Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan’s (TLP) prominent leaders have been charged with sedition and terrorism in a latest bid by the Pakistan state. The government, in doing so, sends a clear message that no contra-state pressures or actions will be tolerated in Pakistan and that no one can threaten or halt major state apparatus or position holders and …

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PTI wants to be known as a results-driven government. In the two months since taking reigns of the country, the PM, Imran Khan, has painstakingly turned all stones, looking for means to aid the damaged economy. The only international visits the PM undertook, thus far, were to consolidate the national kitty. Khan and his ministers …

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The man who only gave music for 29 films in his career spanning four decades, left indelible impression on music in the Pakistani and Indian music. Khawaja Khurshid Anwer is remembered for his astute music sense and unflinching work ethic. Khawaja Khurshid Anwer was a profound audiophile, artiste, writer, director, philosopher and an active agent …

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Do we want to be a part of an open society? An open society provides freedom and protection enabling the basic tenets of democracy and thrives on critical intellectual discourse, paving way for the future. It provides access and opportunity to all segments of the society through a carefully cultivated tradition of inquiry and critique …

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October 13, 1958—disappeared October 2018 When I speak of the fear, intimidation, arrests and public shaming of intellectuals and religious leaders who dare to speak their minds, and then I tell you that I’m from Saudi Arabia, are you surprised? —Writes Jamal Khashoggi in his column titled; Saudi Arabia wasn’t always this repressive. Now it’s …

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His mellifluous voice was appropriate for performing light and light classical music, a talent well used to ride the tide of fame in the 1960’s music scene, Ustad Amanat Ali Khan was among the stars of Patiala Gharana. He was awarded the Pride of Performance honour by the government of Pakistan in 2009. Prized for …

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Child abuse cases are becoming an alarming trend in Pakistan. In the first half of 2018 as many as 2,322 countrywide cases of child abuse were reported by the media. Traditionally, the cases of child abuse have been treated as domestic affair. No cases are registered and news curbed. Despite the presence of protective laws …

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Dubbed by the PML-N party-workers as the Mother of Democracy, Kulsoom Nawaz will be remembered as a gentle and cultured matriarch. Her steadfastness and service for her family, the party and the country earned her respect from friends and foes alike. As wife of a prime minister, political leader and party head, her role wasn’t …

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The government of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, PTI, is setting up shop in a climate of international isolation, economic challenges and financial instability exacerbated by depleting resources, corruption and security issues. There is a lot on their plate and more so to chew on. The recent visit by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was an …

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The unprecedented verdict against a party head and thrice former prime minister of Pakistan disqualifies him for life. This means an end to Nawaz Sharif’s political career. The verdict has been welcomed by the opposition leaders and many Pakistanis who want an end to corruption in the political cadres and hope such decisions would prove …

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