Manik Aftab

  • Thousands on Sunday lined outside polling stations to determine the winner of NA-120, the constituency of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, which lies in the heartland of Punjab, Lahore. Historically, the constituency had been the stronghold of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). The party ...

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  • Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider on Sunday denied media reports which claimed he had questioned Kashmir’s ties with Pakistan after Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif from premiership. ہم پاکستان کا آئینی حصہ نہ ہونے کے باوجود ...

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  • Dear Diary, It has been decades, isn’t it? The last time I checked it was Dharna-I and God knows I was scared. The atmosphere was tense. The capital had been a warzone. I had once tried to break in to my neighbour’s house but was caught for attempted burglary and placed under house ...

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  • The Pashtoon Council of Punjab University has demanded the provincial government to provide protection to Pashtoons studying in the university against what it termed the "hooliganism" of Islami Jamiat Taleba (IJT). Several Pashtoon students staged a protest on Wednesday, which ...

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  • They say all good things must really come to an end. And on Sunday night the inevitable happened. After a 27-year illustrious career in the squared circle, the man known as The Undertaker hanged up his boots; the place was Orlando, the PPV was Wrestlemania aka ‘The Granddaddy of Them ...

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  • Call it a palette full of colours, both fresh and dry, or call it a book on partition, for that is what my area in Lahore seems like. Sant Nagar, as the name suggests was inhabited by Hindus before partition, and their remnants are what I mentioned before as dry colors, for there stand old, massive ...

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  • Colours were all over the sky as Lahori folks celebrated Holi with full zeal and fervour. People of all ages and from all walks of life embraced each other to signify the triumph of good over evil and spread love. Last year, the government declared Holi, Diwali and Easter as holidays for ...

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  • They say that happiness is short lived. I don’t know who ‘they’ are but happiness is indeed short lived. The second edition of Pakistan Super League ended with a bang in Lahore. The city is again set to host a World XI four-match series in September. But the former has passed and ...

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  • The brutal murder of Salmaan Taseer, a former governor of the Punjab who was gunned down by his own bodyguard at the Kohsar Market in Islamabad six years ago, screams of societal ignorance at large. Taseer was murdered because he sought reforms in Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws.  The ...

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  • The declaration issued at the end of the sixth Heart of Asia ministerial conference, hosted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Amritsar, stresses increased cooperation among member countries to play their due role in tackling the common threat of terrorism. Ironically, key speeches during ...

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  • Pakistan of 2016 is quite different from what it was several years ago. More and more people have access to information, thanks to the availability of internet, and that too, at an affordable price. However, this access to internet has come up with a cost, not in monetary terms, but the cost one ...

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  • “I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.” - Martin Luther King US President Barack Obama made headlines when he told in an interview he had been to Pakistan during the ‘80s. Obama’s mother ...

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  • A week has passed since I wrote International isolation looms as Pakistan continues to differentiate between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ non-state actors. For me it was just another day at the job. I wasn’t expecting any kind of reaction because the mentioned piece of writing, ...

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  • In an address to the leaders of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa that collectively make up BRICS, including India, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: "Tragically the mothership of terrorism is a country in India's neighbourhood." Now we all know that the very ‘mothership of ...

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  • It’s been several years since I scored good grades. The once topper of his class is now satisfied with average marks because, as we all know, time keeps changing. To my dear readers, I won’t be writing about the ‘Education system of Pakistan’ or ‘Grades don’t ...

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  • Centuries before world wars and the subsequent crises that followed, mankind was hit by a deadly pandemic: the Black Death. The deadly infectious disease, which first arrived in Europe by sea in October 1347, is believed to have claimed an estimated 75 million lives, or 60 per cent of the ...

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  • Summer vacations are finally over. Educational institutions have reopened and now, between 1 and 3 pm, the streets of Lahore will be crowded with schoolchildren. Speaking of schoolchildren, I too happen to be a brother of school-going siblings. Being the elder one, it is my responsibility to pick ...

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  • Muslim leaders in the United States are relieved. They are relieved to know that they won’t be celebrating Eidul Azha indoors, or that they won’t have to celebrate it amid fears of possible hate crime against them. But what’s wrong with Muslims celebrating their festivals? They ...

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  • “Pakistan and India have signed several agreements pertaining to education and health, Foreign Office and India’s Ministry of External Affairs said in a joint statement. Under the agreement, which was inked between finance ministers of the two countries, new schools and hospitals with ...

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