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Celebrating Urdu adab and culture

Ali Akbar Natiq captivates both young and old with his powerful oratory and deeply contextualized poems and short stories at a recitation hosted by Kuch Khaas The Friday Times: Published in August 17-23, 2012 edition under the title “It takes a Village…“ In the federal capital of Islamabad, the buzzwords one normally gets to hear are … Continue reading

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Building bridges of peace over rivers of hate – #IYCF2011

Today’s youth must utilize new technologies to reclaim ceded space and foster peace through tolerance in 21st century Muslim societies The Friday Times: Published in November 4, 2011 edition under the title “Generation Next“ For valid and practical reasons, the youth is always the most vibrant, energetic and hopeful constituent of any society. It is … Continue reading

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Fighting the Ideological War

Co-authored with Ali Abbas Zaidi for The Friday Times: Published in July 22, 2011 edition under the title “Countering Radical Ideology“ The process of radicalization in Pakistan, and targeting of its youth by radical elements, has taken hold over a period of three decades. After political organizations began using religion as an implement of social power – … Continue reading

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The Solution to Pakistan’s Problems

We all know what is wrong with Pakistan. We all read the newspapers every day. We watch TV, we watch the anchors and the video clips, we listen to the radio, and with a straight face, we acknowledge that we have become immune to violence, to hatred, to inequality, to greed, and to whatever happens … Continue reading

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The Religious State of Pakistan

Religion as a deliberate enterprise to seize the ultimate principle of value, and thereby to reintegrate the forces of one’s own personality, is a fact which cannot be denied. – Sir Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal I am not an Islamic scholar, but I am a Muslim. I believe, but my belief has run into lots … Continue reading

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Justice and Accountability in Pakistan

The Concerned Citizens of Pakistan (CCP) held a protest today against the brutal extrajudicial murder of Pakistani citizen Sarfaraz Shah by troops of the Sindh Rangers. This gruesome act was caught on videotape by a brave journalist who is now in hiding alongwith his family, and it became the center of national attention for two … Continue reading

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Post-mortem rationalizations…

The media frenzy and political gimmickry after Salmaan Taseer’s assassination, and now Shahbaz Bhatti’s brutal murder, fails to answer questions, and instead, posits more queries and conundrums which are completely uncalled for On the morning of March 02, 2011, Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, was gunned down near his house in I/8-3 sector … Continue reading

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Rally to Restore Sanity and Conscience

On Sunday, January 30, 2011, a cross-section of the Pakistani youth gathered at Liberty Chowk, the place where a couple of years ago, a dastardly terrorist attack against the Sri Lankan cricket team occurred. This rally was arranged mainly by the citizens of Lahore, including some civil society organizations who stepped up with the arrangement and … Continue reading

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Middle Class Medievalism and the State

By Ammar Rashid – Taseer’s assassination, and its subsequent response, has renewed interest in the socio-political ethos of our urban middle-classes. Following this larger theme, here’s an excellent opinion piece written by Ammar Rashid on the moral contradictions of this class, and the causes that give rise to these contradictions. (Originally published in The Daily Times … Continue reading

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Rally Against Fear

Disappointed by the turnout. Must be dismal, no? But we are not about numbers; we are about ideas. You can kill a person, you can bomb a crowd. But you can never kill an idea…

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