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Who rules Pakistan?

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

The gloves are coming off as the creeping coup is entering its final stage and is going for the kill. We have been told that the JIT is an extension of the Supreme Court. We already know that it’s also an extension of the premier intelligence agencies of the country that are part and parcel of the security establishment. These ...

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Marriage: A tradition turning into taboo

Marriage

By Saba Aman Eusafzai:  Marriage is a lawful union amongst men and women. In the present times, individuals are reluctant to engage in such union. A pattern of avoidance is emerging in the society for the institution of marriage. Several reasons, ranging from individual to societal, are observed for such tendencies. Marriage is a major duty; there is no doubt about ...

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Diminishing an enlightened legacy

Khadim Hussain

ANP has owned Mashal Khan and has stood up to the extremists’ violent narrative Academia and political analysts throughout the world use framework of hegemony constructed by Antonio Gramsci and analysis of the culture of silence by Paulo Frere to understand silencing of voices raised for the aspirations of masses who claim nationhood. Seen in this context, one is not ...

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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 Last Chapter

Dr. Khurshid Alam

The demography plays an important role in the stability, peace, progress and smooth running of a country and the foreign and domestic policy is grossly rest on demography, strategic location. Watan (Motherland) and country are inherently different words. Countries are made by people and disintegrated by people. Watan (Motherland) is a more natural entity, owned by a race or inheritance ...

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Mindset or System?

Dr. Khurshid Alam

Our writers leave no stone unturned to confuse the public opinion according to the wishes of their masters. There are many narratives and counter-narratives about the unjust and undemocratic system in the country. A section of the writers believe that it is the mindset and uniform or Jinnah cap is irrelevant. The others argue that imbalance of power sharing mechanism ...

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Afghans and Peace?

Dr. Khurshid Alam

For the last few weeks there were palpable, if not visible simmering currents under the surface that at last Afghans have realized that Pakistan is not trust worthy and there is a realization on both sides of that quest of Peace in Afghan Land is for Afghan to materialize. It was a soothing feeling for all after a long time ...

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Justice for Waziristan

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

According to the provisions of the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) they are liable to be charged under the principle of collective responsibility where the entire tribe can be punished for the offense committed by an individual. FATA Pashtuns in general and those from Waziristan in particular are a horrible example of the fact that people of peripheries are expendable and ...

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The gathering storm

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

South Asia attracted international attention once again during this week but unfortunately once again it was for the wrong reasons. The news was not about double-digit economic growth, impressive social indicators or ground breaking technological innovation. The news was about nuclear saber rattling between India and Pakistan after a terrorist attack on an Indian military base in Indian controlled Kashmir. ...

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Of Arab and Ajam

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

Apparently the current row between the conservative Sunni-Saudi monarchy and the Shi’a theocracy of Iran is called a Haj-spate as the war of words between the world’s two most oppressive regimes has emanated from their dispute about the annual pilgrimage of Muslims to the holiest places and monuments of Islam. As the Haj drew closer it became quite clear that ...

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