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Mob justice and Religion?

With a spank of high velocity, a life came to an end. He is dead one whispered to the other. Yes in the dormitory. God is great. God is great. Students and staff shouting in the chorus.  To be students rushed like vultures to pick their bit of flesh. They have thrown him from the second floor, the next one ...

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The failure of the US policy in Afghanistan and the emergence of alliances

The US policy of carrot to bring Pakistan to negotiating table in Afghanistan’s context badly bogged down. It was wrong expectation to ask someone to throw gold and guns in the fast flowing river . The sole super is expected to take bold step like the US took in Suez Canal crisis that was not to be. The sole super ...

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Civil society and civic life in Afghanistan

It is interesting to note that electronic media has taken longer strides than print media in the war-torn country. The evolution of the concept of civil society over the past several hundred years makes an interesting study.  Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Tocqueville and Gramsci took hard efforts to construct the concept of civil society at various phases and eras of ...

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How long do we have to experiment?

Experience is like a comb one gets it when there is no hair left on the head. The experiment is a good teacher but the tuition fee is too high. The wiser will learn from others or his own past experiences but the stupid will experiment again and again. To put it, in other words, the silly will bang his ...

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Pakistan and abuse of religion

Pakistani ruling elites hold Pakistan acrimonious to Islam and proudly claims that it was the first country which was carved from the belly of India in the name of Islam. Unless one has detailed knowledge of philosophy, one cannot use it for a particular mission. Every mission needs a driving force and the religious scholars were not a driving political ...

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The Witch-hunt

The two nations narrative, based on religious hatred suddenly ceased to exist when India was declared independent and a new state was carved from its belly, named Pakistan on 15th August 1947. On the first anniversary, the date was changed to 14th as it was sacred Friday. To have same Independence Day with India was unacceptable to the elites of northern India ...

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Pashtunland inside Pakistan is occupied by Punjabi Army since 1947, Riaz Afghan Pir tells THE PASHTUN TIMES in an exclusive interview

There was time when Punjabi army was dreaming to occupy Kabul, but today they are worried about their survival in general: Riaz Afghan Pir Pashtunistan Freedom Movement (PFM) is a new organization of Pashtuns. This organization is struggling for free and independent Pashtun state-Pashtunistan. Riaz Afghan Pir, the exiled leader of Pashtunistan Freedom Movement in London told THE PASHTUN TIMES ...

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National Question in Pakistan

The most discussed issue but more thorny in character. After chewing words for more than half a century I can see no solution to this question in the frame of Pakistan. Though I attained this maturity in mid-twenties of my life but had no courage to say it. Apart from my minerals makeup, there were socio-political coercion or conciliation.  Any change ...

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I have never met any culture that was more hospitable as the Pashtuns, says Manolo -a German artist and author of “Pakistan Now”

I can just say it again and again, I have never met any culture that was more hospitable as the Pashtuns. I have been welcomed in many places around the world but nobody went so far out of their way for their guests as the Pathans that I met, says Manolo Ty -a German artist, photographer and author of “Pakistan ...

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Self-policing: The colonial system of Frontier Management through “traditions” and “jirgas”

Self-policing: The colonial system of Frontier Management through “traditions” and “jirgas” (1) In 1799 the Afghan emperor Zaman Shah executed his powerful vazir Painda Khan Barakzai, who Zaman thought was a party to the recent coup of his half-brother Mahmud against him. A bloody civil war ensued in the wake of Painda Khan’s execution in the Afghan heartlands. This civil ...

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