Shakeel A. Malik

  • The quality and nature of humour and comedy is a yardstick to determine the sensibility and maturity of a nation. A nation’s wit is reflected in its literature, media, films, and performing arts. Sadly, the quality and subtlety of humour in our society have undergone a steep ...

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  • As the movie makers in Pakistan struggle to transform film-creation into a recognized industry, television drama is fast undergoing a second renaissance. With current affairs talk shows and late night political satire programmes losing interest value, TV plays have emerged as the sole and sure mode ...

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  • With easing of international travel advisories following improved security situation and a much-relaxed visa regime, Pakistan is emerging as a high-demand destination for foreign tourists. The new visa policy is thought to be the first step towards reversing a stringent visa regime. With ...

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  • Like other ventures in the country, the privatisation of state owned enterprises runs into controversies. The policy makers of the time and political parties outside the ruling sphere share responsibility for aborting the divestment bids. While the opposition parties do what they have to, the ...

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  • “If music be the food of love, play on.” –William Shakespeare   The quality music that touches heart strings is fast fading away in our country. 1980s struck death blow to celluloid Urdu industry that led to sharp fall of mainstream playback Urdu music. This music was at its ...

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  • Early in the millennium, the private television channels in Pakistan brought a new trend of news bulletins and current affairs talk shows. This no-holds-barred freedom in the post 9/11 environment heralded in its stride undesirable trends alongside positive ones.   In response to ...

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  • While generally hailed by citizens as landmark initiatives, the bus rapid transit (BRT) or metro bus projects in Lahore and Rawalpindi-Islamabad have come under criticism from some politicians. One reason for inviting such a critique is this system’s visibility and mobility. The debate ...

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  • Since the coining of the term ‘soft power’ several elements have come to take their place under the canopy of this phrase. These may include anything and everything that can portray a country in favourable light. In discourses about elements of soft power of Pakistan, the role of the ...

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