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Shaam….Syedna Mehndi Ka Headquarter By Orya Maqbool Jan

15 August, 2012
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Visualising A Tolerant Pakistan By Farahnaz Ispahani

14 July, 2012
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We began our lives as a nation with hope and idealism. Pakistan and Pakistanis had those beliefs because of the foundation laid by our Quaid, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Though ignored in our textbooks, in the speeches of parliamentarians and by our state institutions, the speech Mr Jinnah gave to the first constituent assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947, should have been enough guidance to our rulers and permanent establishment.

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Happy birthday dear sister By Shazia Marri

21 June, 2012
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“Live amongst people in such a manner that if you are alive they crave for your company and if you die they weep over you,” are the immortal words of Hazat Ali (RA). Words that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto committed to her heart. Indeed during her life, those who knew her, and those who wanted to, all alike, aspired to meet her, to be like her, to follow her lead. And when she was so cruelly snatched from us, billions across the world wept in grief, and continue to weep to date. Today, on her 59th birthday, mere words are insufficient to pay tribute to a leader who lived and died solely for her nation and its people.

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Lal Masjid: rewarding an insurrection By Pervez Hoodbhoy

21 May, 2012
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The honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan says he is losing patience with the Capital Development Authority (CDA). In a court-initiated (suo motu) action, he wants a quick rebuilding of the Jamia Hafsa madrassa

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Bluffs,Tears and Apologies By Madiha Ishtiaque

1 March, 2012
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mayak1

Stop the Drama! That’s one statement for it. There has to be a clear difference between a morning show and a theatre performance, and Maya Khan has victoriously blurred it to invisibility. Don’t you get the feel of being cheated, your naivety in gluing your eyes on the morning TV screen being mocked at, and you as audience being hoaxed in the name of ‘creating awareness’? Yet I should salute Ms. khan for her ‘genuine concern’ for the people of Pakistan and her absolute devotion in shelving her married life in a corner so she could rightly serve the nation.

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Education: The PTI’s False Promises Won’t Help By Pervez Hoodbhoy

9 February, 2012
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 Education: The PTI’s False Promises Won’t Help By Pervez Hoodbhoy

Zero attention was paid to recent news which, in many a country, would justifiably have been cause for panic. But in Memogate obsessed Pakistan no military or civilian ruler — or any normally loquacious TV anchor — has yet commented upon the Annual Status of Education Report(ASER).Released one week ago, this damning indictment of Pakistan’s schools shows how badly the country is failing to teach children even the most elementary of skills. For a country with a huge youth bulge and a population growing out of control, the consequences are fearsome.

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Vigil-Aunties By Bina Shah

24 January, 2012
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 Vigil Aunties By Bina Shah

The writer is an author, most recently of Slum Child (2010). She has written for numerous publications including Dawn, The Friday Times and Chowk

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Bio Fuel: Energy resource idea for Pakistan in recent energy calamity by Naseem Sheikh

8 December, 2011
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 Bio Fuel: Energy resource idea for Pakistan in recent energy calamity by Naseem Sheikh

Energy is the lifeline of a nation. The economic engine and the wheels of industry, agriculture and business need energy to move forward. Unfortunately in Pakistan, due to energy crisis (increasing gap in energy demand versus capacity, Pakistan’s economic, industrial and social growth has been greatly constrained. Pakistan is spending almost 20 per cent of its foreign exchange on fossil fuels imports. Annually $7 billion is being eaten away in import of conventional energy resources that is equivalent to 40 per cent of total imports by the country, but the country still lacks far behind in tapping the vast potential of alternate energy resources.

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India and the South China Sea By Momin Iftikhar

28 November, 2011
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“The sea is full of unseen treasures, but safety lies in the security of the shores.”
(An Indian saying)

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Devolution Fundamentalists Vs HEC Chamchaas By Mosharraf Zaidi

12 April, 2011
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HEC Devolution

The debate about the status of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in a post-18th Amendment scenario is being presented in interesting ways. One version of the debate is that this fight pits those who favour a centralised Pakistani state, against a band of do-good federalist champions – whose only interest is the strengthening of provinces and their autonomy. This is the version that a lot of well-intentioned people believe to be true. Unfortunately, the graveyards of the world are full of good intentions.

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