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Kamila Hyat

The Ironies Of Ramazan – Kamila Hyat

With the first days of Ramazan came a crippling heat wave, and extended loadshedding, which, literally as well as metaphorically, sent people reeling across the country. The first rains may bring relief, though humidity can make heat feel…

A Change In The Scene – Kamila Hyat

As suddenly as in a theatrical production, the scene has changed twice for Save the Children – and possibly for other NGOs based in the country. Following the dramatic sealing of the giant international group’s offices late on Thursday,…

Old Lamps For New – Kamila Hyat

Like the fads involving silicon wrist bands, rainbow nail-polish or other bits and pieces sold for commercial gain, we inevitably have political fads too. Catch phrases, slogans and schemes of various kinds all make up a part of these. It…

Games Of Fraud – Kamila Hyat

The story on the Axact company’s educational fraud, broken by the New York Times has created waves, big waves, that have stirred up an immediate storm. This then is the power of the media, and of course it is for purposes like this that the…

The Hidden Land – Kamila Hyat

In the curiously inter-mixing, constantly interchanging world of social media, images of many kinds blend together. Right now we have pictures from Yemen where conflict threatens to draw in Pakistan as well, from Kenya where nearly 150…

The Thinking Trap – Kamila Hyat

Even as tragedy surrounds us, what is still more tragic is the fashion in which we allow thinking to be distorted and events twisted to fit specific notions. In many cases these notions are social constructs, built by a media that follows a…