Karachi, Peshawar, and Quetta have posed a great threat to the anti-polio drive in the country. Despite a great decrease in the number of polio cases and more and more children being vaccinated each year, poliovirus has not been eradicated. The new government ...

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  • Excessive Force

    The savage assault on cameraman Syed Wajid Ali of Samaa TV by a security guard from former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s protocol, right outside Parliament House was a shocking incident. Not only in its brutality – Wajid Ali’s head stomped on with great force while he was already on the ground – but in the nonchalance with which the security details resorted to violence in ...

  • The Abysmal State Of Education

    The tribal districts recently merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) present a very sorry state of affairs when it comes to education. The gravity of the situation can be gauged from the fact that an official report of Education Management Information System (EMIS), directorate of education of the tribal districts, shows that 79 per cent of girls in the tribal areas do not even complete primary ...

  • Ask Google

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    A resolution has been submitted in the Punjab Assembly to demand explanation from Google as to why when one types ‘bhikari’ in the search bar the picture of Prime Minister Imran Khan pops up. The resolutions asks for Google CEO Sundar Pichai to be summoned and explain why this happens. Notwithstanding the fact that surely the Punjab Assembly should have bigger concerns on is plate, ...

  • PTM and international media

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    The warning by Major Gen. Asif Ghafoor, the Director-General of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), to the Pashtun Tahafuz (protection) Movement (PTM) of severe consequences on crossing the so-called “red line” was viewed as another blow to the democratic rights of representing one’s position through protest and agitation. There were similar attempts of disengaging the ...

  • Denouement of the US Afghan war

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    The inexorable march of events is towards the denouement of the US Afghan war which commenced in 2001 in the aftermath of 9/11. The American war in Afghanistan has already turned out to be longest in its history with the loss of the lives of about 2400 American military personnel and over $ 1 trillion spent on it. The war began in the backdrop of the legitimate US anger and a great deal of ...

  • Kashmir: A story of mayhem & martyrdoms

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    India has just added another dark chapter to its long history of tyranny and oppression in the occupied Himalayan state of Kashmir. In a naked display of military power, the brutal Indian security forces shot seven unarmed Kashmiri civilians dead who were protesting over the martyrdom of three Kashmiri freedom fighters in the Pulwama district of Kashmir last week. This cold-blooded incriminate ...

  • Past in Perspective

    “What a splendid little war” –John Hay (Secretary of State)   The Spanish War (1898) is perhaps the very first example of the U.S invading a country on the basis of ‘liberation’. The intervention, ironically based on a doctrine emphasizing the protection of sovereignty (The Monroe Doctrine), took place under circumstances that sound eerily familiar. America ...

  • Education system

    I was born in very conservative and uneducated family and his works merely depend upon Agriculture occupation. It was very hard for me to get education in public school because of high payment which is unaffordable but my parent managed. In every Public school teachers and principal want huge marks for being popularity of his school instead of good education system. Education is the only way to ...

  • Modern technology

    Technology has robbed people of their leisure time and so leisure time is becoming a rare commodity. On one hand where technology is the branch of knowledge and making our work easier than before, on other hand has made harder for us to relax, because we are so plugged into our cell phones, laptops, iPod and the internet. It kills our time available for ease and relaxation, time that is free from ...

  • Inalienable problems

    I would like to draw the attention of concerned authority through your esteem new paper toward a serious issue the inalienable problems of student. As we all well-known that students are considered as prospective heirs of nation. So they should be w well equipped with sound moral, political economical views. And they are the pillars on which beautiful edifices will be built. And they are having ...

  • Bribery

    How to get work done in public departments without bribery is still a puzzle. Despite all out efforts to abstain from this menace and keeping in mind how actively NAB is performing but still public sector officials have many ways to get bribe. It would not be wrong to say that they consider it as their right to get bribe for the work they perform and if somebody do not give bribe to them then ...

  • Disadvantage of social media

    As we all know that the social media is one the worst thing and there are many kind of apps which are the parts of social media, such as, Facebook, Whatsapp, Messenger and etc. Mostly people upload bad photos and videos in Facebook, while other users saw them then they wanted to see these bad things and slowly their lives became destroy. On the other hand, these children are using the social ...

  • An International Dispute

    It is true that in the aftermath of the 1972 Simla Agreement, both Pakistan and India undertook the dispute over Kashmir as a bilateral one instead of it being an international one; however, the new surge in India’s atrocities against Kashmiri people demands from Pakistan to take the Kashmir dispute once again to the UN. The Indian control of Kashmir is no different than that of ...

  • A Security Triangle

    China for the first time has entered as a party to Pak-Afghan arrangement for countering terrorism. The Chinese participation in the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for further enhancing counter-terrorism cooperation will, hopefully, ensure that the said MoU, signed on the second trilateral foreign ministers’ dialogue, will generate the desired results for all sides. The ...

  • Reviving Paris’s Goals

    Climate change is perhaps the single most pressing issue facing us as a global community. Unfortunately, climate change is not treated as seriously as it should by world powers, as the Earth warms to dangerous degrees. Efforts to cut back on emissions leading to global warming have been underway at the COP24 summit in Poland, where representatives from nearly 200 nations held all-night ...

  • I still mourn. Do you?

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    East Pakistan, the eastern wing of the country, died on December 16,1971 at the Paltan Maidan in Dacca (now spelled as Dhaka). On its debris emerged a new country Bangladesh as a result of big conspiracy and naked aggression by India in the garb of the Mukti Bahini force patronised by the neighbouring country through Shaikh Mujibur Rehman. It was on this day, perhaps the darkest day in the ...

  • Not your last hurrah

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    Recently at a large shopping mall in Lahore, advertisement flyers for an insurance company were being handed to people inside the cars driving in. They featured a bride, and the caption asked after what one’s plans were for a daughter’s wedding. To quote, “vision for daughter’s marriage”. The photograph seemed to feature an Indian bride, judging from the trademark ...

  • Plight of Pak rupee

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    Pak economy has become a source of major worry for every Pakistani as the worsening economy is directly & indirectly affecting every faction of the society. It is surprising to note that our economy came under discussions by the various world leaders on international forums. The speaker of National Assembly of Argentina in recent IPU GENEVA showed his sympathies and concerns & was worried ...

  • Speed-limits and half-measures

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    The advice of the day is to take the government’s claims of “no financial crisis”, and “no need for IMF” with a grain of salt. With so many U-turns another one is up ahead. One is still unclear if the IMF is on the itinerary or not, Former Secretary Finance Dr Waqar Masood believes that delaying the inevitable will only cause distress to the economy with dwindling ...

  • Past in Perspective

    “King: And can you not establish some new creed to justify the bloody murder of one’s only son Grand Inquisitor: To appease eternal justice, God’s own son upon the cross.“ –Friedrich Schiller, Don Carlos   Friedrich Schiller was born on November 10, 1759 in Marbach am Nechar, Germany. Schiller had many feathers on his hat. He was a poet, philosopher, historian, ...

  • Smoking in teenagers

    Smoking becomes a fashion in present Era particularly in University Students. Boys as well as hosteller girls get access to this tool to avoid solution to problems or to show their class high in low class mentality. But Today I am trying to spread the spotlight on the Warning on cigarette packets. As Now-a-days smokers are immune to see the same Warning “Smoking kills” or the same ...

  • Appreciating Yasir Shah

    It is really a great moment that Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah has become the quickest bowler to take 200 test wickets, during the 3rd test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi. He has broken 82 years old record of Australia’s Clarrie Grimmett who took his 200th wicket in his 36th test against South Africa. Before in 2014, he has been a key figure for Pakistan’s test team who has taken ...

  • Where is justice?

    Balochistan is the centre of discussion in Pakistan these days for the priceless territory owned with numerous ongoing businesses with the likes of CPEC and Reko Diq. Besides it, the province possesses the natural resources in shape of coal and mining and the natural gases. With uncountable resources gifted from the nature to the Baloch, the province is called to be the poorest from 2007 with the ...

  • Gunnah taxing on cigarette

    The announcement of( Sin Taxing) imposed on cigarette Tabacoo and sugary beverages by National Health Service (NHS) considered as a smart decision . Tax on cigarettes Tabacoo reached Rs-5 to Rs 15 for the each packet that make more difficult to the smoker to buy it. Increasing tax on cigarette tabaco has a great measure has been taken by Government for the purpose to discourage smoking . Smoking ...

  • Give basic needs to poor people

    Democracy represents the good governance and controlled the poverty and distribution of equal rights. In the modern era people living without electricity, lack of basic health facilities, draining system and child out of School. In the Taluka Kotdiji village Jhango wassan has constructed dispensary but no staff and medical facilities available in the dispensary. Today main issue of health and ...

  • Correcting The Education System

    Pakistan’s state machinery is broken. A routine visit to a public school is enough to get an idea of the abject state machinery. Simultaneously, the tour also informs the visitor that education is the last issue on the list of state’s objectives and priorities. Among other things that are in dire need of the state’s attention, the issue of ghost teachers also warrants a strict ...

  • The Next Watermark

    Despite a rather disappointing end to an otherwise excellently contested bilateral series against New Zealand, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the team seem to be headed in the right direction. As the squad bullishly prepares for tough tour of South Africa, cricket fans from across the country can rejoice upon hearing the news that not only will the next edition of the Pakistan Super League ...

  • Mistakes Not To Repeat

    It can take tens of years and millions of dollars to construct a building- but all of it can diminish in a day if the work is not done carefully. The new Islamabad International Airport, inaugurated by then Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in May, had been declared a world class facility, but has suffered many instances of mismanagement since its inauguration. Reports of cracks appearing and ...

  • From Peshawar to Kafiristan

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    It was in August 1975 (or perhaps 1976) that my footloose impulse prompted me to undertake a journey by road from Peshawar to the idyllic land of Kafiristan. This week’s piece is composed of memories of what was nothing short of a thrilling adventure and also an ode to the many people, who made the trip worth its while. I am also indebted to my three companions, who said “yes, ...