Pakistan

Protest against dissolution of HEC

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I have often argued that the root cause of the problems we are facing in Pakistan is the lack of education. Without proper education, we are unable to elect competent leaders or make any rational decisions as a nation. If almost half of our population is unable to read and write a single word, extremism […]

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A sad independence day

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Today marks Pakistan’s 64th independence day. It’s a sad one, not just because of the ongoing floods, the worst natural disaster in our history, but because of how so many across the country are celebrating it. (Image from this article) It is an important day for us, no doubt. But it was sad to see […]

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Discussion on Pakistani Superheroes

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This was a serious status update that I recently made on Facebook about what the Pakistani lawyer movement had turned into. Hilarity soon ensued and it became a discussion of what a Pakistani Superhero should be like. You can read it here: Me: Lawyers fighting each other like kids and turning into a rowdy mob. […]

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Renewed hope for Pakistan

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For the past couple of years, there hasn’t been a lot of positive news coming out of Pakistan and although it has remained quite insulated from the effects of the global recession, things haven’t been too rosy. I was recently reading a nice article on Dawn titled Silly Season in Pakistan that explored the possibility […]

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Pakistan wins the 2009 Cricket World Cup

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Firstly, let me just say that despite my great love for participating in most kinds of sports and physical activities, the thought of watching a match from the couch doesn’t quite appeal to me (well, maybe with the exception of the FIFA World Cup). And when it comes to Cricket, I have neither the patience, […]

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Suicide bombing at Rescue 15 compound

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There has just been a suicide attack on a police emergency station, right in the heart of Islamabad. The terrorist climbed over the fence of the Rescue 15 compound near Zero Point and opened fire on the security personnel inside. Upon retaliatory fire, he blew himself up, killing two policemen in the process and injuring […]

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Zorlu wind farm in Thatta

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Was quite surprised to see an inauguration ceremony of a new wind farm project in Thatta, Sindh, by a Turkish company (apparently with the help of the Chinese). The farm will initially produce 50 megawatts of electricity and can be scaled up to 250 megawatts at a later stage. That alone won’t be enough to […]

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Country-wide Power Outage

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It started sometime early in the afternoon when the power at my hotel suddenly went out and the generators kicked in. I remember power outages to be pretty common in Lahore so didn’t pay much attention to it. Went to meet my relatives and the power was unavailable there as well. Went to meet my […]

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In Lahore for an install

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Though Lahore is a place relatively close to Islamabad (and a place I like to visit, once in a while), it has been well over a year since I was last here. It so happened that I had to configure a few cool servers in Lahore and got a chance to come down here. Though […]