Mariam Habib

  • It is incredible to see how little, if any, headway was made towards political stability or accountability in the past 20 years and then suddenly how significant a revolution has silently yet surely overturned the political framework of our country in the past two years alone. Two people take the ...

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  • I have often wondered why, despite the overwhelming practice of charity that Pakistanis so openheartedly adhere to, our society has not been able to break the barriers of economic disparity, where the majority is still surviving below the poverty line deprived of basic human rights such as ...

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  • I’ve realised that if you’ve grown up in Pakistan and have been fortunate enough to spend every Eid with family and friends, you’re basically spoiled for life. Nowhere else will you find quite the same atmosphere, the same nuances, the same emphasis on food or most importantly the ...

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  • I am a simple person with simple needs and unlimited wants. I live my life like life should be lived - self-servingly, of course. Hey! I didn’t make the rules, survival of the fittest is God’s own natural order; I am just honest enough to own it. I can be a PPP jiyala just as easily as ...

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  • Pakistani politics has always been volatile. There are many theories as to why this volatility exists, but the fact remains that historically all political models have been corrupted by power imbalances leading to the collapse of governments, dissolution of assemblies or outright coups. ...

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  • Anyone who is familiar with the game of chess would know that unlike other sports, in chess very little has to do with luck. All the information is available to both parties equally; it is the analytical skill, the perception and predictions of the players that make all the difference. Hence, a ...

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  • I am traumatised! The sky has fallen, all is lost and there is no justice, no hope. My prized possession, my livelihood, my whole life’s worth…….gone; in a twisted turn of fate I have lost everything - or at least what I consider ‘everything’…….my ...

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  • We all talk of change, yet few are willing to practically bring it about. It is not about huge sacrifices or backbreaking hard work, it is not even about monetary donations or exhausting social work, sometimes the one thing that lights up someone’s otherwise dismal day or gives them a ...

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  • It has been a creeping realisation for some time now whether the custodians of our faith are doing more damage to the Islamic philosophy than the so-called infidels. Considering how loudly they talk of the Islamic Shariah, it is incredible that the same energy is not used to abolish some ...

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  • It has been recently suggested to the medical community to conduct extensive research on a new virus being hailed by all and sundry (read emancipated and not) as ‘Heil Fuhrer NFP’. It has been noticed that this particular strain causes intense emotional and psychological aberrations in ...

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  • There is a new breed of malicious intolerance doing the rounds these days. Forget your ignorantly mulish mullah, the venom spitting doomsday predictor, the self-righteous hypocrite or the arrogant piety-totting hijackers of faith. This time, the worse kind of malice is coming from the ...

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  • If ever, you have the misfortune to witness a battle of wits between the confused and the confounded, the only party that will emerge as the loser will be you - the frustrated. It is this frustration that has led to the penning of this article and, hopefully, PTI critics and, more importantly, PTI ...

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  • We live in strange times…….difficult times! Our eyes upward questioning, hoping, praying to the All Benevolent, All Knowing striving to be patient and yet impatient to see the end of despair, the end of anarchy shrouding our nation, our lives, our future. My eyes are amongst ...

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  • As far back as I can remember, one thing that I was always known for by anyone who knew me, whether as passing acquaintances or fast friends, was that three subjects were explicitly taboo as far as any sort of criticism just or otherwise, subtle or blatant, was concerned – unless, of course, ...

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  • I once read somewhere that if you want to make a difference for a day, feed someone; for a decade, plant trees; for a lifetime, educate people. So many of us carry in our hearts a sincere desire to do something that will make a difference in the state of affairs we find ourselves and our country ...

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  • Reading the title of this narrative, not only will one stare incredulously at me, but also have, in all probability, serious doubts about my mental stability; for which, I won’t blame them in the least, since neither was I the one holding the cricket world cup trophy in 1992 nor, a more ...

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  • My life is represented by the maxim “the grass is greener on the other side”, but I find solace in the fact that I am not the only one suffering from this weakness of the human condition. One tends to take things most pivotal in one’s life for granted only because one has ...

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  • I love being a Pakistani; it is the most exciting existence ever! I laugh in the face of blue (yes, you read right – ‘blue’), red or even yellow (is there one???) passports, for I have my cherished green one. Like Gollum I clasp it to my bosom, during all security checks at most ...

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  • The courtship, the marriage, the honeymoon…….after all the excitement of the whirlwind, that is inbuilt in our culture when it comes to the union of two individuals or rather two families, dies down and life settles into the routine of practicality, many couples are faced with the ...

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  • Remember those bygone days when young ladies used to talk like ladies and boys used to treat them as such; pity and a thousand pities that that is just what they are now - bygone days. In all honesty, I can’t really pinpoint the exact moment when this loss of verbal dignity came to pass, ...

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