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Dr. Sayed Wiqar Ali Shah and the Suppression of History in Pakistan: Analysis

Naeem Khan Dawar

The abrupt removal of Professor Dr. Sayed Wiqar Ali Shah, a well known historian and expert on the Indian and Pakhtun history on December 3, 2015 from the senior post of director National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research (NIHCR) is clear manifestation of intolerance, suppression of facts and real history on the part of the state institutions. He was ...

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Kashmir, A Stumbling Block

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The Kashmir issue has become a stumbling block in improving Indo-Pak relations, costing both sides fortune to spend on military. Unless this problem is solved there is no hope that the lot of a common man on both sides will ever improve. Of course one should not be oblivious to other evils like corruption and lack of transparency in governance ...

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Human Rights and Religion

Kay Saxon

Human rights are relatively new, conceived in the European ‘Enlightenment’ of great thinkers and humanitarians, developing through the centuries and becoming ratified through the adoption of the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris 1948. Human Rights are commonly understood to be inalienable, fundamental rights to which a person is inherently entitled, simply because ...

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Human Rights Day and the Ground Realities

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Today, Human Rights Day is being observed worldwide. Its history may be traced back to 1945, when the United Nations was formed. The preamble of the UN charter begins with the words as           “We the people of the UN faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the ...

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Human Rights should Ensure Human Dignity

Inayat-Atta

The 67th anniversary of Human Rights Day falls on 10th December. The event has a special significance as it coincides with the United Nations initiative of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which was envisioned to be achieved by the end of 2015. On the occasion whole the globe is going to be a venue of many a march and many a ...

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 Women Entrepreneurship – An Untapped Potential of Pakistan 

Hamid Hussain

Amidst challenging security situation, the respective governments have been striving to woo foreign investment to uplift the fragile national economy, but they have long been ignoring a huge and easily exploitable potential existing in the country in form of women entrepreneurship. As women represent almost 51 percent of country’s population, we have been neglecting their talent in name of traditions, ...

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Blasphemy and its Legitimacy in Democratic Society

Kay Saxon

Since pre-history there has been a proliferation of gods and hence a need to name them. When Judaism abandoned the many in favour of the one (about 4,000 years ago), this ‘one’ god needed no name and thus it was deemed blasphemous to pronounce that name – YHVH or Yahweh or Jehovah. Since ancient/classic Hebrew has no vowel marks nikkud ...

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Dr. Said Alam Mehsud and CPEC

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The comparison seems outrageous. And so I am sorry but it is not entirely out of place and time. The struggle led by Dr. Mehsud is no less revolutionary as far as its results are concerned than the one that was led by our (including Dr Mehsud’s) great and only “true leader”, Bacha Khan, the pride of Afghans, a century ...

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Higher Education: Policies and Reforms

Muddasir Kasrani Baloch

Education is the most important factor behind the development which mankind has achieved. It develops the sense of discrimination between the right and wrong.  Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) has declared education as a fundamental human right. The enlightened and educated quarters of the world widely believe that education is a great panacea for human suffering. The governments of ...

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The Saffarid Period in Afghanistan

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Following the fall of Sassanid Empire, two centuries of Arab hegemony in Khorasan was never popular in the Pashtun belt. This is evident from fierce resistance that was offered here to all Arabian attacks. A change in political realities, however, had come hard on the heels of Arab troops in Khorasan, even as for the most part there was nowhere ...

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