Waqas Shabbir

  • The ever-rising heaps of garbage at the banks of river Jhelum have become a spectacle to avoid. The daily practice of the local municipality to intentionally dump and then lit on fire the garbage makes it difficult to breathe, increasing the higher ambient air pollution levels. Coupled with the ...

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  • The First Investigation Report (FIR) against the senior journalist and former Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (pemra), Absar Alam has triggered a trend to file a case against the government opposing circles. The FIR filed includes sections 131(Abetting mutiny, or attempting to ...

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  • The meltdown of Lieutenant-general retired (LGR) Asim Bajwa brings forth the first flash-point for the military after Gen (ret) Musharaff’s debacle. Ahmed Noorani’s story is powerful enough to jolt the whole institution and question the unquestionable mortals. It is partly a ...

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  • I remember, bitterly opposing Member of National Assembly (MNA) Abid Raza, when Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) parliamentary board had approved the ticket for the convicted murderer from Kotla to contest in the July 2018 general elections from National Assembly constituency NA-71. Raza faced ...

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  • An election season, a time, when opportunists-experienced or novice, reach the height of hypocrisy, a time which brings out their true color and amp; hidden agendas, precisely a time when marketers hit the bulls eye to rake in as much as dividend possible to balloon their coffers. A glimpse of ...

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  • Leaders of the Muslim World unanimously declared Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital at the OIC in Istanbul. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also demonstrated utmost solidarity with Palestine and told the forum decisively that with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as the capital of Palestine remains the ...

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  • Twin city was buzzing with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) supporters on December 5. Huge contingents of the Bhutto supporters thronged the city. Islamabad looked more like Larkana with large party hoardings, banners and posters visible across the city. PPP ran a vast advertising campaign to ...

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  • In absolute terms, surely North Korean aggression is not a right way to go about things, but in relative terms, any sovereign country would do this. I have a question for you. How many times in last few months, did you hear about the US-South Korean joint exercises, prior to successive missile ...

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  • Colossal environmental disasters in the United States are a stark reminder of the damage inflicted upon Earth. It has reignited the debate among the thinkers and academia regarding the severe implications of capitalism. Credible voices on both sides of the Atlantic have expressed grave concerns ...

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  • Are you willing to take a factual or a partisan position? Fortunately for India and unfortunately for Modi and BJP, Gauri Lankash took a factual position. In recent past, too many Indians have fallen for Modi’s ideology which is proving to be a road to disaster as India continues to descend ...

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  • Muslims in Burma are facing barbaric onslaught. The images shared on social media look extremely horrific and shambolic. What triggered this persecution? The answer to this question lies in the statement by Ashin Wirathu (a man dubbed by ‘Time Magazine’ as the face of Buddhist terror) ...

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  • Iran has finally responded to Trumps speech. Iranian diplomat Bahrain Gosemi has issued a statement condemning the Trumps strategy of continuing their presence in Afghanistan. He remarked that, “American opportunist strategies, unilateral policies, and unacceptable interference have resulted ...

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  • Donald Trump in his speech on Afghanistan scolded Pakistan for allegedly failing to use its position effectively despite hefty financial backing of Pentagon. Trump accused Pakistan of nurturing safe havens for terrorists and allowing them space to operate successfully which eventually disrupts the ...

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  • Sitting in my lounge, listening to Rona Laila singing, "Aik Hai Naam Hamara, Pakistan, Pakistan, Jeevay Pakistan". Under cloud of compromised sovereignty, can we realistically deserve to celebrate freedom? I am confused, should I really celebrate independence? Same was the case last year and the ...

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  • The selection of unworthy individuals as legislators creates havoc as they fail to use this platform for constructive purposes to take forward the democratic process. These people create nothing and society relying on fake promises. Emotion driven political affiliations are an obstacle for an ...

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  • Playing victim is easier then confronting and accepting the reality. Playing mind games is easier than compromising with alleged harsh treatment at the hands of the JIT. Nawaz is no less than a narcissist, not willing to accept the blatant truth evident through JIT findings. Hand-picked JIT ...

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  • The BBC hard-talk genius, the 15- year old master-mind billionaire, the blatant and proven National Television liar and manipulator, and their old narcissist, pro-Zia, Attock-Jail veteran, (Who sobbed miserably) proving his credentials for a tweet "wo mard nahin jo dar jae aur KSA bhaag jae" aka ...

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  • Does pain have any language? Can it recognise the color, creed or race? Does it have the power to unite communities? From Pakistan to London, across the Middle East, pain seemingly flowed through the communities after fresh wave of violence. Whether it was an Islamophobic attack in Finsbury Park or ...

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  • How do we choose a person or leader over one another? It should be based on logics and rationality rather emotions and prejudice. But, sometimes our emotions overpower us. I don’t support Imran Khan based on emotions. No doubt he’s had his share of critics for reasons well known. Before ...

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  • Sane versus insane voices, emotions versus logic, reality versus day- dreaming, we get to choose between either of these at a time. Sometimes, emotions overcome us, we dream, logics are defied and we travel through the wings of dreams to claim the wanted. Even within the most ignorant times, we end ...

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  • Imran Khan has been branded a demagogue, an agitator and manipulator, who is trying to get support by making false claims and is getting popularity by arousing the prejudice public has against the elected government. He continues to raise serious concerns regarding the past affairs of the ...

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  • Labor mobility refers to the ease with which the laborers can move within and between different economies. This article primarily deals with labor mobility based on geographical reasons. The geographical labor mobility refers to workers’ ability to work in a specific physical ...

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  • The conventional financial and banking system was exposed for its flaws during and following the epic failure of global financial system in 2007-08. But, at the same time, Islamic banking remained largely unaffected and displayed unique resilience. Since then, Islamic banking has boomed around ...

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  • Let’s talk about a sinner. The sinner in me, the sinner in you, the sinner in all of us! Why do we become selective over sins of our choices? In the market of free will, individuals also make choices of sins based on their preferences. The free will-power of acting at one’s own ...

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  • The imposition of ban and pending inquiry on the operations of Uber and Careem has put question marks on the strategic decision-making of Punjab government. It depicts utter irresponsibility, incompetence and lack of strategic nous within its bureaucratic setup. The rationale behind this illogical ...

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  • The appointment of Zubair Umer as the new governor of Sindh, again, consolidates the narrative that the ruling class is here to facilitate crony capitalism in Pakistan. Someone who was in charge of the prime minister’s privatization programme, who was so viciously and passionately trying to ...

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  • There is a marked difference between when a person is asleep or pretending to be asleep. Similarly there is difference between a nation that is asleep or pretending to be asleep. If well rehearsed in pretending antics, possibility is that no one could tell the dissimilarity. Pakistan was created in ...

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  • The failure of contemporary economics to alleviate the current economic turmoil holding the global economy down has condemned the existing theories for their inherent flaws. The existing knowledge on the subject has failed miserably to tackle the issues facing the world economy particularly ...

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  • The European commission’s ruling about Apple has once again highlighted the greed culture and inappropriate behavior of global corporate giants like Google, Starbucks, General Motors & Amazon – especially, when it comes to paying taxes. The history of Apple’s irresponsible ...

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  •  “Understanding the issues in public sector economics is central to democratic societies and success of the public policies is dependent on how effectively governments can meet their objectives” - Joseph E. Stiglitz This article is an attempt to shed light on the debt crises ...

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