had withdrew from the series to […]

November 19, 2021

50% of the private sector to work from home due to the smog condition in Lahore

What happened: The Punjab government was directed by the Lahore High Court on Thursday to publish an emergency notification. It stated that 50 percent of private-sector workers to work from home. It is due to the high levels of smog in the city. Detail: Justice Shahid Karim heard a petition for smog relief. The Judicial […]

November 18, 2021

Swyft Logistics becomes the first company in Paksitan to introduce paid period leaves

What happened: Swyft Logistics in Lahore, Pakistan has become the first and only corporation to use “Monthlies,” a pre-approved 12-month paid period leave for every female employee. Details: The company aims to eliminate the stigma associated with menstruation and the idea that it is a disease. CEO Swyft, Muhammad Uns said, “We are more than […]

November 18, 2021

Zahir Jaffer declines legal representation once more, insists on his own counsel

What happened: Zahir Zakir Jaffer, the main culprit in the Noor Mukadam murder case, declined to sign a power of attorney that would have allowed him to be represented by a lawyer of his choosing on Wednesday. Details: During the hearing for cross-examination of witnesses Head Constable Jabir, computer operator Mudassir, ASI Dost Muhammad, and […]

November 18, 2021

Overseas Pakistanis can now vote through electronic voting machines

What happened: The Elections (Amendment) Bill 2021 was passed by a joint sitting of Parliament on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government receiving 221 votes against 203. The bill gives overseas Pakistanis voting rights and authorizes electronic voting machines (EVMs) to be used in general elections in the future. The bill: The bill, introduced […]

November 18, 2021

Truth, and nothing but the truth – We want ProperGaanda back!

Pakistan The land of pure; people are not letting the country live by its name and we can all accept that, as a journalist in Pakistan, I can testify to this. We love our country, as we should, and that is why we report on everything that is going on here, people can’t turn their […]

November 17, 2021

How Fair are Instagram’s banning policies in Pakistan?

Image source: Instazood As social media became more integrated into daily life, platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter adopted a more a stringent set of policies. While these policies aimed to curb hate and violence, they also restrict expression of freedom.  This is not the first time Propergaanda has been banned. While it doesn’t fall […]

November 17, 2021

#OpenProperGaanda: Is reporting on the controversial TLP against the social media giant’s rules?

What happened: ProperGaanda has been quick at reporting swiftly, with keeping the facts intact regarding any matter that deeply concerns the nation, but has faced criticism for factual reporting. ProperGaanda’s reporters believe that the current ban on ProperGaanda could have been instigated by the social media users, who tend to shy away from the harsh […]

November 17, 2021

Jamaat-i-Islami proposed a bill which suggests gender change for transgenders

What happened: The Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) introduced a bill in the Senate on Monday to modify the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2018. The bill proposes to create a medical board that would recommend whether a person’s gender should be changed rather than them requesting reassignment based on their personal identification. Details: The law, in its […]

November 16, 2021

Ali Abucar Ali, a 20 year-old was stabbed to death while saving an old woman’s life

What happened: On Friday, around 8pm, after stepping in to help an 82-year-old widow, Betty Walsh, after she was punched and knifed outside a kebab restaurant near her home, Ali Abucar Ali, a 20 year-old basketball coach was stabbed to death by a stranger. Details: Norris Henry, 37, of Brentford, is appearing in Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court […]

November 16, 2021

“I am afraid the temporary ban on Afghan girls’ education might not be temporary”: says Malala Yousufzai

What happened: In conversation with Andrew Marr on BBC channel, Malala (@malala) addressed her concern about the temporary ban that Taliban has imposed on girls’ education, “I’m afraid that this ban that they have announced right now that they’re calling temporary might not actually be temporary.” Details: The 24 year-old Nobel Prize Laureate pointed towards […]

November 15, 2021

National Kickboxing Gold Medalist is making parathas on the streets, to participate in the next championship

What happened: Nisar Ahmad, from Quetta is a National Gold Medalist in Kickboxing and is waiting for the government to sponsor his next championship fight in Moscow, but in the meanwhile is trying to achieve that goal by making parathas on the streets. Swipe to see Nisar’s interview and his achievements. Details: In an interview, […]

November 13, 2021

Prakash Kumar, son of a mason tops MDCAT in Sindh

What happened: Parkash Kumar, the son of a poor mason, came first in Sindh and fourth nationally in the Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT). Details: Kumar, a student from a government school in Badin’s coastal district, got first position out of 7,797 Sindh kids. He went with his father, Chando Mal, and the […]

November 12, 2021

PCB Chairman, Ramiz Raja hopes to launch women edition of PSL

What happened: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) plans to develop a women’s version of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) T20 tournament, according to Ramiz Raja, the chairman of the board. Details: Raja posted a video on Twitter, where he also announced that the board also wants to launch an Under-19 men’s edition of the PSL, […]

November 12, 2021

Malala penned down a note to Vogue, as a response to people who questioned her views on marriage

What happened: Malala Yousufzai (@malala) has written to Vogue, stating her reasons for marrying a few months after expressing her doubts about “getting married.” Details: Malala tied the knot with Asser Malik (@asser.malik), on 9th November in a private ceremony, in Birmingham. In an interview with Vogue magazine, the youngest Nobel laureate stated that she […]

November 12, 2021

This journalist is going viral for her racist remarks on Malala’s wedding (and other really messed up things she’s said)

What happened: This journalist is going viral for her racist remarks on Malala’s wedding (and other really messed up things she’s said) Details:For many people, journo Taslima Nasreen cropped up on the map following Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai and PCB High Performance manager Asser Malik’s wedding. A few hours after Malala announced the news of […]

November 11, 2021

Customer in Texas throws hot soup in restaurant employee’s face

What happened: A woman in Texas was caught on footage on 7th November after she threw a bowl of hot soup in the face of a restaurant worker at Sol De Jalisco, an eatery in Temple, Texas. Details: In the CCTV footage, the woman had earlier bought the soup and later returned to the restaurant, […]

November 11, 2021

The 911 helpline number is now operational in Pakistan

What happened: The helpline number, 911 is now operational, and the prime minister is likely to inaugurate it this month. Details: The National Telecommunications Corporation (NTC) designed the integrated service, which will be run by the Interior Ministry. The unified, one-window access to all emergency services, according to Information Technology Minister, Syed Aminul Haq, was […]

November 10, 2021

Islamophobia Awareness Month to be observed this November

What happened: The Birmingham Central Mosque in the United Kingdom has initiated a series of events to honour Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM), a month-long campaign to raise awareness about the consequences of Islamophobia. The day will officially be observed on 26th November at Finsbury Park Mosque in London, England. Details: Muslim organisations have been pushing […]

November 10, 2021

This glove translates sign language into speech

What happened: UCLA researchers (@ucla) created a smart glove that translates American Sign Language into spoken English. Details: The glove’s technology was designed by Jun Chen, a bioengineering assistant professor who believes it is more practical and convenient than existing devices that translate sign language. How does the glove work: The glove requires stretchable sensors […]

November 10, 2021

Toll payments will be digitised under a new agreement

What happened: Mastercard has joined hands with One Network, a local provider of intelligent transportation technology, to digitalize the country’s road toll payment system. Details: The agreement was signed in the presence of Frontier Works Organisation, the country’s largest toll collection entity, at the Pakistan Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Mastercard’s digital payment gateway infrastructure […]

November 8, 2021

Shoaib Akhtar was served with a Rs100 million notice, by PTV channel

What happened: Cricket legend, Shoaib Akhtar (@imshoaibakhtar) said on Sunday that he is “utterly disappointed” with the PTV after the state channel announced legal action against him by serving him around a 100m worth recovery notice. Here’s what Shoaib Akhtar tweeted on his account: Details: PTV had previously said that it has handed the former […]

November 8, 2021

Dhol maestro, Pappu Sain passed away

What happened: Pappu Sain, the internationally famous folk dhol performer, died of liver failure on Sunday morning, in Lahore. Details: The dholiya, who ruled hundreds of people’s hearts with his soulful and mystical craft, was transferred to the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute on Saturday night. Pappu Sain’s family asked the Punjab government for help, […]

November 8, 2021

NY teacher gifted a praying mat by her boss, for praying during work hours

Backstory: Maryam Akram (@kashmirichaiandbooks) is a preschool teacher living in New York City with her husband and daughter. Before she got a job as a preschool teacher she would frequently go to the Masjid to pray. However, once she started work she couldn’t go to the masjid as frequently anymore. She then asked her boss, […]

November 7, 2021

Mufti Tariq Masood says he got his 13 year-old niece married, as it is legal in Islam

Details: Twitter user Eurus (twt: hexatiouz) shared a video of Mufti Tariq Masood on her account in which the Mufti is sharing a story about of how he got his 13-year-old niece married as it is allowed in Islam. What happened: Eurus expresses how furious she is about Mufti promoting child marriages. “Anyone under 18 […]

November 5, 2021

The Baluch Twins are ‘totally shattered and traumatized by PISA’s team’

What happened: The Pakistani twin singers @adilbaluch24 and @asimbaluch11 have alleged that PISA’s team mistreated them and suffered ‘mental distress due to their mistreatment.’ In their Instagram video, @baluchtwins said, “We are traumatizedtraumatized that after getting everything done, our tickets were cancelled, and is this the way to treat your artists?” While the singers also […]

November 5, 2021

Noman Niaz apologizes to Shoaib Akhtar for misbehaving with him on-air

Details: PTV Sports anchor Dr Nauman Niaz has finally apologised to Shoaib Akhtar for his verbal spat during a live TV show. What happened: Following a strong backlash from Pakistani cricket fans, as they were outraged by how Noman Niaz had told Akhtar to leave the show during a television programme, in the presence of […]

November 2, 2021

Gilgit-Baltisan celebrated its 74th Independence Day

Details: On November 1, the people of Gilgit commemorate the independence of their homeland from the Dogra Raj in 1947, when the Gilgit Scouts arrested governor, Ghansara Singh. What happened: Processions, rallies, and special events were organised in each of the region’s ten districts. The major event took place at Gilgit’s Chinar Bagh, with Chief […]

November 1, 2021

UK to support Pakistan’s climate change objectives by providing £7 million

Details: This year, the United Kingdom will contribute £7 million in grant funding and technical assistance to help Pakistan meet its climate change goals. What happened: According to a news release issued by the British High Commission on Saturday, UK and Pakistan are already cooperating on combatting climate change. The United Kingdom started a programme […]

October 30, 2021

Lahore High Court rejects the order of suspending an Ahmadi student from his university

Details: The Lahore High Court on Friday set aside Bahauddin Zakariya University’s (BZU) decision to postpone the admission of an Ahmadi student, calling the university’s action “persecution.” What happened: In September, Umer Taimur Tahir was accepted into the BZU’s Pharm-D programme on a minority quota. However, the institution had cancelled his admission on October 11, […]

October 30, 2021

PepsiCo conducts test trials for recycled plastic bottles in Pakistan

At Expo 2020 Dubai, PepsiCo Pakistan made an exciting announcement regarding plastic recycling. The announcement was made in collaboration with Novatex Limited for conducting test trials to recycle plastic bottles for the Pakistani market. Both entities signed an MoU for this joint initiative in the presence of the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of […]

October 30, 2021

There is a chance inflation might get worse; this is what you need to know

Details: The finance ministry warned on Thursday that the exchange rate, commodity supplies, and seasonality could intensify the magnitude of prices and transportation costs in the country, despite the fiscal deficit remaining unchanged at 0.9 percent of GDP in the first two months of the current fiscal year. What happened: The government’s pro-growth effort, as […]

October 29, 2021

Shariat Court rejects petition challenging its ruling that girls under 16 can’t be married

Details: The Federal Shariat Court (FSC) ruled on Thursday that under the Child Marriage Restraint Act (CMRA) 1929, setting the minimum age limit for a girl’s marriage at 16 years will enable girls receive at least a basic education. What happened: The ruling came after the FSC dismissed a petition and stated that an Islamic […]

October 29, 2021

Shaheens are high ranked, but Afghanistan has a better record in UAE

What happened: Fans of the game have claimed that it would be an interesting clash between the two, and they can’t wait to see how @babarazam tackles spin wizard @rashid.khan19. Pakistan and Afghanistan have the perfect blend of both youngsters and experienced players. Pakistan coming in with an unbeaten record in the current T20 World Cup, […]

October 28, 2021

“I am not a racist,” South African player apologizes after refusing to take a knee

What happened: The South African opener, Quinton De Kock (@qdk_12), has apologized for refusing to take a knee, in their match against West Indies, in the T20 World Cup game. His apology comes two days after he withdrew from the team and T20 World Cup. Earlier, the Cricket South Africa had said that De Kock […]

October 28, 2021

Government decides to honor Dr. AQ Khan, by a building and road after his name

Details: Several reports suggest that the federal government has directed CDA (Capital Development Authority) to name a road and building after the late Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan. The federal cabinet has directed the CDA to name a prominent building after the father of Pakistan’s nuclear program, to mark his contributions to the country. Also: At […]

October 28, 2021

Change in stance of the government, PTI senator deletes tweet, as the protest turns violent

What happened: The Interior minister, after he returned from Dubai to tackle the violent protests in Lahore, and had said that the PM was informed about the French Ambassador and the protests. However, in his recent press conference, he said, “Now the TLP workers have turned violent and are not fulfilling their promises, I am […]

October 25, 2021

The bright star of PMA Usman Liaqat, tortured and killed by his friends

What happened: 2//Lt Usman Liaqat from 144L/C was kidnapped and murdered by his friends. Usman Liaqat was recently passed out from PMA, and ProperGaanda also did a report on it and included his passing out speech. ProperGaanda had an exclusive interview with Usman’s cousin, Rana Mubashir. He said that on the 17th of October, Usman […]

July 17, 2021

Johnny & Jugnu pays homage to Punjab’s Iron Lady with exclusive art and merch

An activist, a mother, a teacher, and a role model, Dr Yasmin Rashid has relentlessly worked for the welfare of the people and lived a life of dignity. Lahore’s popular burger joint, Johnny and Jugnu, recently launched a campaign centring around Dr. Yasmin Rashid, lauding her courage and bravery especially in the current pandemic situation, […]

July 10, 2021

The dogs are innocent

Karachi resident and former police officer Humayun Ali Khan’s agreement to put down both his dogs that attacked Advocate Mirza Akhtar in DHA Phase-VI is a move that screams scapegoating, especially considering his failure to show up to the initial hearing. In lieu of facing legal action, the owner has reached a compromise with the […]

June 15, 2021

Old Beckysmith road and a fresh dose of post colonial whiplash

Of late, drivers and pedestrians visiting and travelling through Lahore’s cantonment area will notice that many roads now have dual names. While the official names of the roads are mounted on blue plaques, there are now new shiny blue plaques mounted right under them. On those second plaques are written (in brackets) the names of […]

May 23, 2021

Israel’s influence on US media and politics is very real, and it’s about time we are able to talk about it

In an interview with Bianna Golodryga from CNN on Thursday, 20 May, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s argument took a turn when Golodryga accused Qureshi of being anti-semitic. In the following minutes, instead of discussing Israel’s actions and the human rights violations in Gaza, Golodryga kept circling back to the foreign minister’s remark that Israel […]

May 14, 2021

4 Men in Egypt Allegedly Raped an 18 year old Girl but The Government is Letting Them Free

The Egyptian Government have ordered the release of four men accused in the 2014 rape case of a teen girl in Cairo.

April 23, 2021

This restaurant claims to have the juiciest wrap bites in Lahore

In the quickly evolving food landscape of Lahore, Allspice (@getallspice) hopes to stand out from its competitors, as a pioneer in accessible and healthy food for the average Lahori. They draw inspiration from cuisines all over the world, refining the local customer’s palette. Their menu boasts a wide variety of cuisines including, Middle-eastern-inspired wraps and […]

February 22, 2021

Pakistan Medical Commission creates fund that offers loans and grants to students

What happened? Following protests and criticism by politicians and the medical fraternity, the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) has taken some important decisions, claiming they are in the best interest of the public, students, and health professionals. Everything you need to know about the fund For the first time in history, a fund of Rs250 million […]

February 18, 2021

Cinemas in China hit record sales amid pandemic

What happened Cinemas are shut down in many parts of the world due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions however, Chinese consumers are watching movies so much these days that box-office revenues are breaking records. Chinese consumers returned to cinemas as the country contained the spread of COVID-19 in most regions last year. What you should know […]

February 18, 2021

Pakistan approves another COVID-19 vaccine; here’s what you need to know

Cansino Biologics Inc On Friday, Chinese company Cansino Biologics Inc’s vaccine was approved by the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP), making it the fourth Covid-19 vaccine to be approved for emergency use by Pakistan. Cansino Bio is the only vaccine for which Pakistan conducted a clinical trial, with around 18,000 volunteers participating from across […]

February 17, 2021

All you need to know about Jared Kushner’s nomination for the Nobel Prize 2021

Who is Jared Kushner? Jared Kushner is a Former White House senior adviser and also the son-in-law to former US President, Donald Trump. He has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Prize by Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz. About his nomination for the Nobel Prize Kushner and his deputy, Avi Berkowitz, have been […]

February 17, 2021

Pakistani shoe brand Atoms and Tan France team up for a signature pair of sneakers

What you should know Renowned sneaker company Atoms and Queer Eye star Tan France have collaborated to release a special edition shoe. Atoms whose owners are Pakistani and France who also happens to be of Pakistani descent have teamed up to create special edition shoes. Read: Atoms co-founders record heartwarming video for fans back home in Punjabi […]

February 12, 2021

Dua Mangi and Haris Fatah talk about moving forward, the justice system, and more

All you need to know about Dua Mangi’s kidnapping case Dua Mangi was kidnapped for ransom near a cafe in DHA in December 2019, while her friend Haris Fatah Soomro was shot at and wounded. Her kidnapping brought a wave of protests in the city urging the police to look into the matter in which […]

February 11, 2021

This British farmer made a fortune by offering goats to butt in on Zoom meetings

Goats in Zoom meetings? Dot McCarthy is a farmer from Rossendale, Lancashire she said the number of people paying for “show goat” Lola and others to butt in on calls had been “insane”.   She was half-kidding when she suggested hiring out her goats to make surprise appearances. But a year into the pandemic, she […]

February 9, 2021

Pakistani photographer shares the plight of K2 summit porters’ exploitation

Kamran, a photographer and tourist, in a thread on Twitter states how 3 times K2 summiter Fazal Ali who is part of Ali Sadpara’s rescue mission told him, “A Balti porter told me that even their mules carrying luggage to the basecamp have a better insurance than we do.” He also asked his followers if […]

February 8, 2021

This designer’s new bridal line is all about condemning dowry

Ali Xeeshan is a fashion designer renowned for his extravagant bridal dresses. Many consider the designer’s work bold and progressive, however, the new fashion line comes with a serious purpose. https://www.instagram.com/tv/CK_GSR3lGoI/?utm_source=ig_embed Xeeshan’s recent line named ‘NUMAISH- a pledge against dowry’ doesn’t just have profound designs but a great message condemning dowry. The collection is inspired […]

February 4, 2021

This device will charge your phone through air

What is this device? Chinese device-maker Xiaomi published a YouTube video where it revealed its “Mi Air Charge Technology” that is in development, showing off some vague details about its upcoming long-range wireless power system. This innovation from the global tech name will allow its users to remotely charge electronic devices without any cables or […]

February 2, 2021

This Allama Iqbal statue has become the subject of several memes on Twitter

A large sculpture of national poet Allama Mohammad Iqbal was installed at Lahore’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, which has caught the eye of many and has become the subject of several memes quickly. A social media user posted a picture of the oversized bust with a caption criticizing its artistic accuracy.  The post went viral in a […]

January 30, 2021

Afghan Taliban spokesperson talks about Pakistan, peace talks, Daesh and more in a TCM exclusive interview

Peace talks In an interview with a local news agency, TCM, Afghan Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid when asked about the role of foreign countries and their interference in the Afghan peace negotiations mentioned that, “no country can interfere in peace talks, however, if any country wants to help they can, including Pakistan. Qatar has offered […]

January 28, 2021

‘Bobbywood not Hollywood’- This Twitter account is photoshopping Bobby Deol into famous Hollywood movie posters

The Twitter account called Bobbywood is photoshopping Bollywood actor Bobby Deol into scenes from famous Hollywood movies. Vijay Singh Deol known as Bobby Deol is an acclaimed Bollywood actor most renowned for his roles in ‘Dosti’, ‘Players’, ‘Yamla Pagla Deewaana’ and more. He’s the son of the legendary Indian actor Dharmendra. Here are some of […]

January 28, 2021

Queer Eye star Tan France talks about LGBTQA+ in Pakistan, his desi heritage and more

In an interview with the Pakistani magazine Hello Pakistan, acclaimed fashion designer and star of the Netflix show Queer Eye, Tanveer Wasim “Tan” France talked about his journey, his roots, and the double-edged sword of representation in the world of showbiz. “I’m an immigrant, I’m Muslim, I’m South Asian and I’m gay – and there […]

January 27, 2021

Asma Jahangir- her greatest contributions

Who was Asma Jahangir? Asma Jahangir (1952-2018) was Pakistan’s leading human rights lawyer. She showed incredible courage in defending the most defenceless Pakistanis – women, children, religious minorities and the poor for about three-decades, and founded the first legal aid centre in Pakistan in 1986. Jahangir courageously took on very complicated cases and won. For her […]

January 22, 2021

In a hilarious turn of events- Islamabadis are now organizing an Urdu mushaira outside Cannoli

After #BoycottCannoli trended on Twitter and the video of two women humiliating their employee’s lack of English skills went viral, people on social media are furious and many have taken great offence. A Facebook event titled ‘Cannoli ke Bahir Urdu Mushaira‘ was created by Lime Soda Show as an act to ‘protest’ against the owners […]

January 21, 2021

The Cannolians and their post-colonial flashback- can the elite be more problematic?

Late on Wednesday night, a video of the two owners of Islamabad’s high-end restaurant Cannoli went viral in which they attempted to rid their boredom and entertain themselves by berating an employee for his proficiency in spoken English, an employee that has been with them for almost a decade. The ensuing apology was an embarrassing excuse […]

January 20, 2021

Here’s a wild sequel to the last Jinn story

The last Jinn story ended with a cliffhanger about the family selling the house so we brought you an update. ‘If you guys read my last jinn thread you’d know about all the different shit that used to happen in our old house. We all shifted about 3 weeks back. And that land doesn’t even […]

January 20, 2021

The revolution knows no pandemic

Is gathering thousands of people during a pandemic is morally and politically correct or not? As Pakistan Democratic Movement prepares for its sixth and final power show in Lahore, the accused Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf government has been anxiously trying to stop PDM. Many believe that the lockdown 2.0 due to the second wave of Coronavirus outbreak, […]

January 19, 2021

A dummies guide to the Shah-Qavi scandal

What Happened? Monday night, Hareem Shah posted a video of her slapping the controversial Maulvi, Abdul Qavi. The video shortly acclaimed popularity on social media and Twitteratis had mixed opinions. In the video, Qavi is seen sitting on a bed using his phone when a woman in red clothing comes in and slaps him across […]

January 16, 2021

Today’s Twitter jinn story takes place on a century-old family land

This action-packed Jinn story is guaranteed to leave u sleepless! This Twitter user opened up about her multiple Jinn encounters which continue to haunt her family. ‘First, you need to know a little about the land to understand the different people and parts of the stories.’ Her story begins The land we live on is […]

January 15, 2021

The woman in white

Continuing the trend of Jinn encounters, we found another bone-chilling Jinn story for you. 19-year-old writer Huzaifa Nizam shared his experience with lucid dreaming and the ‘woman in white’ on Twitter ‘ The weirdest possession of mine is a picture of a woman who used to haunt me in my dreams when I was in […]

January 14, 2021

This Jinn story has gone viral on Twitter

After the nationwide power eclipse left many in darkness, a new trend birthed on Twitter of Jinn stories. Although the trend is not so new since Jinn encounters do serve to be the epitome of Pakistani culture and have been grasping attention since the mid-night radio shows dedicated to them.  Visual artist and screenwriter Kayhan […]

January 13, 2021

Police official accompanying polio vaccination team killed in Karak, KPK

What happened: Pakistan’s first campaign against polio for 2021 began on January 11. A police officer was shot dead after two motorcyclists opened fire on the team on the second day of the vaccination program in Kasak, due to which the polio immunization campaign was suspended. Earlier developments: The tally for people killed in attacks […]

January 11, 2021

Hazara University imposes a “no makeup, no jeans” dress code policy for female students

What happened: In efforts to end discrimination, Hazara University, Mansehra KPK, issued a dress code outline on January 6th, 2021 which strictly prohibits the following for women students; jeans, tights, short shirts, heavy makeup, jewelry, heavy handbags, abayas with decorations and otherwise encourages scarves, dupatta, shalwar kameez. Men on campus are also subjected to not […]

December 12, 2020

3 reasons why Sheikh Rasheed is the worst choice for interior minister

Sheikh Rasheed has had a long and fruitful career in politics, spanning 15 years and 35 ministries. Though how he has managed to stay in power for so long is incomprehensible for the vast majority of Pakistanis, as the man is considered somewhat of a national embarrassment. Sheikh Rasheed bears no loyalty to anyone or […]

December 3, 2020

The Biggest General Strike in the World: Over 200 Million Workers and Farmers Paralyzed India

What is happening: The nationwide strike called for by central trade unions on Thursday, coupled with the ‘Delhi Chalo’ rallies of farmers in north India, led to a near total shutdown in a few states and protests in others.  Indian trade union leaders issued a clarion call to the government to repeal anti-worker labour codes […]

December 3, 2020

Tinder may be banned but Pakistanis are swiping away on Bumble

Online dating has become a firm fixture of the Pakistani dating scene, despite some dating apps like Tinder and Grindr being banned. Far from decreasing the popularity of online dating the Pakistani government’s ban only propelled Pakistanis to migrate to other dating apps, like Bumble. In 2020, between the months of January to September, Bumble […]

December 2, 2020

Ishaq Dar’s political stunt made him a national embarrassment overnight but is there a bigger picture

Former finance minister Ishaq Dar, who lives in self-imposed exile in London, appeared on BBC HardTalk, where the programme host Stephen Sackur grilled him about his properties and return to Pakistan in the show’s characteristic interrogative style. He said that these corruption allegations were frequently used as a pretext for political persecution in Pakistan’s history. Dar, […]

November 30, 2020

Pakistan People’s Party and it’s Evolution for Dummies

On this day, 1967 Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto founded the Pakistan People Party and set a new face of democratic front in the political discourse of Pakistan. PPP has witnessed both democratic and military regime control. The hardship and violence that PPP leadership faced during its budding period has given this political party a special place […]

November 28, 2020

The extraordinary story of the first Pakistani Prisoner of War to escape from India

Ikram Sehgal is well known for being a defence analyst and chairman of the Pathfinder group (which owns two of the largest security companies of the country). However, what is not common knowledge is that he is also the first Pakistani prisoner of war (POW) to escape from India. Ikram Sehgal was an army officer […]

November 27, 2020

Here’s how a small political movement like the Student March became a mainstream player

Pakistan is set to witness its third consecutive student solidarity march today, on the 27th of November. The march is taking place across multiple major cities, and if last year’s turnout is to relied upon for prediction then thousands will be in attendance. The resurgence of student politics in the last three to five years […]

November 25, 2020

Violence against women was always a political issue but we consciously choose to ignore it

T/W: Assault, Rape, Domestic Violence  Background: Today is International Violence Against Women Day, this day celebrates the struggle of government and organizations for eliminating every kind of violence against all women. So let’s talk about Pakistan’s role in fighting the evil of violence against women. Pakistan ranks 164 out of 167 countries on the Women, […]

November 24, 2020

Here how Gulf’s love affair with Israel is mounting pressure on other Muslim States

This year has been a rollercoaster ride for the world in every aspect. From raging pandemic to social unrest, we have witnessed superpowers struggling with basic health policies and due election process. But one thing which became the highlights of Muslim world was the salacious romance between the Gulf states and Israel. Just a side […]

November 23, 2020

The curious case of Pakistan’s first item girl: Niggo Begum

Misogyny, bigotry and violence would be the ideal words to define the cultural norms of Pakistan’s film industry. Just like any other entertainment industry in the world, Lollywood also has a dark side filled with conspiracies, gangsters and murders. Many of these chilling stories are associated with actresses or dancers. Female entertainers always had rough […]

November 23, 2020

This is how Tehreek-i-Labaik came into existence

19th Nov, 2020 Khadim Hussain Rizvi, leader of Pakistan’s most prominent religious party died because of cardiac arrest. Khadim led the most charged up Sunni-Barelvi movement in the last two years. From intense rhetoric to unapologetic threats, he set a new tone of political Islam within the region. For the past few years we have […]

November 21, 2020

Children to be tracked and Imams given an ultimatum– Is France going too far in its quest to stamp out ‘radical Islam’?

President Macron recently presented a bill to combat, what he terms as, ‘Islamist separatism’. It is a wide ranging bill, but its predominant focus is the children of the country. Under this bill, homeschooling will be banned, children will be tracked and their school attendance monitored through special identification numbers. This bill will come into […]

November 21, 2020

This is how PTI mobilized the youth to become politically aware

I only need the youth of Pakistan to bring change, not big names or big politicians,  said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan during his first maga public demonstration.  Background: This promise led to the phenomenon of mobilisation by PTI among young voters. Imran’s charisma and populist demand made him more important for the public. The […]

November 21, 2020

From hope to disaster; What happened to Tehreek-i-Insaf in just two years?

Back in 2014, Jon Boone, a senior analyst at The Guardian, wrote an article about Imran Khan and Haqani exposé The article states,  “The political party led by the former cricket star Imran Khan claims to have blown the cover of the CIA’s most senior officer in Pakistan as part of an increasingly high-stakes campaign […]

November 20, 2020

Here’s how our Educational Institutions are failing both students and teachers

Background: Education ministers held a meeting on Monday which was chaired by Federal Minister for Education, Shafqat Mahmood.  A few suggestions and recommendations were discussed however no final decision was taken and the government announced that another meeting next week would take place to further deliberate on the issue.  Propergaanda launched a survey in which […]

November 20, 2020

Chinese store labels large size women’s clothing ‘rotten’, proving the institutionalisation of body shaming

A store in China recently came under fire for labeling large size women’s clothing as rotten. In a photo posted by a netizen the sizing chart of the store had extra labels in front of different sizes. Large (L) was labelled ‘rotten’, Extra Large (XL) was ‘extra rotten’ and Extra-Extra Large (XXL) was ‘rotten to […]

November 19, 2020

Spain is trying to solve its ecological crisis by legally declaring a lagoon as a ‘person’

Mar Menor is one of the largest seawater lagoons in all of Europe. It is located in the Spanish province of Murica. At first glance it seems like an idyllic place, with an abundance of birds like flamingos and cormorants flocking to the waters of the Lagoon. However, if one lingers near Mar Menor it […]

November 19, 2020

10 amazing Pakistani artists that you need to know about

There is no shortage of talent in Pakistan and that is evidenced by its local art scene, which is now thriving. Here are 10 artists that are contributing to leveling up Pakistan’s art game by creating unique, beautiful pieces of art. Annem Zaidi: She is a lahore based artist, who graduated with Bachelors of Fine […]

November 19, 2020

Our generation is slowly falling into the void of anti-anxiety medication addiction

Background: According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), mental disorders account for more than four percent of the total disease burden in Pakistan. It found the burden to be higher among women. According to research studies of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, mental illness and disorders have blown out of proportion in Pakistan within […]

November 19, 2020

What you need to know about Naswar — Pakistan’s ‘Sasta Nasha’

Naswar is a form of tobacco, popular in South and Central Asia, but unlike tobacco’s popular smoke producing iteration— cigarettes— Naswar is smokeless. Naswar is made by mixing together slaked lime (calcium hydroxide), juniper wood ash, indigo colouring agent and sun-dried, air-cured powdered tobacco inside a water filled and cement lined cavity. It also sometimes […]

November 18, 2020

Are deepfakes the next big weapon in the misinformation war?

If you’ve seen the video of Prime Minster Imran Khan and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif singing the 80s hit ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ then you know what deepfakes are. For everyone else, deepfakes encompass audio or video content that has been manipulated to look different but just as realistic as the original. It is […]

November 18, 2020

Horror of Privatizations in Pakistan: How far will it go?

What happened: On Monday, Cabinet Committee on Privatisation (CCoP) approved the transaction structure for the divestment of 96.6 per cent shares of Heavy Electrical Complex (HEC), and constituted a committee to improve upon the transaction structure for Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM). PSM was once the pride of Pakistan for being a state-owned equity. Z.A. Bhutto […]

November 17, 2020

Why are 39.5% of women married before the age of 18 in Pakistan?

39.5% of Pakistani women are married before the age of 18, according to the Pakistan Demographic and Health survey (DHS) survey of 2017. The scourge of child marriage is still prevalent in Pakistan. The recent Arzoo Raja case, where a 13 year old Christian girl was forced to convert and marry a 44 year old […]

November 17, 2020

Here’s why the second wave of Covid-19 is more dangerous than the first

What is happening: Pakistan has recorded nearly 15,000 cases this month alone, giving credence to health experts’ warnings about a second wave of the novel coronavirus. The number of active cases has reached 24,938  Back In September, the number of cases dropped to less than 300 but in October cases again started increasing due to which […]

November 17, 2020

Political discourse and (dis)order: This is why TLP protest makes no sense whatsoever

Background: Over the last few years, Pakistan’s Barelvi movement has become politically active and religiously mobilized. The social movement discourse in Pakistan has been disrupted as new actors are getting involved through dangerous channels. Not to mention that our history is greatly affected by ideological positionality however religious sentiments have never been exploited like that since […]

November 14, 2020

Hundreds being butchered due to sorcery accusations in Papua New Guinea

The recent sorcery related deaths of five people, including the hanging of a 13 year old boy, have highlighted the epidemic of sorcery related violence in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The population of this small pacific island nation is composed of various clans, the vast majority of whom inhabit remote villages with no access to […]

November 13, 2020

A forgotten Pakistan: once an essential stop on the holy pilgrimage of hippies

There was a bygone era where Pakistan was a famed stop on what can be termed the holy pilgrimage of hippies. Hippies, beatniks and the occasional intrepid traveller would all frequent the Hippie Trail in the 60s and 70s. The Hippie Trail was a famous overland route that started in Europe and went through Asia, […]

November 13, 2020

Gilgit-Baltistan elections are getting more attention than ever but why?

The Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBA) election is set to take place on November 15, 2020. A dozen political and religious groups, including the three largest political parties in Pakistan, have campaigned in the region to win popular support. Alliance and compromises are done frequently by different political parties to win this election Number of […]

November 12, 2020

On the brink of running dry: not a drop of water will be found anywhere in Pakistan soon

Water is essential for life, yet Pakistan is on the brink of running dry. Both the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) have warned that Pakistan will become absolutely water scarce by 2025, if nothing changes. We are now only five years away from this terrifying situation. […]

November 12, 2020

USA is becoming just another third world country for some very obvious reasons

If we look at 2020, nearly every country has faced the repercussions of pandemic through economic downfall or social unrest. But America has shown itself to be exceptional in the worst possible ways. No other rich country has such a poor public health infrastructure and shattered social safety net. America’s levels of both police violence […]

November 12, 2020

Pakistan’s Gaudiest weddings: setting a new standard of flamboyance

The FBR recently sent notice to the Director of Master Tiles asking him to explain his source of income after he reportedly spent millions on his daughter’s wedding. This along with the pictures from that wedding set social media ablaze, with everyone debating which Pakistani wedding is the most garish and ostentatious. So, in order […]

November 11, 2020

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s worth takes a nose dive as ECP releases National Assembly member’s asset declarations

On Tuesday, the Election Commission of Pakistan released the details of the assets and liabilities of the members of the National Assembly, for the financial year 2019-2020. The assets of Prime Minister Imran Khan took a whopping 26% plunge when compared to their valuation in the previous year. Previously, the valuation was Rs. 108.236 million […]

November 11, 2020

Pfizer’s vaccine probably isn’t going to be Pakistan’s salvation

The recent announcement of Pfizer and BioNtech’s Covid-19 vaccine sent the world into a tizzy, including Pakistan. There is already talk of the pandemic coming to an end soon and life returning to normal. However, while this vaccine is good news it isn’t the magic cure-all that everyone is perceiving it to be. And, Pakistanis […]

November 10, 2020

Protestors required to relocate due to Ravi Riverfront Project threaten to set themselves on fire

Yesterday, distraught protestors threatened to set themselves on fire if forced to give up their homes for the government’s Ravi Riverfront Urban Development Project. The homes of those living close to the riverfront have come under the government’s planned development zone, therefore they will be required to vacate their homes for the building process. The […]

November 10, 2020

“Controlled Democracy” is not democracy, just saying

Background: On Monday National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser called a crucial meeting of the parliamentary leaders in the National Assembly and the Senate for a briefing by “military officials on the current issues of national security” Democratic institution calling for military officials to instruct lawmakers is a weird request, isn’t it? Sadly this behaviour is […]

November 10, 2020

Hope is in the air: anti-establishment politics takes centre stage

Hope seems to be in the air everywhere. Trump lost the election, Modi is trailing behind his opponents in the polls from the Bihar election, the Chileans did away with the unjust Pinochet era constitution, the German AfD has lost a significant amount of its support after Merkel’s adept handling of the pandemic, Nigerians have […]

November 9, 2020

What exactly is the Single National Curriculum?

Prime Minister Imran Khan recently said that a uniform education system would eradicate the current class-based education system, as all children would get equal opportunities to excel. And, the vehicle for this change is to be the Single National Curriculum (SNC). On the face of it the SNC sounds too good to be true, one […]

November 9, 2020

Vice President Kamala Harris stance on the US-Israel bond is worrying her supporters

What happened: A video of newly elected American Vice president, Kamala Harris resurfaced on the internet which is worrying a lot of supporter; especially Muslim supporters.  Back in 2017 Kamala delivered a speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in which she referred to the US-Israel relationship as rock-solid.  Why it’s […]

November 9, 2020

Should hash be legalised in Pakistan?

Even though cannabis is illegal in Pakistan, its port city, Karachi ranked second in the list of the most marijuana consuming cities in the world. On the face of it this ranking seems absurd, Pakistan is a deeply conservative islamic country where even alcohol is forbidden due to religious statutes so logically it follows that […]

November 8, 2020

Twitter: A Brutally Murdered Female Student’s Body found Dumped Road Side in Faisalabad

A Brutally Murdered Female Student’s Body found Dumped Road Side in Faisalabad

November 7, 2020

A secretive campaign is running to change Parliamentary system into Presidential

Background: A secretive campaign for introducing the presidential form of government in the country reached the Supreme Court through a petition filed on 28 August,2020 What this petition states: Petition states that Prime Minister Imran Khan should hold a nation-wide referendum and pave the way for introducing the presidential system to replace the existing parliamentary […]

November 6, 2020

Beating farmers isn’t going to solve the wheat crisis

The brutal police crackdown on farmers demonstrating for a fair wheat support price has led to the death of Malik Ashfaq Langrial. He was one of the farmers leading the demonstration against the government. The government was unwilling to budge on the issue, and the police under its orders relentlessly tear-gassed, water-cannoned and beat the […]

November 6, 2020

Trump is losing the election and his mind

In just few month American elections have brought the most intense political drama. Analysts and political scientists are worried about the outcome of the results. According to the experts, even if Trump loses he might not transfer the power peacefully. This depicts his ego driven behavior which some psychologists believe; is a major threat to […]

November 6, 2020

The Long Goodbye, the quintessential album for the Pakistani diaspora

Riz Ahmed, a British-Pakistani actor, is best known for his roles in Rogue One: A Star Wars story, and The Night Of. But he has also had a rather diverse music career, as Riz MC and one half of the rap duo the Swet shop Boys. His music has always had sociopolitical undertones that address […]

November 6, 2020

Explaining Gilgit-Baltistan Crisis for Dummies

Gilgit-Baltistan ;the most important tourist attractions in Pakistan has a long history of struggle. For beginners, Gilgit-Baltistan are two separate places adjacent in the same region. Gilgit was liberated on November 1, 1947 while Baltistan was freed in 1948 as a result of a bloody freedom war. Where it began: Before independence, present-day GB was […]

November 5, 2020

Dear Colonial Master, thanks for the blasphemy law

Background: On 4 January 2011, Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province, was killed by one of his security guards, Mumtaz Qadri. He said he committed the murder because, “this is the punishment for a blasphemer. This incident immediately set a precedent for violence in the name of religion. Pakistan has been a fervent […]

November 4, 2020

Are Roshan Digital Accounts a lucrative investment opportunity for overseas Pakistanis?

Roshan Digital Accounts (RDA) are a way for overseas Pakistanis to open and use digital bank accounts in Pakistan, all whilst being abroad. These accounts are part of a strategy to attract more foreign exchange into the country in order to bolster the foreign exchange reserves. So far this opportunity is proving to be popular […]

November 4, 2020

3 shows featuring the Pakistani Diaspora that you need to watch

Pakistan and its people are, commonly, not portrayed well in Western media. Take Homeland for example, where Pakistan is depicted only as terrorist laden hellhole, and for some inexplicable reason the people speak Arabic instead of Urdu. So, it really feels like a rare treat to see deceptions of Pakistanis as more than just terrorists. […]

November 4, 2020

What’s at stake for Pakistanis in the US presidential elections?

Every single day of this year had astonishing surprises for the world. From raging wildfires to civil unrest we witnessed nearly every crucial event historians have written about. And yes, the pandemic which swallowed millions of lives. But as we move towards the end of the year there’s another event which might or might not […]

October 28, 2020

Does celebrity culture mean being above criticism?

If Pakistani celebrities cannot make the news interesting with groundbreaking and moving work, they sure can keep things fiery with controversy. Adding another incident to the list of irresponsible behaviour by big names of the industry is the recent tantrum of a renowned veteran designer Deepak Perwani on an Instagram Live with HSY.  To a […]

October 28, 2020

Religion as a smokescreen: an age old tactic in Pakistani Politics

Yesterday, following in the footsteps of previous governments, the Pakistani Parliament in an attempt to obfuscate the real political issues of the time passed a resolution demanding that their envoy be recalled from France. Not only did this embarrass the country internationally, as Pakistan presently has no ambassador to France, but it also exposed a […]

October 28, 2020

Missing Chapter: History of Kashmiri Resistance before 1947

On 27 October 1947, Indian Troops set foot on Kashmiri soil to occupy Srinagar. This act of force led to bloody war(s) and series of UN Security Council resolutions. In our mainstream discourse we are often told that Kashmiri struggles began after the inception . There is very little information and debate about how long […]

October 28, 2020

Biscuits, Boycotts and Selective Outrage

Today, #boycottfrenchproduct is trending and Pakistan has been gripped by boycott fever once again, and this time LU biscuits have landed in the crosshairs. Ostensibly, in an effort to drive France to its knees and make it repent for its slight against the muslim community. Though how this is achieved by boycotting LU biscuits, which […]

October 26, 2020

Is Balochistan a tool for opportunist politicians?

PDM, an alliance of 11-political parties, hosted its third power show in Quetta. According to experts this movement is becoming more of a threat for the governmental institutions now. Interestingly the location selected for this third power show has a long history with opposition forces to do some catharsis and political banter. Balochistan as a […]

October 24, 2020

A Timeline of Justice Qazi Faez Isa Case

On Friday, Supreme Court declared that the presidential reference filed against Supreme Court judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa is “tainted with mala fide in law” Sounds fancy, right? But what’s the back story?  You will find dozens of articles precisely talking about different angles of the Justice Isa case, we won’t be doing an analysis […]

October 23, 2020

Failing our minorities; Citizens or Kafir?

Institute of Business and Administration Karachi hosted a virtual seminar in which Atif Mian; a Princeton University economist was supposed to deliver a lecture but he couldn’t make it and not because of any plausible reasons one might think, instead IBA had to cancel his lecture because they got threats from extremist groups. Just a […]

October 21, 2020

Civil-Military Fiasco: But What Happened?

Background: PML-N party member Cpt. Safdar chanted unethical slogans at Jinnah Mausoleum on 19th October, the next morning he was arrested by Sindh Police from the hotel he was staying in. In the afternoon the opposition leader held a press conference and made an allegation against  Pakistan Rangers. According to the opposition leaders, some officers […]

October 20, 2020

Zombies, Maryam, Bilawal and Imran – who’ll lead us to the apocalypse?

I recently came across a story about a child in Pakistan who was taught by her mother that a potato is actually a boti because they couldn’t afford chicken and she didn’t want her child to feel that she was deprived of anything. This is a reality for most Pakistanis, not a minority but an […]

October 20, 2020

Politics of Anger: Why Gen Z is screaming?

“When the house is on fire, you don’t tell someone to watch their tone as they yell for help”, said a young protester during Portland protest by Black Live Matter Movement. These words resonate with almost every person who belongs to this specific demographic; The Gen Z. In just a few years we have witnessed […]

October 19, 2020

Chars, Dawai, Maal: An Insight into the High Society of Pakistan

Introduction:A self-growing cannabis tech company Seedo AND Germany-based media campaign outlet ABCD shared their findings in the updated Cannabis Price Index after aggregating data from 120 cities around the world. Interestingly Karachi scored the second position in the list with 41.95 metric tons of weed. Cannabis has been cultivated and consumed in Pakistan for centuries.But […]

October 19, 2020

How Jinnah’s Mausoleum has been used as a political tool over the years?

Historical background: Jinnah’s Mausoleum which is commonly known as Mazaar-e- Quaid, is one of the most frequently used public spaces in Pakistan. Located in the heart of Karachi, Mazaar-e-Quaid is the final resting place for founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his beloved sister Fatimah Jinnah. Its construction started in 1957 under the supervision […]

October 17, 2020

Opposition:1, Imran Khan:0 – What happened at PDM?

Anti-state speeches, slogans and a massive crowd; opposition leaders called out administration, government officials and some ex-official(s) for incompetence and corruption. Background: Pakistan Democratic Movement, is an opposition-led coalition of 11 political parties. They have planned to organize six major rallies across the country until December and eventually a long march in January 2021.  Their […]

August 31, 2020

The most affordable MacBook you can buy in 2020

Apple’s computers just never lose their appeal, despite the fact that there are other laptops out there capable of competing – and even beating – the MacBook in terms of performance. Whether it is their longevity, design, or simply the Apple branding, nearly everyone in 2020 wants to buy a MacBook. The only kicker? The […]

August 31, 2020

In Malay mythology, women who have been wronged come back as a vengeful spirit called ‘pontianak’

A strange folktale told in Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia is one of the scariest and most savage superstitions in Southeast Asia, a region where superstitious beliefs tend to be commonplace. The belief goes something like this. Any woman who has died a violent death at the hands of a man (directly or indirectly) – in […]

August 29, 2020

How do Shias practice matam in Pakistan and why?

Matam is a Shiite ritual performed during the month of Muharram to express grief for the tragedies that befell Muslims at Karbala, specifically the death of the Holy Prophet’s grandson and nearly all his companions. Matam translates to ‘act of mourning’, and in this particular context, it usually involves inflicting physical pain on oneself in […]

August 28, 2020

Where Shia Islam begins and ends

Shiite Islam emerged in the 7th century following conflicts that arose partly over who had the right to carry on the Caliphate. Two schools of thought emerged and the Sunni-Shia divide was established, irrevocably changing the world of Islam in ways that would have unprecedented – and often devastating – effects. In Muslim nations throughout […]

August 27, 2020

Did the government know or even care how catastrophic Karachi’s floods would get?

Karachi continues to sink beneath a torrential wave of storms and rainwater. The city has been in turmoil since before the monsoon, what with sewage overflowing onto main roads as well as distressingly long power outages. All of these factors have culminated to bring about absolute chaos in a metropolis that is by nature a […]

August 26, 2020

Indian origin talk show host condemns racism for others but apparently not for himself

Hasan Minhaj’s award-winning show the ‘Patriot Act’ has been accused of creating a toxic workplace environment for women of colour. The irony of this is clearly evident, seeing as Minhaj himself is of Indian origin. Why Minhaj has allowed this to happen seems to be a mystery. Several women who worked to make this show […]

August 25, 2020

These two Pakistani moms are helping young scared adults navigate parenthood

Realising just how taxing – but rewarding – parenthood can be, Areeba Tipu Khan and Zara Tirmizi are two mothers who decided to take to Instagram and put their skills to use. The idea is to present scientific, tried and tested methods as well as tips and tricks in order to help uncertain parents make […]

August 25, 2020

America brutalizes yet another Black man, shooting him 7 times in front of his little children

On Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officers shot 29 year old Jacob Blake in the back – not once or twice but multiple times. They did so just as he was getting into his car, with his three children aged between 5 and 10 sitting in the backseat. Ben Crump, the Blake family’s lawyer, said […]

August 24, 2020

What happened to Nirala Sweets?

Founded after partition in 1948 by Taj Din, a man who sold shawls in Indian Kashmir, Nirala Sweets was the fastest growing confectionery Pakistan had ever seen. It was a success from the moment Taj Din opened his first shop, a tiny breakfast place on Fleming Road. Soon, Nirala Sweets was a household name; it […]

August 24, 2020

Is the Muharram mourning period now a cheerful capitalist free-for-all?

The period of Muharram holds immense religious significance for Muslims. It is a time saturated with grief and painful remembrance: a highly spiritual occasion, commemorated intensely amongst Shiite communities in particular. But what is happening to Muharram? The public has recently raised concerns surrounding fashion brands and the proliferation of a strange kind of advertising: […]

August 22, 2020

When did Karachi’s downfall begin?

Pakistan’s biggest metropolis, with a population of over 1.6 crore, is drowning in a sea of neglect – both literally and metaphorically. Various parts of Karachi have been affected by the monsoon system, with some areas submerged in rainwater. The storms have already claimed a number of lives. But to believe that flooding is Karachi’s […]

August 21, 2020

Israel and Hamas continue to use Gaza as a pawn in their political games

Since the conflict began, Israel and Hamas have engaged in a bloody back and forth with Gaza in the middle. Once Israel declared Hamas-led Gaza an enemy, violence ensued on a devastating scale. Israel placed crippling restrictions on the Gaza Strip: it closed borders, imposed power cuts, and limited imports. In 2014, the battle gained […]

August 21, 2020

Why is it so easy for people in Pakistan to not pay their employees?

Every corporation, big or small, has a responsibility towards the people it employs. And it goes both ways. It’s simple. A transaction is made or a service is performed, after which the effort receives acknowledgement in the form of dues. It is a legal agreement: a covenant. So why is this covenant so often violated […]

August 20, 2020

Is TikTok really a poisonous trend we need to get rid of?

TikTok has been blamed for a lot of things during its rise to the top. One of the greatest on-going grievances people raise is that it pollutes minds and encourages toxic behaviour. Created in 2016 by a Chinese company, TikTok steadily gained popularity over the years to the point that it is now expected – […]

August 10, 2020

Why did angry tribesmen uproot saplings planted in Imran Khan’s 10 Billion Tree Tsunami?

One of the things Imran Khan has indisputably gotten right is his prioritization of environmental concerns. Whether it be importing Euro-V Standard Fuel or constructing the Diamer-Bhasha dam, improving the environment is one promise in PTI’s manifesto that Imran Khan got absolutely right. Among these steps, also, is Imran Khan’s 10 Billion Tree Tsunami. Under […]

August 10, 2020

Do CAIE grades define student potential accurately?

Right now, hundreds and thousands of CAIE O and A Level students are waiting with baited breath for their “exam” results due to come out tomorrow 11th August.  One of the, if not the, most tense moments in a student’s life are the gut-wrenching days, hours, minutes and eventually seconds before they clasp eyes on […]

August 10, 2020

Was it a smart move for Zardari to plead not guilty in a corruption case?

In an arraignment earlier today, former President Asif Ali Zardari pleaded not guilty in front of an accountability court via video appearance. He has been accused of using undue influence to obtain a loan amounting to 1.5 billion rupees for his company called Parthenon Private Limited and then channeling the money through illegally – using […]

August 10, 2020

Do bankers in Pakistan really make that much money?

Careers in finance are consistently ranked amongst the highest-paying pursuits worldwide. Investment banking is one extremely lucrative niche the world of finance offers. This leads to an age-old question: how can finance industries be so profitable? After all, it’s a delicate balance between things like price risk, risk aversion, risk tolerance – no shortage of […]

August 10, 2020

“Too fat” or “too thin”: What’s enough for a society that loves body-shaming?

Whether it’s “too fat” or “too thin”, it seems nothing is really acceptable to Pakistani society and its Goldilocks culture of body-shaming. There is a tiny golden acceptable area of “Just right” and unless someone, especially women, manage to reach that sanctuary, you can be certain that they will be body-shamed until they hate the […]

August 8, 2020

Pirs may be the most powerful individuals in Pakistan

Pirs are thought to be blessed individuals with a unique spiritual connection to God. But they hold extraordinary significance that goes beyond religiosity. Their influence and power runs miles deep and touches every crevice of Pakistani society – in particular, politics. Pirs possess two things that turn them into all-powerful beings, and ensure their inclusion […]

August 8, 2020

Pakistani police needs to think before it shoots

On Friday, Karachi police mistook two men for miscreants and promptly began to shoot at them – killing one and injuring the other. A witness named Noman, who was riding on a bike with his friend, says that he stopped the bike momentarily to take a phone call. Three constables on standby near the area […]

August 7, 2020

Bilawal Bhutto needs to accept that his party has failed Karachi completely

The situation in Karachi has been dismal during this monsoon season. With five people dead and three more electrocuted, and city streets turned into rivers, it is natural to expect that the PPP government would take necessary action. But it seems the predicament is too difficult for PPP to tackle. In fact, Sindh government officials […]

August 7, 2020

Four days, four explosions, four different Muslim majority nations

Four different Muslim majority nations have experienced either fires or explosions in key areas during the past three days. The latest incident is a fire that occurred today in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia near a train station: the Haramain railway station, purportedly offering the fastest train service in all of Middle East. Another fire broke out […]

August 7, 2020

Former cricket captain Sarfaraz Ahmed acted like a decent human being and people hated it

Cricket fans are taking issue with the fact that Sarfaraz Ahmed, former team captain, was seen carrying water bottles and shoes to his teammates during a match against England in Manchester. The ‘issue’ has been highlighted and debated to the point that it has not only become a top Twitter trend, but has also elicited […]

August 6, 2020

Karachi needs to clean the remnants of Eid animal carcasses if it wants to avoid another disease outbreak

Rotting carcasses and organs of sacrificial animals being thrown out in the streets of Pakistan is as much of an Eid tradition as anything else. While this leads to problems of littering, poor hygiene and disease every year, this year it might prove far more deadly, especially in the province of Sindh. This is because […]

August 6, 2020

Can the existence of nuclear weapons really be justified?

75 years on from the bombing of Hiroshima, proponents of nuclear weapons continue to vehemently defend the existence of nuclear weapons as important tools of deterrence and self-defense in international relations.  For instance, one major reason offered for the maintenance of nuclear weapons is their role in deterring wide-scale major conflicts. This is perhaps best […]

August 6, 2020

Balochistan is even more majestic than the north and unpolluted to boot – but will we allow it to stay that way?

Soaring cliffs, waterfalls, sand dunes, and a blue-green ocean: Balochistan is what most people would call a ‘hidden gem’. Part of what makes it so beautiful is the fact that it remains uncorrupted by manmade influences. While tourism in Balochistan seems to be picking up, the region so far has retained its natural rugged beauty […]

August 6, 2020

Is it true that destroying Hiroshima and Nagasaki was necessary in order to save the world?

At the time of the first bombing in Hiroshima, the second world war had already claimed millions of lives. Civilian deaths made up more than half of these. War crimes were committed on both sides: not one party emerged innocent of bloodshed. During 1939-45, six all-powerful nations played god, deciding who would live and who […]

August 5, 2020

Lebanon: An unseen, unheard nation with a leadership that couldn’t care less

On Tuesday, Beirut saw a massive explosion on its sea port. The shockwaves were horrific, and the consequences, even more so. A report claims that the Prime Minister of Lebanon has promised he will hold the perpetrators responsible. But when apparently the cause of the explosion is 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate – a […]

August 5, 2020

Should our slogan be ‘Kashmir banega Pakistan’ or should it be ‘Kashmir banega whatever Kashmir wants to be’?

“Kashmir banega Pakistan”, vow Pakistanis in support of their Kashmiri brethren. This sentiment comes from two very separate places. Sometimes it comes from a place of true love and empathy, lacking in any possessiveness – a place of solidarity and humanity. But equally, if not more, often, it comes from a place of nationalistic possessiveness […]

August 4, 2020

What does changing the map to include Kashmir even accomplish?

Earlier today, PM Imran Khan proudly announced that the official map of Pakistan would now include Indian illegally-occupied Kashmir as part of its territory. While a great nationalistic move applauded by the rest of Pakistan, the question arises: what does changing the map to include Kashmir even accomplish? Does it really bring the world one […]

August 4, 2020

Gap year or online classes: The unfair dilemma faced by the Class of 2020

It can be argued that no one has been affected as much or as unfairly by the coronavirus pandemic than the Class of 2020. Students graduating from Higher Educational Institutes meet one of the most volatile and uncertain economies of the past century, while students graduating from high school and heading to universities deal with […]

August 4, 2020

TikTok should teach greedy American tech empires a lesson: Refuse to sell out to Microsoft

America is no stranger to threatening companies into seemingly ‘beneficial’ acquisitions. The reason TikTok’s parent company ByteDance is even considering giving up its U.S. shares is because of President Trump’s recent declaration that he may ban TikTok in the country. On the surface, his reasoning isn’t flawed. Due to China’s tight security laws, its government […]

August 4, 2020

Letting kids go to school could be Pakistan’s deadliest decision yet

According to Forbes, new studies suggest that children could in fact be quite efficient transmitters of the coronavirus. One of these studies, done in Chicago, claim that young children contain about one hundred times the concentration and amount of coronavirus in their throats as compared to adults. Thus, they can transmit with almost deadly efficiency. […]

August 3, 2020

Why many would sell their souls to be able to wear Gucci and Armani

Each with a net worth amounting to billions of dollars, top fashion houses in the world hold immense power. High-end fashion brands don’t just sell clothes and accessories. They sell  lifestyles – lifestyles that are so headily attractive, an ordinary person cannot help but fall under their spell. The question ‘who are you wearing’ asked […]

August 3, 2020

Dehumanization of the ‘Other’: Why Pakistanis are merciless towards alleged blasphemers

Nothing riles up Pakistan like a blasphemy case. Murder is something generally unacceptable to both the law and to society. The one exception, however, usually lies with individuals accused of blasphemy. Their murder is often celebrated by Pakistanis and the murderer venerated as an Islamic hero. This curiosity can be explained by a philosophical phenomenon […]

August 3, 2020

What’s in a ‘Lahori’?

What does it mean to truly belong to Lahore, the place once known as the city of gardens. Usually, the word ‘belong’ automatically links to permanence and continuity. No one feels as if they belong the first time they step foot in new surroundings. But with time, belonging turns into a natural state of being. […]

August 3, 2020

Could China cause a 21st century Holocaust?

The Holocaust remains one of mankind’s most horrific memories and one of the most brutal instances of the inhumanity mankind can display. The line “Never forget” is often associated with it. But it appears that the world has forgotten. In history classes, students often ask their teachers, “But how could the world have let the […]

August 3, 2020

Why going vegan was the weirdest thing I’ve ever experienced

According to the Time’s ‘Brief History of Veganism’, the term vegan was coined in 1944 by a British woodworker Donald Watson. He wanted to acknowledge those brave souls who went a step ahead of vegetarians and said no to all animal products, not just meat. Today, a vegan lifestyle can mean many things. Some people […]

August 1, 2020

How the coronavirus may have changed the Eid bakra-mandi experience permanently

The “bakra-mandi” experience has been a part of Eid tradition for decades. Going from cattle vendor to cattle vendor, observing the physical conditions of animals, haggling for a better price – it is all something entrenched in Pakistani society. However, with the coronavirus pandemic on the loose, the Eid animal-buying experience was significantly different this […]

August 1, 2020

Where did the concept of eidi come from and is it exclusively a choti Eid tradition?

‘Eidi’ is usually meant to signify a special sum of money gifted to young family members by parents and older relatives. But eidi doesn’t always have to be a gift of cash. It can also be a trinket, clothes, or any sort of present: something that shows appreciation and love. Eidi is perhaps one of […]

July 31, 2020

Qurbani is not just a religious rite, it is also a means of flaunting wealth

In Islamic tradition, the idea of Qurbani emerged when the Prophet Ibrahim trusted in God when asked to sacrifice his son. Hence, to Muslims, the idea of Qurbani was about sacrificing something in the name of God and helping the underprivileged by giving them good. Since those times, however, while the spirit of Qurbani remains […]

July 31, 2020

Violence at Pak-Afghan border so close to Eid is a bitter reminder that Afghanistan can never be a true neighbour

Skirmishes on the Pak-Afghan border are not a rare occurrence. The two countries share an uncommonly long border – spanning nearly 2,500 kilometres. But more than the length of the frontier, it is their fraught history that leads to deadly flares of animosity. There have been successive violent altercations between the Pakistan army and Afghani […]

July 31, 2020

Pakistanis don’t mind being fooled if it’s beautiful Esra Bilgic doing the fooling

Esra Bilgic, star of Turkish drama series ‘Dirilis: Ertugrul’, recently published a tweet claiming she had found her number one in Pakistan. The statement was so intriguing for audiences that it began to attract all kinds of speculation. But for a large number of Pakistanis, there could only be one explanation for this cryptic tweet; […]

July 31, 2020

Pakistan needs to stop celebrating extrajudicial murderers

The extrajudicial murder of Tahir Ahmad Naeem was bad enough, but what was arguably worse was the reaction of the Pakistani people followed. The celebration of another example of extrajudicial “justice” and the proclamation of the murderer as a “hero” served as the latest example of Pakistan’s tendency to worship and praise extrajudicial murderers. The […]

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