Tensions between the gulf havens, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have risen over the past few days as Saudi Arabia with the support of Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt and the UAE cut all diplomatic and socio-economic ties with their neighboring country, Qatar. External critics call this as a diplomatic crisis brewing in the Gulf whilst just recently a pact of fighting terrorism and extremism by the Muslim nations was conducted where the president of The United States, Donald Trump was present as well, so this also raises eyebrows on the “Muslim unity” that these nations so proudly hold. However this diplomatic breakdown is more than just calling back the foreign ambassadors. Land and sea borders have been closed by these countries for Qatar and international airlines are diverting their routes and even cancelling the flights in Doha, Qatar’s capital, thus leaving Qatar literally isolated. Saudi Arabia and its allies have even issued two weeks notices to Qatari residents living in these countries to go back to their homeland while their delegates have publicly issued statements “urging all brotherly countries and companies to do the same……..”. Upon questioning the reason between the forced solitude of Qatar, the Saudi state issued a statement saying that, “(Qatar) harboring a multitude of terrorists and sectarians that aim to create instability in the (gulf) region.” This statement clearly hints towards the recent pact agreed upon by the Muslim nations which was led by Saudi Arabia and USA, although no clear link is evident between Qatar and terrorism so the growing suspicion is that this a pure political strategy by Saudi Arabia through the applied pressure by Trump’s America. The motive behind this might be due to the large still untapped and vast tapped oil resources in Qatar. Tensions between Qatar and its neighbors skyrocketed last month after Qatar’s state-run news agency published an article in which the Qatar’s ruling emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, was quoted praising Israel and Iran — Saudi Arabia’s biggest adversaries in the region. Qatar swiftly disavowed the article as fake news manufactured by hackers, but Saudi and its friends were unconvinced. Then Sheikh Tamim made things even worse when a few days later he called Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to congratulate him on his reelection — a clear act of defiance against Saudi’s hawkish stance on Iran. Qatar although is regarded as a very rich state in the middle east, it still heavily relies on imports from its gulf neighbors and just recently news surfaced showing food imports that were to be sent to Qatar were stopped at the border while citizens of Qatar were seen stockpiling food from the supermarkets to be safe from a near-future food crisis. Whether this is a skirmish in the peninsulas or a full-fledged socio-economic war is hard to decipher as the upcoming events will unravel what really is happening in the gulf.
Osaid ali khan (team PS)
‘’Thirteen Reasons Why”,
Few days ago, I observed an overgrowing obsession of above mentioned name on social media. Because I didn’t have any idea of what it was, I made a little searches and then got to know that it is actually a book which has now been made into a television series. At that instant, I chose to ignore that but then as I saw the uncontrollable craze of teenagers for it along with some heated arguments, I decided that I will watch. I planned that I will be starting the series at night and it was the evening of that day when I went through something shocking on Facebook and it was:
‘’ Inspired by the famous television series “ 13 reasons why” , a 23 year old from Peru committed suicide leaving behind tapes to be sent to those whom he accuses for this “
And I was really shocked, and decided to cover this as an article though I didn’t have any bit of information regarding the series. As soon as possible, I tried to contact those of my friends whose posts on social media had gone through my sight and got the summary of the plot.
So for those like me who don’t know:
The series revolves around a high school student, Clay Jensen, and his friend Hannah Baker, a girl who committed suicide after suffering a series of demoralizing circumstances brought on by select individuals at her school. A box of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah before her suicide details thirteen reasons why she ended her life. (Source: Wikipedia)
Reading these few lines about the story perfectly outlines how the life of Franco (the Peruvian boy who jumped the window killing himself) and Hannah Baker could have been similar in many ways and so met the same end. But wait, one story was acted and on the other hand, it got real in this real world. Yeah! And that’s tragic.
We know that people often like copying things from movies and television but how could someone be so keen to copy a suicide? Why? So, here’s the answer
Teenage, in fact early 20’s is a time when our souls get effected by slightest of things and many of this age usually find themselves in the same situation they saw in movie or read in book, and relating they try to take same steps as if forgetting the fact that it was creativity which has messages indeed but messages, we do not intend to look for. And instead, what we do is to blindly follow it thinking it to be a set of instructions given to us on how to handle our stressed life.
Oh yes! The stress and the depression. Youth nowadays have got obsessed with these terms. Like any small or even negligible incident in their lives would eventually convince them to find themselves in depression. Which then eventually leads them to isolation and then self-harm when they could actually forget about it and move on with life. Kids nowadays just find it sort of cool to get into temporary love and when it doesn’t work out, all they have is depression which has made people ignore that depression exists only for things which have hit and broken you completely and depression is meant to be uncommon. However, it is being a very common thing in present and I would definitely list this misunderstanding of its meaning as the first reason of this.
Although, our mindsets aren’t the only reason for such incidents but the show itself is. What I inferred from it is that suicide, which is forbidden in our religion and it must be in others too I am not sure, has been fantasized in the show. And it must have been a great deal trying to depict a scary thing as a beautiful end to problems leaving an eternal message that if we want someone to realize how bad they behaved with us, the only solution is suicide and tapes.
But on the other side, I still feel that the actual message of the series which we almost ignored lies in there for those, because of whom people get so close to taking this step. I greatly feel that if people change their attitude towards others after watching or reading the story, the series would be a productive one and will surely bring a positive change in the society. But if we realize rather than deliberately pushing ourselves into self-created problems and then blindly following fiction to counter those. In a nutshell, we should know the difference between the life which exists in books & movies and the real life here which the most precious we have been gifted. Though hurt, we should forgive and forget because there’s a lot that lies ahead in our lives which we have to conquer and we cannot afford to waste our time like this because our dreams our aims and our goals await us.
Written by: Arham Sharif Hashmi (Team PS)
Jibran Jogezai, a young successful business graduate. A beautiful soul with softness in the eyes and gentleness in his smile. You can easily describe him as someone full of life and a generous heart. Jibran was a simple man with hopes for a better educated Pakistan; a true patriotic. Behind his confident exterior, he was full of innocence and bravery. Jibran was his siblings’ best friend, a proud mother’s reason to live. Sadly, Jibran Jogezai is not among us anymore.
A suffering disease didn’t took his life, neither did a fatal car accident, but he was murdered in cold blood by his own first cousin, Ajmal Khan Jogezai, over a land dispute on the unfortunate morning of 7th May 2017 in Qilla Saifullah, Baluchistan.
Jibran Jogezai and his father Dr. Tariq Jogezai were visiting their family orchids in Qilla Saifullah when Dr. Tariq jogezai saw Ajmal’s car coming to a stop near them. Sensing the danger, he instructed the farmer to take Jibran away while he tries to negotiate with Ajmal. As he was approaching him, Ajmal fired two bullets at Dr. Tariq Jogezai’s legs. Jibran who loved his father rushed to protect him. The mad lunatic fired three bullets into his stomach. His father survived but the lack of medical facilities in the area led Jibran bleed to his death.
Jibran had completed his MBA from SZABIST and later his MSc from University of Bristol, London, so this country lost a huge asset on 7th May. And that is still not the worst part. The worst thing is that a blood thirsty murderer is still breathing in the open air. Ajmal Jogezai is still out there, protected by his tribal leaders for the sake of their honor. The irony. How can hiding a cold blooded murder be considered as a respectful deed? And how good are we if we don’t raise a voice against this injustice?
Jibran was full of life, energy, laughter & inspiration. Someone who was loved by even strangers because of his grace, charisma and purity. Those who knew him well know that he didn’t want material things but he always spoke his heart out when there was injustice.
In a press conference at Karachi Press club, Dr. Nargis Jogezai, Jibran’s mother demanded to get justice for his son. She has requested the police and government to take action and stop Ajmal Khan from fleeing to another country. Moreover, the ignorant and illiterate murderer has threatened Jibran’s younger siblings and asked the family to stop seeking justice.
Written by: Mahnoor (Team PS)
Fidget spinners are the latest trend and craze for both kids and adults these days. The wave came from the Western world and slowly spread over us all. However, the obsession they bare for these toys is way more than that observed in the Eastern societies.
In the US, kids are flocking to fidget spinners. There’s been a lot of commentary in the news on these new toys. Some schools have banned them because they’re a distraction, while others argue that they can help kids stay focused.
At a price point of just $3 or $4, kids can even purchase fidget spinners with their allowance money.
As you might expect, the popular toys are jumping off the shelves. Store owners can barely keep them in stock, and USA Today reports that some stores are even limiting the number customers can buy.
But one mom recently shared her daughter’s experience with a fidget spinner on Facebook, and it immediately went viral.
Kelly Rose Joniec was in the car with her daughter when she suddenly heard a choking noise coming from the back seat.
She turned around to see her daughter struggling to breathe — she was choking on a piece of her fidget spinner.
After rushing to the hospital, Kelly posted what happened on Facebook.
We had a pretty eventful Saturday.
On the way home from a fun swim meet, I heard Britton make an odd retching noise in the back seat as I was driving.
Looking back in the mirror, I saw her face turning red and drool pouring from her mouth – she could utter noises but looked panicked so I immediately pulled
She pointed to her throat saying she’d swallowed something, so I attempted Heimlich but there was no resistance.
She said she’d put part of her fidget spinner in her mouth to clean it and somehow swallowed it.
Frantic, I went straight to urgent care where they checked her for choking.
They couldn’t discern where the foreign object was located – along the airway or the esophagus.
From there we got the red-light treatment via ambulance to Texas Children’s Hospital.
X-ray showed the spinner bushing lodged in her esophagus.
The GI doctor was fascinated… He’d only just learned of fidget spinners that morning when he was at the mall with his son, so it was a surprise to be faced with one in a case a few hours later.
He’s also an advocate for related child safety in toys, so he took a special interest in the case.
After multiple, very stressful attempts to place an IV, Britton was taken to surgery to endoscopically locate and remove the object.
Fortunately we had a positive outcome, but it was pretty scary there for a while…
Not only because of the initial ingestion, but then the concern about the composition and structure of the object, and finally, the risk with general anesthesia.
From this I wish to offer some word of caution to parents.
Fidget spinners are the current craze so they are widely distributed.
Kids of all ages may be getting them, but not all spinners come with age-appropriate warnings.
The bushings pop out easily, so if you have young kids (under 8 yr old) keep in mind that these present a potential choking hazard.
The trouble Kelly faced is indeed terrible and we advise everyone using a fidget spinner to handle it with care to avoid any unpleasant happenings.
Written by: Azmaira Sodagar (Team PS)
Have you been smelling some weird stink around lately, thinking something died around the house? Is the stink following you everywhere you go and you secretly checked your breath to ensure it’s not you?
Well, fret not! We have the answer to your query. And it’s most certainly not you!
It’s trending on the social media and the residents seem quite trouble with the occurrence of this distasteful smell. Apparently, blaming the janitors for using an unclean mop wasn’t the best thing to do after all.
Some people have also been heard spreading rumors of a chemical attack in the city. Some have even argued that it’s the smell of all the piled up trash in the city which has started decomposing due to the unbearable heat.
According to the source, a strong easterly wind shift off the Arabian Sea has reached Karachi due to a low pressure region around Karachi. As the deep sea air reached the coastal city of Pakistan, its citizens started experiencing the odd smell.
Considering the cause of the smell, it should go away as soon as the wind patterns change over the Arabian Sea or around the coastal areas of Sindh.
Written by Azmaira Sodagar (Team PS)
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