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Madressa Mix: Genesis and Growth

By Dr Ayesha Siddiqa In the aftermath of the attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, and the National Action Plan against terrorism that was put in place thereafter,…

Pakistan arrests parents for refusing children’s polio vaccinations

(Reuters) – Pakistan authorities have arrested hundreds of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children against polio, officials said Tuesday, as community opposition and Taliban threats block efforts to eradicate…

Over a cup of tea: Reminiscing the rich culture we have

Source: Pakistan Today By Yasmeen Aftab Ali Reminiscing was an activity of our elders, or so I thought. It seems, however, that places change, not the reminiscing. Browsing through wedding pictures…

Thirty years of takfiri terror

daily times: The predominant narrative in Pakistan now seems to be that India and its intelligence agency RAW is responsible for all acts of terrorism, including the vicious attack on…

Mr Prime Minister, do you support religious bigotry?

ET: Dear Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, I hope this letter finds you well. I am sure you are busy; so let me cut to the chase. You know well that…

Rafia Zakaria: fighting the erasure of women from Pakistan

Pakistani author Rafia Zakaria laments troubled state of her native country In her book The Upstairs Wife, lawyer, writer and human rights activist Rafia Zakaria bemoans lack of rights for…

Rape and Terror on the streets

Rape and Terror on the streets of Pakistan     By Rafia Zakaria 25 Feb, 2015 In the Lahore Children’s Hospital, a seven-year-old girl from Sargodha who was raped lies…

An estimated 12,000 religious minorities have fled Pakistan since 2009

After escape from Pakistan, Christian family hides in  BANGKOK: They were a middle-class family in Pakistan, living in a comfortable three-bedroom apartment with a modern kitchen and a PlayStation for…

Healing our sectarian divide

Dawn: SHIKARPUR on Jan 30, Peshawar on Feb 13, Rawalpindi on Feb 18. In less than three weeks, suicide bombers have targeted three imambargahs packed with worshippers. Outside of Syria…

Pakistan: Our religion problem

Dawn: POST-Peshawar the need to rethink our national security policy and terminate the state’s patronage of jihadists has been under focus. Also under spotlight has been the state’s capacity deficit…

338 Pakistanis with $859 million in secret accounts

the News: ISLAMABAD: HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) is a subsidiary of London-based HSBC Holdings Plc, a British multinational banking and financial services company which is the world’s second largest banking…

Healing our sectarian divide: The question of what constitutes the truest form of faith is seen as ever more important.

Source: Dawn by Pervez Hoodbhoy SHIKARPUR on Jan 30, Peshawar on Feb 13, Rawalpindi on Feb 18. In less than three weeks, suicide bombers have targeted three imambargahs packed with…

Does Anyone Care That Shia Are Being Relentlessly Murdered in Pakistan?

Source: Huffington Post By Fiyaz Mughal, Director of Faith Matters and the Tell MAMA project The recent murders of Shia community members in Pakistan has not drawn out the shock and…

The bookstalls and catwalks of defiance in Pakistan

The battle for Pakistan’s survival is being fought right here, on these very catwalks, reports Tim Bale. —AFP London Extra reports from Pakistan By Tim Bale (reporting from Karachi and…

Sham Wedding Groom Forgot Bride’s Name

The pair are jailed at Hull Crown Court after a “farcical” attempt to cheat UK immigration laws at a ceremony in October. 10:31, UK,Saturday 14 February 2015 Beata Szilagyi and…

Heart Breaking News: 11 Killed in Blast in Pakistani City Lahore

Source: February 17, 2015 13:53 IST | ndtv.com LAHORE:  Eleven people were killed after a bomb exploded close to the police headquarters in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore today. The blast…

Manipulating the Pakistani narrative

Daily Times: There are three crossroads in its pre-1971 history where Pakistan could have become the kind of inclusive, modern democratic state Pakistanis could be proud of. The first occasion…

Bigotry & bias: Muslims only newsworthy when they kill, not when they get killed?

Source: nation.com.pk Chapel Hill massacre in North Carolina, where three young students were shot to death on Tuesday was a horrendous incident. To say that they were Muslim,the news would have…

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