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Pakistan will prevail

Pakistan is resilient, Pakistan will face all the odds and overcome them. Pakistan will always prevail. Continue reading

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What a LOOOONG Slumber!!!

After five years, I am FINALLY back… And I have SOOOOO much to tell you guys!!! 😀 Continue reading

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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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How you rile me up

I acknowledge that I’ve been rather critical of Pakistan’s nascent media, and have accused it of being more powerful than responsible – in effect exhibiting the same flaw that any powerful institution in Pakistan is all too prone to exhibiting. Regardless, I still respect those media outlets, media personalities, even instances of media reporting, where … Continue reading

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A ‘contagious’ revolt

ZoneAsia-Pk Could Egypt happen to Pakistan? Since January 25, 2011, the world has been captivated by developments in Egypt. One after the other, like the domino effect, major cities in Egypt erupted in protests, calling for the removal of the Mubarak regime. Reminiscent of the color revolutions that took place in Eastern Europe during the … Continue reading

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