Khadija Khan

  • TEurope faced the most calamitous blow to its democratic values of freedom, liberty and inclusiveness after World War II when the far-right entered the European power corridors by exploiting a massive wave of populism. But Populism needn’t be associated with the far right. Political philosophy ...

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  • TA Christian boy who was booked under the notorious blasphemy laws of Pakistan jumped off the fourth floor window of Federal Investigation Agency building under mysterious circumstance on Friday, 23 February, 2018. He survived to reveal the horrors that he and his cousin were going through in the ...

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  • TThe cold blooded murder of Mashal Khan has shed light on the incontestable state of religious discourse, which so far has proved to be an effective tool in polarization of Pakistani society. The statement of one of the eyewitnesses of Mashal Khan’s mob killing seems to have brought the truth ...

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  • TThe capital punishment of Mumtaz Qadri for assassinating Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer had strengthened the hope for a strong judicial system; one that would curb the massive abuse of people on the pretext of blasphemy. Barring hardliner religious organizations from staging rallies for honoring ...

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  • TSince our society is divided into many prejudiced fractions, it loses control over its actions regarding its own welfare. The extremists with their radical thoughts on religion have been creeping out and reaching the tools of mass information without any hindrance. Radicalization through extremist ...

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  • TA country where media men are allowed to openly incite hatred – where the interior minister unabashedly declares that terrorist organizations and those who slaughter human beings in the name of communalism are not equally bad – a country where activists and any dissenting Tom, Dick or ...

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  • TI just learnt that law enforcement agencies have been notified that around 64 government and private schools are at a security risk in Pakistan. This news left me in pain because I perceived a dreadful situation in my country where people are not safe from the deception projected in the name of ...

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  • TA tragedy that made every Pakistani’s heart bleed, recently: we put to eternal rest, more than 60 dead bodies of our fellow countrymen in Quetta. Soon afterwards, an attack on a religious meeting of Shias took place, which claimed the lives of 5 people and left several injured.  The ...

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  • TNelson Mandela once said: “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their humanity”. But what can we say about the pious people of this pure land where a bunch of extremists and their radical mindset seem to be put into danger by a poor Christian woman? The whole nation seems ...

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  • TWhat if I say you are inculcating hatred into the minds of your people, in order to suffocate their hopes for being the biggest economy of South Asia? What if I say, that your foemen are less assailable than your weakened position? What if I say, that because of your lack of understanding of the ...

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  • TFrom a progressive and free country, created to shelter and protect the minorities of the Subcontinent, Pakistan has, instead, managed to nurture a society that is a control freak: obsessed with the mania of controlling the marginalized sections of society such as women, children, and weaker ...

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  • T“Fair is foul and the foul is fair, hover through the fog and filthy air”. This dialogue from the legendary Shakespeare’s equally legendary play Macbeth defines exactly what Pakistan is going through these days. The once moderately religious, who were indoctrinated with radicalism ...

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  • TThe world is choking in the hands of extremism. Let’s save it. But how? By curbing extremism. And how do we do that? Let’s condemn what is happening in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, Pakistan or Europe and US. Let’s condemn the atrocities committed by ISIS. Let’s curse ...

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  • TThe world’s first political scientist Chanakya said: “As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family”. This fits seamlessly to the self-styled jihadist spread across the world, tearing down innocent people ...

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  • TShortly before his brutal assassination, Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer was invited in a talk show by a female anchor. Taseer had earlier politely declined, and I know his through the first hand knowledge of the event. He had fears that the anchor and channel administration were hand in glove ...

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  • TThe Nice attack comes in the backdrop of the rising tide of the extreme Right and its bigotry across the West. The tragic attack's immediate backdrop is the radical Britons xenophobia manifested by the recent referendum. Bigotry and radicalism, working in tandem, has left the European nations ...

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  • TWhile reading different articles about the day-to-day happenings in my country, it is hard to fit into one’s vision of being sane. Especially in a society which is surrounded by conservative thoughts, so called pureness and fear for life. These combine to compel individuals to stay ...

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  • TWhenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform. This famous Mark Twain quote has been echoing in my brain since I heard the news of Amjad Sabri’s assassination. Undoubtedly, the broad daylight killing of a mystic singer is a thing of great concern, but what is ...

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  • TIf one sees a child through a parental eye, one sees naivety and unconditional love, but a child abuser would have a different approach towards the same innocence. This is why pedophilia is considered a chronic psychological imbalance. We live in a society where we claim to have many norms, which ...

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  • TWhat happened in Nushki? Who was Muhammad Wali of Killa Abdullah? Who tipped off against Mullah Mansour? What was he doing in Iran? Is it true that Taliban leadership had developed relations with Russia and Iran? Was Pakistan on board or this single mistake cost Mansur his life? Was the ...

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  • TWe saw the grand welcome for two young men Shahbaz Taseer and Ali Haider Gilani whose stories are shocking and their unbelievable excruciation only exposes the barbaric nature of these terrorists. However, this cheerful ‘boy comes home’ story might have also sprouted some hope among ...

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  • T “For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish ...

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  • TI just came to know through friends in Brussels and Berlin that amidst one of the worst ever refugee crises, the Amnesty International and other international human rights organizations are planning to push the European governments to reconsider their policy of declaring Pakistan a safe ...

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  • T  “What is happening under the nose of concerned authorities is simply not our business. In this hour we barely meet the requirements of our livelihood. We don’t know what’s going on neither are we interested.” What an ignominious thought that leads them nowhere, but ...

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  • TLast Thursday Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Hindu and Christian migrants followed by an emotional appeal to the West not to abandon the trauma-torn refugees. And the terrorists thanked him by massacring innocent women and children mostly gathered outside a park to celebrate ...

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  • TAmerica’s grandeur  has bewitched the minds of the rationales for a long time in terms of technology, science and human development. But that splendor seems to be crumbling with the ascent of bigotry and its caput like Donald Trump. In the words of Noam Chomsky “The rise of ...

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  • TLet’s have a big round of applause for those who passed the Women Protection Bill and for those who appreciated it overwhelmingly. But what about those who are still suffering the trauma of being humiliated by the law and the administration of so-called Islamic Republic of Pakistan? Once you ...

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  • THuman history is marred by violence, wars and betrayal. All rays passing through the convex lens of social evolution seem to be converging on a point that the biggest crimes in the history could not have been done without the tyranny of the masses. Societies have gone to the extent of lynching ...

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  • TFollowing World War II 12-14 million Germans, including women and children, were deprived of their belongings and expelled from East-central Europe.  Amid this tragedy 500,000 lost their lives on account of neglect, violence, disease and aftereffects of impairing transport.  The victors ...

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  • TThe socio-political unrest and targeted bombing on densely populated Syrian towns sparked an unprecedented increase in the migration of Syrians. With countless forced to leave their houses and live under the sky, all the promises made by the west for bringing in peace and serenity have turned ...

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