Opinions

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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Batting for peace: Why is Indo-Pak cricket diplomacy not working?

By: Waqas Jawaid This is the land of a nation which did not close eyes even in its worst circumstances. This is about a nation that foresaw light at the end of every tunnel with its sheer commitment, contentment, hard work and self belief. This is a tale of passion of a nation whose hearts beat for the game called...

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Pakistan’s Redemption: Saying ‘No More’ to Trump

For Pakistan, the year 2018 started with this tweet. The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!...

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Are we all Sharukh Jatoi?

Sharukh Jatoi was allowed to go home after an affidavit was presented in the court the signed by the slain Shahzaib Khan’s father that he has forgiven the convicts in the name of Allah and that he no longer wishes to pursue the case. Subsequently, a powerful wadera was freed even after murdering in cold blood. It caused immense furore...

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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

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   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,...

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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

By: |Syed Tazmeen Javed| 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...

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(Part 2) Civilian Dictators, Dictatorial Democrats and Bangladesh

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   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,...

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Civilian Dictators, Dictatorial Democrats and Bangladesh (Part 1)

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan | 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....

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Reciting from the heart is reason of success for Nadeem Sarwar

By: |Syed Tazmeen Javed| 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,...

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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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