Of Balochistan, Bangladesh and BBZ

  Last week I was in Quetta in connection with a seminar on the Mother and Child Programme. Whoever heard that I was heading for Quetta looked a little askance and thought I needed my head examined as though I was going to some risky jungle and did not perceive all the dangers that stood…

Born to die

There can be few deaths more agonising than death by fire. A nameless newborn female infant was dumped on a rubbish heap near Faisalabad. As is common, those charged with the destruction of the rubbish that people bring for disposal, set fire to the heap — and it was thescreams of the child as it…

Mohenjo Daro

The forgotten cities of the Indus

The forgotten cities of the Indus It was in 1985 when the priest king of Mohenjo-Daro left the country for the first time to go to Aachen, Germany. The German Government and the Government of Pakistan had organized for the first time in cooperation with UNESCO an international exhibition on the Indus Civilization. The exhibition…

Return to Dera Bugti

At one point in Pakistan’s history, it appears that Dera Bugti was a diverse society with mosques, gurdwaras and temples existing peacefully side by side. Unfortunately, since 2006, all of these places of worship, which once provided solace to their followers, have been mangled by bullets and bombs, and remain as charred, damaged structures. Dishearteningly, many…

Top 10 Worst Politicians in the World of 2013 – Pakistan’s Altaf Hussain @ No. 3

Looking at the political crowd, it is tough to select the top ten worst politicians as there are so many to be picked; most are coward and diplomatic, some are greedy, some are liars, and some are pathetic straightaway! If I was allowed to enlist all the worst politicians, I would have packed the category with almost, yeah almost all the politicians! However,…

Rape-politik: Herein lie the answers

KARACHI: Rape rages across Pakistan but a vast majority of cases remain hidden from the public eye. An increased number of child rape cases in Karachi over the past few years accompanied by severe torture and sometimes manslaughter has brought the average victim’s age down to 14 from 18. It has in part also helped debunk…