Wishal Raheel

  • Recently, a huge debate started online when a minister said in one of his speeches that female students wearing headscarves at colleges would be given extra marks. On social media, this statement seemed to have attracted a lot of criticism, and duly so. However, we cannot ignore the people – ...

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  • Can a woman ever cause harm to another woman? Logically speaking it is of paramount importance that any group affected by injustice should stand united. Yet in the case of Pakistani women, that sadly does not happen. When we speak of patriarchy, we immediately think of a concept created and imposed ...

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  • Running down the hall to get to one of my classes on time, I was stopped by a senior colleague who had come to inform me of the DHA Z block blast. Puzzled, I started calling family and friends in the area to confirm if everyone was fine. When I got to class, a sea of young eager faces looked ...

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  • Congratulations to our state; nobody will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. Not because of the preposterous ban or the wrath of the mullahs. But because our hearts ache for the loss that we have had to face. Because terror, once again, has gripped the entire country. There will be no ...

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  • Trump’s decision to stop the admission of refugees into the US has sparked a global outcry – with due reason. These refugees are perhaps some of the most vulnerable people on the planet. Disallowing them to seek refuge for a safe life is synonymous to mass murder. It is most certainly a ...

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  • Waking up to the news of blocked roads and protests isn’t something new for a Lahoriite. I still remember last year, when Mumtaz Qadri was hanged. I was in the middle of teaching a class of children when the school started sending them home. The children, confused at what was happening, asked ...

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  • With the New Year’s arrival, I have seen around me yet again a round of resolutions- promises that are made each year to be broken. I see people vowing to eat clean and quit smoking. I see people promising to call up their friends more often. I see people promising to travel the world. I see ...

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  • Every year, Muslims all across the world celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad on 12th Rabi-ul-Awal. Pakistan, too, participates in the festivities with great enthusiasm and zeal. From the federal capital to the remotest of rural areas, decorations can be seen at both a high scale and an ...

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  • With tensions between India and Pakistan rising, I couldn’t help but notice how many people on my Facebook were more than willing to go to the borders and fight for Pakistan. Countless posts about how these individuals would embrace martyrdom for their country poured in. Seeing these posts, ...

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  • The arrival of the Hajj season brings with it a debate amongst the Pakistani community: Ahmadis can't be allowed to go for Hajj. The debate regarding who deserves to be called a Muslim is a complex one, and while it may seem like this debate was restricted only to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia's Grand ...

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  • The recent burkini ban has created a spark that was perhaps much needed. Despite the fact that the ban has been declared illegal by the French court, it has indeed left its mark. The ban basically stated that no woman could wear a 'burkini' or a full body swimsuit at a public beach. This caused ...

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  • In the year 2013, the Pakistan Association for Difficulties in Learning (PADIL) revealed that over 1.8 million children in Pakistan were affected by learning disabilities. These disabilities range from  Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and ...

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  • Lahoris never get bored of Chinese food  which is why so many Chinese restaurants have managed to become so successful in the city. The most talked about upcoming addition to this list of Chinese restaurants is Tao-Pan Asian Cuisine. The restaurant, which is extremely popular in Karachi, is ...

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  • Gender inequality is perhaps one of the most debated topics in the modern world. It plagues multiple societies - some in very obvious ways while others in more subtle ways. Sad as it is, our country is a country that has a severe level of gender inequality. According to the 2015 Human Development ...

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  • The difference between fear and respect is that the former is forced whereas the latter comes from one’s heart – It cannot be forcefully earned. ‘Ehtaram’ or respect, therefore, cannot be put p in the form of an ordinance and made a legal term. The Ehtaram-e-Ramzan ...

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  • Lately, the women’s protection law has been causing outrage amongst many who claim that women are safe and do not require protection and that this law will only create problems for women and families as a whole. When someone tries to explain to me how women are safe in this country, I ...

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  • For some people, pets are as important as family members. They are, after all, part of the family.  While keeping a pet is one of the most amazing experiences one can have, there can be a lot of pain and stress involved if the pet falls ill. Pets require an equal amount of medical care, if not ...

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  • It is important for major issues of our society to be highlighted, particularly among the youth. Recently, Never Forget Pakistan in collaboration with Amnesty International (LUMS) and Hum Aahang invited the students and faculty of LUMS to the inaugural session of a series of talks ‘Aao Baat ...

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  • If there is one thing that Pakistanis are extremely enthusiastic about, it has to be cricket. The sport has the power to unite all Pakistanis, irrespective of their differences otherwise and create a sense of patriotism that is impressive. Despite the fact that Pakistan hasn’t seen may ...

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  • How the 29th of February, 2016, gets written down in history depends not on the facts that led to the events of this day but on the perception of the masses about today’s events. Yesterday, Mumtaz Qadri, the man who murdered Salmaan Taseer was finally hanged after a trial that went on for ...

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  • The world has changed rapidly in the past two decades. It doesn’t come as a surprise; it was a change of millennia after all. It seems as if the process of evolution sped up exponentially leading to changes we wouldn’t have thought of seeing. Here is a list of 12 things from the 90s and ...

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  • The weather is particularly tricky these days owing to the fact that the mornings are warm whereas the evenings tend to be quite cold. With all the rapid changes in the weather, one becomes prone to illnesses very easily. For most of us, the day starts in the morning (obviously) when it isn’t ...

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  • While many of us are waiting for Valentines to come in the hopes that an anonymous parcel will get dropped to our house filled with chocolates and teddy bears, in reality, none of that might happen. Living with that might be difficult enough, but that isn't where the torture stops. The world is ...

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  • Lahore is now home to a lot of different types of cuisines raging from Japanese to Italian to Mexican food. One new addition to these restaurants is Zucchini, a Mediterranean restaurant that offers a wide range of dishes including Lebanese, French and Italian dishes. We obviously had to give the ...

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  • The 20s are a difficult time period for everyone. You jump from being a student to a confused person trying to figure out the meaning of life at a 9-5 job. Some try stretching their student life as much as possible only to figure out it's just not the same when you're working to get a PhD as it was ...

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  • Lahore is known to be a city that appreciates theatre. From political comedies to serious drama, the city has seen its fair share of theatrical performances over the years. It does, however, seem like the trend has somewhat died down over the past few years. While there have been many popular Urdu ...

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  • David Bowie, the legendary rock star, style icon and actor passed away at the age of 69 today, leaving millions grieving worldwide. Social media posts started flooding in soon after the news of the legend's death became public. Furthermore, tributes are being paid to the legend all over the globe. ...

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  • Long gone are the days when Burger Hub was the only place for one to get good burgers in Lahore. Ever since Burger Hub came into town, a number of burger joints opened up.  While there are many new burger joints, some of the older ones include Howdy and Outpost BYOB. We decided to head off to ...

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  • It’s cold outside and a lot of us would rather stay in bed than do anything at all! However, when you realize you’re running out of groceries, you’ll have to get out of bed and go out. This is exactly what two young Pakistani entrepreneurs have now saved you from. Rabbit Drop, the ...

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  • Fast food is something that we can never get enough of. Fast food on a budget is something we definitely can’t get enough of! Sadly, when opting for fast food on a budget, the options become restricted and the quality of the food tends to deteriorate. However, we’ve found the perfect ...

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