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Rituals Immortalized Imam Hussein’s Battle of Karbala

More than 1,300 years after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, grandson of the messenger of Islam Prophet Mohammad, Shiites all around the world are still mourning the sorrowful and historic day each year on the 10th of the month of Muharram in the Islamic calendar with commemorations and rituals.The commemorations, …

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Events that Led to Day of Ashura, Momentous Day in History of Islam

Every year on the 10th of Muharram in the Islamic calendar, millions of Shiite Muslims mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussein bin Ali, grandson of the messenger of Islam Prophet Mohammad.The historical events that led to the battle of Karbala where Imam Hussein leading an army of 72 followers from …

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The resettling of Palestinian refugees is the core of the Trump deal

Following the Trump administration’s acknowledgement of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel, funding cut to UNRWA and closure of the PLO office in Washington a few days ago, media reports confirmed the US President’s intention to announce a fourth step early next year.This is related to the issue of …

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TTP resurgence?

RESPONSIBLE for some of the most ferocious attacks inside Pakistan, the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s destructive capabilities seem to have diminished. There are many who wonder about the whereabouts of the group — and the trajectory it may now be taking, especially after the death of its last chief Mullah Fazlullah from …

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Civil-military power matrix

SECURITY briefings for a newly elected prime minister may not be unprecedented, but the excitement over Imran Khan’s intensive parleys at GHQ and the ISI headquarters certainly are. Our hyper-animated information minister described how proud the prime minister and the cabinet ministers were at the rare honour of meeting “the …

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‘It’s great news for the Sharifs, but it’s temporary’

Analysts react to Islamabad High Court’s decision to suspend prison sentences against Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar. The Islamabad High Court has suspended the prison sentences handed to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar in the Avenfield corruption reference. An IHC division bench comprising …

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The good, the bad and the uncertain of PTI’s ‘mini-budget’

We speak to experts to get their take on the amended 2018-2019 budget. The amended finance bill for the remaining months of fiscal year 2018-2019 was read out during today’s session of the National Assembly. Finance Minister Asad Umar presented the budget speech, detailing the amendments the PTI-led government is …

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Failing Afghan women – again

Rafia Zakaria THE war in Afghanistan, the world was smugly told, was to save Afghan women. Laura Bush announced it during a radio address, and Hillary Clinton repeated it ad nauseam. Even as late as 2012, when the war was in its second decade, these mantras were ubiquitous, repeated by …

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