Pakistan’s GDP expenditure on education teeters under 3 per cent, making it the lowest in the region. Devolution of Education as a provincial subject was supposed to make education viable provincially. It didn’t work that way. While others struggled, some provinces really did well in promoting primary and secondary education, making practices transparent, improving passing …

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We tere naal aenj rehna Jiwen dhup naale chaan sajnan Wakh tere to na rahan sajnan Few composers reached the heights that Master Abdullah touched in his lifetime. An unequivocal giant of Pakistan’s film Industry, his musical prowess and innovative genius made him a legend during his lifetime and decades after his death. He was …

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The United State’s decision to strengthen peace in Afghanistan and empowering the Taliban to form a combined government with the Afghan’s may see the light of day. But at what cost? The Trump administration are doing their utmost to carry out this resolve by bringing both Afghan government and the Taliban on the table. In …

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The government is making preparations to bring the issue of Military Court’s (MC) extension to the parliament floor. The news has many members of civil society worried. Bilawal Bhutto has categorically opposed the said extension, however, PML-N leadership, like some others, have not been decisive on the subject. Why aren’t we fans of the military …

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Khwaab martay naheen Khwaab dil hain, nah aankhen, nah saansen keh jo Rezaa, rezaa huwe to bikhar jaayen ge Jism ki maut se ye bhi mar jaayen ge A man who weaved dreams of love and passion has left indelible impressions on the hearts and minds of the lovers of Urdu poetry the world over. …

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The year 2018 was one rollercoaster driver filled with jubilation, awe, horror and anticipation. There haven’t been many like that in our history. 2018 was a year where Pakistan’s establishment seemed determined to break free of the mistakes of the past and offer a yet new purpose and direction to the, however instable, democracy. Above …

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BJP has suffered a major setback in the recent five-state Indian elections. The loss of 3 of the popular states means BJP has lost its grip in the Indian cow-belt. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has borne defeat with humility, promising to keep serving the people of the constituencies. However, underneath the calm façade of the …

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Aur tu aur khud insan baha jata hy ketna pur hol hy tufan-e-rawayat aay Josh Ehl-e-alfaz shariat pay maray jatay hain Kis ko samjhaon masheyat k isharat aay Josh Josh Malihabadi will be remembered as Shayar-e-Shabab (poet of beauty) and Shayar-e-Inqilab (rebel poet). This 20th century master poet’s life and work has gained public attention, …

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Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi with Qateel shifai

Dawar-e hashr! mujhe teri qasam  (O Lord of the Day of Judgment, I swear by you) Umr bhar mein ne ibadat ki hay  (I have worshipped all my life) Tu mera namaa-e-amaal tau dekh  (Look at my balance sheet) Mein ne insaan se mohabbat ki hay  (I have loved mankind) A humanist and a revolutionary, …

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I am not an exceptionally politically over-charged poet. Perhaps the only exception is that I am a woman, excerpt from a magazine interview. Fehmida Riaz is no more—with her the voice of reason, critical inquiry and profundity. Fehmida is acclaimed as a writer and poet of the progressive movement. All her life she stood up …

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