Marvi Sirmed

The writer is a rights activist and independent blogger. She can be reached at marvi@marvisirmed.com

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History repeated, not made

History repeated, not made

The protracted judicial drama against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family ended with a verdict disqualifying him. The apex court also ...

Televising the terrorists

Televising the terrorists

The release of the now infamous video confession by Ehsanullah Ehsan has sparked heated debate in the country. Ehsan was, of course, the former spo ...

What now for Nawaz?

What now for Nawaz?

The Panama Papers case verdict might have prompted both the ruling and opposition parties to distribute sweetmeat. Yet it remains to be seen how th ...

Pakistan ka matlab kya?

Pakistan ka matlab kya?

Like almost every year, 60th Republic Day inspired TV debates about what kind of country the Quaid wanted Pakistan to be. Did he envision a secular ...

What makes it ‘Memogate’?

What makes it ‘Memogate’?

By now we all know what Memogate is, and what memo we are referring to here. Without going into the details of what happened or did not happen betw ...

Democracy or dictatorship

Democracy or dictatorship

“Even the worst democracy is better than the best of dictatorships.” Have you ever felt like breaking your TV screen while listening to ...

Memogate: the bigger picture

Memogate: the bigger picture

In an op-ed in a British paper, a man claims to have communicated a message from a diplomat to the American establishment. After an aggressive medi ...

Shelve the old music please

Shelve the old music please

When your favourite songs are labelled under ‘old music’, it reminds one of changing times and trends. From the vintage black telephone ...

Manufacturing dumbness

Manufacturing dumbness

Breathing in 2011, one would not doubt Francis Bacon, a 17th century English philosopher, scientist, statesman and alleged Rosicrucian, when he sai ...

The Zawahiri factor

The Zawahiri factor

A rather belated but widely speculated announcement of Zawahiri’s ascension to the terror throne hit the counter-terrorism amphitheatre last ...

We should respect the army

We should respect the army

Dubious policies of the uniformed establishment, their unchallenged influence on strategic decision making of the country and their sickening obses ...

Heck, no HEC!

Heck, no HEC!

Following the decision of the Parliamentary Commission on the Implementation of the Eighteenth Amendment (PCIEA), the federal cabinet approved the ...

Bad drones, good Taliban

Bad drones, good Taliban

Last week was all taken up by the anti-drone sit-in initiated by Imran Khan, the leader of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), joined by Makhdoom Javed ...

Pakistan Day: stop lying

Pakistan Day: stop lying

One cannot help but feel peevish at the engineered and fraudulent yet barren ecstasy that engulfs Pakistan on March 23 every year. Frustration come ...

Are we a nation of murderers?

Never had I felt so dejected and heartbroken throughout my life of activism and movements I had ever been a modest part of, the way I did when a fr ...