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UN Conference on Disaster and Pakistan

By Rai Azlan • Mar 15th, 2015 • Category: Politics

Pakistan is one of those countries that has experienced all sorts of natural disasters like floods, cyclones, droughts, landslides, earthquakes if there is one natural disaster that Pakistan has not experienced it is volcanoes. During last two decades Pakistan has gone through a drought from 1998 to 2001, the horrific earthquake of 2005 and then [...]



Quest of a Tyrant Savoir!

By Rai Azlan • Jul 25th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

I will not start with how Pakistan came into being; I will not mention that a nation strived for a separate piece of land because they did not want to live as a suppressed minority in that country. And I will certainly not touch the “separate story” that after the Promised Land was acquired by [...]



Cricket Test for Nationalism

By Rai Azlan • Mar 29th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Its rather controversial debate that what was the maiden human occupation on this planet, however, one can say that politics was amid the first few if not the very first one. Politics has an influence on almost all aspects of life, consequently, why can cricket have a different case. In south Asia, relationship of cricket [...]



Just asking… please don’t kill me

By Rai Azlan • Jan 31st, 2014 • Category: Features

It is ironic that we are still bloated to our bits in the issues that normally nations resolve in first five or ten years of their formation. Probably this factor is the biggest reason for the conflicts and confusion we have over almost everything. This is the reason a bunch of terrorists manage to pocket [...]



Post Elections Pakistan

By Rai Azlan • May 15th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Some four months ago in a discussion when the word “nation” was used extensively in a statement that would hardly make four lines or five if written, I was stopped and asked to define the word I was using so enthusiastically. Obviously out of my limited knowledge I put forward the definition I could produce [...]



Miles Away From The Tolerance

By Rai Azlan • Apr 4th, 2013 • Category: Politics

“He stood first in every exam but failed in one, driving test”, the hall fell into laughter and he continued with saying, “when he came back home he said that now I know how people feel when they fail, anyhow I am a theoretical physicist not a practical one”. These were the words of [...]



PFLC 2013 - There Is A Long Way To Unity In Diversity

By Rai Azlan • Feb 28th, 2013 • Category: Misc

Once again, this year I was in Oxford to take part in the Pakistan Future Leaders’ Conference (PFLC 2013) organized by Oxford University Pakistan Society. It was my third trip to my favorite city in England for the same purpose. Just like past, this year’s trip was full of heated debates, networking with some new [...]



Respectible Mr CM these were your problems too

By Rai Azlan • Feb 14th, 2013 • Category: Politics

On Saturday evening, I made a mistake by writing my views about the new gift to humanity - “Lahore Metro Bus Service”. Some of my friends were kind enough to tell me that I was making a mistake and being negative about this huge development.

In addition, those who were not kind enough gave me many [...]



Celebrating the Metro Success

By Rai Azlan • Feb 10th, 2013 • Category: Politics

During the days of rift between two wings of Pakistan - east and west., a delegation from east Pakistan visited Islamabad and there sentiments gave birth  to a true and haunting statement. I am referring to the  famous jute smell from the roads of Islamabad statement.
No matter how much we sob over the conspiracy element [...]



1st International Urdu Bloggers Conference, Lahore

By Rai Azlan • Jan 29th, 2013 • Category: Misc

It is perhaps one of the impossible things that in today’s world when you have a massive online presence, you never heard the word “blog”. Blog is a tool that started its journey as record keeping method of daily logs on the web.

Now it has become a powerful tool for communicating our views, and [...]