Tuesday, October 12, 2010

TV journalism's Aafia mafia


Dr Aafia has been hijacked, and not just by the Americans, who had her flown to the US and gave her a dubiously excessive punishment for attempted murder, but by the Pakistani media itself.

Just recently Meher Bokhari conducted a TV programme on Samaa on Dr Aafia Siddiqui, and it was an atrocious attack on the idea of responsible, or even mildly responsible journalism. She opened her piece on the programme with an emotional plea about the “daughter of the nation” and how “time” would ask Musharraf about his actions. Is this journalism or jingoism?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

We Have Bigger Problems than Afia Siddiqui... There are myriad "Qaum ki Betiyaan" Waiting for Justice!


Okay so we have rallies up and down the country.. the roads are blocked, tyres are being flamed up and the politicians (accompanied by our enlightened awaam) are getting all hoo-haa over the sentencing of Dr Afia. How can they miss such a golden opportunity presented to them on a silver platter?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

My Oh My!!!

Courtesy The Daily Sun

It had to be 1-1. How can I even dare to think that we were going to pull-off something as extraordinary as decent, sensible defending in the final minute? I hate it when referees want to be the center of attention in a match of football and unfortunately Phil Dowd was in exactly that mood when he took charge of an already spicy affair at the Stadium of Light in a match of Strength against guile and finesse! 

Monday, September 6, 2010

The President’s to-do list

by A A Sheikh

The country is facing a grave crisis (again). It’s apparently on the brink of ruin and anarchy (again) while reeling from a terrible disaster (again) and is scrambling to cope with its fallout (again). Meanwhile blatant acts of terrorism and lawlessness abound (as usual). The government is falling woefully short in managing its multiple crises (what’s new?) and has called desperately for international help (again).

Yes, it’s bad. But it’s heartening to see our president working tirelessly to tackle the situation and keep the government afloat, pardon the pun. With so much to do in so little time, he’s taken to jotting down things-to-do lists to keep track of urgent plans. These are meant to be ultra-secret but through top-notch investigative journalism we managed to get hold of one. Take a look:

Sunday, August 29, 2010

It's time for Arsene Wenger to show who really is the Special One

By Piers Morgan

Would you take Mourinho over Wenger as manager of Arsenal?, asked a friend this week. It was a good question. Ten years ago, I wouldn't have hesitated. There was no manager on the planet I'd have wanted more than Wenger then. 

Saturday, August 28, 2010

No contest, Jose Mourinho is Real Madrid's star signing of the summer

One by one, they emerged onto the Bernabeu pitch to take their bow.
By Ian Chadband

A couple of German kids who made a hit at the World Cup; two bright young things of Spanish football; an Argentine starlet and one battle-scarred old defender from Portugal.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Who Let The Cows Out??

By Aziz Hirani

A Herd of Cows taking a leisurely stroll along the Kashmir Road

A Herd of Cows taking a leisurely stroll along the Kashmir Road. Well maybe they were out for their evening walk, just ended up on the road rather than a Garden.. hmm... fitness matters to even Cows!! Next up, water buffaloes on the road but does that make milk any healthier???

Monday, August 16, 2010

Thanks for the howler!!

Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

10 against 11, well  09 against 12 if you count in Reina for Arsenal….

I was enraged to see the electricity play a big part in preventing me from watching the first half… but the second half was where the action happened.

Monday, August 2, 2010


By Aziz Hirani

One more down, many more to go! A spree that doesn't seem to end in the near future and for once, there doesn’t seem to be any reason to believe the contrary. The Karachi target killing takes yet another turn with the cold blooded daylight murder of an MQM MPA who I believe was on his way to attend a funeral. Little did he know that thousands would be turning up just hours later to attend his own memorial service!