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Duplicity of Pakistani Car Manufacturers
Friday, August 08, 2014

I was very happy to have Japanese car makers manufacturing their latest cars in Pakistan.

Three economic zones set to take off under CPEC
Saturday, November 11, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Three prioritised Special Economic Zones of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are set to take off, as Beijing has agreed to...

Washington’s reservations over CPEC
Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Of late, the US has raised objections on the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Washington’s basis of objections on CPEC is...

If Pakistan does not want to be pushed to ‘do more’, then its economy should not be so vulnerable
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Nothing remains constant in Pakistan, not even perceptions. Such is the sad state of affairs of Pakistan’s geo-politics and economy. It was only a...

Pakistan gets $230m loans to cushion forex reserves
Saturday, September 09, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has received two short-term loans worth $230 million from international creditors, meant to keep the official foreign exchange...

Reko Diq gold mine project: Pakistan may face $11.5-billion penalty
Thursday, July 13, 2017

ISLAMABAD: An arbitration tribunal of the World Bank has ruled in favor of Tethyan Copper Company Pvt Ltd (TCC) in a case involving the Reko Diq gold...

Karachi's serial 'knife attacker' arrested in Mandi Bahuddin: police
Monday, October 16, 2017

KARACHI: Almost three weeks since the first stabbing incident in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, police have finally claimed to have arrested the prime suspect...

Repatriation of Afghan refugees key to terror eradication: Gen Qamar
Sunday, February 18, 2018

KARACHI: While claiming that Pakistan does not have any organised presence of terror outfits on its soil, army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has...

High noon for Noon?
Sunday, February 18, 2018

Journalists sometimes use high noon to refer to a crisis or event which is likely to decide finally what is going to happen in a conflict or...

The Syrian conflict approaches its seventh year, but the inhumanity is endless
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

“Everybody knows that the dice are loaded. Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed. Everybody knows that the war is over.

By labelling Muslims as Pakistanis and their localities as mini-Pakistan, BJP is fracturing India’s social fabric
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, poured scorn on the Congress party, blaming its flawed policies and...

There could only be one Asma Jahangir, Pakistan’s valiant moral compass
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Last year, I wrote an article praising a person who I consider to be my most favourite Pakistani, Ms Asma Jahangir. In that article, I wrote how...

Defence, interest payments consume over three-fourths of tax revenue
Thursday, November 30, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Defence spending and interest payments on domestic and foreign loans ate up Rs627.5 billion or more than three-fourths of the federal...

Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state and the world needs to stop maligning its efforts with baseless propaganda
Friday, June 30, 2017

History testifies to the fact that Pakistan was a great supporter of the Atoms for Peace initiative and had no designs to acquire nuclear weapons....

India could launch 'preemptive' nuclear strike against Pakistan, says expert
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

India could launch a pre-emptive first strike against Pakistan if it feared a nuclear attack was imminent, a leading nuclear strategist has...

Will Operation Raddul Fasaad be effective?
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

February 17, 2017: Within hours of the Sehwan attack, terrorist hideouts are magically discovered all over the country and over a hundred “militants”...

Let’s fake it
Monday, December 26, 2016

This week, our defence minister Khawaja Asif directed a nuclear threat to Israel in response to a news report that quoted the Israeli defence...

KP education dept retracts decision to hold centralised exams
Monday, February 15, 2016

PESHAWAR: The Elementary and Secondary Education (E&SE) Department’s sudden decision not to hold centralised examinations of grade-V and...

City managers in a fix about schools in residential areas
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

ISLAMABAD: City managers are in a fix about taking action against 293 private schools functioning in residential areas in violation of the CDA...

Rifts within Karachi intermediate education board deepen
Wednesday, October 07, 2015

KARACHI: All is not well at the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), it was evident on Tuesday after several staffers, teachers and...

Community Based Interventions- Protecting the Right to Learn
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pakistan has suffered from the worst attacks on education than any country in the world.

Living Colours: Saya School casts a long shadow
Thursday, July 02, 2015

Everyone talks about the plight of out-of-school children in Pakistan, but very few seem to be doing something about it. One of those select few is...

Opp stages walkout in PA over worst power outages so far
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

LAHORE: Opposition on Monday walked out of the Punjab Assembly to protest against “worst loadshedding in the country’s history” and demanded...

Hundreds dead, as monsoon rains heap misery on Asia
Monday, August 03, 2015

YANGON: Monsoon rains have claimed the lives of hundreds of people across Asia, authorities said on Monday, as rescue workers scrambled to reach...

Pakistan, US in secret talks
Friday, January 12, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Far from the public posturing and rhetoric, Pakistan and the United States are thought to be holding ‘secret talks’ in a desperate attempt...

Can Pakistan sideline the US and pursue an independent foreign policy?
Sunday, December 24, 2017

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Khawaja Asif, said the following in a statement made earlier this month, “Pakistan’s foreign policy has for long...

Is the Pak-US marriage of convenience heading towards a bitter divorce?
Monday, December 11, 2017

Pentagon’s spokesperson recently acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices stating that the country has lost most number of troops in the global war on...

India’s spy agency using Afghan soil for terrorist activities in Pakistan: FO
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua said on Tuesday that there are no safe havens of terrorist groups in Pakistan and the country has cleansed its soil...

Breakthrough eludes QCG talks on Afghan peace in Oman
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

ISLAMABAD: The four-nation talks on finding ways to revive peace process in Afghanistan, held in Oman on Monday, appeared to have ended without any...

The UNGA proved that Pakistan and India can never rise above name-calling
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

This year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) did not bode well for the South Asian community. Maleeha Lodhi and Sushma Swaraj, two bright South...

How we lost Kashmir
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

It was nothing short of an exceptional speech by our seasoned ambassador to the UN at the General Assembly. Grounded both, in reality and higher...

The United Nations and Pak-India dispute over Jammu and Kashmir
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Before getting into the nitty-gritty of the on-going Indo-Pak war of words in the United Nations, it’s important to know about the UN itself.

Why an independent Kashmir is not good news for both Pakistan and India
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

In a previous blog that discussed the implications of President Donald Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy, I suggested that Pakistan requires a...

The media is relentless in its pursuit of exclusives, and Kashmir is always a good harvest
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Me: “So why don’t you start studying again?”

Islamic scholars reiterate support for polio eradication programme
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

ISLAMABAD: National Islamic Advisory Group (NIAG) on Tuesday reiterated continued support for the polio eradication programme in Pakistan and efforts...

10 sehri meals to keep your energy level high during Ramazan
Monday, May 29, 2017

The holy month of Ramazan is here and that calls for a steady diet plan for all the rozedars. The pre-dawn meal or sehri is the most important meal...

Govt hospitals in Rawalpindi facing shortage of ventilators
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

RAWALPINDI: When the 70-year-old father of Nasir Hussein, a resident of Rawalpindi, went through respiratory failure after combating high blood...

Conditions in teaching hospitals unsatisfactory, says PMDC president
Thursday, February 18, 2016

ISLAMABAD: During surprise visits to medical colleges, the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) found the conditions of their teaching...

Islamabad anti-polio efforts worst in the country
Tuesday, February 09, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Over the past few years, the federal capital has become more vulnerable to the polio virus, mainly due to a lack of human resources,...

Pakistan’s Ignored Rural Areas
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Five regional cities should be upgraded within the provinces in Pakistan:

Zainab needs Justice from the state
Friday, January 12, 2018

Zainab, an eight-year-old girl in Kasur, Punjab, went for after-school classes and didn’t return to her aunt’s house. Her parents were away...

Victim-blaming, slut-shaming, parent-blaming, inappropriate memes – is this your way to demand #JusticeForZainab, Pakistan?
Friday, January 12, 2018

A tragedy has paralysed the nation once again, this time in the form of Zainab, yet another innocent child that we lost too soon. Emotions are high,...

Of Afrazul’s brutal murder and India’s love(less) jihad
Saturday, December 16, 2017

The brutal murder of Muhammad Afrazul in Rajasthan has left everyone aghast and shocked. Washington-based Baloch activist, Ahmar Mustikhan, writes,

Fudging the population: The missing 90 million Indian Muslims
Saturday, October 28, 2017

There is one thing about Indian Muslims that just can’t be denied – most of them are poor. They don’t earn enough to be able to go on vacations to...

Safoora, Sabeen cases convicts challenge death sentence
Thursday, June 30, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Five convicts of the Safoora Goth carnage and Sabeen Mahmud murder cases challenged their death sentence in a military court of appeal on...

2017 – The year of judicial actions
Sunday, December 31, 2017

KARACHI: The year 2017 saw the superior judiciary – the Supreme Court (SC) and the high courts– taking up cases of public interest, especially those...

Pakistan does not need more thieves, harassers or mobs – its police officers are doing the job for them
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Recently, I came across a news article about senior police officers breaking down the door of a house in Rawalpindi to arrest a murder suspect.

The freedom to make or amend constitutional laws is Pakistan’s fundamental flaw
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi recently remarked that Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution may be scrapped with the consultation of all parties....

Sindh govt, Rangers still at odds over policing powers extension
Thursday, July 21, 2016

KARACHI/HYDERABAD: A day after the expiry of the tenure of Rangers’ special powers, the Pakistan Peoples Party-led provincial government appears to...

Rangers have mandate to operate in Karachi, not in whole province CM
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

KARACHI: The Sindh government on Tuesday moved to consolidate its position amid the ongoing debate on its strained relations with the Pakistan...

Benazir Bhutto can wear western attire at Oxford and be praised for her achievements, but Malala Yousafzai can’t?
Sunday, October 22, 2017

One can often witness how wearing hijab becomes an obstacle for women here in Pakistan. Be it at work, school or university, you will always be...

Scars of Partition: A Muslim and a Hindu walk into a dhabba to have a cup of chai, and all hell breaks loose
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Recently, a video went viral on social media which shows a young Indian girl being physically assaulted by a female leader of India’s Bharatiya...

For Muslims in Pakistan, providing food for guests at funerals is a cultural obligation, not an Islamic one
Monday, September 18, 2017

Recently, my friend attended the funeral of her grandfather, the former Federal Minister Khalid Kharal. During the funeral, she realised the immense...

The idea that created Pakistan
Thursday, December 25, 2014

There’s a war on in Pakistan and it’s largely existentialist in nature. It’s a war for the mind, body and soul of the idea that drove the ‘Pakistan...

Polygamy: a choice or an exception?
Monday, December 15, 2014

The Chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani issued statements regarding child marriages and polygamy in...

Global Humanity in Search of Peace, Not War
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The UNO originated from the belief and commitment to avert futuristic wars by men of new ideas pursuing peaceful means, diplomacy and accountability...

Man and Humanity in Search of Peace Not Wars
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Human nature longs for peace and harmony not violence and conflict. Nobody can invent peace, it needs to be discovered out of the planned efforts to...

The Taliban guide to state maneuvering
Thursday, May 01, 2014

TTP has ended its one month long cease fire, announcing it would not resume attacks against the public but will only act in self defense.

Video showing PML-N loyalists chanting ‘Go Nawaz Go’ slogan goes viral
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

PESHAWAR: Video footage emerged on Tuesday showing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) activists chanting ‘Go Nawaz Go’ slogan on their way back...

MQM-P vs PSP, PML-N vs PPP – Who will secure more ‘biryani’ votes in the 2018 general election?
Saturday, January 06, 2018

The great comedian Umer Sharif once said that Karachi only has two seasons – summer, and hotter summer. Given the U-turn Karachi’s weather has taken...

Qadri fires broadside at Sharifs in fiery speech to multiparty conference
Saturday, December 30, 2017

LAHORE: In a bid to devise a joint strategy to press for the resignation of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Dr Tahirul Qadri-led Pakistan Awami...

Here are political turncoats who switched sides in 2017
Saturday, December 30, 2017

Driven by self-interests and political convenience rather than any principles, values, and ideology, politicians (political leaders) in Pakistan...

Libra vs Libra: the race is on
Monday, December 18, 2017

He is born on October 5th, 1952 and has been waiting for a long time to become the prime minister of Pakistan.

A woman leading Friday prayers proves that without patriarchy, Islam can be a progressive religion
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

A few days ago, I came across a headline that piqued my interest. In the Indian state of Kerala, a Muslim woman named Jamida Beevi led the weekly...

A ‘progressive’ Saudi Arabia that practises moderate Islam – possibility or a sham?
Sunday, November 05, 2017

Is Saudi Arabia turning over a new leaf, or are these new policies just an anomaly; perhaps a misdirected confidence of an individual who is trying...

Misconceptions about Shia Islam: A Sunni perspective
Friday, October 30, 2015

The start of holy month of Moharram witnesses a serious debate regarding Shia Islam amongst the Sunni Muslims of Pakistan. Unfortunately in many of...

Food for thought
Tuesday, December 02, 2014

We are living in the 21st century, yet our minds are held in the Stone Age. We consider ourselves true Muslims by giving minorities their right, but...

Sharia and its misuse
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Recently the kingdom of Brunei Darussalam announced it would adopt sharia. It is the first country in Southeast Asia to do so.

How this Pakistani built a billion-dollar startup
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Mudassir Sheikha is the CEO and co-founder of ride-hailing app Careem, one of the hottest startups on the Asian continent.

This Pakistani startup promises to deliver Amazon and eBay goods in a week. Should you try it?
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Imagine if you could visit any online retailer in the world, buy what you like and have it delivered to your doorstep in Karachi or Lahore in a week.

Taking sides with technology
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

There are several opposing views regarding technology and how it has influenced the way people collaborate. In Cognitive Surplus, Clay Shirky...

PTCL launched live cricket streaming app with zero advertisement (A Review)
Sunday, February 22, 2015

So far, probably you might have heard about latest PTCL’s Smart TV app that got unveiled last week offering AD-free live streaming of whole cricket...

Crazy about technology
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Many of the people I interview for Aurora love to hold forth about how work is their life, that they never stop thinking about it and profess undying...

Pakistan fightback sets up intriguing finish
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

DUBAI: Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed hit fighting half-centuries on Monday to thwart Sri Lanka and set up an enthralling finish to the second and...

Three reasons why Pakistan crumbled at the hands of Sri Lanka
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Recently, the Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi hosted two teams, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, who are currently in transition. There were only a handful...

LIVE UPDATES: Pakistan in trouble as top order collapses
Monday, October 02, 2017

ABU DHABI: Pakistan require 136 runs to win the Abu Dhabi Test against Sri Lanka, Samaa reported.

Choosing Haris Sohail over Fawad Alam demerits PCB’s merit-based selection
Sunday, October 01, 2017

If I could add a synonym for the word injustice in the dictionary, I would put Fawad Alam right next to it. For years, I have heard his name...

How will Pakistan fare in the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka without Misbah and Younis?
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Pakistan cricket team is set to resume international duty, as Sri Lanka’s tour of the UAE begins on September 28th (which will potentially...

Awais Shah recovered from DI Khan in burqa DG ISPR
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

KARACHI: Director General ISPR Asim Bajwa said Awais Shah was recovered from his kidnappers who had made him wear a burqa in order to transport him...

Terrorism Is The Root Cause of Every Problem We Are Facing ?
Sunday, March 06, 2016

Pakistan is facing terrorist activities for more than a decade, terrorist activities raised dramatically after drone attack in Bajor school 2006...

Global Terrorism Destroying the Humanity: How to Change the Future?
Friday, February 19, 2016

“Nobody can predict which way the ‘Arab Awakening’ will turn this year… Over the decades of unchallenging aggressive adventures in Iraq, Afghanistan,...

America’s Unending War on Terrorism will Destroy Humanity and Planet Earth
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Is America at war with itself? For more than a decade, American-led war on terrorism continues from Afghanistan to Iraq, Syria and soon to other oil...

Challenging Paradox of “Terrorism” and Wars against Humanity
Friday, December 04, 2015

“Throughout history, oppressed people have been overwhelmed and immobilized by the seeming indestructibility of the military establishment in power....

Taliban are a part of the social fabric of Afghanistan, Kabul tells US diplomat
Sunday, February 18, 2018

US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells has said that she has been told by her friends in the Afghan...

Will a black president make America great again?
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

After this year’s Golden Globe Awards, an overwhelming number of tweets and op-eds acclaimed Oprah Winfrey as a possible candidate for the 2020 US...

The US never did and still doesn’t know what it is doing in Afghanistan
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Almost a week on since I wrote on the (im)probability of peace talks with the Taliban, Afghanistan has not only seethed with violence but has further...

Sorry America, but Oprah 2020 is not the answer
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

On Sunday evening, at the annual Golden Globes award ceremony in Los Angeles, Oprah won hearts and minds with a rousing speech about speaking truth...

Of the great America and its need for coups around the world
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

In the past few months, there has been a successful coup in Zimbabwe, preceded by a failed attempt in Turkey. While local elements involved in such a...

Iran-Turkey is not an alliance, but an incredibly realistic and meaningful partnership
Saturday, January 13, 2018

The two greatest imperial foes of the Ottoman Empire were Russia and Iran (Persia). While the Russian empire collapsed in 1917, the Ottoman empire in...

Modi’s Pakistan obsession
Monday, December 18, 2017

In November 2010, an Indo-Pak delegation of young politicians visited the United States as part of an exchange programme under the American Council...

A life sentence for Ratko Mladic, the ‘Butcher of Bosnia’, is no cause for celebration
Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Bosnian war is one of my earliest childhood memories. I remember watching the coverage on our small TV screen in our living room. It was the 90s...

Islam gave me a sense of belonging: Story of an Aussie convert
Thursday, November 23, 2017

From a drug addict to a devoted Muslim – a prison sentence opened a new chapter for Robbie Maestracci filled with faith and zeal to be a good human...

How Saudi Arabia has overreached on Iran, Lebanon
Thursday, November 23, 2017

On November 19, Arab foreign ministers gathered in Cairo for an hours-long gripe session against Iran and its ally, Hezbollah. The Arab leaders...