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Social Media – More of a blight than a blessing

By : | Umm e Tehniyat |   The digital world experienced spectacular growth over the past few years with number of users increasing remarkably. The internet and social media has been available in Pakistan since 1992 and has seen exponential growth ever since. The benefits of internet usage are far outreaching and cannot be denied, but the benefits can...

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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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Has Imran Khan Re-Married?

"Has Imran Khan married?" A story published in The News by Umar Cheema, claimed that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s chairman has tied knot with his spiritual guide on 1st January, 2018. PTI's leaders have however strongly denied the rumors of Khan's third marriage but now, an image has surfaced on media claiming to be Imran Khan sitting with his third wife. The...

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Borat maybe our next Prime Minister, Mahmood Niazi looks to conquer

By: Muhammad Ali Azlan Long ago in a distant land I, Aku, the shape-shifting Master of Darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil! But a foolish Samurai warrior wielding a magic sword stepped forth to oppose me. Before the final blow was struck, I tore open a portal in time and flung him into the future, where my evil is law! I...

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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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Fashion, Lifestyle: Capturing it with different angle

Everyone dreams big. This tends to be the aspiration of every youngster that has the vision of inspiring others. Karachi is the city of huge talents, hope and the city to do something unique. This amounts to be the distinctive feature of few individuals who dream high but corroborate their talent with hard work, passion with the much societal, value...

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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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Best happenings in Pakistan’s cricket for 2017

By: Waqas Jawaid The political scenario which Pakistan is going through these days is not very pleasing, and the year 2017 has proved to be quite complicated for Pakistan politics. But when we talk about sports is vice versa to politics. Cricket is the sport that holds special significance among all others in Asian countries, especially in Pakistan. This is...

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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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Jerusalem Issue: Before, amid and after Trump’s tirade revolving around oblivious Muslim world

The controversial or rather political move by Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital ignited the religious sentiment of Muslims all over the world triggering protests across the Muslim world and drawing strong condemnation. Why is moving of US embassy such a controversy? The status of Jerusalem has been a matter of dispute for both Israel and Palestine. Within...

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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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