Author Archives: Hasan Aftab Saeed


Hasan Aftab Saeed

Independence Day celebrations

About time eight things were realised The 72nd anniversary of Pakistan’s Independence Day was celebrated with customary fervour and excitement. Customary fervour is a great thing of course, but it has been


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The mystery of the 14 votes

The best-laid plans of mice and men…  Invisible forces? Horse-trading? Conscience call? Mistrust of leadership? Aik Zardari sab pe bhaari? Everybody has his own theory regarding what went wrong (or right, depending


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Lowering’ the gaze

A misconception England’s Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid take their religion seriously. So it is that moments before the champagne corks popped, the duo could be seen slipping away from their team’s


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Shopkeepers will be shopkeepers

Imran Khan’s toughest test yet Shopkeepers are the same everywhere. And it doesn’t matter what lofty name– trader, businessman, dealer, distributor, mill-owner, supplier– a shopkeeper is dignified with; he is still a


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Game of Thrones

What went wrong By most accounts, Game of Thrones has ended on a very disappointing note. All great lives have quiet spells; all great books have uneventful passages. Indeed, in literature and


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A column about nothing

On Lawrence Krauss’s Universe from Nothing After ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’ arguably the most fundamental question that has ever been contemplated by humans is: ‘How can something come out


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Communicating Islam

Why one must solely employ Quranic arguments All of us, at one time or another, have been asked to account for our religion. The occasion may be a question from a curious


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Miracles and science

Is religion unscientific? One reservation about the Quran on the part of science enthusiasts– and this includes more and more young, sincere Muslims now– is the occurrence of ‘unscientific’ miracles in the


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Ramzan reminiscences

A dollop of nostalgia and a dash of hope As a rule, nostalgia is a counter-productive emotion. That’s because it has its roots in a selective recalling of good and bad memories

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