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Ordeal of Pakistani Democracy

The fate of Nawaz Sharif, the third time elected Prime Minister of Pakistan who was disqualified and removed from his post by the Supreme Court of Pakistan under charges of corruption on July 28, epitomizes the state of democracy in Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif who also heads Pakistan Muslim League (N) was twice elected in 1990s as Prime Minister and his government ...

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The myth of accountability

Although the Supreme Court is expected to take up the inquiry report of the JIT against the Sharif family on Monday, but it seems to be a mere  formality as the cheerleaders of the creeping coup are determined to force the Apex Court to sack the elected Prime Minister of the country. By now it’s pretty clear that in actual ...

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Afghanistan’s long tradition of cultural exchange – Interview with Nasruddin Saljuqi

On May 22, 2017, Pakistani band Khumariyaan performed to a packed theatre at Trinity College Dublin. Mr. Nasruddin Saljuqi, who is Chairperson of the Afghan Community of Ireland, was among the keynote speakers on the night. Mr. Saljuqi was born in Herat, Afghanistan in 1956.  After completing his degree in literature at Kabul University, he worked in the Ministry of Telecommunication ...

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Helmand/Quetta/Kurram carnage and Michel Foucault

Re-plugging my post from Oct 25, 2016: Our friend Saif Nasar shows us very aptly how Michel Foucault would analyze the Quetta attack and discourse surrounding it. I loved his analysis. Consider myself lucky to live in an age where social media could keep you connected with such people. Some of us — who are not very much familiar with ...

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The Kabul massacre

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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A charge sheet against the Islami Jamiat Talaba

BY MOHSIN DAWAR: On March 21, young men, affiliated with the Islami Jamiat Talaba, stormed an event organized by the Pashtun students to celebrate Jashan-e-Nawroz, a 5,000 year-old festival. It was our right to do so. We had been granted official permission by the university administration. Pakistan is also one of the signatories of the United Nation’s convention that proclaims ...

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

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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Time to revisit the Durand Line

Photo: Gettyimages BY RYSZARD CZARNECKI, VICE PRESIDENT, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have deteriorated sharply over the last few years, as also evident in the increase in exchange of fire between security forces of the two countries, along the Af-Pak border. The last such incident took place on May 7 at the Chaman border in Balochistan, when firing by ...

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The return of warlord

Gulbadin, a former warlord and nicknamed as “Butcher of Kabul” returned to Kabul from his 19 years of hiding out to a glorious welcome, leading of a mammoth vehicular procession from Jalal-Abad to Kabul. He was given stately reception by the people who applauded him, standing on both sides of the roads. The previous warlord claimed to be the ambassador ...

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Primary commodity exporter trying to escape the “Banana republic” position in the world economy

The rent-based economy in Saudi Arabia has shown its limits since the drop of oil prices in 2014. Indeed, the country is potentially explosive: the current fiscal model is not sustainable, the geopolitical environment is increasingly hostile and the country has a rapidly growing population, of which 30% of 16-24 year old find themselves unemployed. The economic choices in the ...

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