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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.

IMF, finance ministry way off on Pakistan’s economic misery
Saturday, July 21, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Pakistan’s finance ministry have failed to make accurate forecasts about the country’s external...

FBR includes offshore income in scope of tax amnesty scheme
Friday, June 29, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) announced to include offshore income under the scope of the tax amnesty scheme, changing the goalpost...

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...

Mahwish Arshad’s cold-blooded murder puts the killer and women behind bars
Friday, June 29, 2018

“O Mother! Hold me in thy embrace, For it is where no scoundrels roam; ‘tis the safest place, Come wipe my blood away and clutch me to your...

The perversity of labelling eight-year-old Asifa as ‘the new Nirbhaya’
Thursday, April 19, 2018

As India slowly wakes up to the horrors that were inflicted on eight-year-old Asifa Bano in January, collective outrage is gathering steam. New...

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...

ECP requisitioned armed forces under the constitution: DG ISPR
Saturday, July 21, 2018

RAWALPINDI: The Election Commission of Pakistan has requisitioned the armed forces under the constitution to assist in the free, fair and transparent...

Elections 2018: Simple guidelines on how to cast vote
Saturday, July 21, 2018

ISLAMABAD: A voting method has been outlined by the Election Commission of Pakistan for the General Election 2018 set to be held on the 25th of July.

Nawaz, Maryam to make last ditch effort to 'address supporters' before arrest
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

KARACHI: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam have decided to surrender to the National...

PML-N’s new manifesto has more hits than misses, giving it an edge over PPP and PTI
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

t is the month of the General Elections, and all parties are busy in attempts to attract voters before the big day. Something that plays a major...

Pervez Musharraf resigns as APML chairman
Friday, June 22, 2018

Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Friday resigned from the chairmanship of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).

No unusual rise in next year’s defence budget: adviser
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The military will get only a regular increase and there will be no unusual increase in the defence budget for the next fiscal year, the...

Pakistan in talks with Malaysia for sale of JF-17 Thunder aircraft
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Malaysian government is in preliminary talks with Pakistan for the export of JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft, reported Janes.

Pakistan Armed Forces ranked 13th most powerful on Global Firepower military strength index
Friday, March 02, 2018

KARACHI: Pakistan Armed Forces have been ranked the 13th most powerful in the world on the Global Firepower Military Strength Index 2017, according...

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....

CPEC is not just for Pakistan: Chinese newspaper
Saturday, March 10, 2018

BEIJING: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), will create new business opportunities...

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 welcomes agreement on Global Compact on migration: Lodhi
Sunday, July 15, 2018

NEW YORK: At the United Nations (UN), Pakistan welcomed agreement on a Global Compact that sets out a framework to protect migrants, saying this...

Pakistan concerned over “relentless killings” by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir
Thursday, July 05, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has voiced serious concern over the “relentless killing, maiming, unlawful arrests and torture” by India against the innocent...

Pakistan and Russia: From Cold War foes to budding allies?
Saturday, March 10, 2018

It is no secret that Pak-US ties are experiencing a downward spiral. However, there is some good coming out of this mistrust between both countries....

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...

World will see India’s reign of terror
Thursday, April 05, 2018

ISLAMABAD .: Condemning the Indian army’s recent crackdown in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), Pakistan’s civil and military leadership on...

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...

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:

JusticeforAsifa: Has India discarded its moral compass?
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

What is at play in India today is a systematic dehumanisation of its Muslim community by the ruling establishment in Delhi. The ruling Hindu...

Full text of the Supreme Court order in Nawaz Sharif’s lifetime disqualification
Friday, April 13, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Jahangir...

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,

In the absence of proper governance, is Chief Justice Saqib Nisar Pakistan’s ‘saviour’?
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pakistanis are an opinionated people; from fruit vendors to domestic workers, all are as articulate in politics as any academic or political analyst....

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...

Are forced marriages a form of modern-day slavery?
Thursday, June 14, 2018

In one of the old dictionaries I’ve been using since my school days, the definition for ‘forced marriage’ is: “A marriage in which one or both of...

If Pakistan follows Saudi Arabia’s footsteps, why not take a leaf from its sexual harassment law also?
Thursday, June 07, 2018

One would think that the loose cannon that is the rising monarch of Saudi Arabia, long since the world’s Muslim hegemony, would not have thought all...

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...

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.

Pakistan elections 2018: the main players
Thursday, July 19, 2018

The general elections on July 25 come after a brief but acrimonious campaign, complicated by a string of attacks of late.

Elections 2018: A look at political heavyweights, involved in interesting electoral fights
Monday, July 16, 2018

ISLAMABAD: A strong yet ‘unpredictable’ electoral battle is expected in a number of constituencies where different political bigwigs are on the field...

When Pakistan’s political drama overshadowed its tragedy, again
Saturday, July 14, 2018

The anti-climactic landing of deposed premier Nawaz Sharif in Lahore stood in strong contrast to the scores of supporters usurping the provincial...

The legality of the Avenfield case: Will appealing the verdict save Nawaz Sharif and Maryam?
Saturday, July 14, 2018

“Independence means voluntary restraints and discipline, voluntary acceptance of the rule of law.” – Mahatma Gandhi The much talked about...

Why Pakistan should elect Imran Khan
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Some think the nickname ‘Taliban Khan’ is well deserved. He has spoken with admiration for the Taliban’s system of justice and with some sympathy for...

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...

5 ways Pakistan can turn the tri-series against Zimbabwe and Australia in their favour
Friday, June 29, 2018

The clouds of concern have cleared, and Pakistan is now ready to take on Zimbabwe and the currently third-ranked (in T20Is) Australia in a couple of...

Is Pakistan ready to play real cricket in Ireland and England?
Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Having played the shorter format of cricket for quite some time – with the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and West Indies’ tour of Pakistan – the...

West Indies players offered $25,000 to visit Pakistan
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has offered its contracted and non-contracted players nearly $25,000 each to participate in the three-match T20I series...

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...

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....

With Donald Trump’s travel ban 3.0, is America any safer?
Friday, June 29, 2018

Today, the Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban to be fully enforced. This ban restricts visas from eight countries,...

Father says little Honduran girl on Time cover was not taken from mother
Friday, June 22, 2018

TEGUCIGALPA: The Honduran toddler pictured sobbing in a pink jacket before US President Donald Trump on an upcoming cover of Time magazine was not...

Trump’s policy and Melania’s jacket prove one thing: they really don’t care
Friday, June 22, 2018

This could not have come at a more appropriate time. “I really don’t care, do u?” That was the message on the back of Melania Trump’s jacket when she...

Trump-Kim summit venue named!
Tuesday, June 05, 2018

WASHINGTON: The much-vaunted summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un will take place on Singapore’s resort island...

Can the real American desi please stand up?
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

While Pakistani-Americans receive some notice in news because of their professional and social achievements, there are several amusing habits of...

A new dawn for the monarchy: Will Meghan Markle follow Princess Diana’s footsteps?
Thursday, May 24, 2018

On Saturday morning, inside St George’s Cathedral, situated in the grounds of the historic Windsor Castle, Prince Harry, the youngest son of Prince...

The ball is in India’s court
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Pakistan-India relations are defined as much by cricket as they are by conflict. Mirroring the political tensions between the two countries right...

Pakistan and India have one thing in common – they are both intolerant nations
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A few days ago, I watched a video clip of a Hindu MNA from PTI, Lal Chand Malhi, in which he gave a fiery speech, pointing towards the...

Israel and US are ‘champions’ of human rights, but not when it comes to Palestine
Thursday, April 05, 2018

Almost a month ago, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, tweeted to show solidarity with the Iranian women protesting against Iran’s hijab...

Salman Khan to spend night in jail following conviction
Thursday, April 05, 2018

JODHPUR: A Jodhpur court on Thursday pronounced its verdict in the 1998 black buck poaching case, in which Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, Saif Ali...