KK Shahid

  • Four armed gunmen stormed the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) around 10 am local time on Monday, with security forces foiling their attempted raid. All four militants, four security guards of the stock exchange building, one police official, and at least on civilian have been reported as killed in ...

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  • On May 17, Pakistani netizens were seen inquiring about a potential Twitter outage on other social media platforms. Many across the country weren’t able to log on to the micro-blogging website. Almost a week since the outages it remains unclear what cause the blockage. The first messages of ...

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  • On April 30, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) published its annual ‘State of Human Rights’ report for the country. The report has once again highlighted the many areas where Pakistan continues to lag behind on the human rights front. Divided into separate chapters for the ...

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  • Among the many issues aggravating the covid-19 pandemic has been the rise in violence against women reported the world over. Reports of domestic violence increased by 30% in France, over 50% in certain US states and tripling in China’s Hubei province, for instance. In Pakistan, violence ...

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  • The Senate Committee of Interior Chairperson, and former Interior Minister, Rehman Malik has written a letter to the United Nations General Secretary Antonio Guterres. Malik has demanded investigations into the identity of the ‘Zero Patient’ of Coronavirus under the Biological Weapons ...

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  • Even before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic the Imran Khan led Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) government had been facing heat across multiple fronts. The most prominent among these being the financial plunge. And following the publication of the Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) report on the ...

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  • In multiple addresses over the past month, especially the latter half, Prime Minister Imran Khan has repeatedly reiterated the impact that a nationwide lockdown would have on the economy. On April 3, he compared the situations in the US and Pakistan, saying that where Washington had announced a ...

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  • The disinfection of Taftan is underway, with all local residents set to be screened. The decision has been taken by the local authorities, who are also working to ensure that Pakistanis stuck in Iran can safe return home. The Taftan border has turned out to be the biggest source of the spread of ...

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  • The ongoing month of March has seen COVID-19 evolve into a pandemic, in turn becoming the focus of global, and local, attention. But it is also worth reaffirming that earlier this month the continuation of a momentous feminist movement was witnessed, which has the potential of reshaping the country ...

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  • Defending champions Quetta Gladiators are struggling at the bottom of the table in the Pakistan Super League. After a decent start, they have now lost four successive matches, with the slump beginning with the 30-run defeat for the Gladiators against Multan Sultans. The Sultans have since ...

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  • The presence of coronavirus in Pakistan was confirmed on Wednesday, with Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza tweeting the reaffirmation. Dr Mirza also addressed a joint press conference with Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan late on Wednesday night confirming ...

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  • A two-member task force from Islamabad on Monday met with Pakistani students stuck in Wuhan, the Chinese city which became the hub of the outbreak of coronavirus last month. The Pakistan Embassy in Beijing confirmed that four Pakistani students in Wuhan, who can contracted the virus, have recovered ...

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  • Multiple sex scandals have shaken Punjab over the years. Despite media reports, FIRs, arrests and mass outrage in recent years, child abuse cases continued to erupt throughout the province in 2019. As reports of minor rapes and murder emerged throughout the year, critics deem it a result of the ...

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  • The Student Action Committee has called nationwide demonstrations on November 29, which will be spearheaded by the Progressive Student Collective (PSC). The protest, which will take place in all major cities of the country including Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Hyderabad and Quetta, has developed ...

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  • In late February, an aerial dogfight took place between the two air forces, with both IAF and PAF launching cross-border raids in the aftermath of the Pulwama bombing in Jammu & Kashmir, which killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel. Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was ...

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  • In a joint press conference held in Islamabad on Saturday, by Prime Minister’s Advisor on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh talked up the condition of Pakistan’s economy. Shaikh pointed towards the trade and budget deficits, which have shrunk by 35% and 36% respectively in the first ...

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  • It appears as though war has been successfully thwarted and with it mutually assured destruction. And yet not many would feel that this is the most opportune time to talk about the other existential crisis that is engulfing the region – and indeed the world. Last month, US President Donald ...

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  • On Monday, Aleem Khan’s physical remand was extended by an accountability court till March 5. His arrest amid the very loud, but equally contentious, accountability drive has been seen by the ruling PTI as the vindication of its anti-corruption movement, which the party has long maintained ...

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  • On Monday, after Pakistan miraculously managed to lose the second T20I against South Africa, and in turn the 11 series winning streak in the shortest format of the game, President Arif Alvi tweeted an analysis as precise and accurate as any: “One of our batsmen was too slow for T20 and our ...

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  • If sanity had prevailed, in the aftermath of the first bout of insanity, this space would be dedicated to grilling Sarfaraz Ahmed for exhibiting truly repulsive behaviour given his position as the leader of the most followed sports team of our country. However, given the response of the Pakistan ...

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  • After a decade and a half of monumental losses the Pakistan International Airlines has finally discovered what has been ailing it for ages: music. Yes, the national carrier has figured out that the music that it plays on board needed to be fixed as the topmost priority if it is to have any chance ...

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  • Following the $6.2-billion bailout package delivered by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan perhaps has run out of brotherly nations giving away brotherly bailout packages, consisting primarily of brotherly deferred payments. Even so, with the ...

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  • With the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League just five weeks away, the name of the sixth team has finally been announced. The owner, Ali Khan Tareen, confirmed that ‘Multan Sultans’ would be retained, confirming that the change in name that junior Tareen delivered is about as ...

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  • Even the staunchest of cynics can’t help but allow at the very least some inklings of positivity in the system on New Year’s Day. Indeed, this particular space is dedicated to generating optimism on a weekly basis, but of course, it’s that much more pronounced this time of the ...

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  • One’s video clip going viral is quite often a really good thing. For, the cliché would have you believe that there is no such thing as bad publicity. And with social media these days the extent of the volume, frequency and magnitude of said publicity has indeed skyrocketed. This is not ...

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  • A resolution has been submitted in the Punjab Assembly to demand explanation from Google as to why when one types ‘bhikari’ in the search bar the picture of Prime Minister Imran Khan pops up. The resolutions asks for Google CEO Sundar Pichai to be summoned and explain why this ...

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  • There are umpteen gazillion stats on what this country lacks, where it needs more and how much it lags behind others. But the one thing that it is in dire need of – and yet you won’t find any corresponding stats to substantiate the urgency – is positivity. It is such a simple, and ...

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  • That the Pakistani rupee has been in a freefall isn’t entire the incumbent government’s fault. That they haven’t done anything to address the problem is a critical flaw contributing to the currency’s plunge. That they still don’t seem to have an idea as to what that ...

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  • Perhaps the most staggering feature about last week’s Twitter feud between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Imran Khan was the hullabaloo that it mustered given that neither uttered a word that the two states’ leaders haven’t in the past. Pakistan ‘providing safe ...

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  • The age old question, how many people would it take to screw in a lightbulb, has been used to solve a wide array of problems in a gamut of communities, societies and realms. Perhaps it’s time to address the same in our neck of the woods owing to recent developments. Given that set of ...

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