Durdana Najam

  • TAfter getting discharged from the hospital, Ahsan Iqbal went straight to his mother’s grave. Though it is a normal practice in our culture to visit graveyards and especially to offer prayers on one’s parents’ graves, what makes Iqbal’s visit to his mother’s grave ...

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  • TElectoral rigging is a common issue in Pakistan. After every election, a common refrain the opposition party holds against the winning party is that the victory has been achieved through engineering and manipulation. The 2013 elections remained in the limelight until Imran Khan held a sit-in of 126 ...

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  • TIs it news that Pakistan and the US have once again been unable to arrive at a consensual policy towards solving the Afghan crisis? For the last 16 years, since the war against terrorism first began, both Pakistan and the US have been pursuing different strategies to deal with Afghanistan. Not that ...

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  • T‘Give respect to vote.’ The PML-N has raised this slogan to counter the avalanche of lawsuits, blames, and accusations of corruption resulting in the dismissal of Mian Nawaz Sharif from power. The slogan has helped PML-N in its political revival among its voters. People are told that ...

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  • TEvery massacre in Kashmir is used as a precise moment by our politicians to remind the international community of its responsibilities towards human rights violations taking place in so-called largest democracy. All of a sudden media reverberates with voices condemning the crisis and demanding the ...

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  • TIf one were to keep count of all the talks so far held to bring peace in Afghanistan, it might exceed the weight of intentions, to actually end the war. If history is any guide, most wars have ended in a political settlement. Wars are allowed to breakout to weaken the will of the enemy and bring ...

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  • TThe Varieties of Democracy Project (V-Dem), the world’s largest database on democratic indicators, in its annual report for 2017, talks about democracy sliding back in many countries. The US, a revisionist state and a staunch supporter of liberal democracy, has gone back on its commitment to ...

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  • TSince the ouster of Nawaz Sharif in July 2017, a barrage of criticism has been let loose against the establishment for designing his exit from politics. Instead of accepting the verdict of the Supreme Court, the PML-N has buckled down to expose the higher courts for tolerating a disarrayed lower ...

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  • TThough the history of democracy begins in Athens, it finds recognition in the era of European Enlightenment. It is here that human beings are defined as rational individuals endowed with inalienable rights. At the heart of any definition of democracy lies the provision of human rights. West’s ...

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  • TMost of what we heard at the three days’ conference held at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, on the topic of “The Kashmir Dispute: Past, Present and the Future,” was already known. But a few ideas were really thought provoking, such as the word ...

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  • TKashmir has a history of legal frameworks around United Nation resolutions. In 1948, when India launched a complaint with the United Nations Security Council under Article 35 of the UN Charter. Charging Pakistan with aiding and abetting tribal invaders into Jammu and Kashmir, which the complaint ...

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  • TIs Kashmir a resolvable issue? The way this issue has been handled both by India and Pakistan it seems this question has not been carefully visited upon. Each protagonist in the Kashmir theatre wants this conflict solved as they think appropriate. For a composite and comprehensive solution, there ...

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  • TIt was Asma Jahangir’s courage, to stand up to the tyrant and injustice that made even her worst enemy, falls in line with many of her decisions. Her fight against the military governments in Pakistan earned her the reputation of being an Indian agent. She was painted Pakistan’s worst ...

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  • TFor the last 28 years, the Kashmir Day is being observed to convey to the Kashmiris living in India that they are not alone in their fight for freedom. There will be speeches today, processions will be taken out, a human chain will be formed, prayers will be held, and a new resolve to solve the ...

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  • TZainab, Naqeebullah Mehsud, Rao Anwer and Dr Shahid Masood— four faces, four stories. Each one of them is a reflection of the unjust system this society has borne for 70 years. They had been turned into liabilities, instead of asset that they were meant to be. Each of them has exposed our ...

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  • TThe state of Pakistan has adopted a holistic approach for the elimination of terrorism. Military operations in different parts of the country are in progress, but a narrative to develop national thinking against extremism—the root cause of terrorism—- has been found missing. Many codes ...

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  • TA seven-year-old girl leaves her home to read Quran at her Khala’s (aunt’s) place. This must be a daily routine for the little girl. However, January 5 was not like any other day for her. She went out, never to return. Five days later, her body was found on the heap of garbage a few ...

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  • TShahbaz Sharif has asked Ulemas (Islamic Scholars) to step forward and play their role in eliminating chaos from society. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was talking to the Ulema convention held at the Chief Minister House Punjab on January 6, 2018. Pir Sialvi was also in the audience and heard the ...

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  • TTrump administration’s decision to accept Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has sent shock waves across the world. Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, showed his dismay with the decision saying that the US has lost the mediating role in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiation. The indignation ...

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  • TWhen the government blames judiciary and the military for exceeding their limit, one laughs. When the judiciary blames the government for exploiting its mandate, one laughs. When the military advises the government to adhere to its constitutional limits, one laughs. There is hardly an institution ...

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  • TOn this day of International Human Rights, a look at Pakistan’s scorecard about its socio-political achievements and the steps needed to attain sustainable and positive peace seems imperative. If one were writing this piece two-year back, say in 2014, energy crises and terrorism would have ...

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  • TWe are living in a world that in spite of advancement is also fastened to the barbaric ways that justify annihilation in the name of personal interests. Previously if territorial disputes had torn the world apart, today ideological and cultural differences under the prevailing concept of ...

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  • TIt is not the first time. Perhaps it may not be the last time either. Pakistan has yet to mature and become civilized. The governments have yet to learn that they have been given the mandate not to amass personal fortune but to govern and to create a state where law reigns. The armed forces have ...

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  • TOne thing that this country yearns for is the writ of the state. Not that the state does not use force, however, the application of justice or the rule of law or force is usually too late. By the time the government intervenes, the opposing forces had become too strong to expose state’s ...

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  • TIn the new game of thrones, countries with the control of the Indian Ocean would have the power to influence the world order. China is poised to enhance its strategic presence in the Indian Ocean, using communication lines at the Gwadar port, for the export of Chinese products across the Middle ...

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  • TWhat does it mean to have bad relations with neighbours? If all the neighbours are fighting among each other, it becomes difficult to resolve the issue because of so many culprits spoiling the broth. But if there is an odd one out, it is relatively more straightforward to find the wrong and correct ...

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  • TWill the recipe to start an all-inclusive dialogue, while sticking to the policy of muscular and military solution, win the hearts of the Kashmiri freedom fighters? Already the solution forwarded by the BJP government to appoint an interlocutor to initiate talks in Jammu and Kashmir is seen with ...

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  • TOn a given day the US State Department appreciates Pakistan’s security forces effort to rescue the Canadian-American couple from the Taliban at Kurrum Agency. On another day, the Director CIA, Mike Pompeo, says that the couple was held captive in Pakistan and not in Afghanistan for five ...

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  • TThe issue of Ahmadis has been reignited once again; this time by none other than the son-in-law of the former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif. Retired Captain Muhammad Safdar used the floor of the National Assembly to vent his feeling against the Ahmadis. His diatribe comprised of actions from ...

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  • TA nation born from the womb of ethnic discord was liable to suffer from its inflictions left over in the wake of partition. A time had come in the history of Balochistan when the Punjabis were driven out of the province just as there had come a time when the Shias from Hazara community were ...

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