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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...

Trouble in Paradise
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Trouble lurks in Paradise. For the tax avoiding wealthy elites, the flames of Hell in Paradise are re-ignited anew. “Paradise Leaks” represent an...

The Iraq intervention ensued and we said “never again” – yet here we are, silent, when it comes to intervention in Myanmar and Yemen
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

“The world has abandoned us,” was the message that was sent loud and clear last year to the global community from the victims of Aleppo, Syria. There...

Pakistanis shine in Forbes '30 Under 30' 2018 list
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Forbes’ has released the 2018 edition of their ’30 Under 30′ list which sheds a light on 30 game changers in 20 different industries, all under the...

When a white “terrorist” is awarded a privilege 1.8 billion Muslims are denied
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

If the world can largely agree on one thing, it is the need to defeat terrorism. However, the frequency of unity seen when condemning terror does not...

Why do most Pakistanis always favour the ‘wrong’ side of any issue?
Sunday, November 12, 2017

Most issues aren’t black and white – they’re grey. More often than not, we read about an event or hear about it in the news, and while our personal...

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...

Army engagement in Waziristan to last until 2019
Friday, September 04, 2015

ISLAMABAD: As part of a fresh strategy to prevent incursion of supporters of Taliban and Islamic State through the Afghan border, Pakistan’s armed...

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...

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...

Pakistan’s foreign policy, cross-country trade and internal security: For better or for worse?
Monday, October 09, 2017

Is Pakistan’s foreign policy in mayhem or is it a work in progress? This is a tough question for any political analyst. On one hand, the dwindling...

Defeating terrorism: Dormant ISI-NDS deal back on table
Monday, February 08, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan are likely to discuss the revival of an agreement between their top spy agencies in a latest move by the two...

Afghan reconciliation process: Sartaj kicks off four-nation meeting with four guiding points
Monday, January 11, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Monday opened a meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Committee (QCC)...

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:

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...

Court rejects bail plea of accused in Imran Farooq murder case
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday rejected the post-arrest bail application of Moazzam Ali, an under trial accused in the Dr Imran...

Top court allows Musharraf to travel, name to be struck off ECL
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday ordered the removal of former president Pervez Musharraf's name from the Exit Control List (ECL),...

Verdict reserved in Justice Chaudhry bullet-proof car case
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

ISLAMABAD: After the concluding argument from the federal government that former chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry could not...

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...

Qaim orders setting up of separate force for judges security
Monday, July 18, 2016

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah ordered on Sunday creating of a separate force to provide foolproof security to the judiciary in the...

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.

The only tabdeeli Imran Khan is successful in bringing is to tabdeel himself into yet another untrustworthy disappointment we call a politician
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

I can clearly remember the 2013 election – it was my first time voting and I was going to vote for a ‘naya Pakistan’. As a naïve 18-year-old who was...

Why it is important for MQM-P and PSP to resolve their differences and form an alliance… again
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Last week, the media was abuzz with the developments regarding an electoral alliance between Mustafa Kamal’s Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) and Muttahida...

Imran Khan the unstoppable?
Sunday, November 12, 2017

The optics suggest so. His stars are aligning in the right combination and the chessboard is arranged to ensure a checkmate of his rival. Allies are...

Tale of two Sharifs: NAB, political alliances crux of meetings
Saturday, November 11, 2017

LAHORE/KARACHI: With the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references slowly engulfing the entire Sharif family into their fold, ousted prime...

Nawaz Sharif tried to fool people in and outside of parliament: SC detailed judgment
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif tried to fool masses in and outside of parliament, said the top court in its detailed verdict in the...

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....

A year after the most important election: Donald Trump and a series of unfortunate events
Friday, November 10, 2017

Donald Trump shocked the world last November by defeating Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US Presidential election, making him next in line to take the...

America’s ‘dangerous game’
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Pakistani nation is notorious for its susceptibility to conspiracy theories. One such theory doing the rounds for many years has been that the US...

Is Trump leading the US down a dark path?
Monday, October 16, 2017

Former US vice-president Joe Biden has described the Trump administration’s foreign policy as being in disarray with “ideological incoherence,...

CPEC to dominate Tillerson, Mattis trips
Monday, October 09, 2017

ISLAMABAD .: The last few weeks saw a flurry of engagements between Pakistan and the United States. First Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met US...

Discovering Islam in Trump’s America
Thursday, October 05, 2017

At the beginning of September 2017, I arrived in Washington, DC to visit my father’s friend Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic...

The truth about why Saudi Arabia and Israel are forming an alliance to destabilise Lebanon
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Despite Saudi Arabia’s tough rhetoric and brutal assault against its neighbour, Yemen (the poorest country in the region), the unfortunate reality is...

The scapegoat and $33 billion – The hidden truth behind Saudi Arabia’s royal crisis
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

According to the Washington Post’s Fareed Zakaria, in order to understand how traditionally secular Muslim countries became hubs of radicalisation in...

11 western brands that took inspiration from Pakistan
Friday, November 10, 2017

KARACHI: It seems like Pakistani attire has become the definitive source of inspiration for fashion designers around the globe. And many of these...

Saudi Arabia says only private accounts suspended in crackdown
Thursday, November 09, 2017

SAUDI Arabia said it has only frozen the bank accounts of individuals and not those of the companies they own or manage, as the kingdom seeks to ease...

Iran's supreme leader throws weight behind Pakistan on Kashmir
Thursday, November 09, 2017

DG ISPR Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor, flanked by his Iranian counterpart, has addressed a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart after the COAS...