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Diary of an Apologist

Diary of an Apologist

By Kapil Dev Dear Country Fellow, I was born as normal human like Nadeem Paracha, Asma Jahangir and Pervez Hoodbhoy, but with the grace of race I come from and mercy of book and facebook, I am now a certified Apologist. I consider myself a legitimate child of If and But.  Though, However, Hence, Thus, And are my close relatives. They often support me when I am trolled by liberal fascists.  I too support them in return … Read entire article »

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Why Is Our Morality Dictated By Sex Offenders?

Why Is Our Morality Dictated By Sex Offenders?

By Sarmad Baloch   Let’s concede that provocative clothing does constitute contributory negligence in cases of harassment and rape. That means if we were to control what women wear then we could reduce sexual offences in our country. Seems logical and a legitimate course of action. But wait! We can do better than that. Covering women in a cloth-bag, the types of burqas mandated by Taliban regime, will improve the situation further. Or, a cardboard box with … Read entire article »

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Bano Qudsia – A Legendary Writer

Bano Qudsia – A Legendary Writer

By Qundeel Aymen ‘Men lived intensely and wrote intensely’. Those were stirring times, when passions were strong and speculation rife, when everything conspired to bring out the best in humans. “Alas! She is no more”. This is a short sentence, but it has many meanings attached to it. The feeling of a great loss, sweet memories of her writings, and nostalgic sentiments are benumbing everyone. Words alone cannot depict the magnanimous personality of this towering figure of the … Read entire article »

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‘Honour and Violence: Gender, Power and Law in Southern Pakistan’ — A Book by Nafisa Shah

‘Honour and Violence: Gender, Power and Law in Southern Pakistan’ — A Book by Nafisa Shah

Admin The practice of karo kari allows family, especially fathers, brothers and sons, to take the lives of their daughters, sisters and mothers if they are accused of adultery. This volume examines the central position of karo kari in the social, political and juridical structures in Upper Sindh, Pakistan. Drawing connections between local contests over marriage and resources, Nafisa Shah unearths deep historical processes and power relations. In particular, she explores how the state justice system … Read entire article »

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Trump and the Pakistani Christians

Trump and the Pakistani Christians

Shuham A. Charles US President Donald Trump has made remarks during his campaign, and even after assuming the office, that have outraged many minority communities. His executive order to suspend immigration from a select group of Muslim countries has earned him a barrage of criticism. There is a sense of apprehension caused by Trump administration which is shared by Muslims in the US and Pakistan alike. Is America becoming intolerant of its racial and religious minorities? … Read entire article »

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Obama Administration: Erosion of US Primacy?

Obama Administration: Erosion of US Primacy?

Misbah Azam, Ph.D. The new administration in US will take over after the 20th January and the political pundits and experts are in the “wait and see” mode, as all the political science theories, which were widely accepted and were the basis of drawing the future projections about how the coming days would look, were failed after the Donald Trump’s clean and decisive victory in 2016 presidential elections.  However, the debate has initiated regarding the eight … Read entire article »

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Transgender Community in Pakistan

Transgender Community in Pakistan

Raza ullah khan In the past few years, there has been an unnerving increase in violence against the transgender community in Pakistan. There have been incidents of brutal killing of transgender activists in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and other parts of the country. According to an activist member of the community, 45 transgender people have been killed and 300 suffered harassment in the last two years in KPK alone. Every day, members of this community suffer humiliation in … Read entire article »

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Of Chalgozas and Lollipops

Of Chalgozas and Lollipops

By Mohammad Ali Ilahi We all have heard about the lollipop, banana and candy analogies, which are often used to rationalize the use of burka and abaya for women. However, the official facebook page of Mufti Syed Adnan Kakakhel went a step further today and uploaded a picture showing 3 pine nuts (popularly known as Chalgozas in the sub-continent), of which two had turned black as a result of defective or no covering at all, whereas … Read entire article »

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Protection of Minorities Bill: Brilliant!

Protection of Minorities Bill: Brilliant!

Naeem Asgher Tarar   On 24th November, Sindh assembly outmaneuvered all other provinces by passing a law which is for protecting the minorities of the province from the evil of forced conversions.  It is about time that a bill like this should have been brought, signed into law and implemented throughout the province, but even now it is felicitous and a big sigh of relief for the people of different minorities, who were being molested and threatened.   I … Read entire article »

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Circumcision: A Modern Form of Forceful Bodily Mutilation

Circumcision: A Modern Form of Forceful Bodily Mutilation

Numan Hussain I grew up in a village in Pakistan and was lucky enough to have a healthcare staff for my circumcision ceremony. I tried to escape the pain, but all in vain, as it turned out to be far more severe than I expected. The more astonishing thing I remember is the attitude of my relatives, who were holding me tight throughout the procedure even though I always believed that they will be by my … Read entire article »

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The Questioning

The Questioning

By Zerka Tahir   WHY?   “Who was that? Why are you talking in Urdu? Talk in English! I should not hear you talk in Urdu, is that understood?” Startled, the two boys who were babbling away, going in a straight-line from the classroom to the playground stopped short. Overcoming the blunt onslaught they resumed their walk but not their talk, neither in English nor in any other language. But what about that laugh? That playful, youthful laugh? Where did … Read entire article »

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How Wealth Influences Politics

How Wealth Influences Politics

By Ayoub Khan   Modern Democracy as we know it is less than 250 years old. For much of human history, societies were ruled by elites who exercised absolute power by controlling the wealth and resources of their land and dominating their people by force. Today, the New World Order cabal aims to enact this model of totalitarian rule on a global scale. In political science, Elite Theory is a theory of the state to explain the power … Read entire article »

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Review: Paying Guest—A Masterpiece of Dev Anand

Review: Paying Guest—A Masterpiece of Dev Anand

By Naeem Asgher Tarar   Chhod do aanchal zamaana kya kahega O o o chhod do aanchal zamaana kya kahega Ha ha ha inn adaaon kaa zamaana bhee hai divaana Divaana kya kahega……   What a marvellous song to hum with pleasure, from great music to animated lyrics, it offers everything. This song was sung by the master musicians of their time, Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle for a 1957 Bollywood movie ‘Paying Guest.’ The star cast of this movie includes Dev … Read entire article »

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