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Afraid of Revolution?

Sometimes an incident can spur a revolution. If delve into the history, we can find ample examples in which an event has brought down cruel kings or the statuesque has been dashed into pieces at the very least. The aftermath could be debated, whether they got the desired result or not, however one thing is for sure that the statuesque ...

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The birth of Pashtun Che

                                              The birth of Pashtun Che Constitutional demands are not discussed in Jirga but sorted out in parliament or Jurists. One has to see the ground realities and be in the shoes of Manzoor Pashteen and his comrades to ...

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Pashtun Tahafuz Movement and mainstream dogma

Two implications can be constructed from the military chief’s depiction of PTM in his speech. Firstly, mainstream media and the political leadership, who remained silent for days, were permitted to speak about PTM but in line with his portrayal. Secondly, his speech revealed the dual face of Pakistan Army who on the one hand viewed PTM as a threat to ...

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Transformation of social, political leadership in Pashtun society

The world has been changing fast, so does the Pashtun society. The transition from mundane orthodox tribal society to vibrant urbanised progressive one dismantling old tribal social norms and relationship has changed leadership role in Pashtun land. Young people are fast becoming radicalised and coming forward to take the affairs in their own hands. Emergence of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) ...

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Dead end of the Afghan policy

In recent times Pakistani political and military leadership has come around to the position where it is publicly accepting the fact that General Zia’s policy of supporting private Jihadist networks in 1980s was actually a fassad (turmoil) as according to them Jihad is  sole domain of the state. Not only that. From General Musharraf’s “enlightened moderation” after 9/11 to the ...

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Naqeebullah Mehsud’s first victory

Dear Naqeeb your soul that whispered in my ears and asked will there be any justice?  And I said I have no answer to your question because I had seen how Pashtuns were victimized, how a whole lot of an entire generation was pushed into extremism and Talibanization for Pakistan’s strategic designs and games, and I had seen how much ...

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For Ahamdi community in Pakistan, persecution never ends

How religious hatred against Ahmadis in Mardan spurred lynching of Mashaal Khan? MARDAN: On April 13, 2017, Mashaal Khan, a student of journalism department of Abdul Wali Khan University was murdered publicly by angry students allegedly for making blasphemous remarks against Prophet Muhammad on his Facebook page.    The murder of Mashaal Khan is a horrific reminder of what has ...

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A country in denial – Human Rights violation of transgender community in Pakistan

‘The General Assembly proclaims this Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, ...

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The merger question

Any delay in Fata reforms prolongs its people’s misery IT is heartening to note that the National Implementation Committee on Fata Reforms has directed the finance minister to pursue the allocation of Fata’s share from the divisible pool with the National Finance Commission over the next 10 years. The committee has outlined four interdependent aspects of mainstreaming: political, legal, economic ...

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Alternative funding for universities

If the Pakistan Army can balance its various commercial ventures alongside its primary duty — then so, too, can universities Last week, a friend sent me a notification issued by a Pakistani university, regarding the latter’s financial stringency. The university’s competent authority demonstrated its incompetence by ordering superficial measures aimed at cutting expenditure. This only becomes effective when efforts to ...

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