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  • Fazlullah Gone

    This Eid ul Fitr was special for the entire nation. At last, the notorious militant Mullah Fazlullah –who was head of Tehreek Taliban Pakistan (TTP) – was killed in a drone strike. The news came as a sigh of relief for many whose lives became miserable as these militants not only wrecked the peace of the country but also killed thousands of civilians including children. The scars of ...

  • A Delicate Alliance

    Is it wiser to dispose of a dead alliance or continue it on a respirator? That is the question for Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) to answer as it struggles to patch up relations between the two factions of the party. For now, it seems a fragile truce has been formed. The two factions of MQM-P, one headed by Farooq Sattar and other by Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, appear to have mended their ...

  • GB disorder

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    Last month’s Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018, presented by the then Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to the GB legislative assembly, was anything but “an improvement” on the Empowerment and Self-Governance Order 2009 that it was touted as. Little wonder then that it was met with opposition tearing it down and a protest outside the assembly that had be quelled with the use of ...

  • On the degradation of motherhood

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    In the children’s cartoon film, “The Little Mermaid”, the evil sea witch Ursula is plotting to trap Princess Ariel, in order to manipulate her father the king into giving up his power to her, Ursula. Ariel falls in love with a human, which is forbidden, and Ursula sees an excellent solution to her plans. “Oh, it’s too easy!” she cackles. As someone who is in ...

  • Pakistan’s flawed justice system

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    The prevailing system of governance in Pakistan undeniably is both exploitative and oppressive. It is exploitative because it unduly rewards the elite with excessive economic benefits at the expense of the poor in stark contrast with the injunctions of Islam and the principles of welfare state, which call for the redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor. It is oppressive because it ...

  • Kashmir enters next stage

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    Despite Indian machinations and trickery, occupied Kashmir has entered a new phase of defiance. This Ramadan, the Indian Army announced a reluctant ceasefire to try calm down a tense situation in Kashmir; however events in past one week suggest that Indian strategy has badly failed and Kashmiri youth and the old guard have taken the movement into a new domain. UN Human Rights report castigated ...

  • Past in Perspective

    “Art is man’s constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him.” –Chinua Achebe Frida made this painting on her return to Mexico once she had separated from Diego Rivera.   The Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907, however, she used to call 1910 her birth year, the year of the outbreak of the Mexican ...

  • Power politics of PML-N

    Three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s way of politics has changed utterly. Most of the people did not expect him saying whatever he said in this recent interaction with media and public. PML-N politics has become complex and in future it seems to be getting more complicated. Everything was fine when Nawaz Sharif was in power; although his party is still in power for some days, but Nawaz ...

  • Perversion of civil bureaucracy

    For Pakistan to reform and become a state where writ of law is established, the civil service must be surgically restructured and there should be no room for lateral entrants like Qamar Chaudhry or Irfan Elahi etc. This country needs a civil bureaucracy which strictly works within confines of laws in existence and perform role of servants of people and shed forever the legacy of British Raj to be ...

  • A Hard-Won Eid

    Where the new moon heralds a blessed Eid, and the holy month of Ramzan draws to a quiet close, the masses count their blessings and take stock of how arduous this past sacred month has been for the common man this year. In the backdrop of a tenuous political climate and a state in confusion, the country saw a challenging month fraught with uncertainty. While the political drama sets the stage for ...

  • The Costs of Indian Jingoism

    Shujaat Bukhari, a leading Indian journalist and editor who worked for peace in the disputed regions of Indian-Kashmir has been shot dead in Srinagar during Iftar time on Thursday. He is the first 14th journalist since 1990 in the volatile disputed region of Indian Kashmir. In an India engulfed with rising tides of bigotry and ultra-nationalism, particularly in Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari was one of ...

  • A Ray of Hope

    Aglimmer of hope has emerged in the past few days on the political spectrum of the country. After successful Jirga between leaders of Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) and the provincial Jirga where it was decided that the movement would not raise anti-army slogans. The recent decision of Peshawar High Court (PHC), setting aside the order of the administration that barred entry of Mohsin Dawar, a ...

  • Voting patterns in Punjab

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    Popular perception about Pakistan is that people vote based on biraderi ties or their votes are bought. Such an explanation overly simplifies the complexity of our election and paints the general voter as an unthinking zombie that does not deserve democratic choice. Surveys and reports since the 1990s suggest that people have more agency than to simply vote for who they are being told to vote ...

  • Cuckooland elections

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    As events prove, no political party is ready to contest Elections 2018, on the main issues identified as ‘Backdrop of US Policies in Region’, ‘Economic Development’ and ‘Water’. It is a Royal Rumble to win by hook or crook. Most parties are hell bent on playing to the gallery and where it matters most, the electoral campaign will hinge on unprincipled politics ...

  • Holidays and education

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    Good leadership, its guidance for the people in the right direction and their education play a great role in the making of a nation. In Pakistan un-fortunately neither the leadership nor the education is available. The reason in the continuation of defective democratic system of the country, its misuse by our political leaders, most of whom are corrupt and the main political parties which have ...

  • RAW declares hybrid war

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    The conventional wars have now taken over by the intelligence which are fought with dirty tricks and damaging tools to destroy vital abilities of enemies. This new intelligence warfare started after the World War 2 when USA decided to launch CIA. The warfare trend was set by the CIA operation. Italy, the European countries and even PM Winston Churchill was not spared. These intelligence warfare ...

  • Past in Perspective

    Throughout history, when societies face tough economic times, we have seen democratic reforms deferred, decreased trust in government, persecution of minority groups, and a general shrinking of the democratic space. –Samantha Power   Supporters of Turkey’s Communist Party gathered at an anti-government protest at Taksim Square.   Modern day Turkey emerged as independent ...

  • Promoting Social Science

    One wonders that why Pakistan is backward despite enormous resources? A number of reasons can be cited as an answer to this perennial question. But, one most important and neglected reason that should have been given due consideration is: backwardness of social sciences in Pakistan. Somehow, we are developed in other sciences e.g. nuclear technology that only a handful of countries possess. ...

  • Foreign funding of political parties

    The curse of terrorism and extremism which haunts Pakistan today is the consequence of governments which held power, financial regulatory agencies and intelligence apparatus who allowed foreign funding to non-state actors. It is this very foreign financing which fomented sectarian groups who resorted to proxy wars resulting in death of innocent Pakistanis, whose sole fault was that they belonged ...

  • ‘Millions’ of PTI

    PTI should be vigilant of the fact that the hollow claims will not work now. People including columnists, scholars, media persons, and others from various walks of life have high hopes with this emerging federal party. And this is till the time PTI is not in power. The goals to be achieved in the first 100 days of the government were ambitiously put forward by the senior members of PTI in ...

  • Power politics of PML-N

        Three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s way of politics has changed utterly. Most of the people did not expect him saying whatever he said in this recent interaction with media and public. PML-N politics has become complex and in future it seems to be getting more complicated. Everything was fine when Nawaz Sharif was in power; although his party is still in power for some ...

  • No excuse for sexual harassment

        The support for the bill was overwhelming, with many people stepping forward at the hearing Wednesday to share examples of what they have experienced at the Legislature’ However, several legislators at the hearing displayed a sad lack of insight into their own behavior, including one person who expressed confusion related to a sexual harassment training that had taken place ...

  • Whither education

      Education is one of the major indicator of our economy. A nation can develop if it is educated. Even after seven decades of independence, we have not been able to introduce a uniform system of education. Currently, we have three different systems in operation; one is O/A level (under Cambridge International Examination), the Matriculation or FSC system (under boards) and the system of ...

  • Past in Perspective

    “Agar Firdous bar ru-e-zaminast, Hamiast o, hamiast o, hamiast.”If there is heaven on earth/ it is here; it is here; it is here.–Jahangir on Kashmir Still known for its tranquil landscape, India has turned the valley of Kashmir into the most heavily militarised zone in the world. Partition of India left a deep wound in the subcontinent in the shape of Kashmir. While the state ...

  • US and allies responsible for global conflict

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    It is a painful and irrefutable reality that the USA and its allies are one way or the other connected to and responsible for almost all the conflicts around the globe and also the stumbling block in their resolution. The non-resolution of the conflicts in Palestine and Kashmir are glaring examples of their hypocrisy and insensitivity to the human sufferings. It is because of their support and ...

  • The digital danger

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    Now that, courtesy the Election Commission of Pakistan, the caretaker set-ups are complete, it is high time to turn to a burning aspect of their task, which is the conduct of free and fair elections. That aspect, first highlighted by the Cambridge Analytica scandal which led to Facebook changing the way it went about things, is that of digital interference in the elections by means of fake news. ...

  • When the books are not books

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    Need never aroused in history to lay emphasis on the claim that books played a marvelous role in bring change in outlived ideas and concept of socio-political life but the fact is that all books are not books. There exists a unanimous consensus in the world of wisdom, intellect and reason that the majority books in every age did not qualify as the books which caused a change in dogmatic mind ...

  • Who wants a United Korea?

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    On 12 June, worldwide attention will be on the Singapore Summit between President Trump and DPRK Chairman Kim Jong-un. Since World War II the divided Korean Peninsula has been beset by war, then an uneasy peace punctuated by alternating periods of agreement to keep the peninsula free of nuclear weapons and the breakdown of these accords. North Korea now has significant nuclear weapons capability ...

  • UN Report On Kashmir

    India with its occupation of Kashmir is not only abusing the valley itself, but also the rights of the Kashmiri people. And this abuse is in continuation for the past seven decades. Despite using the brute force, Indian forces are struggling hard to conquer the people of Kashmir, who through resistance have penned down the history of valour and courage. It is the perpetual struggle of Kashmiris ...