Thirdworldism

This is a blog of personal musings that I started in 2010 and have used sporadically. It started on Posterous, then migrated to WordPress.com in 2013, before finally resettling here.

Satellite imaging and bullshit in Karachi

(Photo stolen from AP) So, as Karachi continues to burn from the ongoing politico-ethno-sectarian violence (or "target killings"), Interior Minister Rehman M...

Flood preparations in Kala Dhaka

A friend whose family is living in the Kala Dhaka area of Mansehra district tells me that the Frontier Constabulary has now left the area after completing it...

The myth of war reporting in Pakistan

The Pakistani army has killed at least 71 civilians in an air strike in the Khyber Agency. As news gets around, people are slowly beginning to express their ...

Overheard at Aafia Siddiqui's house

Dr Aafia Siddiqui's 12-year old daughter Mariam mysteriously shows up at her grandmother's home after being missing for seven years. Fauzia Siddiqui (Dr Aafi...

Constitutional gender-bending

So I've been going through the proposed 18th Amendment and have been learning lots of things about the Constitution that I did not know before. One thing I h...

Workers occupation of PC Hotel: Day 10

The workers occupation of the basement of the Pearl Continental Hotel Karachi is now in its tenth day, yet there is no end in sight to the stand off. It shou...

Workers occupation of PC Hotel basement

These are the latest photos from the basement of the Pearl Continental Hotel in Karachi. A hundred and fifty hotel workers have been occupying the basement f...

Strike: 150 Workers Occupy Karachi PC Hotel

Dr. Riaz Ahmed of International Socialists Pakistan posted the following on his facebook account a little while. I am copying it below because you will not r...

taxi in qayyumabad

bach na saka khuda bhi mohabbat ke taqazon se // ik mehboob ki khatir sari dunya bana dali (even God himself could not escape the demands of Love // for the ...