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Nadeem F. Paracha is a cultural critic and senior columnist for Dawn Newspaper and Dawn.com.

The views expressed by this blogger and in the following reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

Nadeem F. Paracha is a cultural critic and senior columnist for Dawn Newspaper and Dawn.com

The views expressed by this blogger and in the following reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

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Comments (92)

Nasah
October 20, 2011 1:39 pm
I like most -- Hey Hameeda your nose is showing -- is that Hameeda?
Omar Ahmed Khan
October 20, 2011 1:54 pm
This guy is ALWAYS on a roll!! Kudos, NFP. You've done it AGAIN!
Sanity
October 20, 2011 1:56 pm
:D
Saad Hassan
October 20, 2011 1:59 pm
Though these are meant to be light hearted take on the current state of the land of the pure, sadly some of these are actually true. The Al Huda reunion picture takes the cake though, it's hilarious !
Sam
October 20, 2011 2:13 pm
lol... good one NFP..
Ursilla
October 20, 2011 2:41 pm
NFP is not of this world. Loved the Al-Huda and Ali Zion Azmat ones. 'Occupy the Food Street' was also spot on! :D
ranga
October 20, 2011 2:51 pm
Your are one fantastic writer Sir
mustafa hussain
October 20, 2011 3:15 pm
NFP! Your wit and the sense of humour are superb. If there is any award for critical journalism in Pakistan, you deserve it. Whatever you create, either prose or a pictorial, provides new perspectives for looking at unpleasant reality.
Thuy
October 20, 2011 3:37 pm
NFP... The Perez Hilton of Pakistan Journalism!!!
Moazam Maqsood
October 20, 2011 3:46 pm
Please do not disgrace Parda...If we are allowed to make fun of Hameeda...She is also allowed to hide herself...Please do not disrespect others
Imran Ali Sherwani
October 20, 2011 4:10 pm
As a writer u are doing great job. keep it high world deserve writers like you. God bless you.
Ejaz Ali
October 20, 2011 4:17 pm
Dude this compilation really hits the spot. Yup those Hindu ducks are pretty slippery ha ha ha ha ha ha.
chocolate
October 20, 2011 4:25 pm
its awsome.. loved Alhuda and junaid jamshed ones...LOL cant stop laughing at junaid jamshed autumn collection
yawar
October 20, 2011 4:26 pm
But how do you know it's Hameeda?
Amjad Cheema
October 20, 2011 4:44 pm
Simply awsome!
Umesh
October 20, 2011 4:48 pm
What is disrespectful in showing some people in burkha and saying that even they couldn't recognize each other? It is a very real possibility. Don't tell us that you can identify the right person in a group of burkhas just by looking at them.
Hindu Duck !
October 20, 2011 5:08 pm
Gee - Thanks
G.A.
October 20, 2011 5:13 pm
I don't understand why Al-Huda had to hire an expensive Saudi fashion designer when Junaid Jamshed could've done this for much cheaper using Pakistan's natural resources.
Shah
October 20, 2011 5:16 pm
NFP, all the depictions are good except one in which you tried to make fun of Parda. I might disagree with you on that. As a liberal and open minded Pakistani, i feel that it is the right of every woman to choose what she wants too. You can blame the main culprits of those mandrasas who tried to occupy Islamabad a few years ago. As far as these little girls are concern so please i would humbly request you not to make fun of them. These little girls have not seen the world. I feel sorry for them. At one end of the stick they are being brain washed by some Mullahs and on the other end people like you make fun out of it. Rest is awesome.....
rohail
October 20, 2011 5:33 pm
LOL!
Surya
October 20, 2011 5:37 pm
NFP, Hilarious! On a tangential note, I am afraid you are touching some raw nerves.. and that scares me! On both sides of the border, we need more people like you.
zaid yousafzai
October 20, 2011 5:38 pm
NFP you are a genious.
Kafir
October 20, 2011 5:42 pm
LOL
Waqar
October 20, 2011 5:43 pm
Shah, each one of the people mocked here can claim they are good and have a right of doing and saying what they say or do. This is satire, bro. NFP is a ruthless satirist. Tell me, why dont we react when someone mocks Meera or a modernly dressed woman? Is it okay to laugh then?
Anshu
October 20, 2011 5:56 pm
THIS IS AWESOMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man.. how do you get these ideas. NFP .. as usual.. great job.
zeeshan
October 20, 2011 6:08 pm
it is to much... why are you making fun of Parda.
noureen
October 20, 2011 6:24 pm
Yes, he should have made fun of women who do not do the parda.. That would have made you laugh, right?
Agha Ata
October 20, 2011 6:36 pm
Because many purda observers have made it a fun. Look at Abdul Aziz Ghazi, Khateeb of Lal Masjid.
Agha Ata
October 20, 2011 6:38 pm
Absolutely. I agree with you 100%. :)
ahmed
October 20, 2011 7:18 pm
so called satire... this is just cheap a comic...sometimes people forget sensitivity and ethics when producing such comics in the name of satire... please NFP can you ellaborate on the satire.
Faz
October 20, 2011 7:31 pm
Two wrongs don't make a right. One who mocks not so modestly dressed women for their wardrrobe is as wrong as who mocks women for Burqa. And as for satire , satire is one medicine that never cures.
Ali S
October 20, 2011 7:34 pm
This is awesome. Especially loved the dengue one.
Shahid Ashraf
October 20, 2011 7:47 pm
Shah, I can feel your intention is genuine but Waqar gave an excellent reply. I hope it answers your question :-)
Ayesha
October 20, 2011 7:49 pm
i strongly condemn the abuse of NFP against Parda.
hans
October 20, 2011 8:10 pm
Really/ with this kind of writers and The Dawn you are still governed by most corrupt people? Funny and bold and so true!
GKrishnan
October 20, 2011 9:22 pm
Abey, you meant Paris Hilton I guess.
Irfan Hussain
October 20, 2011 9:45 pm
It’s the first time I realised how difficult it would be to recognize other ladies in Burka… You know there are some more fashionable Burkas available now where you can’t even see the nose or eyes – ultimate isolation from rest of the world.
Mona
October 20, 2011 9:52 pm
The Hameeda nose is a classic! These women can't seem to do enough to hide themselves!
diep
October 20, 2011 10:02 pm
awsome.... proud of you NFP
JK
October 20, 2011 10:07 pm
You can not hide the issues and intentions of Pegans via these rhetroics...You have your own agenda to push and we the side we have taken.. so sit tight and watch as the course of history will be changed in front us.. and God know the best....
Hamza
October 20, 2011 10:13 pm
Waqar , irrespective of ruthless satire , Parda is one of Islamic injunctions. Any sarcastic remarks on Parda are certainly condemnable. Being a liberal or open-minded doesn't means that you can hurt feelings of other people.
Devendra
October 20, 2011 10:30 pm
NFP, You ROCK. May be people (journalists) like you can bring some sanity to what is Pakistan....a country, a territory, a tribal cabal or just a mess? May THE GOOD LORD BLESS YOU!
Amira
October 20, 2011 10:30 pm
Loved them, especially the Foodstreet one! ;-)
Aamir
October 20, 2011 10:35 pm
Why, did he abuse parda? Why are we becoming so intolerant? what was wrong with those comments?
Abbas
October 20, 2011 11:28 pm
Satirical game is played by rule. The names you just mentioned are in the showbiz and they loved to be talked about. They pose for pictures. These purdah girls are not posing for pictures, nor they liked to be talked. Therefore, this is a totally rubbish comparison.
Rajan
October 20, 2011 11:51 pm
Nadeem, you are getting so popular in India too. today times of India very respectfully mentioned you as well known columnist of Pakistan and they published whole article based on your Dawn one. Good man we love you for your such an intrinsic sense of humor and perfect grammar.
Shujaat Ayub Khan
October 21, 2011 12:08 am
This is hilarious. Thanks Nadeem you made my day.
Ahmad Zia
October 21, 2011 12:53 am
This so awesome ! looooooool
A Shah
October 21, 2011 1:14 am
Brilliant!
ayesha
October 21, 2011 1:37 am
awsm except da pardha part,,i admit wat u wrote is funny bt u shdnt b making fun of something as sacred as pardha.
rocker
October 21, 2011 1:07 am
ROFL !
arthur
October 21, 2011 1:51 am
As usual. Through witty criticism, NFP fails to mock Liberals and elitists in Pakistan. Picking on just one side shows where NFP's biased mind always lies.
Kafir2
October 21, 2011 2:14 am
Class union was the funniest, Fareeda? :)
G.Nabi
October 21, 2011 1:12 am
As always, NFP spared his favourites - Mr. Zardari & Altaf Bhai
MJKhan
October 21, 2011 1:26 am
We can spare him- you can have him.
N A Layak
October 21, 2011 3:24 am
You are way ahead of your time NFP. Take care and keep safe.
saleem
October 21, 2011 1:42 am
that one was the most hilarious, Fareeda? :)
saleem
October 21, 2011 2:04 am
prada?
roquefort
October 21, 2011 7:07 am
Loved the burka stuff.
Mahan
October 21, 2011 9:02 am
Hope India had a NFP to lampoon Indian politicians and Indian hypocracies
Ashher Siddiqui
October 21, 2011 9:28 am
Mate Pracha, love your peice and all the previous ones except the mockery of Parda, mate Parda is one of the symbol of Islam and your are helping those who happilly makes fun of this symbol , what are you trying to prove...leave them alone
Awais Khan
October 21, 2011 11:39 am
This more close to the truth than any of us will admit.
Reasoner
October 21, 2011 12:00 pm
hahahaha Wonderful job NFP :)
Goga Nalaik
October 21, 2011 12:26 pm
EXCELLENT HILARIOUS You know what ... YOU'VE MADE MY DAY Ha ha ha Your fan
rk singh
October 21, 2011 12:27 pm
dear sir, priceless... esp the one on Zaid Hamid.
LSD
October 21, 2011 12:27 pm
one question i want to ask from NFP why you are always talking about and relating everything to Zia and not discussing those people who made platform form him and the people after him. i am really sick of your writing all the time zia zia zia you can,t see zardari , musharaf , nawaz sharif etc tell us how to get-rid from these people or they looking perfect to you ?
Tahir
October 21, 2011 12:30 pm
What a yawn!
Faizan Ahmed
October 21, 2011 12:45 pm
the title sounds like "...meanwhile in the Hall of the Super Best Friends" from South Park.. Awesome!!
Sam
October 21, 2011 2:07 pm
you don't seem to understand what he is trying to tell you... why don't you start observing some kinda of parda for yourself before suggesting it for the opposite sex.
Shabbir
October 21, 2011 4:05 pm
Refreshing and always thinking in a progressive way
zeeshan
October 21, 2011 5:35 pm
wrong. i will condemn it also. if someone makes fun of women with out parda, it does not give licence to people like NFP to make fun of parda. one more thing Islam encourages the Parda. so one should not make fun of it. May Allah show us right path.
saurabh
October 21, 2011 5:35 pm
wow, innovative writing -redefined, the NFP way . it truly reflects the theme of current pakistan
kaf
October 21, 2011 5:43 pm
err...which one was fareeda?
XYZ
October 21, 2011 6:02 pm
... and the nose isnt even showing !
farhan
October 21, 2011 6:43 pm
this is an open question to all so called Liberals. why are you against the stuff like Hijab or Beard? Both of these are recommend in Islam.
Khan
October 21, 2011 9:35 pm
Drinking alchol and eating pork is prohibited.do you know that NFP?
Ghani Khan
October 22, 2011 1:23 am
NFP - Always partisan. You don't miss a beat when satirizing so called right wingers, Zia, Imran & Nawaz Sharif but conveniently you maintain stony silence when it comes to Zardari & Altaf Bhai.
Imran
October 22, 2011 2:37 am
.........poking fun at an act of worship that these girls are doING for the Divine?
iqbal Khan
October 22, 2011 5:55 am
Parda is not a symbol of Islam.This is more a cultural thing.
Mona
October 22, 2011 6:34 am
Great! Now parda is also sacred. Next we will have a law about that.
malik
October 22, 2011 6:41 am
We are all biased. One way or the other. NFP is doing a wonderful job.
conflicted
October 22, 2011 10:22 am
Five Darth Vaderenes!!! You forgot to put in Jabba the Hutt aka Mullah Diesel :))
Junaid
October 22, 2011 10:56 am
What have pork and alcohol to do with this?
ALogicalPerson
October 22, 2011 5:07 pm
That's what I was wondering....
G.Nabi
October 22, 2011 6:35 pm
NFP : You missed the stalwart of PPP & confidante of Zardari , the Monticello university Ph.D , the one and only - the inimitable Dr. Babar Awan.
Naveeda Shaikh
October 23, 2011 2:45 pm
I wonder about the girl's statements for awhile but then I understood the profound meaning! If that is about the traditional and religious chains. There is always something that NFP adds to our vocabs!
chocolate
October 23, 2011 4:29 pm
as a PPP supporter my sentiments get hurt when i see people making fun of bhuttos and moc zardari but i dont stop them from doing it as they are entitled to their opinion no matter how vague and contradictory their opinion is..and issue of parda is controversial some believe its compulsory but some say its not so there is nothing wrong in making fun of such controversial issue as he might be one of those who believe its not compulsory
atikh
October 24, 2011 11:35 am
Loved it! Loved it! Loved It! All of them. Zaid Hamid starts his invasion of India by shooting ducks across border!! LOL!!
Zehra
October 24, 2011 11:14 pm
A-W-E-S-O-M-E! there's a reason NFP is my fave!
Ayesha
October 24, 2011 11:22 pm
making fun of anybody should be stopped. if you find something wrong in somebody or group, just point out it. suppose face cover is not compulsory, even than if a woman want to hide his face, she should be allowed. she has every right to do that. no NFP has the right to make fun of that woman.
sajawal
October 26, 2011 3:24 pm
One day this Zaid Hamid will be a popular figure in this country and the responsibility OF HIS POPULARITY will lie on NFP.I didn't know him before I started reading blogs of NFP.
art sultan
October 27, 2011 9:16 am
Nadeem, this is AWESOME!! Finally, somebody seems to have a sense of humor in Pakistan.
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