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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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PTI has become everything they said they won’t become

Ali Tareen, the son of Jehangir Khan Tareen will contest the by-elections on the seat left vacant by the disqualification of his father. There is no wrong in a son filling up the boots of his father or choosing the same occupation as his father. But, the problem lies in our political system where dynasties rule on the basis of...

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Bhutto’s demise and Zardari’s rise

People were optimistic. They knew someone is coming back who’ll raise a voice for them. Rapturous, they were looking forward to her return. Benazir Bhutto was coming back. In October 2017, Benazir Bhutto came back to Pakistan after 11 years in self-exile. She came back to her people who were eager to welcome her. The adulation was ubiquitous. It was...

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If Quaid comes back to life and heads out for a stroll

By: Abdul Moiz Malik This year, we’ll commemorate Quaid’s 141th birthday. Had he been alive, what he would have seen in the country he created? Let’s imagine the resurrection of Quaid.  He walks out of his grandiose mausoleum and what’ll greet him? Couples eloping near his resting place treating it like a place for leisure and excursion. Massive ditches at...

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Misuse of Blasphemy laws and Religious exploitation

FIA submitted a report in Islamabad High Court that it was unable to find any evidence of blasphemy being committed by the bloggers who were alleged to have committed this crime. These bloggers, Waqas Goraya, Salman Haider, Asim Saeed, and Ahmed Raza Naseer were abducted earlier this year. Initially it was being treated as another case of forced disappearance. Their...

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(Part 3) Civilian Dictators, Dictatorial Democrats, and Bangladesh

PART 1 PART 2 Capitalizing on West Pakistani fears of East Pakistani separatism, Bhutto demanded that Sheikh Mujib form a coalition with the PPP. The Agartala Conspiracy Case was a sedition case in Pakistan during the Ayub Regime against Awami League, brought by the government of Pakistan in 1968 against Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the then leader of the Awami League...

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Australia defying expectations and Starc’s ‘ball of the century’

If something that encapsulates the current Ashes’ outcome, it is the ball bowled by Mitchell Starc to James Vince on the fourth day of Perth test. A peach of the delivery bowled from round the stump pitching on middle stump, straightened up to castle Vince’s off stump leaving a bewildered Vince just stare at the pitch in shock. On any...

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It is not creativity, but a ‘non serious’ attitude mixed with religious sentiments in recitals

Recitals are the purest form of expression of Love that one could express while reciting anything that hold sanctity. Known as 'Religious Hymns' among Christians,  'Bhajan' in Hindu literature; whereas in Islam it is more sensitive and delicate. My hands may be shaking to the extreme that could cause dissents for the readers but let speak the truth. In my...

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(Part 2) Civilian Dictators, Dictatorial Democrats and Bangladesh

PART 1 Bhutto was not a common man. He didn’t come from a common family and nor did he have common upbringing. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and hailed from a prominent political family with his father being the last diwan (prime minister) of the state of Junagadh, India. He was not anti-establishment and his...

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Civilian Dictators, Dictatorial Democrats and Bangladesh (Part 1)

Dictatorships are often unexpected. They have arisen among prosperous, educated and cultured people who seemed safe from a dictatorship – in Europe, Asia and South America. Consider Germany, one of the most paradoxical and dramatic cases. During the late 19th century, it was widely considered to have the best educational system in the world. If any educational system could inoculate...

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Reciting from the heart is reason of success for Nadeem Sarwar

Nadeem Sarwar! An Elegy reciter, who is renowned for his unparalleled recitation and has spread his voice all over the Muslim world. What could be said about this man that gave more than 3 decades for reciting for  Prophet Muhammad(PBUH), the Ahlulbayt(AS) and Imam Hussain(AS) in particular. Why I am writing this? Because he deserves accolade, compliments which no one...

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There is no box

Straight edge (sometimes abbreviated sXe or signified with XXX or X) is a subculture of hardcore punk whose adherents refrain from using alcohol, tobacco and other recreational drugs, in a reaction to the excesses of punk subculture. For some, this extends to refraining from engaging in promiscuous sex, following a vegetarian or vegan diet, and/or not using caffeine or prescription...

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Sethi’s PCB plays Beastmaster between warring elephants in T10 League tussle

With the world's first T10 cricket league all set to kick off in Sharjah from December 14, here is what you need to know about the first ever edition of the League as six teams will participate in the competition for the ultimate prize in the 10-over format of the game. As evident by its name, the revolutionary new format...

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GOOD BOY!

Dog, considered to be man's best friend, highly regarded for its loyalty, compassion and unique 'skill set' differing from breed to breed. Dogs have been bred, tamed and domesticated throughout history and are widely known to be wonderful companions, they are used to provide assistance in hunting, protection and Identification and are also used to discipline farm animals, mainly sheep,...

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Why Can’t Girls Sit At Dhabas?

By: Beena Ahmed The budding high cost ‘chai- cafes’ are sprouting in every corner of Karachi, places that allow women to have some tea in peace. But what about the old ‘quetta chai khanas’ and ‘dhabas’, what’s with the gender stereotype? Limiting  the sitting area to males and if by chance a girl feels the need to quench her thirst...

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Differentiate on finger Tips between ‘Religious Scholars’ and ‘Religious Elite’

Religion is the name of cleaning impurities. It is a mere reflection of how it renders a transformation in human mind, soul. But Alas! in Pakistan our so called 'Religious Elite' has used  religion in demonising  the weak, and distributing certificates of who is more holy. This Religious Elite enjoys a position in the Media, political platforms and more importantly ...

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The drones are back to haunt the Af-Pak region

US drones on Friday fired missiles near Pak-Afghan border, killing at least 12 people and destroying six militant hideouts. It was the fifth such attack in as many days. At least 41 people including Jamaat-ul-Ahrar chief Umar Khalid Khorasani have been killed in the drone attacks. Senior militant commander Asad Afridi has emerged as the favorite to become the new...

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