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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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A woman in China

SOMETIMES it takes a single person with courage to awaken a society. So it may be in the case of Ye Haiyan, a women’s rights activist in China who has sacrificed nearly everything to bring to attention the condition of sex workers in her country. Ye Haiyan, born to poverty …

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Washington Tries to Hide Its Failure in Mosul

For the past months, Washington has faced the urgent need to distract the world’s attention from its devastating failure in Mosul in order to hide the huge number of casualties among the local population. Perhaps, this became one of the main reasons for carrying out a new full-scale campaign to …

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Bombs and babies

Since the Second World War, every US president has played some sort of a double game in the Middle East. President Donald Trump has already ordered an attack in Yemen, which resulted in slaughtering innocent people, bombed Mosul and Aleppo, effectively killing scores of civilians, despite promises during his presidential …

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How did politicians condemn Mashal Khan’s brutal killing?

Following the murder of Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan (AWKUM) student Mashal Khan over blasphemy allegations Thursday afternoon, several political leaders expressed their deepest condolences and condemned his killing in strong words. The 23-year-old was killed and another seriously injured on the university premises by a vigilante mob for allegedly …

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What is the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ and what is it capable of?

Armed with more than 8,000 kilogrammes of explosives, the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) – or the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ as it is more commonly known – is the most powerful conventional [read non-nuclear] weapon in the United States’ military arsenal. It has an explosion equal to 11 …

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The untold story of Pakistan’s blasphemy law

A few days ago, a video of erstwhile pop icon and widely heard Islamic evangelist, Junaid Jamshed went viral on the Internet, in which his remarks were perceived as blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his wife, Ayesha (RA). By the time of the writing of this article, he …

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