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Censorship footprints in Pakistan and ‘The Lives of Others’ movie

In today’s Pakistan, essential freedoms are being curbed, both openly and covertly on different pretexts. Media and internet censorship is gaining foothold in Pakistan. The current state of freedom of expression reminds us of the 2006 movie ‘The Lives of Others’ by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The movie truly depicts the present situation in Pakistan vis-à-vis silencing of dissent, controlling ...

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‘Manzoor Pashteen is the voice of millions of Pashtuns’

  Speech at UN Office in Geneva by Aurang Zeb Khan Zalmay: ”PTM, Pashtun Tahfuz Movement or Pashtun Protection Movement, I would like to attract the public opinion at large and specifically the Human Rights Commission, to whom I have been the honor to address just now. And yet I would like to define the PTM Pashtun Tahafuz Movement. PTM ...

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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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