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Islamabad bloggers

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Last night’s meetup of Islamabad bloggers went splendidly well. I really wasn’t expecting such a large turnout for a blogging event in Islamabad and it was great to see so many bloggers and people interested in blogging. There must have been at least 70-80 people attending the event which is a pretty impressive number for […]

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Recommendations for blog template

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A number of readers have expressed dissatisfaction with sajjadzaidi.com‘s design (or the lack of it, to be more precise) which has been around for a couple of years now (check out the Wayback Machine for older layouts). I have been pretty much satisfied by the site’s functionality, but even I am now put off by […]

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A year since Benazir assassination

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December 27th, 2007, was a fateful day in the history of this country. Whether you were a supporter of the Pakistan People’s Party or not, the death of its charismatic leader, Benazir Bhutto, has no doubt changed the fate of this nation. A number of her followers mourned her death and the PPP government, which […]

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Islamabad Bloggers Meetup

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After successful sessions in Karachi and Lahore, a bloggers meetup is being arranged in Islamabad on Monday, 29th December, 2008. It has been quite a while since I got together with other bloggers so am definitely planning to attend this. Below is the info posted on Facebook and other blogs. Hope to see more of you […]

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Severed cables cut off Asia

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Just under a year ago, multiple undersea cable cuts around the Middle East left a number of countries in this region without adequate connectivity to Europe and the Americas. On Friday, the cuts struck again and this time the damage is to three different cable systems. This has crippled the bandwidth for countries spanning the […]

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Gakhar plaza collapses after fire

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Severely damaged by a fire that started late Friday night, Gakhar Plaza, one of Rawalpindi’s iconic shopping places, has collapsed. I had only been to Gakkar plaza a couple of times in the past, but my last visit was just around a week ago and I quite enjoyed eating at the rooftop restaurant. Sad to […]

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Peace vigil in Islamabad

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I’m hoping to make it to this event tonight. Even if you can’t, do try and spread the word. We really need to stand up against terrorism in all forms and do what we must to spread the message of peace. Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm Location: Civil Junction cafe, Street […]

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Obama wins US presidency

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The first message I received this morning was a Ufone breaking news alert stating that Barack Hussein Obama had won the US presidential elections. What happens in the United States has quite a significant impact in Pakistan so Pakistanis have been following the elections closely. During the election campaigns, a lot has been said about […]

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Winters, darkness and peanuts

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Winter has been late in the making this year. November has started, yet it’s hot enough to go out in a t-shirt during the day. The nights are still slightly warm and it is only cold for a few hours sometime in the morning. As I wrote in my last post, mosquitoes are still rejoicing […]

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Juicy mosquitoes in October

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October is on its last breaths. Halloween is near. And things are peaceful and quiet for once. Yet the mosquito is still happily feasting on its helpless victims. In fact, these parasites are fatter and meaner than ever. How utterly disgusting it is to squish one and be smeared with drops of your own precious […]