Rajgal & Khyber IV

The Pakistan Army has launched operation Khyber IV in Rajgal valley of Khyber Agency. The primary aim of the offensive is to stop the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) from gaining a foothold in the region. Military officials believe that the roots of the Parachinar bomb blasts are linked to activity in the […]

Hypocrisy of Nuclear No First Use

In the realist paradigm of International Relations, one should not solely trust the words of another state when it is a matter of a threat to national security. Keeping this in mind, how one can believe that a state with nuclear weapons will keep its word not to use them in a time of crisis? […]

Time to give Imran Khan a shot at PM?

A recent conflict between Babar Awan (read: main pillar of the PPP) and co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has led Mr. Awan to leave the PPP and join PTI. The end of a two-decade long association with the PPP has been appalling news for opposition leader in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah, PPP co-chairman Asif […]

Mania of Ramadan shows: Sanctity or stupidity?

Fasting is not peculiar to Muslims; the Jews, Christians, Hindus and people of other faiths also fast. Nevertheless there have been some gradual changes in the practices of other religions. Muslims celebrate the month of Ramadan with sanctity and enthusiasm by fasting and other acts of worship such as prayer, reciting the Holy Quran and […]

Pakistan’s Generation Why?

Pakistani youth has embarked on a train named destiny that takes its passengers to development. Since the creation of Pakistan, its young people have always been crushed and oppressed by their teachers, leaders and parents. Before entering politics every leader takes an oath that they will be responsible for Pakistan’s future and its youth. But […]

Your filth

The filth I was carrying on my body was yours. I am filthy, you are clean; but who is filthier? I spent my whole life diving into gutters, suffocatingly stinky, my sweat mixed with the filth of the whole city and I never complained because what is gutter for you is bread and butter for […]

Sufism can’t defeat terrorism but our leader can

  Sufis so far have worked to peacefully introduce Sindh to the world. They have protected its religious tolerance and interfaith harmony for centuries, but their own shrines, places where Ayaz and Mehmood stand in the same row, are under attack from terrorists. The suicide attack on Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine, which left 90 dead […]

We need Punjabi in schools, not Arabic

The latest addition to the long list of absurdities espoused by our ruling classes came from MNA Naeema Kishwar Khan a couple weeks back. She proposed and defended a bill that would make it compulsory to teach Arabic in all government schools from grade 1. The logic behind this bill is confounding and enigmatic: the […]

Marriage or Punishment?

  Marriage is an intimate union and socially or ritually recognized partnership between men and women. It is an institution in which sexual and interpersonal relationships are acknowledged, and a legal contract is recognized by the state, religious authorities, tribal groups and the local community. Marriage is valuable in itself, but its inherent orientation to […]

Formalising the panchayat and jirga

The National Assembly passed on Friday (February 4, 2017) an Alternate Dispute Resolution Bill that aims at legalising the ancient panchayat and jirga systems of the subcontinent. Immediately, there was backlash from certain quarters against the resolution. With just 23 members out of the total 342 present in the house when the bill was presented, […]

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