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My Idea of a Nation

By Tejasvi Saxena This 1905 painting by Abanindranath Tagore depicts “Bharat Mata” or “Mother India”. Depicted in a tranquil pose, wielding boons to her inhabitants or devotees, the painting humanises a congeries of geographical expressions, encompassing multi ethnic, cultural, linguistic, religious diversities. The tradition of considering every inanimate object as symbolic of veneration, glorifies the […]

Silencing dissent: An attempt to control social media?

DPA photo   By Imad Zafar The crackdown season has started again in Pakistan, this time the target being social media activists. People who use social media to raise their voices on political and other policy matter issues are being asked to present themselves before the Federal Investigation Agency to prove they are not an […]

Trump, the Islamic Alliance and Pakistan

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar Change is the only law of nature that is and will always be constant. Civilizations can never be made stagnant nor can they be imprisoned in a certain period or specific time. Ideologies and patterns of thinking in civilizations always change with the shift in balance of power.

Pakistan–Afghanistan Relations

By Muhammad Shoaib Khan In the eighteenth and nineteenth century, two major powers were overpowering the world; Great Britain and the Russian Empire. Both were expanding in different directions, the former towards the East and North, the latter the West and South.

Ideological Battles Behind Enemy Lines

AP photo   By Imad Zafar Criticism is a healthy thing for society if the intention is to point towards the loopholes or problems. As an analyst, journalist or writer, one needs to identify the weaknesses that are prevailing in society. Quite often while criticizing or analysing situations we the journalists and writers sometimes become […]

The untouchable Malik Riaz: a by-product of our system and attitudes

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar The Bahria Town rampage which claimed the lives of two people, wounded around 150 and left a dozen people paralyzed for life, finally came into the limelight after the Chief Justice of Pakistan took suo-moto notice of the incident.

Dawn Leaks Conclusion: Thanks But No Thanks

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar The Newsgate or Dawn Leaks scandal, after creating rifts between the civil and military establishment, in addition to spreading rumors, has at last reached its conclusion.

Hijacking Literature And Journalism: Pakistan’s Intellectual Dilemma

AFP photo   By Imad Zafar Literature is a form or branch of knowledge that helps in the development of the mind by creating awareness and ability to think freely, be it fictional literature in the form of novels or in the form of non fictional writing and journalism; it always plays a vital role […]

Children are our strategic assets, not Jihadists

AP photo   By Imad Zafar Frankenstein is a famous character from a British novel in which a young man attempts an experiment to give birth to a super human who should possess supernatural forces, but the experiment goes horribly wrong and, after coming to life, the monster created kills his creator. This story has […]

Electronic Media gets a taste of its own medicine

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar Media has always been an effective tool for manipulating minds. In the early 19th century newspapers were used to manufacture public opinion. With the rise of electronic media, both television, internet and social media, it became easier to propagate agendas and ideologies and to conquer minds. The one who […]

Dawn Leaks: A tweet that shows a “State within a State”

AFP photo   By Imad Zafar Who is at the helm of affairs in Pakistan? Every single sane person knows it. It is a fact that the civilian governments in Pakistan are always dependent on the defence establishment’s mandate rather than depending on the mandate of the masses.

Panama verdict: Sharif injured but survives to fight the ‘Godfathers’

AFP photo   By Imad Zafar Finally after a long wait, the verdict of the Panama Papers case in Pakistan has been announced. Five judges gave a lease of life to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by not disqualifying him on the petition filed by Imran Khan and company.

A MINUSTAH Mission Evaluation: UN Peacekeeper Abuse

AP photo   By Ricardo Swire In March 2017 the United Nations Secretary-General advised MINUSTAH, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, that their numbers will be reduced from approximately five thousand personnel.

Killing the future in the name of God

AP photo   By Imad Zafar Mishal Khan was a 23 year old student of Mass Communication at the Abul Wali Khan university, situated in the city of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He was an intelligent, witty and peace loving young man, and a critic of hypocrital values, traditions and the political system.

The Power of Propaganda

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar Someone once asked an ex French President why he did not marry. He answered, “I was looking for my ideal woman all my life.” The person asked “So you did not find your ideal?,” to which the President replied “No, I actually found my ideal woman but her ideal […]

Global executions down more than a third, but death sentences at record high

By Amnesty International The number of executions around the world last year fell by more than a third compared to the previous year, human rights NGO Amnesty International stated, with 1,032 executions in 23 countries in 2016 compared to 1,634 in 25 countries in 2015.

Cheap Justice

Reuters photo   By Muhammad Shoaib Khan Once upon a time, a parrot and sparrow went to a forest. The forest had no sign of existing life. The parrot commented that only an imprudent will agree to live here because it is such a deserted place…

The cruel face of the Faith industry

EPA photo   By Imad Zafar The blind following of religion is a very common phenomena in Pakistan. People usually go to the shrines and self proclaimed Sufis or saints for the solution to their problems.

The Panama Papers case: A narrative against democracy

DP photo   By Imad Zafar The famous Panama leak case judgment is about to be announced in Pakistan. The highest court in Pakistan took months by hearing both the accuser and the defendants.

Kashmir: Born to Fight

Mukesh Gupta/Reuters   By Muhammad Shoaib Khan If you want to see heaven on earth, then you should visit the land of beauty, aka Kashmir. This land of beautiful sceneries, with fresh water rivers and lush green trees is situated in the north of Pakistan. It is considered a Paradise, a dream place for living. […]

Behind Enemy Lines

Reuters photo   By Zeeshan A. Shah Over the last few decades Pakistan has gone through a major paradigm shift, both within its strategic placement within the region and with its allies all over the globe.

NAFTA, the State Department and USAID

Evan Vucci/AP   By Cynthia M. Lardner   What the Trump Administration Needs to Learn about Soft Power

Pillars of State

Reuters photo   By Muhammad Shoaib Khan Ever heard about a society which is entirely polarized, but people are living for their interests instead of a cause? Heard of a country having the sixth largest army and is an atomic power, where the government didn’t have many resources to run the country but the politicians […]

Poetry

Cem Yurtseven   By Hira Azhar

Fascism: An alarming situation for Democracy

Reuters photo   By Muhammad Shoaib Khan Today, in the world of globalization, it is easy to access everything within the sphere of the universe. It is considered a remarkable achievement considering the ancient era.

Pakistani sailor rescued by U.S. Marine

Clark Lane/USN   By Kanwal Abidi Makin Island has the largest afloat medical facility in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations and houses medical and dental facilities to support surgery, military and civilian casualties.

Missing Nation

Fareed Khan/AP   By Imad Zafar ‘Hang the blasphemers, kill them, stone them to death,’ these are the slogans that are being used these days on social media and heard in public and private conversations. Since the bloggers and activists went missing, even scholars and anchors from the mainstream media are also demanding the death […]

Human Rights

Reuters photo   By Muhammad Shoaib Khan It is our home, it is our destiny. Heal the world and make it a better place for living.

How the blasphemy laws in Pakistan enable abuse

Sohail Shahzad/EPA   By Amnesty International Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are often used against religious minorities and others who are the target of false accusations, while emboldening vigilantes prepared to threaten or kill the accused, a new report by human rights NGO Amnesty International states.

The Impact of Politics and Culture on Pakistan’s Education System

Fayyaz Ahmed   By Muhammad Shoaib Khan Education is the indispensable need of every individual in the society. It is necessary for everyone to seek education. It does not mean holding a degree or cramming books, in fact it’s the knowledge and awareness about everything related to an individual, i.e. the society, culture, norms, values, […]