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Respect your arts and artists

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan | Something should've been said a while ago but there is no better time than now and there is no better place than here. Why are we so persistent with belittling and putting down people who become artists in this country, why do we take them for granted? Why are the arts looked down upon...

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Shahid Afridi, last of the Mohicans

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   Legendary Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Sunday (25th March 2016) played his final international match, ending an illustrious and sometimes controversial 21-year career. The 36-year-old star had already quit Tests in 2010 and ODI cricket after the 2015 World Cup but still skippered the Pakistan T20I team at the 2016 world championships in...

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Younis Khan, ‘smiling’ against all odds

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan | Class, elegance, poise, determination, will, hardwork, hardwork and hardwork these are the characteristics that molded the great Younis Khan into Pakistan's most accomplished Professional cricketer ever, 'The Ultimate Over-Acheiver'. Younis Khan (born 29 November 1977) is a former Pakistani cricketer and former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team in all three formats of...

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My Grandfather ‘sweared’ by the trUcKload

The following is a work of satire and any resemblance to a person living and/or dead is purely fictitious He was a old frail man who chain-smoked like a chimney, on his traditional Charpaayi, his fingers were adorned with precious gemstone rings, he also had a traditional hookah by his side which barely lasted 5 minutes so he had to...

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Aamir Khan turns 53: A look at ‘Mr. Perfectionist’

By: | Waqas Jawaid Arain | The actor, who has done record-breaking films such as Lagaan, Dangal, 3 Idiots, and Rang De Basanti, has turned 53 today. According to reports, he rang in his birthday with his cast and crew of Thugs of Hindostan, including Fatima Sana Shaikh, Katrina Kaif, at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. The Dangal star made...

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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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Zainab Case: Child Abuse, Pornography and Human Trafficking

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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