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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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Does Religion Make People Moral?

Does Religion Make People Moral?

by Mustafa Akyol Over the past 15 years, my country, Turkey, has gone through a colossal political revolution. The traditional secular elite that identifies with the nation’s modernist founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, has been replaced by religious conservatives who, until recently, were largely powerless and marginalized. The religious conservatives have by now come to dominate virtually all institutions of the […]

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Pakistan Army can’t stay out of politics

Pakistan Army can’t stay out of politics

Pakistan Army can’t stay out of politics because it thinks it’s the nation’s saviour by Husain Haqqani The Pakistani military continues to re-engineer politics by removing undesirable politicians and advancing the careers of civilians considered more pliable. If insanity is doing the same thing again and again, and expecting a different result then Pakistan’s permanent establishment is definitely insane. After […]

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A dialectical reading of Sapiens and Homo Deus

A dialectical reading of Sapiens and Homo Deus

by Munir Pervaiz A “million” is a fascinating number. One followed by six zeros invariably astounds many minds. As a metaphor it means a very large number, and that is why we say that “one has asked a million dollar question”. The fascination with the number million, becomes further intriguing when we hear that, a young Canadian poet Rupi Kaur […]

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Prepare Yourself for Jihad 3.0

Prepare Yourself for Jihad 3.0

By Husain Haqqani, The Wall Street Journal Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City, committed by an immigrant from Uzbekistan, is a reminder that radical political Islam won’t end with the recent defeat of Islamic State in Raqqa. Just as the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan soon after 9/11 did not mark the end of al Qaeda, extremist forces […]

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Navy SEALs Were Ready if Pakistan Failed

Navy SEALs Were Ready if Pakistan Failed

Navy SEALs Were Ready if Pakistan Failed to Free Family Held as Hostages By ADAM GOLDMAN and ERIC SCHMITT, The Newyork Times WASHINGTON — A C.I.A. drone was circling a remote valley in northwest Pakistan last month when it picked up an unusual sight: a young woman and children in a militant camp. To intelligence analysts, she appeared to be an American abducted […]

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Mainstreaming Terror

Mainstreaming Terror

by Khaled Ahmed It is now certain — unless Pakistan’s powers-that-be intervene — that the process of “mainstreaming” or deradicalising of Pakistan’s proxy warriors recommended by retired military officers figuring on TV talkshows has been shipwrecked. The Foreign Office under PMLN foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has decided that Hafiz Saeed’s Milli Muslim League (MML) should not have taken part […]

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