Kumail Soomro

Kumail Soomro

The writer is a media studies student with experience in journalism.

Elite privilege

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” This quote from George Orwell’s allegoric novel Animal Farm is about the disparities in life.  This sentence is a comment on the hypocrisy of governments that proclaim absolute

Luxury items ban

The government has imposed a ban on imports of ‘luxury’ items to help boost the faltering economy. The move has been widely hailed with economic experts claiming it will save precious foreign reserves against importing unnecessary items, fix our current

History of suicide bombings

On May 21, 1991, Indian Prime Minister Rajeev Gandhi was campaigning in Tamil Nadu state where he was greeted and garlanded. In the town of Sriperumdur, a woman approached and bent down to touch his feet, detonating a RDX explosion-laden

Foreign conspiracy and US interventions

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan had an unceremoniously ending as prime minister. To date, no one who has sat on the coveted and cursed seat has completed a full term. Imran’s ouster was unusual as it was the first open

Peace and war prevention

Throughout history, men have waged wars to resolve disputes and conflicts between groups or nations. They consider war as an institution recognized in custom or law in accordance with socially accepted forms. The quest for land, labour and resources has

Economic hitman

One of the most impactful books I have ever read was “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” by John Perkins. I read it nearly ten years back and followed up recently with its updated version. It got me intrigued how the

Media control

Being a Mass Communication graduate made me study, evaluate and understand the power of the media and the control it yields on our lives. The mass media is perhaps the most powerful tool to send information and messages to a

Crazy, filthy rich

The coronavirus pandemic upended the world and caused even greater income equalities. Millions of people were unemployed and could take over a decade to recover. In the United States alone, more than twenty million people have lost their jobs. However,

PDM and history of alliances

There is no doubt that the greatest challenge to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government has been the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an eleven-party alliance of political parties hell bent on ousting the PTI government at any cost. The formation and

National identity crisis

The Senate passed a resolution for the mandatory teaching of Arabic in schools without many dissenting voices, reigniting a new debate on how it will shape our national identity. There is growing anxiety among the youth about the Arbabization of

No one gets caught

Some countries prosper while others are left behind. There are countries where everyone steals and no one gets caught and there are those where corruption can get you shot. Some countries have tried to progress at the cost of great

Daughter of Destiny

Some people are born great. Some achieve greatness while some have greatness thrust upon them. Benazir Bhutto has all three. Today marks the 13th death anniversary of the indelible impact on the history and politics of Pakistan. In 1988, Benazir

Honour the Baloch

‘Rule the Punjabis, intimidate the Sindhis, buy the Pushtun, and honour the Baloch.’ – This aphorism was used by the British as a governing model but these stereotypes still hold true today. Despite the passage of seventy decades, the Balochs

Radicalism and extremism

January 30, 2015 – I was working as an intern at an advertising agency when I stopped to check the news. I was shocked by what I just read as if the group below me had moved away. A suicide

Lost glory of Shikarpur

My hometown Shikarpur was once known as Paris of Sindh because of its commanding location and strategic importance for trade. When you go to your hometown it gives you a sense of belonging and makes you feel relaxed. It was

Importance of History

History matters. Nations who do not appreciate and preserve their history will be eventually wiped off and forgotten. Unfortunately, we have lost the value of history and have made efforts to alter textbooks to inculcate half-truth, lies and fallacies to

Rising extremism

We pride ourselves that Pakistan is the first country created in the name of Islam as a separate state for Muslims of the subcontinent. Our founding fathers could have never imagined or failed to decipher that when you create a

Fallacy of the Muslim world

There is a guiding principle in global politics that nations do not have allies, they only have interests. This is being observed by the normalization of bilateral relations between Israel and UAE and soon other Arab countries. Both countries share

Understanding Sindh’s politics

In 1843, British General Sir Charles Napier invaded Sindh and send a one word telegram to the Governor General about his victory – “Peccavi” or “I have sinned”. The British hoped to use Sindh for its economic potential with the

Conspiracy theories

We have a general tendency to believe in conspiracy theories. Whenever there is no plausible explanation for some phenomenon, we blame it on our demons; CIA, RAW, Mossad, etc. If it’s still beyond comprehension then we can even blame in

Interfaith harmony in Sindh

The controversy created over the construction of a Hindu temple in Islamabad gives a glimpse of the appalling situation of minorities in our country. Many were irked not by the building of the temple itself but rather it was being

Rights for Sindh

While our attention has been fixated on the coronavirus pandemic and the usual dallying by the government, a new crisis had emerged revealing that thousands of people have been receiving fake and completely bogus domiciles of Sindh. These reports first

Contagion and coronavirus

The scenes seem from Steven Soderbergh’s medical thriller ‘Contagion’. A virus transmitted by fomites, attempts by researchers to identify and contain the disease, loss of social order in a pandemic, and finally the introduction of a vaccine. The movie was


Let me first confess that I have not watched a single episode of the much-hyped drama ‘Meray Pass Tum Ho’. I hope that I will be accepted as a member of this society. I also confess that I have hardly