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Debating Universality, Objectivity and Un-questionable Relevance

Beauty is objective and it is a hallmark of a thing and an object that inherits and inhabits it universally was counter-narrated with the presumption that beauty lies in the eyes of beholder. The realist and idealist debate of Aristotle and Plato might, from the plain man’s perspective might be taken as time wasting argumentation, very much synonymous with the ...

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Insurgency, Patriotism and Homeland:  Subaltern Voices from Afghanistan and Ireland. How Powerful Can Poetry Be?

The power of poetry as an instrument of communication, propaganda and mobilisation cannot be underestimated. Throughout millenniums, poetry has been used by leaders, insurgents and peripheral voices as a means to rouse emotion, passion and invoke a sense of patriotism and love of the homeland in the fight for freedom from colonial powers and oppression.  It is no surprise therefore ...

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Please Call us Taliban! At Least We will Live

BY MUJEEB RMN: The Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr.Nawaz Shareef is once again deeply grieved to hear that more 20 innocent Pashtoons  have lost their lives, this time in Charsadda, at Bacha Khan University located 25 miles away from the school (APS) where 145 innocent Pashtoons mostly children were butchered  in an ambush Dec.2014 carried out in almost the same ...

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The Vital Role of Empathy

Empathy is the ability to feel another’s suffering or pleasure. It’s a real breakthrough in the evolution of sentient animals like ourselves and it has also been demonstrated by other animals, whales, dolphins, elephants, apes and more. It means we refuse to condone torture or inequality and we can vicariously enjoy each other’s happiness. It’s the one most salient emotion ...

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Pakistan-India Relations

The same people lived together peacefully for centuries in the pre-partition Indian subcontinent; however, the post-partition relations of the two countries have never been good neighbourly or even just neighbourly. Presently, these relations are at their lowest ebb, since BJP took over the reigns of India and Pakistan went under Martial law rule with the blessing of elected Parliament. In ...

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Pakistan Military: Release from the Past is the way to Future

Nobody denies the good things that the armed forces do and have been doing since years. However, capturing political and policy making powers isn’t the job for men trained for battle. They tend to do everything in the shortest possible time, and expect results immediately. Indulging the country in Afghanistan and creation of proxies for guerrilla wars by Zia led ...

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Dignity will be Upheld

General Raheel Sharif broke his silence with roaring statement “military dignity will be upheld”.  The statement has generated a fear of recurrence of the old fears. I believe everyone is born with dignity and self respect. No one dignity should be hurt irrespective of the status?. Dignified individual make dignified nations, humanity, states and institutions. The cornerstone is an individual ...

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

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

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

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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