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Super Market bomb blast – Remembering the slain security guard

. Islamabad – Everyone called him Chaudhry Chacha*. “Chacha used to tell us to have a wicketkeeper when we played cricket at night at the parking lot,” said Asad, an employee at Munchies food outlet in the Super Market. “He used to say ‘stop it, you’ll break the windowpanes.’” But there was no night cricket […]

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Two bombs go off in capital, reminding citizens of city’s vulnerability

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 25, 2014. Islamabad – Two low-intensity bombs exploded in separate parts of the federal capital in the early hours of Saturday, killing one watchman, injuring another and causing damage to property, according to police. The explosions occurred at a time […]

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Sikhs protest march on to the Parliament House

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 24, 2014. Islamabad – In an unprecedented move which exposed chinks in Islamabad’s security, members of the Sikh community protested outside the Parliament House on Friday against incidents of desecration of their holy book, the Guru Garanth Sahib. The protest demonstration, […]

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Police shoot at two motorcyclists for not stopping at picket, try to frame them as terrorists

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 19, 2014. Islamabad – The capital police allegedly tried to pin a terrorism charge on two innocent motorcycle riders on Sunday to save its own skin, but had to back off after locals and political workers intervened. The incident occurred […]

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Pak trade delegation to visit France

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 31, 2014. Islamabad – Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif will join a Pakistani trade delegation for an upcoming visit to France, according to a press release issued by the French embassy. The trade delegation, which will include representatives […]

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Business studies a new favourite discipline for Pakistani students

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 18, 2014. Islamabad – For decades, engineering and medicine have been Pakistan’s favourite professions. The patriarchal Pakistani society approves of female doctors, alongside women teachers perhaps, and the country’s men have often been pushed, sometimes against their will, to be […]

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Not too late for anti-rigging protests for some PTI supporters

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 12, 2014. Islamabad – The transparency and fairness of the 2013 general elections appear to remain controversial for some political parties even a year after Pakistanis turned up at their local polling stations to vote. On Sunday, supporters of the Pakistan […]

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Metro bus project: Van re-routing means increased fare for some commuters

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 11, 2014. Islamabad – In just six weeks, Rawalpindi’s famous Murree Road has become almost unrecognizable. Ditches have been dug, huge under-construction pillars have emerged across the road’s length and, from Faizabad to Saddar, giant machines and construction workers appear […]

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Water treatment project starved of funds

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 6, 2014, Islamabad – Those who drink the water must also pay for its quality. It is this simple logic which is likely to cause another delay in an already delayed project to further improve the quality of drinking water […]

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Children not reading as many or as diverse books as before

An edited version of this book was first published in The Express Tribune on May 5, 2014. Islamabad – From among the group of school girls, Ramsha Zafar admitted bashfully that she is fond of the stories of Amar Ayyar, popularly mispronounced as Umro Ayyar, the legendary trickster from the Dastaan-e Amir Hamza. Ramsha, an […]

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