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Imran & His Third wife

Imran & His Third wife

Khalid Umar Can a married woman in her fifties, mother of 5 adult children and grandchildren, belonging to a modest, conservative Muslim religious family background of Pakistan dare to enter into a romantic relationship with another man, dating him over a period of more than 2 years? Would not it be against the social and cultural norms of the society? […]

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Democracy under Siege

Democracy under Siege

  Nadeem Khalid In his brilliant masterpiece “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”, Marquez narrates the story of a murder, which is about to take place in a small provincial town in Latin America. Nearly the whole town finds out about the impending murder before it occurs, but no one ends up telling the victim either because they cannot find him, […]

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Who is afraid of Nia Zamana?

Who is afraid of Nia Zamana?

By Khan Zaman Kakar A progressive magazine that was shut down for raising an intellectually strong voice in favour of the marginalised To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize – Voltaire At the turn of this century, a progressive journalist Mohammad Shoaib Adil launched an exceptionally unflinching Urdu monthly Nia Zamana in Lahore […]

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Islam and Secularism – Are they Compatible?

Islam and Secularism – Are they Compatible?

Javed Chaudry In order to assess the compatibility of Islam and secularism, we need to define and understand what these two entities are, only then we can be in a position to answer the question. The answer will depend on our definitions and our understanding of those two terms. In its simplest and the basic form, secularism means the separation […]

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Saudi Arabia’s Futuristic Plan – Vision 2030

Saudi Arabia’s Futuristic Plan – Vision 2030

By Zakaria Virk Vision 2030 reforms aim to increase the percentage of Arabian working women from 22 percent to 30 percent. Saudi Arabia has embarked on an ambitious drive to ease social controls, re-introduce entertainment and empower women at all levels, including giving them the rights to attend sporting events and to drive. The changes encompassed in Vision 2030 constitute […]

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Lahore : Hafiz Saeed, head of the Pakistani religious party, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, waves on his arrival to a court in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. The U.S. has offered a $10 million bounty for Saeed and the U.N. Security Council labeled his party a terrorist front group in 2008. AP/PTI(AP11_21_2017_000059B)

Land Of Toxic Learning

Schools have been part of the inevitable Islamisation of Pakistan’s polity by Khaled Ahmed A girl from Pakistan has offered the best diagnostic of the ailing state and her work, Pakistan under Siege: Extremism, Society, and the State (Brookings), takes you into the guts of what has gone wrong. Madiha Afzal is a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution Washington […]

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Don’t be warrior nation or China pawn

Don’t be warrior nation or China pawn

Mr. Haqqani, who was in India last week for the launch of his new book ‘Reimagining Pakistan: Transforming a Dysfunctional Nuclear State’, said the country needs to “re-think its overall direction”, including in the economic sector. Pakistan should become a “trading nation rather than a warrior nation” while ensuring it does not turn into China’s pawn, Islamabad’s former envoy to the […]

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Blaming West for mistakes

Blaming West for mistakes

By Jamal Khashoggi -Washington Post In an interview with the news program “60 Minutes,” Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said of Saudi Arabia before 1979, “We were living a very normal life like the rest of the Gulf countries. Women were driving cars, there were movie theaters in Saudi Arabia, women worked everywhere. We were normal people developing like any other […]

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Sickness of the state

Sickness of the state

Khaled Ahmed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi is wanted by an Anti-Terrorism Court in Islamabad but is absconding and no one knows where he is. The Supreme Court is also hearing a case against him relating to the November 2017 violent “dharna” that disrupted life in the twin cities Islamabad-Rawalpindi for 20 days. Although it is no big deal […]

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Who is Judge Shaukat Siddiqui

Who is Judge Shaukat Siddiqui

by Liaqat Ali Advocate Justice Shaukat Siddiqui of Islamabad High Court yearns to thrust himself in media limelight. As a judge, his decisions are prone to tilt towards his personal dogma and understanding of religion rather than on statue and constitution. Justice Shaukat Siddiqui was considered a close collaboration of former chief justice Iftkhar Chaudhary. He had actively participated in […]

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Ashraf Ghani’s Peace Offer to the Taliban

Ashraf Ghani’s Peace Offer to the Taliban

Mohammad Taqi The first two months of this year were marred by a barrage of bloody terrorist attacks in Afghanistan by the Taliban and the ISIS’s Wilayah Khorasan (Khorasan province/ISIS-K). The Taliban formally claimed a perfidious attack using an ambulance as an improvised bomb and have continued to target Afghan civilians and security forces in similar attacks while announcing, last month, their desire to talk peace – but only […]

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Remembering Asma Apa

Remembering Asma Apa

Remembering Asma Apa, the Pakistani Activist Who Stood for Those No One Else Dared Represent By Mohammad Taqi In 1969, a group of schoolgirls was protesting the martial law regime outside Governor’s House in Lahore when one of them scaled the wall of the mansion and planted a black flag up top. That girl was rusticated from her school, the […]

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Levity leading to Unethical Behavior

Levity leading to Unethical Behavior

Khalid Mahmood At present, our society is literally trapped in a cul-de-sac, and there is no one around, to lead this dysfunctional state out of chaos. Survival of dynasty and conserving ill-gotten money is top priority of the elite class. Delhi might be rape center of the world, but Kasur has become epicenter of child molestation, rape and murder.  Kasur […]

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Time has come to consider values of secularism

Time has come to consider values of secularism

Kamal Naffa The time has come to consider the values and practices of secularism as a way of organising society. We live in a world where there are many sources of truth and not one and where pluralism and multiculturalism is what we really should be aiming for. The time has come for a critical reflection to challenge our inherited […]

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NIA reveals Pak’s ties with Hurriyat, terror outfits

NIA reveals Pak’s ties with Hurriyat, terror outfits

Neeraj Chauhan| TNN |The Times of India NEW DELHI: Exposing the links of separatists with Pakistan and terror outfits operating from its soil, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has claimed that a website of the Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led Tehreek-e-Hurriyat and that of US-designated terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen are designed and administrated by the same person, that too from Rawalpindi. NIA’s chargesheet in the Jammu and […]

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Tales from the dungeon: Dr Yousuf Murad Baloch (Part I)

Tales from the dungeon: Dr Yousuf Murad Baloch (Part I)

Yousuf Murad Baloch This is first part of Balochistan Time’s Tales from the dungeon series in which former victims of enforced disappearances tell their ordeal. Dr Yousuf Murad Baloch was among the first victims. He was taken away from Karachi in March 2005 along with other members of the Baloch Students Organization (BSO). He now lives in Germany.  If you are an […]

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Imran Khan: Ignorant or Arrogant?

Imran Khan: Ignorant or Arrogant?

By Mobarak Haider Imran Khan said President Trump does not know the background of Afghan disaster. But does this cricketer know that background? fter the Soviet withdrawal Usama Bin Laden started the movement for Revival of Islamic Empire which Syed Maudoodi and Syed Qutb had proposed. He started with Saudi Arabia. Saudis had kept some American troops on their soil […]

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1971 Rapes: Bangladesh Cannot Hide History

1971 Rapes: Bangladesh Cannot Hide History

by Anushay Hossain The post- Liberation War generation of Bangladesh know stories from 1971 all too well. Our families are framed and bound by the history of this war. What Bangladeshi family has not been touched by the passion, famine, murders and blood that gave birth to a new nation as it seceded from Pakistan? Bangladesh was one of the […]

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“Speaking truth to Power”: Khan Shaheed Abdul Samad Khan 

“Speaking truth to Power”: Khan Shaheed Abdul Samad Khan 

    Dr Barkat Shah Kakar One of the most influential trends depicted in the evolution of post-colonial studies has been the discourse around history and historiography. The deconstruction of grand historical narratives and reconstruction of alternative frame of analysis has figure out realities that are made invisible under the auspices of state’s tagging narrative of good, bad and the ugly.  […]

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A Willful Surrender of Reason

A Willful Surrender of Reason

Khalid Mahmood Not long ago, the liberal and secular citizens of Pakistan were highly  infuriated by the deep state actors involvement in forced disapperances of those who used their right to dissent. The ruling elites of PML (N) were lambasted for turning the blind eye towards the abduction and torture of innocent people. This time, a grotesque drama was staged […]

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