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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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Speeding jeep kills nine children on way home from school in India

NEWS DESK: A jeep ploughed into a group of schoolchildren in eastern India, killing nine and injuring 10, police said, reported The Independent with additional input by Associated Press. The speeding vehicle first hit and injured two adult female pedestrians on Saturday, police officer Vivek Kumar said. It then hit the children as they were…

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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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Mashal Khan murder: One gets death sentence, five life imprisonment

NEWS DESK: More than a week after the verdict of the Mashal Khan lynching case was reserved, the anti-terrorism court (ATC) hearing the case has now announced the verdict. Imran Ali, who shot at Mashal, was sentenced to death and a fine imposed on him. Five others have been given 25 years imprisonment each, reported…

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Here are 10 facts about the Mashal Khan that you should know

NEWS DESK: Mashal Khan, a journalism student at the Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, was brutally killed on April 13, 2017. A violent mob attacked him on the pretext of committing blasphemy. First, bullets were pumped into him and then his lifeless body was thrashed. No proof of blasphemy was found against the slain…

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ANALYSIS: Will MQM-Pakistan emerge victorious?

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: An interesting flowchart was floated on social media barely half an hour after reports of the speculated PIB-Bahadurabad split surfaced. It shows the four instances when MQM was split: first into Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Mahajir Qaumi Movement, then MQM and PSP, followed by MQM splitting into London and Pakistan factions,…

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Pakistan govt’s YouTube account was not terminated on my complaint, says vlogger

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: Charges of copyright infringement led to the termination of the official YouTube account of the Government of Pakistan. However, local vlogger Irfan Junejo is not responsible for the suspension of the account. While Junejo says his footage was also used without permission by the government’s YouTube channel, the account was not…

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“Are you so scared of educated people now?”

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: Are you so scared of educated people now? Classical dancer and human rights activist Sheema Kermani asked this question while addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on the mysterious death of philosopher Prof Dr Hasan Zafar Arif. Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), headed by Asad Iqbal Butt,…

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Vlog: Some things you should know about Prof Dr Hasan Zafar Arif

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: The body of Prof Dr Hasan Zafar Arif was found in Karachi’s Ibrahim Haidery area early Sunday morning. Initial news reports said that “some” Hasan Zafar Arif’s body had been found. Then, when his family reached the hospital where the body was taken, it was reported that the body was that…

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Webology Ep 2: Why we need to speak out on child sexual abuse

KARACHI: Celebrities such as Nadia Jamil, Farieha Altaf and Maheen Khan have recently spoken out on the sexual abuse they suffered as children. The revelations come in the wake of the heinous crimes committed against children in Kasur as well as the global campaigns surrounding #MeToo and #TimeIsUp. Whether one speaks about abuse then and…

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