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The Axact Reaction

Why does it take the NYT to break a Pakistani scam?

The Axact Reaction
Illustration by Saahil
The Axact Reaction
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A few years back, while heading to a TV studio in Islamabad to participate in a programme, I heard a big blast. I called up the producer so that the channel could send a team to cover the blast. Instead, he told me to go straight to the site and provide live coverage for the channel using my cellphone till reporters and OB vans could reach there. The recording of my programme, he reasoned, could wait.

Excited at the opportunity to be a reporter, I started looking for the blast site and finally found it near Jinnah Super, the main market of Islamabad. Luckily, the explosion had not taken place in the crowded market, but at one end of a road leading to it. But I could not reach the spot: there was intense gunfire and bullets were landing close to my feet. As it turned out, a suicide bomber had blown himself up near the entrance to the Frontier Constabulary camp at the intersection of Margalla Road and Kohsar Road. The jawans at the camp, enraged, were firing into the air. It continued for more than half an hour.

Nowadays, it’s slightly different. Every time...

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