Harris Bin Munawar

  • TPakistan is at a defining moment in its history. Last week, the number of political talk-show anchors in the country finally exceeded the number of people who watch these shows. A similar crisis was averted years ago – after the number of debates being aired simultaneously on primetime ...

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  • TLast week, Islamabad was like the internet – all the important sites were blocked. Thousands of real people and fake Facebook profiles marched towards the federal capital where they occupied a key location in the sensitive Red Zone. For the first time in Pakistan’s history, government ...

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  • TThere is good news and there is bad news. The good news is that there is no bad news. The bad news is that there is no good news. This is not an article. I am not a writer. No reading is allowed beyond this point. Imagine an organization. If one official in that organization retires and is ...

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  • TRepentant movie star Hamza Ali Abbasi left his fans bumfuzzled on March 12 when he praised the Afghan Taliban in a Facebook update. “This is the creepiest thing he has done since that swimming pool scene in a chaddi,” one analyst opined. Hamza Ali Abbasi is on a break from his acting ...

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  • TIn a country where people think lowering one’s gaze means looking at a woman’s body rather than her face while making a conversation with her, a new law to protect women from violence and harassment has caused deep worries. Here’s the complete coverage. Part 1: To protect and to ...

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  • TIn the days of kings and emperors, when war was the way of the world, a horseman in each army would carry a battle flag that they would defend with their lives. If the flag bearer would fall, it would be seen as a great loss to the honor of the unit, often resulting in a loss in the battle. One ...

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  • TAmid the rising popularity of Bernie Sanders, the self-proclaimed socialist senator from the US state of Vermont, his rival contender for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination Hillary Clinton has announced that she is also Bernie Sanders.The statement comes after Ms Clinton, a ...

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  • TBritney Spears and Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain made headlines on February 14 when they took to public forums to joke about Valentine’s Day. Here’s our complete coverage of the debate that ensued, and some surefire ways to make people fall in love with you. Part 1: Love and its ...

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  • THillary Clinton has released thousands of emails that she sent and received as the US secretary of state after apologising for her controversial decision to use her personal email server for sending out official emails. She said she could not handle two accounts at once. Hillary is so ...

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  • T“One or two people cannot change history. But with an access to a computer and the internet, they can certainly change Wikipedia” –Chinese proverb At a time when Pakistan has become a battleground of conflicting narratives and worldviews, the only way we can defeat the Taliban is ...

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  • TYouTube is the only public forum in Pakistan where men cannot grope women. On Monday, when the Islamic republic’s military and civilian leadership was away on a tense trip to defuse tensions in the middle east, someone in Islamabad reopened the video-sharing website behind their back, ending ...

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  • TThe Punjab government has vowed to end gender stereotypes this year by giving pink scooters to women. The announcement came after a hundred and fifty women participated in a motorcycle rally in Lahore as part of an empowerment project called Women on Wheels. Here is what the people of Lahore think ...

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  • TPakistan is blessed with a very large number of intelligent, talented and innovative young people who can compete with anyone in the world. The rest of them become IT experts. Here’s a list of the most amazing apps coming out of Pakistan in 2015, a bit about their young and influential ...

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  • TThe time has come once again for you to drown in a sea of despair about having wasted yet another year of your life. But before you make false promises to yourself on the new year eve that you know you can’t keep, read your horoscope for 2016. Aries (March 20-April 18) – Early in ...

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  • TElections are like dating – there is an illusion of choice, you repent if you’re part of it and repent if you’re not, and somehow the old fat rich uncles end up at the top of the pyramid. At a time when the local council elections in parts of the country dominate prime air time on ...

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  • TPart 1 – Report: Local man feels better after extremism in IndiaSmirking while browsing a news website on his computer, a local man expressed satisfaction at reports of intolerance towards religious minorities in India, after they made him feel better about the reports of intolerance towards ...

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  • TCar owners from all over Lahore have expressed serious concerns about the environmental impact of a public transport project in a series of newspaper articles recently. But those who travel by rickshaws disagree. This scribe spoke to the people of Lahore to ask them why they support or oppose the ...

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  • TThe earthquake that shook Afghanistan and Pakistan last month may be linked to the moral turpitude of television celebrity Qandeel Baloch, scientists commenting on her Facebook page assert. The singer and model from Karachi frequently posts videos considered seductive by a majority of her more than ...

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  • TYoung men of Lahore are getting ready to compete with another creepy rich elderly playboy in the city’s dating scene after Imran Khan announced he was divorcing his journalist wife Rehman Khan. This is the first divorce of its kind since Russian president Vladimir Putin separated from his ...

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  • TMillions of Pakistanis were astonished on the ‘Back to the Future Day’ on 21st October 2015 when they saw a key prediction made by the science fiction trilogy come true in their own country. People reported multiple sightings of a loud, cocky teenager who did not know how to behave in ...

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  • TIf we want the Americans to continue allowing us to visit their country at will, we will have to pay a price – once in a while, one of us will have to be told to visit the US against our will. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is off to the US to meet American President Barack Obama. This ...

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  • TWhile hundreds of supporters and thousands of reporters gathered outside the house of the candidate who won Sunday’s high-stake by-election in Lahore, the most fundamental facts about the polls were being ignored. Here’s an insight on Pakistan’s most talked about by-election. Part ...

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  • TA supermoon and a lunar eclipse coincided in a rare celestial phenomenon on Sunday. Here is how the bigger, redder moon will affect your life. Aries (March 20-April 18): You will hear from old acquaintances this week. It is not that they love you or you are missed. It is because a bigger, redder ...

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  • TWorried by reports of the military’s brazen PR campaign that critics see as a prelude to a takeover, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has started preparing for GRE. A source privy to the development said the 65-year-old father of four has been spotted with several books and guides ...

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  • TYou are what you eat – a rat, a cockroach, expired yogurt, or a dead donkey. If you’re lucky, you are only your waiter’s snot or a harmless hair from his armpit.And that is why the people of Lahore have expressed mixed reactions to the Punjab Food Authority’s action against ...

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  • TDisgraced cricketer Muhammad Asif, who spent several months in an English jail four years ago for deliberately bowling no-balls in return for money by a betting syndicate, has said south African anti-apartheid politician Nelson Mandela was his inspiration in prison.Here is what people think about ...

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  • TMen’s fashionDear Sir,I want to bring your kind attention to the lack of coverage of fashion for straight men in your esteemed newspaper.Most of the male fashion models that appear in your publication seem to be wearing washed and ironed apparel, and appear to shower regularly. Such images ...

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  • TPakistan and India failed to avail yet another opportunity to make serious allegations against each other and walk out without concrete solutions this week, after they canceled high level talks to help resume their broken dialogue. Here is a timeline of key events in the checkered history of ties ...

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  • TWith no other job options left in the country’s crumbling economy, a left-leaning development professional has decided to save Pakistan. The passionate activist spoke to this scribe as part of an awareness campaign against disease, poverty, and aggressive behaviour exhibited by traffic ...

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  • TFrom the ugly girl who has been denied the pleasure of being objectified and harassed because she has not discovered the right brand of whitening cream, to the disgusting male celebrity who is on a mission to visit housewives to clean their toilets, to the miserable child who is forced to stop ...

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