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POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Apr 05, 2014 AT 17:04 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 05, 2014 17:04 IST

Someone on twitter suggested collecting stories of where you were when you heard the news of Bhutto's execution. I hope others will post their stories below, I have a couple. And some random comments:

I was at home because our board exams had been postponed in anticipation of the hanging. I woke up to see Ami (my mother) crying.

She just said, "They have hanged Bhutto".

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POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Apr 05, 2014 AT 17:04 IST, Edited At: Apr 05, 2014 17:04 IST
POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Mar 27, 2014 AT 23:58 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 28, 2014 00:58 IST

I have written before about the historical background of the Shia-Sunni conflict, and in particular about its manifestations in Pakistan. Since then, unfortunately but predictably, the phenomenon of Shia-killing in Pakistan has moved a little closer to my personal circle. First it was the universally loved Dr Ali Haider, famous retina surgeon, son of the great Professor Zafar Haider and Professor Tahira Bokhari, killed in broad daylight in Lahore along with his young son. 

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POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Mar 27, 2014 AT 23:58 IST, Edited At: Mar 28, 2014 00:58 IST
POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Jan 22, 2014 AT 04:40 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 22, 2014 04:40 IST

Everyone and his dog is predicting an operation against the Pakistani Taliban by the Pakistan army. The word is that the TTP (or factions of the TTP, confusion about that being a standard part of Pakistani discourse and probably of the situation on the ground) has crossed all limits, attacking even in Punjab and killing soldiers, not just bloody civilians. 

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POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Jan 22, 2014 AT 04:40 IST, Edited At: Jan 22, 2014 04:40 IST
POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Oct 11, 2013 AT 23:59 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 11, 2013 23:59 IST


What the Dawn Published as: Malala bungee jumping hours after she was allegedly ‘shot.

Yesterday, Pakistani columnist Nadeem Farooq Paracha wrote a satirical column about the Malala conspiracy theories in Pakistan. It was so over the top that many people objected that it was not really funny as it should have been more subtle and deadpan.

Well, they understimated the power of America-hatred.

People on social media wrote tweets about this “revelation” published in Dawn News. OK, that’s just social media. There is no shortage of morons in the world, etc etc. But then Iran’s somewhat sophisticated propaganda site PRESS TV took the bait, with hilarious results.

The original link now takes you to some generic Press TV page. The Iranians were stupid, but not THAT stupid. They took it down. Luckily, we have a screenshot.


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POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Oct 11, 2013 AT 23:59 IST, Edited At: Oct 11, 2013 23:59 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 10, 2013 AT 23:19 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 10, 2013 23:19 IST

While everything Malala Yousafzai said on the Jon Stewart show was absolutely life-affirming, there was a particular moment when Stewart asked her when was it that she realised that the Taliban had made her a target.

Her response:

When in 2012, we were – I was with my father and someone came and she told us have you seen on Google, if you search your name, that the Taliban has threatened you, and I could not believe it.

I said it’s not true, and even after we saw the threat I was not worried about myself that much. I was worried about my father, because we thought that the Taliban are not that much cruel that they would kill a child, cause I was 14 at that time.

But then later on I used to – I started thinking about that and and I used to think that the Talib would come and he would just kill me, but then I said: if he comes what would you do Malala?

Then I would reply myself: that Malala take a shoe and hit him, but then I said – then I said:

If you hit a Talib with your shoe then there would be no difference between you and the Talib, you must not treat others that much with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace, and through dialogue and through education.

Then I said: I’ll tell him how important education is and that I even want education for your children as well, and I will tell him that’s what I want to tell you. Now do what you want.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 10, 2013 AT 23:19 IST, Edited At: Oct 10, 2013 23:19 IST
     
 
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