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PIA’s Silver Lining Playbook

Last year’s blockbuster ‘Silver linings playbook’ grossed over $236 million worldwide, more than eleven times its budget. Nominated as the best film of the year, the story is of two dysfunctional people, suffering from bipolar disorder.…

Keep PIA Flying

Facing multiple crises simultaneously - most of them man-made - Pakistan's workforce and institutions remain amazingly resilient. In many ways Pakistan International Airlines is symbolic of state of the nation it is the national flag…

No Jokes, Please

It all began with a post on my Facebook page on Friday evening. ‘PIA plane forced to land in UK.’ First thoughts, some expressed openly by others, were of the worst. A terrorist incident or an attempted hijacking perhaps. The TV channels…

Jobs For Votes

As the story goes, a distant relation of a nawab once begged him for a job. The nawab, in his infinite generosity appointed him head of the treasury. When it was submitted to his highness that the post was very critical and that the…

From Quetta To Turbat

I was all packed and ready when PIA suddenly decided to cancel its flight from Quetta to Turbat, which I was supposed to take to attend a family wedding the very next day. I panicked and called my uncle in Turbat to inform him that I…

Flights From Karachi

Karachi is a great place to go away from. When it is a longish sojourn to some faraway location, Karachi may even slip out of mind. But I am talking here of domestic outings and of the experience of going to Islamabad or Lahore for some…

This Chain Of Disasters

The recent deadly fires in industrial units in Karachi and Lahore are a chilling reminder of the Pakistani nation’s utter disregard for safety standards in factories and other workplaces. The ensuing chest-beating over avaricious industrial…

Humanity For Sale

127 people perished in the Bhoja Air first flight, bound from Karachi to Islamabad on April 20 when it tried to land in a thunderstorm. As usual there was utter chaos as the victims’ relatives tried to find out what happened and get…

State Of The Economy

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) was granted autonomy by the legislature with high expectations that it will act as a custodian of monetary stability and close the floodgate of note printing, if there was ever a government irresponsible…

Big Black Bag

This was the bag that really did not need to get lost. The one with the wedding dress in, and the Christmas presents, and the clothes bought in UK a year ‘too big’ for our youngest daughter – and the video camera. But lost it was on a…