Month: August 2016

ہم نے کیا دیا؟

  قلم اُٹھتا ہے تو سوچیں بدل جاتی ہیں  اک شخص کی محنت سے ملتیں تشکیل پاتی ہیں۔ اللہ تعالی نے انسان کو سب سے اعلی مخلوق بنا کر  دُنیا میں بھیجا اور  اُسے صاف اور واضح الفاظ میں  کہا   اب جاؤ اور زمین میں پھیل جاؤ ۔تلاش کرو غوروفکر کرو۔ پرانے زمانے میں انسان پتوں کا لباس بنا کر پہنتا تھا ۔ اور  جھونپڑیوں  میں رہتا تھا۔آہستہ آہستہ انسان نے غوروفکر کی اور اپنے رہن سہن کو   وقت کے ساتھ ساتھ بڑھاتا  چلا گیا۔

Rethinking nationalism

Here we are sharing an article written by ‘Ali Rafi’ published in ‘Express Tribune’ on August 16, 2016. As the clock struck 12, the power supply went off for an hour at my residence in Islamabad. However, there was no dearth of bright lights as the sky soon erupted with a grandiose display of celebratory fireworks marking the beginning of August 14. It made it easier to observe the celebrations with no lights around us; it also presented a sharp symbolic reflection of a society eager to look upwards for satisfaction into bright lights, immune to the now common problems around us. There is no doubt that August 14 is a day to celebrate; and independence is a privilege we all hold dear. However, celebrating the occasion so extravagantly days after a fatal blast in Quetta, inches beyond the boundaries of resilience and into apathy.

Tourism of faith

Here we are sharing an article written by Hajrah Mumtaz published in ‘Dawn’ on 15th Aug, 2016. ANOTHER Independence Day celebrated, another round of frenzy that the citizenry has fallen into the habit of indulging in at this time of the year. From young motorcyclists menacing the public with wheelies to women complaining of being harassed to the sheer volume of jubilant yells and sporadic gunfire that echoed yesterday from the streets of cities across the country, it is evident that Aug 14 has become a day for the latent unruly energies of the populace to be unleashed.

Overcoming trauma

Here we are sharing an article written by Juggun Kazim published ‘Express Tribune’ on August 14, 2016. For the past 69 years, Pakistan has been subjected to one horror after another. Whether it’s natural disasters like floods and earthquakes or man-made tragedies like bomb blasts, the end result is that Pakistan bleeds. And by extension, so do you and I. The attack in Quetta was so frightening and uncalled for that now people are scared to go to hospitals in Lahore and Karachi as well. A whole generation of lawyers wiped out along with so many other innocent lives. Seventy-one  people dead and 112 injured — for what? We all fail to understand.

Is development aid racist?

Here we are sharing an article written by  Syed Mohammad Ali  published in ‘Express Tribune’ on August 11, 2016 Faced with multiple and recurrent development challenges, it is important to keep questioning whether prevalent approaches to international aid and development are indeed the most effective ways to alleviate and address the suffering of millions of people around the world. The institutional architecture for the delivery of international aid has become increasingly sophisticated over the past 70 years. In addition to espousing increasingly ambitious aims, and garnering ever-larger resources, a greater number of stakeholders have also come to the fore in trying to achieve varied development goals. These development stakeholders include multilateral and bilateral development agencies, which work with an increasing number of government agencies, as well as multitudes of non-government organisations within both developed and developing countries.


تحریر:ساحرہ ظفر سی بادشاہ نے ایک قیدی کے قتل کا حکم دیا۔ قیدی بیچارہ جب زندگی سے ناامید ہو گیا تو اس نے بادشاہ کو بُرا بھلا کہا اور گالیاں دیں۔ کسی نے سچ کہا ہے جو اپنی جان سے ہاتھ دھولیتا ہے وہ جو جی میں آتا ہے کہہ گذرتا ہے۔ مجبوری کے وقت جب بھاگنے کا موقع نہیں ملتا ہے تو انسان اپنی جان بچانے کے لیے تیز تلوار کی دھار کو ہاتھ سے پکڑ لیتا ہے۔ بادشاہ نے پوچھا یہ قیدی کیا کہہ رہا تھا۔ ایک نیک خصلت وزیر نے جواب دیا۔ حضور یہ قیدی کہہ رہا ہے کہ وہ لوگ بہت اچھے ہوتے ہیں جو غصّہ کو پی جاتے ہیں اور لوگوں کی خطا معاف کر دیتے ہیں۔ یہ سن کر بادشاہ کو رحم آگیا اور اس نے قیدی کی خطا معاف کر دی اور اس کو رہا کر دیا۔

Missing children and missing pieces

Here we are sharing an article written By Chris Cork, published in ‘Express Tribune’ on August 10, 2016 The last week has seen a range of stories both on social media and in the mainstream about children, particularly in Punjab, but other parts of the country as well, who have gone missing. The numbers were alarming, but of equal concern was the story within the story that some of those missing children were being taken to have their organs harvested.