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Why are Pakistanis reading less?

Our education system has to be transformed along the lines which inculcate lifelong learning habits among the students Books are man’s best friend. They are the carrier of his intellectual heritage and a matchless source of recreation. In a consumerist and postmodernist age, marked by complexity and uncertainty, books can be a source of deeper meaning and profound consolation. They ...

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Pakistan’s media restricted to reporting on urban centers, media can’t report on half of country

“Journalists in Pakistan need to be trained on the fact that a small local story is very important than the religious narrative of anti-Israel and anti-India international content.”  Community journalism is an essential part of contemporary society and is the lifeline to help resolve issues that affect a community. A good democracy is the one which devolves powers to grassroots ...

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Will peace ever return to Afghanistan?

There is no “Quick fix” to the problem. The scenario is too crowded. The atmosphere is too foggy and dark. It is difficult to know for sure who is who? To differentiate between friend and foe is too difficult because of low visibility Afghanistan was put on fire; it is still in flames for the last four decades; giving warmth ...

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Sexual Harassment in NGO Sector of Pakistan: A Brief Story of Ghazala Naaz

Often a complaint can create even more problems for the woman being harassed Data on the number of women affected by harassment is hard to come by since there is no law under which cases can be registered; this means estimates are anecdotal at best. One of my friends, Mahnoor Khan from Karachi, worked at a Communities Base for NGO ...

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Extreme Religion

An irrational belief and adherence to a religion, religious text, more commonly termed ‘fundamental’, leads to extreme behaviour, often with dire consequences. Many religions develop fundamentalists, however, the Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, exhibit some of the worst traits of unquestioning faith in the world at present. It is important that people recognise these traits and try to combat ...

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The Role of Pakistan and India in Regional and Global Peace

“The world order has never been so unstable as it is now.  No-one is safe, be it Western established democracies or autocratic regimes. One could never imagine the strikes in the heart of Paris, Brussels, London, Spain or the parliament of India in the era of cold war. It looks as if, with the fall of Berlin Wall and the disintegration of USSR the whole world ...

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On White Guilt and Social Justice : Put Human Rights First

White guilt is understandable: but it should not stop us seeking Human Rights for all European colonisation killed over a hundred million people. Industrialization allowed pillaging on a scale never before imagined. The Slave Trade, The Sykes-Picot Agreement, the partition of India and Pakistan, and the tortured histories of colonised countries impact to this day the lives of countless millions ...

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Comment on Prof.(Dr) Khurshid Alam’s article ‘In the Land of Ignorance’

First, my profound thanks to THE PASHTUN TIMES and to Professor Khurshid Alam.  I believe that he and I would have several particular disagreements, while at the same time agreeing on the most important principles.  It would lead to lively and dynamic discussion in which we both are likely to learn–all to the betterment of our Pashtun brothers and sisters ...

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FATA- The divine status quo

Mainstreaming of FATA is inevitable and the plans for which it was kept as a buffer zone are no more practicable After a rigorous emphasis on mainstreaming FATA in national action plan followed by a consensus amongst the FATA parliamentarians on the integration of FATA in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the change should have been made inevitable. The state apparently had no ...

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In the Land of Ignorance

The westerns are blamed for as big as Islamic State and as small as the traffic jam I read the article by Daniel Pipes with great interest and felt some silent realities has been given voice. Though, I beg to differ with some of his analysis. Let me tackle the first part first, the blame game of the by religious, ...

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