Saadia Gardezi

  • TThe Pentagon acknowledged on Thursday that Pakistan had lost more lives and troops to terrorism than any other country. Is the US administration ever going to look beyond these empty acknowledgements, and formulate a foreign policy of reconciliation and actual trust building? The current Af-Pak ...

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  • TThese were the top five stories on Pakistan yesterday on Google. 1. The crisis in Pakistan continues 2. A militant leader is set free in Pakistan. Here’s why it matters to the US 3. Gunmen attack Shiite mosque in Pakistan, kill 1, wound 3 4. Pakistani law minister quits after weeks of ...

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  • TI am not a religious scholar but one does not have to be one to understand the Quran and hadith, just a quest to learn. Islam has no clergy and its followers do not need a priest-like figure to intervene into their life to absolve them of sins. The title mullah is a Persian variation of the Arabic ...

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  • TThe obsession with seeing free speech as a fundamental right in the West at time appears to be just an excuse to mask hate and loathing. At its extremes, it is a licence to be openly bigoted. The obsession to say and do what one wants, whether it is portraying the Prophet (PBUH) in a cartoon, or ...

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  • TThe Ashmolean Museum in the UK is currently hosting an display of paintings from India and Pakistan titled: Old Traditions, New Visions: Art in India and Pakistan after 1947. It’s description reads: “After the political freedom gained in 1947, Indian and Pakistani artists faced a ...

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  • TShould fashion make political statements? It seems like a frivolous statement, considering Pakistanis have much larger issues to worry about, but last week I found myself outraged and surprised at a conference, that was debating the question. Maybe if I was upset by the incident, other Pakistanis ...

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  • TIn 1969, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in his exposition of foreign policy in The Myth of Independence, wrote “Pakistan must determine its foreign policy on the basis of its own enlightened self-interest, uninfluenced by the transient global requirements of the Great Powers.” This idea of being ...

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  • TGodwin’s law (or Godwin’s rule of Hitler analogies) an Internet maxim that asserts that “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1”, i.e. if an online discussion (regardless of topic) goes on long enough, sooner or ...

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  • TIn recent years social media has become the main medium for sharing opinions and information. One of its functions has become to gauge the majority opinion in a society when peaceniks and liberals were hoping that it would become a new frontier for peace and cultural exchange. Social networking has ...

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