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The case for Urdu as Pakistan’s official language

The case for Urdu as Pakistan’s official language Ali Raj Illustration by Marium Ali Apatriotic song blares through speakers placed on either side of the stage. The Urdu ditty that talks down terrorists was produced and released by the army’s public relations department in response to the 2014 Army Public …

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Dispatch from Balochistan: How mothers try to keep their newborns alive

Malnutrition in Pakistani children is cause for serious concern. Just consider these numbers from the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey 2012-13: Healthcare professionals associated with medical aid charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), find that lack of breastfeeding is one of the prime causes for this high level of malnutrition. These …

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Mob mentality: How many hands is Mashal’s blood on?

THE HANDS THAT KILLED MASHAL The brutal murder of Mashal Khan in the hostel of Mardan’s Abdul Wali Khan University, after being accused of unspecified blasphemy, has generated an unprecedented wave of public outrage. The reasons are not far to seek. Despite the freedom allowed to the militant organisations to …

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Diary of a French girl in Pakistan

On my visit to Pakistan for the first time ever, I distinctly remember the day I was crossing the Wagah border from India, listening to a song by Noori while my heart was beating fast – not out of fear, but in anticipation since I had been waiting for this …

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Here’s what JITs probing high-profile incidents achieved

A look back at the most prominent incidents that were probed by a joint investigation team, and what became of them. With April 20’s Panamagate verdict in the public sphere, speculation is rife over just how fruitful the formation of a joint investigation team (JIT) can be in investigating Prime …

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LafargeHolcim’ CEO Can be Resigned Because of Cooperation with ISIS in Syria

According to Inside Syria Media Center sources, the French-Swiss world’s biggest cement company LafargeHolcim Ltd., previously was accused of being involved into financing ISIS armed groups in Syria, announce the resignation of the company’s Chief Executive Officer Eric Olsen. Olsen is leaving on July 15, with Chairman Beat Hess named …

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‘No one was prepared to come to the Mashal`s funeral’

After the imam at a local mosque in Zaida refused to lead Mashal Khan’s funeral prayers and locals refused to attend his funeral, Sherin Yar, a resident of a nearby village, stepped forward prepared to perform the last rites “no matter what the cost.” Mashal Khan, a 23-year-old journalism student …

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What next for Nawaz?

The historic Panama Papers verdict may have been short on immediate impact and pounced on by both sides to claim vindication, but it is relatively clear that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will still have to contend with an elevated degree of scrutiny. That is only right. Through the agonising series …

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What kind of Sarin Poisoned the Political Will of World Leaders?

‘War is peace’, ‘Freedom is slavery’, ‘Ignorance is strength’ and ‘Lying is the truth’, “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, George Orwell The statements of some Western politicians about the chemical attack on April 4, occurred in the Syrian province of Idlib, once again confirmed that the modern world is suffering a severe and …

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