Khizr Imran Tajammul

  • TAn estimated, 8.5 million domestic workers are paid a pittance to mollycoddle Pakistan’s elite and upper middle class. Services include, but are not limited to cooking, cleaning, guarding and driving. Working conditions, responsibilities, pay scale, vacations, allowances, health benefits and ...

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  • TA bunch of us were in the hills, enjoying the Californian weather, basking in the sharp sun and the cool breeze of Bhurban, a valley known in Pakistan for housing the first four star hotel above five thousand feet. Bhurban is also home to the highest golf course in the world. Even though it is ...

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  • TTake any natural disaster. Who are the first ones to succumb to it? The sick. The weak. The underprivileged. The poor. Rich people have the means to disappear, and get out of harm’s way, as long as they get enough notice. Precisely what has happened in Sindh within the last three days. Almost ...

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  • TNot everyone has access to all kinds of food, where at the beginning of time, access was determined by topography and skill. For instance, forest dwellers couldn’t farm and relied on hunting and primarily consumed protein. In sedentary communities, crops thrived. Later on, we started ...

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  • TThe business of issuing degrees online, without imparting any real education through a proper coursework, is an international nuisance, pandering to the needs of men and women, looking for professional advancement or economic gain, but unwilling to work for it. Undoubtedly, when untrained ...

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  • TThe Karachi born and raised entrepreneur, Shoaib Ahmed Sheikh, was studying business at IBA when he decided to launch a software developing company, Axact. In 1997, Shoaib started operations with less than ten people. Today, nearly two decades later, Shoaib claims Axact is three times larger than ...

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  • TPakistan is in dire need of channeling talent towards social enterprise development. Unfortunately, few people understand what the sector entails. This is not surprising since we do not even recognize the space between a ‘for-profit’ and a ‘not-for-profit’ organization. It ...

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  • TThe stars appear at night to lead us when all else is dark. Sabeen Mahmud was one such star for Pakistan – nay, humanity. With every obstacle that threatened to take her out, Sabeen’s light grew stronger. A few days before she scheduled the much talked about discussion on the Baloch ...

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  • TIn the spirit of development and our admiration for the Chinese who are now heavily investing in conflict-ridden Pakistan, it is perhaps distasteful to nitpick on the deals signed between Pakistan and China this week. Having said that, blindly applauding the 46 billion dollar carrot, just because ...

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  • TStatecraft is no place for a subjective, mutable concept like human sentiment. For years Pakistan has accepted breadcrumbs from a comity of nations, making bosom buddies instead of short-term strategic partnerships. Even today, when our politicians refer to Saudi Arabia and China, they often speak ...

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  • T“We are here to reclaim the space we had lost to fear and insecurity. We are here to be proud, again, of our rich cultural heritage, our cities, our streets, our monuments, our food and our traditions. We are here to celebrate Pakistan. And we want the world to see what we truly are, contrary ...

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  • TWhy is every new generation more precocious, more jaded, more cynical than the last? Why does it often seem like young people are getting older faster, physically, and mentally? Easy and instant access to information plays a major role in fuelling this metamorphosis. What once took a fair bit of ...

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  • TRecently, there have a been a string of movies coming out of Hollywood, projecting the darkness inherent to capitalism. At the fag end of 2013, Martin Scorsese’s, ‘Wolf of Wall Street’, did this tastefully and without passing any serious judgment. The film was based on the rise ...

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  • TAfter 11 long years, a large number of cattle and horses, originating from different parts of Pakistan, arrived in Lahore last week for a rerun of the nostalgic Horse and Cattle Show. It was both comforting and terrifying to see how so much has remained unchanged since the last bovine and equine ...

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  • TSome of the children come to us all black and blue. One of the primary challenges then is to take legal custody and to block potential avenues of further abuse’.Ms. Almas Butt, the Director of the SOS village for orphans in Lahore was apprising me of the issues she faced as a custodian of ...

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  • TIn an increasingly noisy world, where almost every single electronic device is desperately trying to deliver a message to us, one has to disconnect to recognize the inconsequential words, bombarding us unannounced, often resulting in ambiguous communication.From private conversations to news ...

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  • TIn a world of endless ulterior motives, hidden agendas, strategic alliances, viral messages, popularity contests and marketing exploits to further the agendas of mammoth multinationals, the art of giving is an art no more – it’s a conscious, rational, well thought out decision to part ...

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  • TThere is enough wind, water and sun to power off grid communities in Pakistan but the rate of conversion from no energy to alternative energy remains painstakingly slow. Nearly 32% of the population depends on the dim glow of kerosene light that is insufficient, expensive, environmentally ...

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  • TThe news of teachers undergoing basic arms training for self-defense against the looming terrorist attack has evoked mixed emotions across Pakistan. People are unanimously saluting the bravery of those who have decided to return to school to teach at the risk of their own lives but many are ...

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  • TCountless parents the world over turn to cartoons to contain the endless reserves of energy children possess. Cartoons are nearly essential in a child’s life and since children spend a great proportion of their waking hours behind the television screen – which is unfortunate enough ...

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  • TNearly four decades ago, in 1977, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was the only Pakistani politician who had the audacity and the eloquence to publicly rebut his detractors on his habit of drinking. In a massive sea of supporters, he arrived at the rostrum and uttered an unforgettable phrase that gradually ...

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  • T‘I will not take orders from a woman,’ Sanobar chewed on the words before letting them out. He was leaning over me, looking larger and taller than ever before. ‘Splendid. Go home.’ I said almost immediately, devoid of emotion. Sanobar’s eyebrows reacted first. They ...

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  • T A brief history of Pakistan provides numerous examples of times when the judiciary played second fiddle to the forces that governed the state at the time. This brief history can perhaps begin to educate us on what went wrong in the past and what we can learn from our mistakes.After partition in ...

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  • T2014 has been a peculiar time for Pakistan. Looking back, there are a few victories we could cherish, but the tragedies outnumber the successes. This means we may celebrate the advent of 2015 but we may do so very quietly.This year, very much like the ones before, Pakistan has been hostage to a ...

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  • TThe heinous attack on a school in Peshawar this week has made one thing manifestly clear: nothing is worth fighting over if we cannot protect our children. In the aftermath of the attack, competing political parties and opposing forces across Pakistan have realized they have no option but to work ...

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  • TNew ideas, products and services that solve our problems affect change on a mass scale and help redefine and upgrade economies; a process that continues to steer innovating nations towards economic supremacy over the rest of the world.Luckily for us, the world has witnessed more innovation in the ...

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  • T Like a pendulum, the news of a 32.5% tax on the import of solar panels in Pakistan oscillates between a reality one day and a rumor the very next. There are various references to this tax in the news but the facts and figures are inconsistent and sometimes even completely opposing, which makes ...

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  • TAdvertising plays a significant role in our lives and it’s not always a positive one. To understand advertising better, we need to ask ourselves three questions: who is selling what and to whom? Through this prism, the unending ulterior motives, become somewhat clear.Indeed, when advertising ...

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  • TLarge-scale businesses, especially in the realm of industry, have made the work environment more insular, specialized and mechanical. While business leaders seem to benefit from compartmentalizing and scaling operations, it’s important they don’t ignore the less understood, sometimes ...

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  • TThe fifth One Young World Summit was a manic weekend filled with debate, entertainment, inspiration and at times a deep sense of grief stemming from the many conflicts our world is engulfed in. In an event spanning only three days, 1300 delegates from across the globe convened in Dublin where they ...

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