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Baloch in the eye of storm

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

It has become almost a norm for Balochistan to make it to the headlines during every regional crises situation in the last so many decades. Afghanistan was accused by Pakistan for supporting Baloch nationalist uprisings that started in 1973 after the unconstitutional dissolution of the elected provincial government of Baloch nationalists by the Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto led federal government of ...

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The West Asian volcano

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

Eruption of the West Asian political volcano, though expected due to the political heat accumulating over the last few years due to deepening political rivalries in the region, stunned political observers across the world when it materialised. The two spectacular terrorist attacks in Tehran last Wednesday that took place simultaneously at the Iranian Parliament and the Tomb of Ayutollah Rohullah ...

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Pakistan won’t change its support for terrorism inside Afghanistan

Aimal Faizi

The May 31 Kabul truck bomb attack, the worst since 2001, shows that Pakistan won’t change its support for terrorism inside Afghanistan unless there is a strategic shift in US policy towards Pakistan. How Ghani’s appeasement towards Pakistan has worsened the situation inside Afghanistan. Afghan president Ashraf Ghani referred to Pakistan nine times in his 36-minute speech at the Kabul ...

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Inspire and Burn in Hell- Brzezinski!

ډاکټر فرحت تاج

Zbigniew Brzezinski was a well known American-Polish scholar of International Relations and a former American National Security Advisor who served during the Carter administration (1977-1981). He profoundly influenced US policy in dealing with tumultuous world events during the late 1970s, such as the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (1979) and the Islamic Revolution in Iran (1979). The US policy along with ...

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Terrorism greets Ramadan

Dr. Khurshid Alam

The holy month of Ramadan was given a warm welcome by terrorists in Eastern Afghanistan, Khost. Fifty-eight fasting Muslims were blown into shreds and scores injured on the first day of Ramadan. Today’ on the 5th Ramadan Kabul was given yet another blood bath using a car bomb in the busy and sensitive area of the city, killing hundred and ...

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The Kabul massacre

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

The bloodbath in Kabul on May 31 will never be forgotten. Like a terrible nightmare it will haunt the memory of generations to come, not that Kabul had not seen atrocities before. Unfortunately, Afghan blood had callously been shed by both foreign oppressors and local warlords at different points in time. Particularly after 1992, Kabul has seen the wild ferocity ...

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Women at top: Gender diversity in the C-suite

Fazaila Shad

Women rule in Muslim countries is a unique and refreshing idea. If we look back in history, we find the Razia Sultana, Benazir Bhutto, Khalida Zia and others who have managed to walk the corridors of power with pride. In Pakistan, the second most populous Muslim-majority country, Benazir Bhutto was elected twice as the prime minister of the country. But ...

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The Role of Music in Islam – Keynote speech by Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri

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On the evening of Monday, May 22, a group of Pashtun musicians from Peshawar lit up the Edmund Burke Theatre at Trinity College, Dublin with their electrifying, energetic instrumental folk sound, based on Pashtun tunes, fused with western instruments. Khumaryaan performed to a packed theatre with a big turnout of people originally hailing from Afghanistan and Pakistan. The concert involved ...

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Reversals in FATA

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

News emanating from FATA and also emerging from power corridors of the country about the area is once again ominous. If the news reports about a drone attack in North Waziristan four days back is correct, it is the third drone attack in FATA during the last few months. Pakistan Air Force has also bombarded terrorist positions in North Waziristan ...

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The woman in hijab

Namia Akhtar

Within the elite circles in Bangladesh, a veiled woman is often framed in irrationality or presumed to be religious and possess intolerant views for she dresses to convey transcendence. Her dormant sexuality creates the perception of being enslaved or repressed. Some view her as an embodiment of virtue, some as an epithet of enslavement; she may be a feminist, her ...

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