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Religious Extremism is Not Allowed

on 30, Oct 2012 | 38 Comments

"Religious Extremism is Not Allowed"

The sacrilegious film ridiculing our beloved Holy Prophet (PBUH) sent a wave of anger throughout the Muslim world. Protests were held to condemn the highly disparaging film but unfortunately the prote...

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Did You Know You had a ‘Right’ to Know?

on 25, Oct 2012 | 2 Comments

"Did You Know You had a ‘Right’ to Know?"

Being a young journalist in Pakistan, I was surprised pleasantly by the revelation that I legally had a right to know. At first I thought it was just the still-many-things-to-learn-me that didn’t kn...

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Our Love With Conspiracy Theories

on 19, Oct 2012 | 28 Comments

"Our Love With Conspiracy Theories"

Roger Cohen once said, “Conspiracy theory is the ultimate refuge of the powerless. If you cannot change your own life, it must be that some greater force controls the world.” We Pakistanis have b...

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Is Malala a Conspiracy?

on 16, Oct 2012 | 133 Comments

"Is Malala a Conspiracy?"

With the recent buzz made by certain newspapers and social media platforms, the questions that has popped up with a bang is, what is the story behind Gul Makai’s Swat Diary on BBC blogs?   ...

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A Girl who Could Speak Her Mind

on 15, Oct 2012 | 8 Comments

"A Girl who Could Speak Her Mind"

Malala is a strong person. Very few will appreciate her strength in speaking out for her rights. I know because as a woman, albeit from the privileged class, i lacked the freedom to speak my mind. Don...

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Peace March, Political Stunt and Killer Drones

on 11, Oct 2012 | 10 Comments

"Peace March, Political Stunt and Killer Drones"

You don’t have to be a PTI worker to see what Imran Khan’s peace march to Waziristan has achieved. Nor can you be so blind, unable to read and recognise the hypocrisy written all over FazlurRehman...

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Malala didn’t have to Suffer

on 10, Oct 2012 | 52 Comments

"Malala didn't have to Suffer"

Any group can be a barbarian; it requires a terrible effort to remain a civilized. A 14-year-old girl who was awarded Pakistan's first National Peace Prize for her online diary reporting on the Tal...

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Mr. Khan – A Better Politician than a Player

on 8, Oct 2012 | 35 Comments

"Mr. Khan - A Better Politician than a Player"

"Thou art not a writer? Pick up a pen, flay Imran and so shalt thou become a writer".   It is really lamentable that our lettered people lack the stalwart common sense and the insight to d...

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Dual Nationals – Is their Patriotism in Doubt?

on 4, Oct 2012 | 64 Comments

"Dual Nationals – Is their Patriotism in Doubt?"

Lately, it has been discussed a lot in our judiciary and media that Dual Nationals should not be the part of the Elected Assemblies. Every time I hear or read some pathetic comment on this topic I ask...

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Is Youtube the Culprit?

on 2, Oct 2012 | 42 Comments

"Is Youtube the Culprit?"

I do not want to get into the details regarding the demands made by the Muslim community and the replies of the YouTube authorities oto it, but I'd really want to assert how beneficial YouTube has bee...

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No Law Against Freedom of Speech?

on 1, Oct 2012 | No Comments

"No Law Against Freedom of Speech?"

The contemporary human discourse not only considers freedom as a globally accepted and universal value but also ensures to enforce and preserve it. The subjects that are both inseparable and inevitabl...

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In the Wake of Violence

on 26, Sep 2012 | 2 Comments

"In the Wake of Violence"

 As violence unleashed in the streets of all the major cities of Pakistan on Yaum-e-Ishq-e-Rasool (Day of Love for the Prophet) everyday life was brought to a standstill with economic activities susp...

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Bloody Friday

on 24, Sep 2012 | 15 Comments

"Bloody Friday"

Do you not have the love for  prophet (PBUH) in your heart? Isn’t it another lash on our identity as  Muslims? How long do we tolerate it? Block youtube, call for a strike, ban KFC or better burn ...

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Who Should We Blame?

on 20, Sep 2012 | 47 Comments

"Who Should We Blame?"

While in the wake of the controversial US video clandestinely uploaded, numerous protests and a backwash of anti-Youtube and US rhetoric can be well witnessed around us; there might surely be facts th...

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Is that Freedom of Speech?

on 17, Sep 2012 | 60 Comments

"Is that Freedom of Speech?"

I have been trying to write a blog for quite some time now. I first felt like writing when Pakistan was under the scrutiny of International media, and Abbotabad was on every news Channel, be it Urdu, ...

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As Hell Breaks Loose

on 13, Sep 2012 | No Comments

"As Hell Breaks Loose"

More than 250 people were consumed by fire as flames turned a garment factory in Baldia Town Karachi town into an abattoir. Death toll from factory fire shocks the nation as the tragedy was beyond one...

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Why Wouldn’t I get Married?

on 12, Sep 2012 | 15 Comments

"Why Wouldn't I get Married?"

This article is partly, in response to the flurry of women rights and women freedom articles adorning today’s blogs, magazines and papers and partly as a bid to break the silence on gender biased li...

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Judicial Activism Boomerangs

on 10, Sep 2012 | 4 Comments

"Judicial Activism Boomerangs"

Restoration of CJ was a landmark in the checkered history of Pakistan. The event was a symbol of change delivered singularly by the power of common man in the street against a harsh and oppressive aut...

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Isn’t Being Bad Good?

on 6, Sep 2012 | 10 Comments

"Isn’t Being Bad Good?"

The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a heav'n of hell, a hell of heav'n.   Why one has to struggle to come up to the ideals of goodness every single day? If being good comes...

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Why is My Hijab, Your Problem?

on 5, Sep 2012 | 55 Comments

"Why is My Hijab, Your Problem?"

I am a woman, not a sexualized commodity; I am a human being just like you are.   I am a Hijabi and Hijab is my identity and my ideology.   I wasn’t a Hijabi by birth, nor did ...

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Season of Allegations

on 1, Sep 2012 | 3 Comments

"Season of Allegations"

As elections are nearing Pakistan’s power politics is showing its true colours. In the next few months there will be mud-slinging, blame games and plenty of rhetoric. Do not miss it. It is an excel...

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Free trade with India- Yes or No?

on 29, Aug 2012 | 29 Comments

"Free trade with India- Yes or No?"

A common view -Free trade between the two countries usually at crossroads would only bring substantial economic benefits to both the countries. Statistical support: studies show that the removal of ta...

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