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Weekend Magazine


Every year on August 14 Karachi becomes the focal point, the centre of attraction of Independence Day celebrations, at which the rays of national sentiment converge because the city is the resting place of the Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Whether people elsewhere in the country watch the ceremonies at the mazaar on TV or personally visit the mausoleum to pay their homage to the founder of the nation, sentiments run high. And, needless to say, Karachiites feel terribly self-important on this day.
Recorded human history is a passionate work of an imaginative mind that relishes mixing up facts, with a version of what may have never happened. The distortions in history are aplenty. Even the contemporary history witnessed by us is crucified on the altar of conjecture and imagination. The twists and turns in the interpretation of an event sometimes even change the course of future history. Purely based on distortions, human mind carries for centuries, vengeance amongst communities. The wrong done, many centuries ago whether real or perceived, is settled on the battlefield of 'now and here'. Such is human behaviour. And such is human history.
In Karachi the rains are not a blessing, but they do a fine job of exposing the inefficiencies of officialdom, the fake promises,the reports of work done which exists only on the municipal paper. Hardly a millimetre of rain falls and the gutters and nalas which were supposed to be cleaned of refuse are overflowing their muck. Roads, bypass and underpass flood dangerously high so that traffic slows down or cannot ply. The buses which have supposedly passed the fitness test breakdown, stranding passengers. There is no need to enumerate all the woes which land in Karachi once the rains happen. You have experience them firsthand.
The Muslim American comedian Dean Obeidallah has spent 15 years fighting hatred and bias against Islam, armed only with his sense of humour. Now, the bitter tones of the US presidential campaign have added urgency to his mission.
From typhoons and earthquakes to floods, Asian nations must step up investment in disaster risk reduction before it is "too late for too many" in a region regularly battered by disasters, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said.
Anas Ghauri presented human forms and emotions in a peculiar way in his paintings in a solo exhibition titled "Seedha Ulta" at Sanat Gallery, Karachi. The intangible human figures and feelings were made tangible and felt by the artist through clothes.
The door clicks shut. Five employees are locked into the harbour master's office. He's suspected of being involved in smuggling. The workers have one hour to poke around in his papers and find the key to unlock the door.