Mehr Tarar
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A former op-ed editor of Daily Times, Pakistan, and a freelance columnist.

POLITICS

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Will Bilawal ever become a full-fledged, standalone politician?

...And not the son in-waiting overwhelmed by the political legacy of the family?

VOICES

 |  Tarar Square  |   5-minute read

What is Eid-ul-Azha when you don't know where your loved ones are!

Love is what connects us all. Here, there, everywhere. In Lahore, in New York, in Palestine, in El Paso, Texas, in Yemen, in Syria, in Sudan, in Afghanistan, in Dayton, Ohio, in Quetta, in Kashmir.

VOICES

 |  Tarar Square  |   7-minute read

'All men are trash': How should I react to this as a mother of a son?

There are many women who do bad things, and there is no question about that. This is not a man versus woman debate.

POLITICS

 |  Tarar Square  |   7-minute read

Triple Talaq and Halala in Islam: No, my religion doesn't approve of this

Triple talaq is more in practice today in melodramatic soap operas in Pakistan. It is a legally punishable offence and its ugliest fall-out, halala, finds no favour in the holy Quran.

POLITICS

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What ails Pakistan is a war of narratives. The first election in the tribal districts will finally put an end to this

For years, following the Afgan war, Pakistan fought against Pakistan. And the casualty was Pakistan.

POLITICS

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What's happening in Pakistan is exactly what should happen when a country gets freedom from family rules

Describe it as politics of vengeance. Face it as political victimisation. But the truth is that the process of accountability has shaken the powerful.

VOICES

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A woman called Ms Lewinsky

When Monica Lewinsky says women need to tell their stories in their words, I can't agree more. I, too, faced media trial in January 2014. It's still going on.

SPORTS

 |  Tarar Square  |   7-minute read

How cricket brings out the best of Pakistan

Imran Khan's tweet didn't just make me happy. I felt proud of being a Pakistani.

VARIETY

 |  Tarar Square  |   6-minute read

One trolls, others clap: Don't be part of that shameless cheering mob either

If you think Saif Ali Khan shouldn't be trolled for supporting India, then shut down trolls who are body-shaming Sarfarz. Don't be selective in your outrage.

ART & CULTURE

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Why Pakistani film 'Cake' reminded me of 'The God of Small Things'

'Cake' is a simple reminder of all that matters, and all that we take for granted until we don’t have it any more.