Umer Ali

  • TQuetta has bled once again. A suicide bomber exploded himself near emergency ward of Civil Hospital, Quetta. His target was a group of lawyers who had gathered outside the emergency ward after President of Balochistan Bar Association was shot dead in the morning. As per the latest reports, ...

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  • TIn a town that is always ringing with slogans and high on religious hatred, lived Sitara. Tiny and beautiful like her name, she had an unquenchable thirst to learn new things and phenomena around her. She grew up questioning everything around us. Such was the scale of her curiosity that her school ...

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  • T“We broke the necks of Ahmadis and buried them forever,” exclaimed former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Raja Pervez Ashraf in a recent PPP gathering. Top leadership of PPP, including Bilawal Bhutto,was present but no one objected to his remarks. This recent statement by a prominent PPP ...

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  • TIn a recent exam, I was asked a mind-boggling question: How to save Pakistan from secularism? It could have been phrased differently but the author of this question had already taken a position that secularism was bad for Pakistan. During his lectures, the author of this question had insisted upon ...

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  • THow on Earth would Junaid Jamshed even have thought of what happened to him last night? A small Barelvi group who landed in Islamabad last night to attend the chehlum of Mumtaz Qadri roughed Junaid Jamshed up at the airport. Punching and kicking him, they chanted ‘Labaik Ya Rasoolullah’ ...

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  • TEver since Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won the Oscar for Best Documentary (Short Subject) for her documentary, A Girl in the River: Price of Forgiveness, she has been dubbed as a ‘traitor’, a ‘Western sellout’ and a conspirator who depicts a bad image of Pakistan to the world. The ...

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  • TLast week was an eventful one, to say the least. Much praise has been directed towards the current PML-N led government for hanging convicted murderer, Mumtaz Qadri to death. He was executed five years after he killed then Governor Punjab, Salmaan Taseer in cold blood. Terming his deep love for the ...

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  • TA month after Pakistan observed the first anniversary of the deadly APS Peshawar attack, Islamist terrorists belonging to the banned TTP have struck again – this time at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda. According to the latest updates, 21 people have been killed in the attacks with over 60 ...

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  • T“Pakistan enjoys close and brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and attaches great importance to their security,” Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif said in a meeting with Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince, ...

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  • T“Many advised me not to take on the issue because my life would be threatened but it reminded me of a Faiz poem, 'aaj bazaar meiN pa bajolaaN chalo,'” said an adamant Taseer in an interview with Arshad Sharif, two days before his death.  Salmaan Taseer must have known how dangerous ...

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  • TIt was supposed to be a happy end of the week as Parisians thronged public places for a fun night out. All hell broke loose when explosions and shootings rocked Paris at six different places – outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany, Bataclan concert venue and Petit ...

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  • TSitara was a special kid from the start. Questioning everything around her, she was a difficult student to be satisfied. At the young age of 9, she passed her O Levels exams to become the youngest child in the world to achieve the feat. In an ideal world, she would have been praised and supported ...

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  • THours after Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister of Canada, internet exploded with his pictures and videos. From sporting Sherwani to speaking in the mosque, from greeting his fans after the win to standing in the boxing ring – he went viral. If at one place, he is sitting with Jews, Justin ...

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  • TAfter the incitation from the local temple in Dadri, a mob consisting of more than 100 villagers killed a 50-year-old man while injuring his 22 years old son – for allegedly eating beef. According to the slain man’s daughter, the mob took her father outside and beat him with bricks, as ...

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  • TIt was a hot June afternoon when Asia Noreen was working in the fields, harvesting fruit in Ittan Wali, a village off the main city of Sheikhupura. Along with her were some other women of the same village.  Sweating badly in the scorching heat, Asia was asked to fetch water from the well ...

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