Bahadar Ali Khan

  • TKashmir could slip out of hands this easily, the very idea of this is mind baffling. Four generations of Pakistanis have consistently been hypnotized with sloganeering like 'Kashmir banay ga Pakistan', the celebrations like 'Kashmir Day', the persistent military build up, echoing of word ...

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  • TIn this sizzling political scene, the whole nation is in awe over the latest development where a female parliamentarian dared to accuse a very powerful politician for soliciting her of immoral behavior. Obviously she is making headlines in the national electronic and print media. Some are curious ...

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  • TThe climax of Panama leaks has finally hit the wires by JIT’s report. Both in government and opposition camps have reacted. Regardless of these reactions it is pertinent to jog down the history lane and examine why such inquiries, cases, references and orders against the elected prime ...

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  • TPakistan's eternal predicament while aping Saudi Arabia influenced foreign policy is a constant one legged race. Islamabad has long been walking on a thin ice to keep Saudis happy and simultaneously trying to stay away from keeping Iranians unhappy. That fragile balance turned into an ...

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  • TRural Punjab has gone through a subtle, but certainly very conspicuous, change during the last two decades. The 'new' Punjab doesn't resonate with its traditional and historical composition, as it used to be known for its friendliness, open-mindedness, easy going and secular attitudes of life. The ...

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  • TIt was the early part of the morning of April 4th 1979. Rawalpindi District Jail was wrapped in the deep darkness of the night. It was very quiet outside, but inside the jail quarters there was an unusual frenzy. The jail officials were assigned a duty to carry out that morning, a duty that never ...

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  • TThere is no point finding faults with anyone anymore. Emotional appeals, hysterical theatrics, weeping widows, crying orphans, all of it has lost significance. It seems people have become pain agnostic; but honestly it didn’t happen overnight. They were not always like that. They would care ...

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  • TLike millions, my curiosity has now peaked to see when the method behind this madness emerges. It seems so unreal. With every development that takes place in the Trump White House, a horrendous shockwave is generated. People look at each other and question if this is the same US that was considered ...

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  • TAs anticipated, the new US president Donald J. Trump’s inaugural speech was fairly strong worded, full of promises and generally meant for domestic consumption. But in the process, he made it too US focused thus alienating the rest of the world, to which he paid thanks initially. The promises ...

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  • TChoosing logic and love as a vehicle for transporting the ideas and thoughts is one of the  best courses available. But it sounds fair and decent as long as the messages wrapped inside don’t step on the threshold where the boundaries of power lines get breached. When this happens the ...

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  • TThe other day turned out to be a good opportunity to walk into a Marxists den through a function hosted by the Progressive Pakistanis forum here in Toronto, on a night dedicated to Faiz Ahmed Faiz. There was a powerful recitation of Faiz’s two eulogies (marisa) there. Here for the first time ...

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  • TSame subject, same hymns, same reaction and the same continued worthlessness of human life. TVs have to play it, because it is newsworthy though the newsworthiness has long gone out of it. It is the norm of life now and the norm of life never qualifies as a news item. 50 plus more dead. So the ...

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  • TPointless to say that everyone gets it, but unfortunately, the underlying theme of politics is to get power. Plain and simple. And the basic rule of power is to sell your own interest to the public, packaged as their interest. “Rules of power”, a small pocket-size book spells it out ...

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  • TThe impoverished but proud parents would have been happy the day their sons got selected for the police force. With lots of prayers their moms would have sent them to their training academy to earn them the title of a Policeman. But one thing they didn’t know was that a few other sons of ...

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  • TIn an unprecedented move and after a long time, the Pakistani civilian government told the military to act against militant groups decisively and if civil law enforcement acts against those, military-led intelligence agencies shouldn't impede the process. A tall expectation? Before any further ...

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  • TAmong the unending ‘interesting’ political events that take place in Pakistan every now and then, there are some very vital human issues that generally get buried in all this noise. If we look back to April 20th this year, a severe blow was dealt to the polio vaccination campaign when ...

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  • TAllah has done justice. All the bad guys have licked the dust. Traitors are bad guys anyways. From Karachi to Chitral an ocean of patriots is in a high tide. Experts are of the opinion that electricity can be produced through these high tides, and can bridge the power shortfall.  To maintain ...

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  • THere is a typical synopsis of an average bomb blast in Pakistan. Blast, splash of blood, loud cries and wailing, charred bodies, tears, condemnation hurricane from anybody above grade-17, volley of sweeping statements within first hour after the blast, without any investigation implicating every ...

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  • TYou were happy, joyful when your mummy decided to take you to the market. It felt so surreal as you imagined how that small doll in a shop with blue eyes and blonde hair enticed you last time. You were sure to make your mother get it for you that day. You ran the tap to wash your face, combed your ...

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  • T In a Hollywood blockbuster Enemy At the Gates, in a depiction of WWII battle scene that was underway in and around Stalingrad, Soviets were facing heavy causalities at the hands of Germans. Rumor was abound that if Stalingrad fell, Soviet Union would fall. Nikita Khrushchev assumes charge of that ...

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  • TYuval Harari in his book Sapiens quotes a social fact that in the course of human society make-up, not more than 150 people could assemble under the leadership of an individual. Thus it was challenging during the earlier stages of human society, as how to unite people within the growing human ...

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  • T24 have been convicted in the Indian-Gujarat Muslim massacre of 2002. The prosecution has sought death penalty for the convicted Hindu fanatics. The convicts were charged of all the heinous crimes, a human dictionary of crime can define. They were responsible for hacking and burning 69 Muslims who ...

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