Minerwa Tahir

What’s with the affidavit and why do politicians not want to fill it for the elections?

Everyone has been talking about the affidavit. We know a number of politicians who want to stand in the election are in trouble because of this affidavit. Many of them didn’t submit the affidavits or gave in incomplete ones to the ECP. To start with, what’s in the affidavit? In it, you have to declare…

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Give me your poor and young: Ismat Shahjahan to fight for Islamabad’s water, katchi abadis, workers

Awami Workers Party leader Ismat Raza Shahjahan filed her nomination papers with the Election Commission on Thursday. Her vision is to ensure katchi abadis or informal settlements get official land titles and to get water for Islamabad. “Our support base is largely in the katchi abadis,” she says. Shahjahan’s party has long been working on…

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With hot ticket Ammar Rashid, Awami Workers Party makes the Left something we could care about

We are contesting the election to give people a progressive alternative to the elitist and right-wing status quo in Pakistan, says Ammar Rashid. The Awami Workers Party (AWP) is fielding two candidates for the election in July. Ammar Rashid and Ismat Shahjahan will contest from Islamabad’s NA-53 and NA-54, respectively. They are pushing an agenda…

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No boundary wall for Makli as Shirazi votes dearer to PPP: report

UNESCO recommended that a boundary wall be built around the majestic Makli necropolis. It could not materialise as votes are dearer to the Pakistan Peoples Party, says the World Heritage Watch Report 2018. World Heritage Watch is a Berlin-based independent body overlooking conservation activities at UNESCO-listed heritage sites. In its 2018 report, anthropologist Zulfiqar Ali…

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You all fell for the wrong Shabnam

Shabnam appreciated Imran Khan for expelling Farooq Bandial, who raped her, from the PTI and thanked Pakistanis for their stand — except that it was a fake account. “Almost all the likes of that account were on tweets related to PTI,” Digital Rights Foundation founder Nighat Dad told SAMAA Digital. “It was childish.” A picture…

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Lakki Marwat official a terror for tailors

An official in Lakki Marwat is fed up of tailors overcharging before Eid. The additional assistant commissioner, Israr Khan, issued a public notice for tailors in the area fixing how much they can charge for men’s tailoring. They can charge Rs400 for a simple shalwar qameez, Rs450 for a shalwar qameez with buttons and Rs500…

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PPP, PTI to slug it out on May 12 but not at Hakim Saeed Ground

On Monday, people were stuck in traffic for two hours on University Road as workers of the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf clashed at Hakim Saeed Ground. Both parties wanted to hold their May 12 jalsas here. Two days later, though, neither of them is interested any more. The PPP will instead hold its…

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10 times Ahsan Iqbal spoke of peace on social media

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal is in the hospital after an assassination attempt. According to the FIR, the 21-year-old, who says he is affiliated with Tehreek Labbaik, shot the minister Sunday with the motive to kill him. While Iqbal became a target of hate, the minister has frequently spoken about peace and tolerance: 1. When he condemned the…

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PML-N’s last budget: Will the outgoing govt ignore the poor once again?

The outgoing government has little relief to offer to the poor. Miftah Ismail said it’s impossible to make ends meet against the minimum wage of Rs15,000. But will the government fix that in its next budget? Not really. The PML-N-led government will announce its sixth budget on May 12. It will also be their last…

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Karachi to get hotter and so will our sweaty bodies, warns scientist

Minerwa Tahir Scientists have predicted that life will become even more uncomfortable in areas like Karachi due to the rising temperature and humidity level Sibi, Sukkur, Hyderabad, Dalbandin, Badin, Bahawalnagar, Karachi and Multan are the hottest cities in Pakistan discovered Khuram Pervez Amber and his team of scientists at the department of Mechanical Engineering, Mirpur…

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Here’s how men can participate in Karachi’s first Aurat March

Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: If you are a man who wants to be an ally and participate in the Aurat March in Karachi, all you need to do is get two women to accompany you to the march. Aurat March is happening on Thursday, March 8. Women will lead a rally from Frere Hall to celebrate…

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KLF: Violence, rebellion and censorship in Karachi

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: If you grew up in Karachi, violence, alcohol and censorship of media are things that are not alien to you. It was these very characteristics of our city that were brought under discussion on the last day of the three-day 9th Karachi Literature Festival (KLF). The launch of the book, Cityscapes…

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Obituary: Asma Jahangir, you gave us hope

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: If you are born and raised in Pakistan and have even an iota of political awareness, you are most likely to suffer from depression. Asking for your basic human rights is a struggle in itself. However, for people like me who have been raised during the dictatorship of General Musharraf, there…

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KLF: “The term, liberal fascists, is an oxymoron”

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: The term, “liberal fascists”, is an oxymoron. Nadeem Farooq Paracha, Zarrar Khuhro and Fasi Zaka seemed to be on the same page about this as they had a discussion on satire at a session, titled ‘Reality Catches Up With Satire’, held on Day 2 of the 9th Karachi Literature Festival on…

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Video: Visitors at KLF share their thoughts

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: We spoke to some visitors who had attended a session on poetry on the second day of the 9th Karachi Literature Festival on Saturday. One of them was a poet himself who was going to participate in the mushaira. Watch what they say:

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Watch: Aurat March is coming to Karachi this Women’s Day!

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: Women in Karachi are planning to organize a Women’s March in honor of International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8. According to the organizers, this is a walk that is being organized to celebrate International Women’s Day and they are calling upon women of all classes to join them. Watch…

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KLF: Are universities breeding terrorists?

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: Today, Valentine’s Day cannot be celebrated. A girl and a boy shouldn’t sit together on campus even if it’s for a discussion. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, a Karachi-based scholar and the vice-chancellor (VC) of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, said this while commenting on the increasing level of intolerance in society. He was…

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Voters are never “jahil”: Noorul Huda Shah at KLF

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: We often hear on electronic media that voters are jahil [ignorant]. They are never jahil. They are people who are aware of the fact that they are the ones carrying the burden of society on their shoulders. Noorul Huda Shah, an author who writes in Urdu and Sindhi, said this while delivering…

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I am Punjabi first, India comes later: Amarjit Chandan

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: At the 9th Karachi Literature Festival, Britain-based Punjabi poet Amarjit Chandan told Samaa that he considers himself Punjabi first. Watch what he says when asked if he identifies as an Indian:

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KLF kicks off today. Here’s what it has to offer this year

KARACHI: The Karachi Literature Festival (KLF), which has been a yearly affair for the past nine years, is starting today. Like every year, the event offers a wide variety of panelists. The three-day festival, which begins today, will end on Sunday. As per custom, the festival offers book launches and mushairas as well as panel…

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COMMENT: The curious case of KP’s “misali police”

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: There’s a province in Pakistan whose people are one of the most resilient in the face of war damages. For decades, they have witnessed their loved ones getting killed by one side or the other. Despite serious challenges in the face of terrorism and the subsequent war on terror, the people…

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