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 Women Entrepreneurship – An Untapped Potential of Pakistan 

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

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

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

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

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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Does Religion Provide the Answers to Morality?

If religious texts were completely free from the vagaries of interpretative meaning there would have been no wars, genocides, segregations or hate based on religious faith, for one simple reason…there would be no grounds for believers to argue about what ‘god’ wants or how they should live. Make no mistake, there is no one true text, no definitive right interpretation ...

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Paris Attacks: Some General Considerations

Every soul is deeply hurt and justifiably furious at the wicked attacks on Paris. The incident is a colossal human tragedy and needs to be mourned as a collective sorrow. Even the most sceptical among the observers is now convinced that there can be no hope of preserving the sanctity of world peace unless the issue of terrorism is solved. ...

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Pashtuns and Pashtunwali

Pashtun is a Central Asian nation that lies between the rivers Oxus and Indus. Pashtun is also known as Afghan, Pakhtun and Pathan; the latter name, however, is construed as offensive by the Pashtun people because, it is said, that the name ‘Pathan’ was given to the Pashtun by the British during their rule in India. The land of Pashtun ...

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Pashtuns and Modernity: The Conversion of Pashtun People to Islam

At the end of the 4th century A.D, the raids of Ephthalites posed a formidable threat to the Eastern province of Sassanian Iran. Although at first Ephthalites were not much successful against the Sassanid rulers Bahram Gur and Yazdegerd II, yet towards the end of 5th century, by the year A.D. 483, they gained much ground in Afghanistan, made successful ...

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Paris Carnage: The Culprits and the Victims

  On the night of 13th November, the French capital Paris came under deadliest terrorists attacks and 128 innocent people were killed and more than 100 injured. This was the first time after WWII that France faced such a horrible terrorist attack. The golden triangle of Parisian youth culture bath in blood. There were six separate attacks across the city. ...

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