Category Archives: Current Affairs

Wasu hits it hard with his poetry

Thorra buhat jo fund hi aya
Sab ne mil kay bantt khaya…… Nobody can say it the way Wasu did.

Wasu Khan is a Baloch poet and popstar/rapper from Pakistan. He is very talented and sensitive when it comes to things happening around him. His simplistic satire in his poetry makes him a social commentator that a common man can easily relate to.

This time he is upset about the sad state of affairs in schools of Pakistan and rightly so. Listen to him what he has to say about our government schools and education system. All he can do is point out the flaws but will the authorities pay heed?

Social media gives you a power and that’s raising your voice, spreading awareness and be informed. If you believe in the power of digital age, spread the message of Wasu until it’s heard.

Hopefully someone from the education department listens to him too and it melts their heart. Such a shame it is to have ghost schools with ghost teachers but proper salaries. It’s a case of criminal negligence for our coming generations that we’re unable to educate them.

Be the voice of change. Be another Wasu.

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Political expenditure during campaigns- Anybody cares?

Political expenditure on huge rallies and congregations in Pakistan is a relatively less talked about matter either by politicians or political parties. Politics is by far an expensive career anywhere in the world. There’s huge money behind this petty game that is hidden from common men. Apparently there is no politician who does not accept private donations for political finance. These donations come from affluent personalities or party loyalists/supporters. Motives of such donations given to political parties certainly has its effects on integrity of politicians and our system.

The unrestricted or not so regularised expenditures on political campaigns by the wealthy players of this turf makes it difficult for a common man to even think about stepping into politics. It definitely points out the social injustice in our system and gives unfair advantage to those who  can afford being there. Also, the term horse trading in our politics clearly is an example how money plays it’s role I “buying” candidates or votes. All these under the table talks and terms need to die but it will only happen if we, the people decide to act responsibly. Not only during voting but donating or supporting any politician/party.

Media is always there interested in disclosing breaking news of corruption and scandals about the hidden wealth of elected representatives. It’s not the issue about revealing assets or showing tax records. What’s most important is the honesty in the process. If democracy is for the people by the people, it should be loyal to the people too. With the recent allegations of money laundering and corruption scandals of politicians, the dire need of time is to make political expenditures public. Reforms and implementation  of disclosure laws should be the priority.

The source of money behind a political campaign or political  party shouldn’t compromise the integrity of politicians or parties. It is a common perception  that political donations are often linked with mutual benefits for the donor and recipient. This is where the electoral reforms are much needed. Make it easier and affordable for people to play their active part in politics on grass root level like local bodies election.

Pakistani Election Commission and government needs to play its role effectively to implement the already present laws governing political finance. The influx of huge donations for political parties should be properly scrutinised to regain the trust on our electoral system and politics. People have the right to know and the elected representatives are definitely answerable to their loyal supporters.

Show that you care for what’s being spent on all those huge political gatherings and demand the truth about it. It’s your right to know.

Peek Freans RIO Carnival was all about edutainment

Peek Freans RIO, Pakistan’s leading cream biscuit brand organized a fun carnival for children at sindbad amusement park (Thanks for letting me know there’s a s indbad in DHA too lol). The fun carnival promotes learning with entertainment among children. Held as a celebration for the winners of a recent competition that the Brand had held, the event included several activities which encouraged the participating children and their parents to have fun while exercising their physical and cognitive skills and building group interaction.

Well-known and popular ( oh so handsome) artist Khalid Malik conducted the main part of the event and regaled the young audience with his stories, songs, humour and quick quizzes, all with a high level of interactivity. Upon arrival the children were greeted by a Tall clown ( which my daughter just loved) and entertained by jugglers, while a face-painting stand also drew a rush.

Peek Freans RIO fun carnival
Peek Freans RIO fun carnival

In between the various activities, sessions were held to give away the prizes to the competition winners. At the end the audience was treated to a magic show and refreshments( samosay, sandwich, mini pizza, juice, biscuits and very tasty tea) following which the children were given tickets to enjoy various rides at the amusement park. Loved the octopus and cup ride😀

Speaking on the occasion, Zulfiqar Ali Ansari, Head of Marketing at English Biscuit Manufacturers (Pvt.) Ltd. (EBM), the makers of Peek Freans RIO, stated, “When you think of Peek Freans RIO, you think of the fun-filled and flavourful experience it provides, especially for children, as they are the main target consumers of this product. We at EBM strongly believe that an essential part of growing up is to have an active lifestyle, and our event is aimed to bring home this message in a fun way.”

The competition run earlier by the brand required people to text unique codes printed on Peek Freans RIO packs to a designated number, followed by sharing their details. The audience was engaged throughout the length of the activity with interactive activities such as playing quizzes, sharing jokes, stories, etc. The campaign resulted in really successful engagement and more than 400,000 entries were generated. Over one hundred winners were then selected through a carefully fashioned metric ensuring a fair distribution of prizes. Prizes such as X-boxes, play stations, bicycles, toys, stationery sets and branded gift hampers were given.
Peek Freans RIO, launched in 1995, has taken the market by storm and become the number one selling cream biscuit brand within the entire biscuit industry. From a single flavor, the brand has grown to include several unique variants including Strawberry Vanilla, Chocolate Vanilla and Chocolate, which are loved by children across the country. I didn’t win any 😢😢😢

English Biscuit Manufacturers (Private) Limited, the maker of Peek Freans biscuits, has been a symbol of trust and confidence for consumers, making it the leading biscuit manufacturer of Pakistan. EBM is the first biscuit company in Pakistan to have achieved ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and HACCP certifications. The Peek Freans brand also enjoys the internationally acclaimed Superbrands status.

Overall it was a well organized event by Asiatic PR. Much needed timeout on a warm day in Karachi.

Mere watan ka Aman kho gaya

A poetical dedication cum anger cum hope cum despair after series of blasts in Lahore, the provincial Capital of Punjab : (

Mere watan ka Aman kho gaya
Na jane kahan wo chaman kho gaya

Bahaaren jahan aa ke deti thi sadayen
Haseen pankhadiyon ki wo maasum adaayen
Leh lahata chaman aaj ban ho gaya
Na jane kahan wo chaman kho gaya

Jiske seene me tha ilm ka khazaana
Sone ki chidiya jise kehta tha zamaana
Surkh joda wo aaj kafan ho gaya
Na jane kahan wo chaman kho gaya

Mere watan ka aman kho gaya
Na jane kahan wo chaman kho gaya