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Bashing the refugees

June 20th 2016, was the World Refugee Day, where Pakistan, a country that in the past had been taking credit for hosting one of the biggest refugee populations for several years, decided to celebrate the day in a different fashion. ...

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The Port that Changed Everything

The Chabahar Port is the start of the new cold war -a cold war between China and India which will perhaps last till 2050s.  Actually it is just the tip of the iceberg. This is the start of an inevitable new ...

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Gender – Male/Female. It’s Not That Simple

Definition – ‘the state of being male or female (typically used with reference to social and cultural differences rather than biological ones).’ (Oxford Dictionary) As is understood from the definition above, gender is not a biological absolute. The human body ...

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Waziristan: Paradise regained?

South Waziristan is inhabited by Pashtun tribes of Ahmadzai Wazir, Masood (locally pronounced Maseed) and Bittani and the main Pashtun tribes in North Waziristan are Utmanzai Wazir and Daur. Sections of these tribes also live in the adjacent districts of ...

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Women are not ‘Property’

‘Beauty provokes harassment, the law says, but it looks through men’s eyes when deciding what provokes it’ (Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth: Vintage 1991) The quote highlights the dilemma faced by women everywhere, every day. Men decide how women should ...

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The dangerous duality

The death of Taliban leader Akhtar Mansour in a US drone strike on May 21 in a remote part of Balochistan has dramatically underlined the terrorist challenge that Pakistan still faces, and of which Pakistan is still living in denial ...

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Children of the FATA: Heirs of Colonial Legacy

The on-going suffering of the people of FATA seems never ending. The injustice and discriminatory ill-treatment served upon these people by past and present governments, religious militants along with the actions of military authorities of Pakistan have led to a ...

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