Ali Abbas

Ali Abbas

The writer is a mass communication student at Karachi University.

A candid admission

The political temperature across the country has started to rise with the PTI holding rallies, hitting hard against the Shehbaz Sharif-led coalition government, while the latter fires its own salvo of broadsides against the opposition. Ever since his ouster through

Last ‘love’ letter

In the past, when the means of communication were limited, the beloved kept in touch through letters. With the passage of time, they started describing their feelings on time and with the advent of mobile phone, communication became even easier.

A winning approach

The historic three-Test series between Pakistan and Australia is headed for a gripping finish after the home team reached stumps on day four at 73-0. Opening batters Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique survived 27 overs as Pakistan requires another 278 runs

Battling street crimes

Fear of death and robbery stares people in the face in Karachi whether they are in the market, in the street or even at home. The level of horror can be gauged from the fact that in less than two

The real extremists

Hindu extremism is flourishing in India under Narendra Modi’s rule. Whether it is lynchings of Muslims over suspected cow slaughter, disenfranchisement of the community through discriminatory citizenship laws or communal statements made by those in power, hateful anti-Muslim rhetoric has

Afghan crisis

It has now been five months of Taliban rule in Afghanistan. But the situation there is far from stable. While the war has ended, the country is now on the brink of a human catastrophe. The UN and many of

Independent judiciary

Last week, Pakistan was ranked 130th among the 139 assessed countries globally in “adherence to rule of law”, evaluated by the World Justice Project. Even in South Asia, Pakistan’s position is second last. Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh all have

The TLP debacle

The government of U-turns has lifted the ban on the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) in line with the “secret agreement” it had signed with the group on October 31, despite its march from Lahore to Islamabad punctuated with sporadic violence. It

Backbreaking inflation

In its latest edition, the Economist magazine tracked inflation in 42 countries plus the Euro region and found that Argentina was on the top with inflation, standing at 51.4 percent, Turkey on the second with 19.6 percent, Brazil at third

Increasing unemployment – a major challenge

Recently, the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) painted a grim picture of the rising rate of unemployment across the country, underlining that 24 percent of educated people were jobless at the moment. The PIDE informed its Senate Standing Committee

Grassroot cricket

The line-up at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the corporate body which governs cricket in Pakistan, has been changed. After some days of thought, Prime Minister Imran Khan, who acts as patron of the PCB, has replaced Ehsan Mani with

Afghan situation: a challenge for Pakistan

The Afghan government has had its most difficult week fighting the Taliban since the insurgency began. Almost 19 provincial capitals have fallen since last Friday, marking the first time the Taliban have controlled a city since they were ousted in

Vaccine shortage – a matter of concern

There is no doubt that the government’s vaccination programme has proved to be quite effective in controlling the spread of the deadly coronavirus, however, now, the shortage of vaccine has created an obstacle, which will surely affect the vaccination targets.

Planting trees

Today the world is facing environmental problems. Global warming, ozone depletion and pollution are burning issues. Solution to these problems lies in planting more trees. Trees and plants are the prime source of environmental purification and beautification. Even Islam has

Corrupt Education System

According to UNICEF Pakistan, over 22 million children aged 5-16 years are out of school in the country. In Sindh, an estimated 3.5 million children do not go to school. In the last few decades in Pakistan, education has been

Hamid Mir’s fiery remarks

The attack on Journalist and vlogger, Asad Toor, a strong critic of country’s state institutions, has once again sparked a debate. On Tuesday night, Asad Toor was attacked and threatened inside his Islamabad apartment by unknown assailants. There might still

COVID-19 vaccine misconceptions

“COVID-19 vaccines can change the genetic composition in humans who receive it, with the possibility of turning heterosexual people into homosexuals,” an Iranian cleric said. This is just one of the many misconceptions being spread around to world to create

The art of Horse Trading

Jumping ship from one party to another is turned into an art form; if it had been an Olympics sport, Pakistan could have bagged many gold medals. There is no doubt that our democracy is a continued victim of horse-trading.

Are we a free nation?

I often ask myself this question: are we a free nation? My answer, usually, is no. We might be a free nation for 74 years on the world map, but still, we’re not truly free. After the independence of Pakistan,

The problems with Pakistan’s cricket

There was never a doubt that Pakistan would find it difficult to beat New Zealand at the latter’s home and the theory was proven true when the Kiwis beat Men in Green by nine wickets in the second T20I to

Political dynasties and Student Unions

“The people of Pakistan have given their verdict and not the selected government has to resign,” said Aseefa Bhutto Zardari as she kicked off her political career at Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) Multan power show. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto didn’t

Unislamic forced conversions

In Pakistan, the laws applicable to the rights of religious minorities have shifted from being neutral to blatantly discriminatory. A 13-year-old Christian girl, named Arzoo, was reportedly abducted from her house in Karachi and forced to marry a 44-year-old man

Something’s fishy

“General Qamar Javed Bajwa, you packed up our government, which was working well, and put the nation and the country at the altar of your wishes.” This was stated by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif in the first

The battlefield

Our struggle is not against Prime Minister Imran Khan but those who brought him into power through the 2018 elections. This was stated by PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif while addressing the much-hyped PPP-hosted All Parties Conference (APC), aimed at devising

Freedom of Expression – A myth

Article 19 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973, states that every citizen shall have the right to freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of the Press, subject to any reasonable restriction, imposed by law in the interest of

Teamwork takes the wicket

It wouldn’t be unfair to say that Pakistan was the better team for the majority of the first Test match. However, England made a dramatic turnaround to maintain the developed habit of chasing down daunting targets in final innings. One

A power struggle over Karachi

Karachi, the world’s seventh and Pakistan’s largest city, is beset by innumerable problems due to a power struggle between political parties. Instead of addressing the problems of the people of Karachi, the politicians always complained about not having powers or

An era of Technological trouble

The world is now changed into a ‘global village’. This is the era of Information Technology where everyone uses technological devices daily, whether it is for work, studies or leisure. The information technology industry has seen many changes throughout its

Look into your collars

The proverb ‘Jaisi Awam waisay Hukmuran’ correctly defines the people of Pakistan. In a bid to contain the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the Sindh government designated around 500 sites all over Karachi for collectively performing the ritual of sacrificing

Coronavirus and Smart lockdown policy

On July 21, Pakistan has reported the lowest number of coronavirus infections – just 1013 – in the past three months. Pakistan is constantly witnessing a major decline in the number of coronavirus infections. The World Health Organization in Pakistan