Zahaid Rehman

  • TA landmark decision by the Supreme Court (SC) saw Asia Bibi secure her freedom after spending eight years in prison wrongfully accused of a crime. With conflicting witness statements and an overall inconsistency in the evidence presented, justice finally being served and an innocent person being ...

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  • TThe new Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government’s decision to stand firm in the face of growing opposition against the inclusion of Atif Mian in the Economic Advisory Council was applauded, as it should have been. The Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry was correct in reminding the ...

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  • TThere is a lot riding on Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari’s shoulders. The state of human rights in Pakistan is not even close to where it needs to be, the Ministry she is in charge of had more or less slipped into complete anonymity since its creation in the 90’s by Benazir ...

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  • TThe parliament is in, the Prime Minister has been elected and a cabinet (or at least half of one) has been sworn in. The treasury benches seem content for now; after waiting for 22 years, anyone behind Imran Khan knows that in his greatest hour, rocking the boat will be of no use to anyone in the ...

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  • TEver the source of political sloganeering or a means to tick all the right boxes with the voter base during election season, the rhetoric of hating the neighbour is used on both sides of India and Pakistan as an easy way to garner votes and appeal to the general public. However, as the past two ...

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  • TThe recent attack on a woman in Jinnah Park, Islamabad is a reminder of how unsafe and unwelcoming public spaces in the country can be, especially for women. The woman was walking in the park with a male friend when she was accosted by men who claimed to be security staff of the park. They ...

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  • TThe Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is adamant in its denial of any mistakes made on its part and continues to reiterate that these elections were “free, fair and transparent”. Mr Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad, Secretary ECP, has reaffirmed this belief, conveniently choosing to not ...

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  • TAfter a controversial election campaign marred by allegations of pre-poll rigging and inordinate delays in the counting of the votes – hinting at something more than human and technical errors – Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has emerged victorious in the General Elections 2018. We are ...

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  • TThe political circus is underway as always and all eyes are fixated on the drawn out court sagas and political rallies that Pakistan’s politicians, its judiciary and the security agencies are embroiled in ahead of the general elections this year. The Supreme Court’s increased media ...

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  • TIn conversations with people from different countries, some of them find the fact that we have a third gender option on our identity cards shocking. A more progressive idea in their minds, their respect for Pakistan immediately goes up – all for a brief second or two, before I give them the ...

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  • TA recent fine levied by PEMRA on Geo TV is an indication of the way the wind blows in the country. The reason for the penalty was simple; a show by host Najam Sethi alleged that the Pakistan Army – like all other state institutions – was plagued by institutional corruption. A simple ...

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  • TThe results of the German election on September 24 paint a worrying picture for the future of the European Union, the general public reaction to the influx of refugees and for (perceived) lax laws of immigration in both Germany and the rest of Europe. Angela Merkel was expected to win with relative ...

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  • TThe voting for the vacant NA-120 seat in Lahore is one that has captivated the nation; for obvious reasons of course. The seat of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, now being contested for between Kulsoom Nawaz and Dr Yasmin Rashid – who managed to get a significant number of votes while ...

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  • TThe death of Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bangalore on September 6 is confirmation of the Modi government’s role in rising extremism and hate in the country. Her writing against Hindu nationalism and online threats from Hindutva activists online make this an open and shut case – ...

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  • TBol Television’s second coming is going much better than the first one. Previous attempts to launch the channel on the back of an extensive publicity campaign stopped in its tracks with the Axact scandal. All the money thrown at some of the most popular anchors and media personalities nearly ...

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  • TLahore: Given that a large portion of the rape cases in Pakistan go unreported, calculating the actual number of rapes in the country on a yearly basis is close to impossible. Even those that get reported to the police often escape the notice of the media and the general public. Amna’s* case ...

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  • TReactions across the board to attacks on civilians are getting more and predictable each time a tragedy takes place; the government has less in the way of explanations, and not much to say beyond issuing a condemnation that seems almost rote-learnt by now. The army always reasserts its commitment ...

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  • TDiscovering and falling in love with a new place on one’s travels is akin to the purest forms of happiness known to us. I was recently reminded of this on my trip to Chitral, Ayun and onwards to Kalash, to attend the annual Chillum Joshi festival, held by the Kalashi people to celebrate the ...

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  • TOn Thursday, Rana Sanaullah finally said what needed to be said regarding the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) when he stated, “The Council of Islamic Ideology has not sent any recommendations on the Women Protection Act and even if such recommendations are received, the Punjab Assembly may ...

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  • TWhen I decided to go to Chitral, and from there to Kalash, I was given conflicting travelling times, and was told that the total duration of the journey from Islamabad to Chitral could be anywhere between fourteen to twenty hours. This great discrepancy perturbed me, and caused me to suspect the ...

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  • TLAHORE - A year ago on March 15, 2015, Reverend Ashknaz of the Christ Church, Youhanabad woke up for his Sunday sermon and thought it would be just another day, but he could not have been more wrong. Christ Church and the Roman Catholic Church, both in Youhanabad were simultaneously targeted by ...

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  • TLAHORE - The ground at Gulshan Iqbal Park was still littered with the trash yesterday, and blood stains could be seen across the walls of the rides in certain places beyond the police lines.Christian rights groups turned up at Gulshan Iqbal Park in the aftermath of the suicide attack that claimed ...

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  • TActive participation in politics by the youth is fundamental in developing the democratic process. This participation can take many shapes and forms; it can limit itself to young adults voting for one’s favourite candidate, or can extend to becoming an active worker of the party supported. ...

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  • TThe recently escalating tussle between the Punjab Government and private schools fighting the new restrictions on fee structure has only one losing party; the students and the parents that pay exorbitant amounts for their education. The Punjab Education Authority Bill is one that has divided the ...

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  • TWhat promises to be a new day for the members of the newly registered PTI-N will be just another day in the history of Pakistani politics, where a prominent party’s name is taken on by a few old members looking to set up their own shop. The formation of another PTI reflects a very common ...

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  • TThe day Nawaz Sharif screened Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s Oscar-nominated documentary, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness at the Prime Minister House, a 40 year-old woman was stabbed by her husband on the suspicion of having an affair with another man in Lahore. Before the screening, ...

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  • TThe silence is deafening. It is utterly strange that the death of the ex-ISI premier was not taken up by moderate/liberal newspapers as an opportunity to remind their readers of the dangers of fostering extremist thought, considering his role in this exercise during, and after his time as the Chief ...

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  • T  The Christian couple that was beaten and burnt alive on November 4th at the hands of a mob close to Lahore, are two of countless people who have lost their lives as a result of an inherently oppressive law designed to marginalise minorities. Only two days later, Tufail Haider, in jail for ...

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  • TThe energy policy of the new government, devised by the Water and Power Minister, Khawaja Asif, is one that seeks to be more open to solutions compared to past policies. Promises have been made, and the country anticipates its fulfilling. According to the government, there are three main problems ...

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