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  • Pakistan's participation in Rio Olympics a mere consolation

    KARACHI: When 206 nations march past during the Rio Olympics opening ceremony, a mere seven-athlete team will represent Pakistan — one fewer than the contingent sent by tiny Atlantic island Bermuda...

    Despite producing world-class cricketers, hockey players and squash champions in 68 years since independence, Pakistan's Olympic medal tally is an imperfect 10 — eight in field hockey and only two individual...

  • Footprints: Mere Aziz Humwatno...

    The parallels with Pakistan were too obvious: with elections set for 2018 and the incumbent’s health becoming a serious concern at the age of 94, the ZANU-PF saw a power struggle of Machiavellian proportions unfold between the first lady and the man who was tipped to succeed her husband...

    I made nothing of the reports, because no one announces military coups in Pakistan...

  • How I'm socially excluded for the mere fact that I'm a wheelchair user

    I have actually seen more of the US than Pakistan, where I spent 23 years of my life before going anywhere abroad...

    It would have been welcoming, and a sign of meaningful allyship, for example, had the people behind the Pakistan Chowk Community Centre and TDF Ghar incorporated accessibility in the renovation design as much as logistically possible...

  • In memoriam: ‘Mere Dost’ Masood Hamid

    Masood Hamid, the meticulous cricket statistician, couldn’t be late for a meeting with his guru, beloved editor and cricket writer Gul Hamid Bhatti...

    I have permission from the writer to quote from the Facebook page of Hasan Jafri, who was a staff reporter at Herald in the 1990s and now lives in Singapore:"Masood Hamid was one of the finest media marketing professionals in Pakistan...

  • Footprints: Mere saamne wali sarhad par

    Pakistan comes in for some ribbing, too, mostly aimed at the rocky history of the country’s democracy and the figure of the Pakistan-based terrorist...

    But the ATD song Mere saamne wali sarhad par, kehtein hain ki dushman rehta hai has already elicited a critical Pakistani rejoinder, ‘Aisi Taisi Hypocrisy’, urging Indians to swap easily-made bhai-chara promises for a more honest estimation of popular views on either side...

  • FICTION: Not a mere political thriller

    Despite her disclaimer that all incidents and characters in the book are a figment of her imagination, readers will find her alluding to events that actually happened in Pakistan: Mukhtaran Mai’s gang rape; Benazir Bhutto’s homecoming, her wedding to Asif Ali Zardari, her assassination, and her brother Shahnawaz Bhutto’s mysterious death; the attack on young Malala Yousafzai; General Ziaul Haq’s assassination, etc...

  • 'Disqualified on mere interpretation of trust deed,' says Jahangir Tareen

    Hours after the Supreme Court disqualified Jahangir Tareen for life, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday denotified the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader from his NA-154 (Lodhran) seat...

    Read more: Imran Khan not out, Jahangir Tareen disqualified for life: Supreme CourtHowever, after the verdict was announced, Tareen said that the court had disqualified him on a "mere interpretation of the trust deed...

  • Others offer mere buses and trees, PPP provides free healthcare, says Bilawal

    HYDERABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has said that it is for people to decide whether they want metro buses and dry trees being offered by opponents or hospitals and free treatment of life-threatening diseases being provided by the PPP...

    “With elections in sight, PML-N says it has provided metro buses to people in Punjab while Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf boasts of planting trees...

  • CRICKET: REBOOTING DOMESTIC CRICKET

    A failing domestic cricket system? Draft selection to the rescue...

    The draft system of selection has been a hit with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as its use in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Pakistan Cup and now the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy shows...

  • CRICKET: THE RETURN OF INTERNATIONAL CRICKET

    The arrival of a star-studded World XI this week in Lahore to play three T20 games marks the welcome return of international cricket to Pakistan after an agonising span of eight-and-a-half years...

    It was a telling absence as well for those who may not be crazy fans of the game but believe in their heart of hearts that cricket is a key catalyst in breeding social cohesion in a nation that has forever grappled with multiple ethnic,...

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