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A Masjid In London

A Masjid In London

    by Khaled Ahmed In June 2017, the month of Ramzan, a vehicle driven by 47-year-old Darren Osborne of Cardiff, Wales, near London’s Finsbury Park mosque, crushed a group of people, marking another incident of Islamophobia in the UK. It came in the wake of three consecutive killings of innocent citizens by radicalised UK Muslims. The Muslim Council of Britain […]

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After Nawaz

After Nawaz

By Khaled Ahmed The Supreme Court of Pakistan has removed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office. Sharif is accused of money-laundering in the case relating to the Panama Papers in which he was not named. An inquiry set up by the court under a Joint Investigative Team (JIT) found him guilty of acquiring wealth he couldn’t account for. The […]

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21:  Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif prepares to address the General Assembly at the United Nations on September 21, 2016 in New York City. Presidents, prime ministers, monarchs and ministers are gathering this week for the United Nation's General Assembly's annual ministerial meeting.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Sharif’s Ouster Is Bad News

By Mihir Sharma In Pakistan’s 70 years of existence, not one prime minister has served a full five-year term. They’ve been fired by governor-generals and army chiefs and judges. So it was always fruitless, I expect, to hope that Nawaz Sharif, elected with a massive mandate in 2013, would become the first. And so it has proved: Sharif was “disqualified” — in […]

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Kargil war: When an IAF Jaguar had Sharif, Musharraf in its crosshairs

Kargil war: When an IAF Jaguar had Sharif, Musharraf in its crosshairs

In a report titled ‘War no solution to problems, says Nawaz’, the Pakistani newspaper The News, said in its edition of June 25, 1999: “Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday reiterated his call for dialogue with India for defusing a war-like situation along the Line of Control (LoC). Report by The Indian Express Around 8.45 am on Thursday, June […]

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Pakistan, Lebanon Among ‘Terrorist Safe Havens’

Pakistan, Lebanon Among ‘Terrorist Safe Havens’

By Patrick Goodenough | (CNSNews.com) – Countries identified as “terrorist safe havens” in the annual State Department terrorism report released Wednesday include major recipients of U.S. foreign assistance, including military aid. Pakistan and Lebanon stand out, since in both cases the report indicates that their governments’ approaches towards terrorism are part of the problem. Although several other key U.S. aid recipients, notably […]

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To Win Afghanistan, Get Tough on Pakistan

To Win Afghanistan, Get Tough on Pakistan

By  HUSAIN HAQQANI, The New York Times President Trump’s review of American policy in Afghanistan should involve adopting a tougher approach to Pakistan. Although the Taliban are said to control or contest 40 percent of Afghanistan’s territory, Taliban leaders operate from the safety of Pakistan. United States incentives since the Sept. 11 attacks have failed to dissuade Pakistan from supporting the Taliban, and Mr. Trump must now […]

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Trump ponders crackdown on Pakistan over terror ties despite experts’ warnings

Trump ponders crackdown on Pakistan over terror ties despite experts’ warnings

Sune Engel Rasmussen in Kabul and Julian Borger in Washington -The Guardian The Trump administration is considering taking a harder stance against Pakistan for supporting terrorist groups in Afghanistan, but experts warn that pressure alone will not bring peace. Similar tactics have failed in the past, and analysts warn that the US can only influence the south Asian country by coupling force with diplomacy, […]

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Poisonous Pedagogy- Learning Prohibited

Poisonous Pedagogy- Learning Prohibited

Sibte Hasan Poisonous pedagogy meanders silently through the social weft of a society and it produces people. This is supported by a curriculum introduced for formal education in schools. In the oppressed societies, curricula are still promoting pedagogies which were used in political system during medieval times. In these curriculum, not life but order and obedience are the highest values. […]

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The Islamic World Has a Blasphemy Problem

The Islamic World Has a Blasphemy Problem

How have such bad laws gotten on the books in Muslim countries? It’s complicated. BY KRITHIKA VARAGUR AKARTA, Indonesia — This month, Jakarta’s embattled former governor, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, was sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy against Islam, based on his flip quotation of a Quran verse that addresses whether Muslims can elect non-Muslim leaders. The presiding judge declared […]

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From NASA with love: new bacteria named after Kalam

From NASA with love: new bacteria named after Kalam

The Hindu In great news for India, scientists at NASA have named a new organism discovered by them after the much-loved A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Till date, the new organism — a form of bacteria — has been found only on the International Space Station (ISS) and has not been found on earth! Researchers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the […]

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Genealogy of Pain

Genealogy of Pain

by Sibte Hasan Alice Miller thinks that trans-generational perpetuation of violence is rooted in ‘poisonous pedagogy’. Under the influence of poisonous pedagogy, a society itself becomes criminal. Crime does not remain society’s subsidiary activity. It becomes a way of life and every individual commits them being a father, mother, employer, employee and even society at large; collectively. These are the […]

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Pakistan’s Triangle of Hate

Pakistan’s Triangle of Hate

By Mohammed Hanif KARACHI, Pakistan — Pakistan has found a new ally in its never-ending war against India — and he is the public face of our most ruthless killers. For years Liaquat Ali, better known as Ehsanullah Ehsan, was a familiar and dreaded figure on national media. It seems that after every atrocity committed by the Pakistani Taliban, or Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan […]

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The First lady of Punjab

The First lady of Punjab

by Seema Mustafa NEW DELHI: I first met Aroosa Alam years ago as a very attractive member of the South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) that was very busy promoting peace and amity between India and Pakistan scribes in particular. SAFMA hosted considerable to-ing and fro-ing of journalists, and often politicians, between the South Asian countries with Alam emerging as one […]

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Denial of Experience

Denial of Experience

by Sibt e Hasan Why do people listen to orators spell bound and perpetrate violence in the name of his/her political agenda? Why people are compelled to kill their personal acquaintances (living together for years) in the name of ideology based upon the stories of war heroes from past? Why do people try to prove that they are the Chosen […]

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My Utopia Died Three Years Ago

My Utopia Died Three Years Ago

If and when the appeals process is concluded, my ‘attackers’ are likely to be hanged. I don’t know when but the prospect worries me. Almost like a twilight zone of morality By Raza Rumi The Parliament has extended the military courts for another two years. Cited as a desperate measure in extraordinary times, there has been a widespread acceptance, almost […]

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Khalid Masood: from Kent schoolboy to Westminster attacker

Khalid Masood: from Kent schoolboy to Westminster attacker

Born Adrian Elms, raised Adrian Ajao, died Khalid Masood. Shifting identity and simmering anger put popular pupil on destructive path Masood – then Adrian Ajao – pictured after a 24-hour sponsored football match in his school days. Photograph: Huntleys school website by Sandra Laville and Robert Booth In an old school photograph, the smiling face of Adrian Ajao is a picture of a […]

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Why Is Pakistan So Worried by Husain Haqqani’s Column?

Why Is Pakistan So Worried by Husain Haqqani’s Column?

by Mohammad Taqi It was amateur hour in Pakistan’s parliament a day ago when a slew of parliamentarians from the treasury and opposition parties made speeches in both the houses of parliament condemning the former ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani for his recent column in the Washington Post in which he discussed his government’s cooperation with US officials leading up to the elimination of Osama bin Laden. Irony […]

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Women and Sharia law

Women and Sharia law

Too many feminists in the West are reluctant to condemn cultural practices that clearly harm women. Ayaan Hirsi Ali Wednesday is International Women’s Day, and the organizers of the Women’s March are holding another protest. This one is called A Day Without a Woman, in solidarity with those women who have lower wages and experience greater inequalities. The protest encourages women to […]

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An Appeal to Social Activists of Punjab

An Appeal to Social Activists of Punjab

Release Bakhtyar Khan Orakzai Dr. Farhat Taj An unknown number of people in Pakistan have been disappeared, presumably by state agents working with the intelligence agencies of Pakistan. Many of them are Baluch nationalists but the disappeared persons also include people from other ethnic groups.  Some them have never been reported upon by media in Pakistan. I write in support […]

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Does the Islamophobia exist in Canadian Society?

Does the Islamophobia exist in Canadian Society?

By Asif Javed The simple answer is no. There is no Islamophobia exists in Canadian Society. Islamophobia is a factitious controversy generated by hardliner Muslims in Canada for their ulterior motives. Islamophobia itself doesn’t exist in Canadian society. But there are genuine resentments related to orthodox Islam, which are incompatible and not aligned with the Canadian norms and values. Some […]

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