Let the courts decide

Let the courts decide

24-Mar-17
574

Discussing religion and politics has become a part of our culture whenever Pakistanis find an opportunity. Ironically, most of the participants eit ...

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Pakistan’s minorities: second class citizens

Pakistan’s minorities: second class citizens

24-Mar-17
475

A newspaper advertisement in Bannu, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KP) recently called for applications for the khakroab position. This is the official term f ...

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Between the doctor and his God

Between the doctor and his God

24-Mar-17
334

There are very few worse moments in life than the wife attempting suicide, especially with two grown children in the house, and the lord of the man ...

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Are we out of the woods yet?

Are we out of the woods yet?

24-Mar-17
442

There is plenty of compulsive chatter about how the fate changing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) promises to be. That the mills will yarn ...

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The myth of equal rights: religious minorities in Pakistan

The myth of equal rights: religious minorities in Pakistan

24-Mar-17
396

The government recently approved a five percent job quota for minorities in all official departments. This development largely owes to the selfless ...

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Census 2017

Census 2017

23-Mar-17
836

The population census has finally begun in Pakistan, nine years overdue, and nineteen years after the last census. As is always the case, it is a h ...

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Afghanistan as heart of Asia

Afghanistan as heart of Asia

23-Mar-17
1744

Perhaps nothing might be more relevant than the well-quoted verses by Dr Allama Iqbal regarding the strategic importance of Afghanistan located bet ...

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Threat profiling

Threat profiling

23-Mar-17
824

The aftermath of spectacular terror attacks follow a predictable pattern in Pakistan. Once the immediate shock wears off, there is an inevitable me ...

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Donald Trump’s double hat trick

Donald Trump’s double hat trick

23-Mar-17
966

Brussels, Belgium: “Beware the Ides of March.” So Julius Caesar was cautioned. Caesar ignored the warning and was assassinated.

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Poverty and citizenship

Poverty and citizenship

23-Mar-17
2710

“I sold my kidney for eighty thousand rupees ten years ago to secure freedom of my entire family from debt-bondage. I am as poor today as my ...

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Afridi leave Sammy alone

Afridi leave Sammy alone

22-Mar-17
1058

Few individuals have done more for Pakistan in the first three months of 2017 than Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi. It was he who convinced the Z ...

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UP elections: bigotry goes mainstream

UP elections: bigotry goes mainstream

22-Mar-17
1553

Despite globalisation, recent times have seen an unprecedented reversion to local, fundamentalist, and fiercely anti-internationalist interests.

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Of green diplomacy and saffronisation

Of green diplomacy and saffronisation

22-Mar-17
1536

Three pieces of news items — palpably disparate — seem to have only partially registered upon our collective consciousness in recent we ...

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Whither  Pakistan?

Whither Pakistan?

22-Mar-17
1148

Pakistan completes 77 years of the passage of the historic Lahore Resolution adopted by the All India Muslim League on 23 March 1940. Just seven ye ...

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The journey from extremism to tolerance

The journey from extremism to tolerance

22-Mar-17
1037

I began life quite religiously. Raised in an ultra-Muslim home, I attended a religious school at an early age. My father, a die-hard fan of Muhamma ...

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Blasphemous blasphemers

Blasphemous blasphemers

21-Mar-17
1621

For evil to prosper, it is enough that good men sit back, doing nothing.What is blasphemy? Merriam-Webster defines it as ‘the act of insultin ...

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On the religious sentiment

On the religious sentiment

21-Mar-17
1131

Regardless of the merits of the ongoing national and international “debate” on blasphemy, recent history makes it clear that the &ldquo ...

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A theology of patriarchy

A theology of patriarchy

21-Mar-17
5458

There is a distinct way in which gender issues are conflated with religious beliefs in Pakistani public discourse that often results in deeply dist ...

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Hate triumphs in Uttar Pradesh

Hate triumphs in Uttar Pradesh

21-Mar-17
1776

Yogi Adityanath, a radical Hindu ‘monk’ and a long time veteran in the politics of communal hatred, has been elected as the Chief Minis ...

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The circle of violence

The circle of violence

21-Mar-17
1525

As the census does its job in the megacity that Karachi has become people have pretty mixed reactions to it. For some reason many of my colleagues ...

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