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Geostrategic vs. Geoeconomic

Obsession with the geostrategic has been deeply rooted in the ethos of the Pakistani state since its very inception. The survival instincts of a fragile new state probably necessitated it. But the geostrategic theories of the colonial ideologues also had an impact on the thinking of the ruling elites. British India, as a vital part of the British empire had ...

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Sports for Development Programs and FATA Youth Festival

“The people of FATA have suffered tremendously, their landscapes marred by the decades-old wars of others, their cultural values under constant threats, they deserve the utmost treatment under incubation” Sports is defined by UN as ” All forms of physical activity that contributes to physical fitness, mental well being and social interaction, such as play, recreation, organized or competitive and ...

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Challenges Faced by Women Workers in Pakistan

In the past few decades, the role of women in our society has been drastically changed. Women can be fighter-jet pilots, educationists, customer services heads, company executives, admin heads, banking, HR and telecom sector leaders. Women are making a tremendous contribution in all areas. Men are no longer considered as the only breadwinner of the house; women are now also financially supporting ...

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Standard of Education in Pakistan: Is it designed to produce Scientists or Radicals?

The colonialist destroys the social fabric, the values of the society, the local human wisdom, and evolution of mind and leave behind a huge intellectual vacuum; where they can implant their stooges or lackeys and above all drill in the minds of people of colonies, that they are inferior and should accept the language, values of the superior race. Education ...

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Why are Pakistanis reading less?

Our education system has to be transformed along the lines which inculcate lifelong learning habits among the students Books are man’s best friend. They are the carrier of his intellectual heritage and a matchless source of recreation. In a consumerist and postmodernist age, marked by complexity and uncertainty, books can be a source of deeper meaning and profound consolation. They ...

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Pakistan’s media restricted to reporting on urban centers, media can’t report on half of country

“Journalists in Pakistan need to be trained on the fact that a small local story is very important than the religious narrative of anti-Israel and anti-India international content.”  Community journalism is an essential part of contemporary society and is the lifeline to help resolve issues that affect a community. A good democracy is the one which devolves powers to grassroots ...

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Will peace ever return to Afghanistan?

There is no “Quick fix” to the problem. The scenario is too crowded. The atmosphere is too foggy and dark. It is difficult to know for sure who is who? To differentiate between friend and foe is too difficult because of low visibility Afghanistan was put on fire; it is still in flames for the last four decades; giving warmth ...

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Sexual Harassment in NGO Sector of Pakistan: A Brief Story of Ghazala Naaz

Often a complaint can create even more problems for the woman being harassed Data on the number of women affected by harassment is hard to come by since there is no law under which cases can be registered; this means estimates are anecdotal at best. One of my friends, Mahnoor Khan from Karachi, worked at a Communities Base for NGO ...

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Extreme Religion

An irrational belief and adherence to a religion, religious text, more commonly termed ‘fundamental’, leads to extreme behaviour, often with dire consequences. Many religions develop fundamentalists, however, the Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, exhibit some of the worst traits of unquestioning faith in the world at present. It is important that people recognise these traits and try to combat ...

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The Role of Pakistan and India in Regional and Global Peace

“The world order has never been so unstable as it is now.  No-one is safe, be it Western established democracies or autocratic regimes. One could never imagine the strikes in the heart of Paris, Brussels, London, Spain or the parliament of India in the era of cold war. It looks as if, with the fall of Berlin Wall and the disintegration of USSR the whole world ...

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