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Online Cab-Hailing, The big swindle

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   I have been pushed to write this article after detailed interviews with at least 8 cab hailing service 'captains' and listening to their grievances. The metropolis has been plagued with a dearth of public transport for a few decades now, one of the largest countries in the world and the biggest and most...

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Two Englishmen decide to come to Pakistan against all odds

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan | All the English players playing this season of PSL have already expressed their reservations with regards to playing in Pakistan where the semifinals and finals of the Pakistan Super League Season 3 are scheduled to take place. Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Sam Billings, Eoin Morgan and Kevin Pietersen all have refused to go and play...

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The “Boyhunter” of Shadbagh

Psychologists describe Javed Iqbal Mughal alias Kukri as a pampered child who developed bad habits in early age and later spent most of his life keeping a brigade of teenaged boys around him. People having a first-hand experience of meeting Iqbal term him a “boy hunter” who would go to any extent to satiate his lust for sodomy. Since his...

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PSL 2018: From Peshawar Zalmi to Multan Sultans, analysing the strengths and weaknesses

By | Abdul Moiz & Waqas Arain | Action-packed month of cricketainment awaits fans across the world as HBL Pakistan Super League season three (PSL 3), is set to start from February 22, 2018. The first match of the PSL 2018 will be played on February 22nd, 2018 between defending champions Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans at Dubai. The glittering...

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MQM; once a cult party now disintegrated

By: | Abdul Moiz Malik |   By the looks of it, it appears that – after a very long time – Karachi will find a new stakeholder in the upcoming elections. Muttahida Qoumi Movement (MQM) the self-proclaimed guardian of the city appears too feeble to validate its claim by the election results and it’s apparent that they won’t be...

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Evolving and revolving dynamics, Battle of ‘State Interests’

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   India and Iran on Saturday signed agreements, including Tehran leasing to New Delhi operational control of part of the Iranian east coast port of Chabahar for 18 months. The $85 million project, just 90km from Gwadar port, creates a transit route between India, Iran and Afghanistan, bypassing Pakistan. India is trying to develop...

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Finding reasons for PTI’s collapse in NA-154

BY: |Waqas Jawaid Arain| The loss of the NA 154 seat in the Lodhran by elections came as a shock to the PTI as the party expecting an easy sway in the constituency long held by Jahangir Tareen. NA-154 defeat is an upset defeat for PTI as in 2015 By-Poll Jahangir Tareen had regained this constituency by defeating Siddique Baloch....

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Modern Warfare: The Battle for Hearts and Minds

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan | " Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it..." I for one have always believed in this statement and a wise man is one who also learns from the mistakes of others. Propaganda, Disinformation, Cyber warfare, Cultural Invasion, Hacking, Dark Web, Deep Web and Fake News, these terms have been...

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Mashal Khan’s Lynching: Verdict served but warped priorities persist

By: | Abdul Moiz Malik | What can you say about a country where those acquitted from a murder case get showered with flower petals and are welcomed with masses chanting slogans citing them as heroes and the deceased as infidels? It’s improbable that a positive development in this country is not being mired, the abhorrent act of few bigots....

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Karachi: When aim is to win elections rather fix the problem

By: |Abdul Moiz Malik| Karachi, as big a metropolis it is, equally big is its issues. From infrastructure to provision of clean water, so much is amiss here that it is always ranked among the low ranking countries in terms of ease of living. One of the grave issues in Karachi is traffic. It is a mess. Traffic in Karachi...

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The rising extremism in our country

By: | Abdul Moiz Malik | Dirk Collier in his book ‘The Great Mughals and Their India’ writes: ‘’It is a dangerous fallacy – also increasingly so, among today’s Muslim – to think that modern Muslims are in some way, less religious than extremist. On the contrary: a moderate, open and modest attitude is much closer to the spirits of...

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Supply and Demand: ‘Sex Sells’

By: |Muhammad Ali Azlan| I was in the first semester at my university, a reputed private university in a posh suburb of Karachi, money was thin, had to live up to the growing demands of the new institute, “fitting in” and pleasing others, gaining validation and affection, climbing the social and societal ladder, 'getting noticed' was the main focus told...

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Justice for Zainab: Child Abuse, Pornography and Human Trafficking, Pizzagate to Kasur

By: |Muhammad Ali Azlan| Zainab, a seven year old girl was kidnapped on 5th January when she was off to her tuition. According to media reports, she had been raped multiple times, murdered and dumped in the trash near Kashmir Chowk where her body was discovered after four days. Her parents were in Saudi Arabia while this incident took place...

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Nawaz’s ouster and Imran Khan’s wrong turn

By: |Abdul Moiz Malik| Political landscape in Pakistan seldom has a quite day. It never fails to bemuse you. The developments are so rapid that you can’t keep track of them and the balance keeps shifting. The dominance is always on a see saw; at one moment someone appears powerful and the next moment some else is making the calls....

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Radio Mashaal’s activities went against Pakistan’s interests

On Friday, the Ministry of Interior ordered closure of Radio Mashaal's office in Islamabad. This move followed recommendations by the country's premier intelligence agency. Radio Mashaal is a Pashto-language radio channel which began operations in 2010 from the headquarters of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFERL) in Prague, Czech Republic. RFERL is funded by the US Congress through defined appropriations. However,...

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ZAINAB: A CASE NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN!

By: |Sundas Rehman Mughal| The utmost dilemma of today is that we are living in a society where Children; God’s most beautiful and pious creation are becoming victim of notorious acts of mankind.The blood of these innocent victims is a burden on our shoulders. Lack of potential to safeguard our children implies that we as a nation have failed miserably!...

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Will public hanging of one culprit save other kids from the same fate?

BY: Abdul Moiz Malik The dead body of 7-years old Zainab was found in a heap of trash. She was molested and then murdered. The incident raged the people. Violent protests erupted in Kasur as it was 12th case of this kind in a year. This incident ignited the debate on how safe are our kids? What should be done?...

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