Making Jest

In the absurdities of the last few days over the Long March in Pakistan and what can only be called the resulting chaos, while news channels and dime-a-dozen analysts revel in the cha-ching of advertising money as the nation tunes in to watch the political primetime drama, most of Pakistan seems to have lost sight of the realities of life in the country.

Two Months in Romania

If you had asked me at the beginning of this year what I’d be doing this summer, I would probably have shrugged and mumbled something about taking an extra course at university. Instead, I found myself in Romania, taking part in an ambitious educational project to help young people realize their potential in an increasingly competitive yet interdependent world: gROw, 2011.

‘Pious’ Justice

Governor Salman Taseer’s murder at the hands of his own bodyguard has certainly rocked the proverbial Pakistani boat. Just four days into a new year – which the astrologers on the television told us would be a good one for Pakistan – a police guard turned his gun on the governor, riddling him with 26 bullets. The assassin was led away, smiling ear to ear at his accomplishment and leaving a trail of utter madness in his wake.