Terrorism Report 2013

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Data is from SATP, as all of PIPS’ stuff is behind paywalls now. SATP data is sometimes inaccurate and their casualty counts are higher than PIPS. Terrorist fatalities have been excluded. Total means civilians + law enforcement and security personnel. Summary Fatalities in terrorism remained on the same levels as 2012. There was only a 1.65% reduction in total fatalities. ... Read More »

Who Won 2013 In Pakistan?

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A few days ago, fellow blogger @mediagag showed me a rather unique way of looking back at the year. It was a link to a series of posts on the American website Grantland, where the author Rembert Browne has asked the question “Who won the year” for several years now. The methodology is fairly simple and the rules and bouts ... Read More »

Remembering Salman Taseer

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Today marks the third death anniversary of Salman Taseer. Usually political figures, even those assassinated, are remembered on their birthdays, but Taseer is different, mainly for what his death represented: the end of hope etc. It’s interesting to go back and examine the run-up to his murder. One of the reasons I remember being particularly upset by Taseer’s killing was ... Read More »

A Short Note on “Waar” and Terrorism in Pakistan

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Yesterday, the venerable Nadeem Mandviwala tweeted that Waar had crossed 18 crores in its total earnings, and the countdown could now begin on it becoming the greatest grosser in Pakistani film history. That record is held by Syed Noor’s Chooriyan, which grossed 20 crores. Hasan Zaidi, the founder of the Kara Film Festival and probably the most reliable authority on ... Read More »

Pakistani Music I Heard This Week – Post Hakeemullah Session

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In the grand tradition of blog series on this website, PMIHTW (what a lun acronym) has seen a break in its regularity. Thankfully, you can relax because I am back with a few more tasty brownie delights. We start this week with Lussun TV’s third session. During the break in this blog, the boiz at Lussun were clearly working a ... Read More »

Topi-e-Aala

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From pictures that appeared on the Khadim-e-Aala’s Facebook page in the last few months. Standing atten-shun in a Baker’s hat Al-Capone, but with a hat two sizes big Uighur hat for a cosmopolitan man Finger wagging at the Chinese! Geoffrey Boycott? Read More »

Pakistani Music I Heard This Week – Post Eid

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[Featured image via @TheDesiDesign] The big news this week is that Coke Studio Season 6 is slowly, and very KLPDingly, beginning at long last. Only one song came out this week, which has many people complaining of sounding ‘generic’. Given the diversity and scale of Coke Studio’s following, it makes sense to have such tracks each season, and it is ... Read More »

The Hipster Football Club 2013/14

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The notion of a football hipster community is pretty new. It’s a phenomenon borne of the internet age. You need to be able to have the technology to watch leagues across the world, and see the trends your fellow hipsters are following. Unlike music, there is no ‘underground scene’ which facilitates both the discovery and the sharing of these teams. ... Read More »

Pakistani Music I Heard This Week – Pre Eid

The 'soft side' of Zaid Hamid

Will kick things off this week with a slightly dated song performed by fellow @PaceisPaceYaar host, Assad Hassnain aka @LeftArmAround. I was apprehensive when I first started to listen because of the content. There have been many terrible songs in this vein (Yeh Hum Nahi, Dehshatgardi Murdabad) but to my relief I realised Mazloom works brilliantly because it is part ... Read More »

Pakistani Music I Heard This Week

The 'soft side' of Zaid Hamid

I’ve been meaning to do a round-up of Pakistani music for fucking ever now. I put a lot of my eggs into landing a radio gig but a certain channel basically spent six months dangling me about and now there’s a truckload of excellent Pakistani music that’s slipping through our digital fingers. Anyways, I am now going to try and ... Read More »