A Bad Week For Religious Tolerance


It’s been another bad week for religious tolerance. At least 70 people were killed and 300 injured after Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistan Taliban, attacked a crowded public park in the Eastern city of Lahore, to coincide with Easter celebrations, Meanwhile, thousands of protesters clashed with police in Islamabad in protests over blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Outraged at the ...

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Pakistan’s Religious Junta


There is a verse in the highlander’s dialect of Pashto poetry that, “Pa makandi dy na khwashezan, Janana gaday waday ka che bol dy che na”, it implies on those people who have no input to the society but their notorious activities keep them part of the scene. Same is the case of our religious junta (masses). They have no ...

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FATA Reforms: Pastime of Politicians


Federally Administrative Tribal Areas ( FATA) which is spread over 27200 square kilometer and has the population of about seven million.  FATA consists of seven agencies South and north Waziristan, Khyber, Bajaur, Kuram, Orakzai and Mohmand agency  and six frontier  regions which is connected with Khyber Pakhtun Khawa. FATA has been ruled by the British-implemented law, the Frontier Crimes Regulation ...

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Foreign Policy Trilemma

Junaid Wazir

“Our objective should be peace within and peace without. We want to live peacefully and maintain cordial and friendly relations with our immediate neighbors and with world at large. We have no aggressive designs against any one. We stand by the United Nations Charter and will gladly make our contribution to the peace and prosperity of the world, said Quaid”. ...

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State and its Children

Sagid Khan

State uses to be like mother who cares about her children above all prejudices. State cares about its children without cost benefit analysis. We call this approach as humanistic approach on behalf of the state. Those states are called welfare states which cater all the necessities to its people.  Based on this relationship state and its inhabitants have certain rights ...

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Military intervention in politics (I)

Ziaullah Khan

The supremacy of civil government over military was the rule of British monarchs. At time of independence, Pakistan also inherited the rules from British but did not retain it. Political leaders including Quaid-e-Azam emphasized the supremacy of constitution over civil authority and military .Both are subjected to constitution but not vice versa. In early days the military was limited to ...

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Identifying Terrorism

Sagid Khan

Terrorism is the menace of 21st century which has played havoc like an epidemic all over the world. Many countries are using it as a tool, proxies, to pursue their interest inside their country or on the other side of the border. Pakistan is one of the most affected countries along with the Arab countries, where spring changed into unwarranted ...

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Examination Mafia: Incubator of Copy Culture

Saeed Ullah

Examination is the most common tool around which the entire system of education revolves. It’s the foundation stone of education system. Its schismatic nature tends to be pragmatic, quantifiable ,scorning automotive, not biased, allows for comparison, and traces student progress which paves the way for determining the academic achievement and potential of students. In Pakistan,unfortunately,cheating is an epidemic that infects ...

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The profession of Prostitution – II


In my last article, about the profession of prostitution, I deconstructed why prostitution is considered a viable source of revenue by poor Pashtun women. I had also given a detailed analysis of destitute women of this so-called religious, traditional and intrepid society being obliged to this act. In my concluding piece, I broadly examine the  incalculable causes of prostitution entrenched ...

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Why Indian Muslim Ullema are not popular in Pakistan?

Farman Nawaz

Most of the religious scholars of Pakistan are somehow affiliated with or show respect to the Darul Alum Deoband of India. However due to political differences our Ullema have deprived the Pakistani people of the political viewpoint of Indian Ullema. Very few Pakistanis might know that Maulana Arshad Madani, the president of Jamiat Ullema-e-Hind, supports secularism for the integrity of ...

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