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By Mariam Shoaib, Pakistan
I could turn up the volume on the news,
but there are bills to pay.
Grasping for the car keys,
the anchor repeats the alert.
News keeps breaking,
breaking new records of domestic terrror and
Quick glance, is it Peshawer, or Karachi?
If I wait any longer,
the banks will close,
who can bear late charges in this economy?
I could slow down my car at the chowk,
weaving around the men,
asking “What are you demanding today?’
But I have been in line for over 3 hrs,
and still need my job,
so in the rearview signboards and chants,
like numerous …