De-hyphenating Energy-Climate: The U.S. National Security Strategy

    Between the time that I finalised my dissertation topic "Conflicting Goals: Assessing the Paris Agreement through the lens of Energy Security" for my Masters in International Public Policy (Right after COP21, December 2015) to the time when I submitted it (August 2016), it was clear that the topic was a contentious one. I had chosen …

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Evolution of this blog

I started this blog in the spring of 2010. It had very personal beginnings and was my way of keeping friends and family posted about my life in Boston. Writing is not a tool though…It has a certain formative power of you, steering you away in directions that you would not have thought possible. This blog, in …

On Writing

NOTE: This piece is more a catharsis, than a legitimate piece of writing. However, part of the process to step out of the writing comfort zone and explore why some of us write how we write... In other words, deconstructing the process of writing in order to understand it better. I hope to learn from this exercise, so it would be constructive to hear your views, even if they are biting criticisms tearing it apart. It's only through hearing opposing opinions that one can grow as a human being, I think. So Take 1 of "bad writing on display."

The Hunar Foundation- Enabling Pakistanis for a Brighter Future

Great cause for donations:

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The Hunar Foundation is a non-profit organisation that took root with the objective of finding a solution to the problems of livelihood for the youth through quality vocational training of international standards. They offer one year courses in various trades followed by internships in industry or commercial organisations.

Apart from professional training, they aim to create better human beings by teaching work ethics, social and moral values. They are specifically focused on these critical aspects of social conduct so as to produce a high quality, skilled workforce of integrity, and who are readily employable locally and abroad.

THF has been working since 2008 to make sure that the majority of Pakistani population that is deprived of basic education can make a livelihood for themselves and help boost Pakistan’s social and economic conditions.

Please help their cause by donating as much as you can. Also, help create awareness for them by…

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Why is Pakistani Society so Divided on Malala?

First published on Medium. Why is Pakistani Society so Divided on Malala? Everyone has an opinion. I never thought watching The Daily Show would leave me misty-eyed… Nor did I think Jon Stewart could ever be left speechless.But watching Malala sitting calmly next to Jon Stewart recalling her innocent thought-process of what she’d do if she ever confronted a Talib was …

Insaaniyat: the need for an attitude change

Insaaniat

After witnessing the incidents of the last few days where many people lost their lives due to the presumed shia-sunni conflict and many similar incidents that have been occurring in our society, we felt a dire need to take an initiative of promoting the spirit of insaaniyat (humanity).

Whenever such incidents occur whether we attribute them to Shai-sunni, deobandi-barelvi, muslim-christian, mohajir-pathan (list goes on.. ) conflicts, the biggest question that arises is not what is the nature of our differences, the point is why do we always generate conflicts out of our differences. The problem is not with having or developing differences, the problem is with our attitude as to how we manage these differences.

Every society consists of individuals and these individuals have different personalities, preferences, experiences, needs and beliefs. it is perfectly normal to have different views and to belong to different groups or schools of thought but…

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The International Day of Tolerance & Insaaniat

November 16, 2013 It's tragic that on the International Day of Tolerance (November 16), Pakistan is dealing with the aftermath of sectarian violence. In a region that has a brilliant history of Sufi poetry (Bulleh Shah) and that has produced individuals like Abdul-Sattar Edhi, time and time again, we have seen the darkness that ensues because …

Pakistan and the Social Contract

Written for and originally published in PakVotes Pakistan celebrated 66 years of Independence on August 14th. Green and white flags hoisted throughout the country spoke of a patriotic nation that is proud of its people. Campaigns like #14ActsforPakistan revived a spirit of activism for the motherland. Television channels showcased marching parades and national anthems. Sparkling …

On Death

Lately I have been thinking a lot about life and death. How we consider the two to be the opposites of each other, like light and darkness. Perhaps it is this idea of the two being seen as the converse of one another that I find the concept of death so challenging. It seems tragic, …

On Healing

Sometimes life can take you down a thorny path; you may feel lost and alone in the world; you're emotionally parched through this desert walk in the sweltering heat; you feel like you're losing strength, and that you can't play the cards you're dealt; you see no exits in this labyrinth; it seems like you're …