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Values are not always healthy

By Sibte Hasan and Qudsia Kalsoom Education has many facets but the most emphasized aspect of education all over the world is imparting subject knowledge to the students. John Dewey, the great philosopher, affirms that heavy dependence on subject knowledge and methods is fatal to the best interests of education. Instead, education should focus on the cultivation of a mindset […]

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The Intellectual Deceit of Faizan Mustafa

The Intellectual Deceit of Faizan Mustafa

Tufail Ahmad It is time for Faizan Mustafa – a leading columnist on Indian Muslim issues and vice chancellor of the Hyderabad-based NALSAR University of Law – to enroll in a madrassa and teach Islamic Sharia. In article after article, Mustafa, a former law teacher of mine when I was at the Aligarh Muslim University, is advancing the cause of […]

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CPEC: Corridor Of Uncertainty

CPEC: Corridor Of Uncertainty

Trade utopia of CPEC will remain incomplete if India is kept out by Khaled Ahmed  The only big thing going for an isolated Pakistan is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Unable to tackle its internal security problems — for which it now wrongly blames India — it prefers focusing on the good times the world thinks the Chinese investment of $46 […]

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Pakistan heading towards water crises

Pakistan heading towards water crises

by Tilak Devasher  Pakistan has been inching towards a water crisis for decades. In 1951, it was a water-abundant country with an annual per capita availability of around 5,260 cubic meters (m3). By 2013, this declined to as low as 964 m3 per annum. The country is expected to become “absolute water scarce” — less than 500 m3 per capita per […]

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Failure on terror Front

Failure on terror Front

  by Afrasiab Khattak The 110 pages damning report by Justice Qazi Faez Isa-led Inquiry Commission on Quetta terror attack of August 8 has categorically exposed the hypocrisy and double-dealings of the state institutions in their policy and action on terrorism. The report has been submitted to a three members Supreme Court bench led by the Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer […]

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Pak mission officials say they were told to take Uri detainees home

Pak mission officials say they were told to take Uri detainees home

by  Praveen Swami  THE names of two detainees accused by the government of being guides for the terrorists who attacked the 12 Infantry Brigade headquarters in Uri figured on a list given to the Pakistan High Commission of detainees who could be repatriated home, a top Pakistan diplomat has told The Indian Express. The two detainees, the diplomat said, were […]

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A Foreign Policy More Supple

A Foreign Policy More Supple

States have more room for manoeuvre if they keep their options open. By Khaled Ahmed India’s brilliant ex-foreign secretary and a scion of great Indian statesmen, Shivshankar Menon, in his book ‘Choices: Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy’ (2016) begins by positing his thesis: “All governments claim eternal consistency and success. Some even claim omniscience, and yet the essence […]

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Block Islam from becoming official state religion

Block Islam from becoming official state religion

Parliament in Bratislava has approved a bill that effectively prevents Islam from being registered as a state religion in the near future. Sponsored by the Slovak National Party (SNS), which is a member in Prime Minister Robert Fico’s coalition, the legislation was passed Wednesday, Reuters reported. The law was approved by a two-thirds majority in parliament, comprising both ruling and […]

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The dilemma of Muslim reform

The dilemma of Muslim reform

by Kamran Siddiqui There are about fifty Muslim majority countries in the world and about 25 countries that have more than 10% Muslim population. Islam is the second largest religion with about 1.6 billion followers. However, other than the population scale, Muslim majority countries and Muslim population in general score relatively low on various global scales for scientific advancement, education […]

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How General Raheel Sharif duped Pakistan, made Nawaz Sharif a puppet PM

How General Raheel Sharif duped Pakistan, made Nawaz Sharif a puppet PM

The outgoing Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif is being hailed as the country’s most “beloved army chief”. By Rajeev Kumar The outgoing Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif is being hailed as the country’s most “beloved army chief”. Such praise for a man who couldn’t contribute much, like all his predecessors, to make Pakistan a peaceful, prosperous country shows how […]

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Muslim Islamophobia

Muslim Islamophobia

by Khaled Ahmed In the West, Islamophobia is characterised by hatred of an alien faith practised by émigré communities. (AP Photo) Indian teacher Dr Mohammed Ayoob, professor emeritus of international relations, Michigan State University, recently wrote that neither violent jihadism nor sectarian conflict was responsible for the crisis of the Muslim state in the Middle East. He debunked the view […]

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I voted for Trump

I voted for Trump

I’m a Muslim, a woman and an immigrant. I voted for Trump. By Asra Nomani A lot is being said now about the “silent secret Trump supporters.” This is my confession — and explanation: I — a 51-year-old, a Muslim, an immigrant woman “of color” — am one of those silent voters for Donald Trump. And I’m not a “bigot,” “racist,” […]

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Symbolism of Ilyas Kashmiri

Symbolism of Ilyas Kashmiri

by Khaled Ahmed Just as the trouble in Kashmir is getting highlighted internationally, publication of the book The Mind of a Terrorist: David Headley, the Mumbai Massacre and his European Revenge (2016) by Kaare Sorensen fills in the missing background. Dawood Gilani alias David Headley makes confessions of importance in this carefully put together document. What leaps out of the […]

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Pakistan’s lack of will to target ‘good’ Islamists

Pakistan’s lack of will to target ‘good’ Islamists

A number of militant groups, including so-called “Islamic State” (IS), have claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on a police academy in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta. Masked gunmen stormed the facility late on Monday, taking hostages and killing at least 60 people, mostly cadets, and injuring some 117. Authorities say the death toll is likely to rise. Quetta, the capital […]

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The Kashmir issue: Let’s get the facts straight

The Kashmir issue: Let’s get the facts straight

By Kamran Siddiqui The Kashmir issue is once again bringing Pakistan and India close to another armed conflict. The consequences of such conflict this time however, could be far more devastating for both countries than previous. The issue is alive for 68 years and there are still no signs of a peaceful settlement. While the public sentiments are high in […]

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Film director Karan Johar at Express Adda. Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty 03-09-16, Mumbai

Open letter to Karan Johar

Written by Ujjal Dosanjh Dear Karan Johar, You don’t know me. As an introduction of sorts, let me tell you: I was the guy who many months ago wrote “Hang Ujjal Dosanjh for treason before charging Aamir Khan with sedition” in response to attacks on him for voicing his wife’s fears about the then brewing and now surging fanatical storm in […]

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Does the World Have a Credible Civilian Partner in Pakistan?

Does the World Have a Credible Civilian Partner in Pakistan?

Even in the ninth year of uninterrupted democracy in Pakistan, the thrice-elected prime minister is not able to utter a word against the shenanigans of his generals. By Mohammad Taqi The recent terrorist attack on the Indian military base in Uri has renewed concern over whether Pakistan’s political leadership has the will or capacity to rein in the country’s military brass or, at least, […]

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Jaish-e-Muhammad chief advice to Pakistan govt

Jaish-e-Muhammad chief advice to Pakistan govt

by Praveen Swami  Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar has called for jihadist groups to be allowed to escalate their operations against India, arguing that “a lack of decisive decision-making” could rob Pakistan of a “historic opportunity” to seizeKashmir. His appeal, published in the current issue of the Jaish weekly magazine al-Qalam, comes amidst reports of strains between Pakistan’s civilian government and military over […]

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Discouraging higher level of learning

Discouraging higher level of learning

  By Sibt e Hasan Learning process is like a ladder. It upgrades itself from lower (simple) to higher (complex) levels. Learning starts when someone understands something. According to taxonomy of learning developed by a British educationist Benjamin Bloom, this process culminates when someone acquires the capability of creating new ideas. From understanding to creating, learning meanders through the stages […]

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Surgical strikes: Bodies taken away on trucks

Surgical strikes: Bodies taken away on trucks

Surgical strikes: Bodies taken away on trucks, loud explosions, eyewitnesses give graphic details by Praveen Swami Eyewitnesses living across the Line of Control (LoC) have provided The Indian Express with graphic accounts of last week’s Indian Army special forces strikes on jihadists’ staging posts, describing how bodies of those killed in clashes before dawn on September 29 were loaded onto trucks for secret burials. […]

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