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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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A New Arabia, evolving Persia: Friendships, trade, ‘moderate’ Islam and espionage

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan | The article was originally published on 26/10/17 Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has vowed to "return" the country to “moderate Islam” and asked for global support to transform the hardline kingdom into an open society that empowers citizens and lures investors. Welcome to a new Islam being created in the Saudi kingdom....

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The Crypto Bitcoin Boom, Fact from Fiction

What is Bitcoin? It is a digital currency that is not backed up by the government. It uses peer to peer network. Bitcoin is used through digital wallets and it is not linked to any bank. Bitcoin is a risky investment, its price increases and decreases. The rising price of bitcoins is leading to a lot of questions that if...

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It’s about power, not sexuality. It’s an isolating feeling: Priyanka on Weinstein Controversy

The 35 year old Bollywood and Hollywood actress who is currently busy shooting the third season of Quantico finally comes forward with her views on sexual harassment and confirms that you can find a 'Weinstein' wherever you turn your head. "There is not just 'a Harvey Weinstein' in Hollywood, there are many. It happens everywhere." Priyanka Chopra is a strong...

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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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Verna Trailer Released Starring Mahira Khan-The Yay or Nay Review

A lot of hype is trolled over the success of Shoaib Mansoor’s movies due to his previous successful directions of BOL and Khuda K Liye. With the recent release of Verna’s trailer we can depict that the film revolves around the issue of female oppression. The film casts Mahira Khan and Haroon Shahid as the lead roles with Zarrar as...

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Accountability of the Sharifs amid unfolding events

By each unfolding event, it is becoming apparent that the Sharifs are in intense pressure. Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and her spouse famously known for his inflammatory speech against Ahmedis,  Captain(R) Safdar is in jeopardy as the accountability court indicted them for Aveneue Field references and Azzezia Paper Mill. Nawaz managed to escape the proceedings as his wife Begum Kulsoom...

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Harvey Weinstein: From Hollywood honcho to sexual fiend and Pakistan’s sexual harassment woes

'Sexual harassment '  in any form is unwanted and undesirable sexual behavior  that is intimidating, offensive and unpleasant . It affects people in many ways  and it's against the law. Both men or women can become sufferers of sexual harassment. If you feel  intimidation, fear, or pain when someone is harassing you then this will be considered as sexual assault....

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The Panama Limbo

Just as the court judge  Muhammad Bashir  came into the courtroom, all the lawyers that linked with PML-N 's party entered the room and encircled the judge's bench, their argument was that the security forces that were outside the court,  stopped the lawyers from entering the room. The lawyers tried to disrupt the court proceedings by blatant vandalism in turn...

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Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif’s tumultuous US visit continues

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has dismissed “hollow allegations” and claims by a number of US officials about his Pakistan's possible collusion with terrorist groups wreaking havoc in neighboring Afghanistan. Washington has long been chiding Islamabad for not doing enough to curb militant groups like the Taliban. “You want us to sniff them out, we will do that. You...

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Knife bearing maniac on the loose in Karachi

A rather ridiculous series of events have recently left parents and women in fear, a motorcycle riding, knife bearing maniac has been seen attacking women on the streets at random leaving them bruised and then rushing away on his motorcycle. The motive of the attacker is yet to be determined and varying news about his identity are doing the rounds...

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Lest we forget, The great Indian sabotage

On the midnight of 18-19 February 2007, India-Pakistan Samjhota Express train was bombed in which 68 Pakistani nationals were killed. A Hindu extremist leader Swami Aseemanand, a leader of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) confessed to his involvement in the vile act. On 1 July 2009, the US Department of Treasury designated Arif Qasmani of the Lashkar-e Tayyiba as a person...

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