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کہانی بلی مرغی کی By وقاص خواجہ

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بہت دیر پہلے کی بات ہے کہ ایک مولانا صاحب بڑے اہتمام سے قصائی سے پورے دو کلو کی مرغی تلوا کر لاۓ۔ کون سے مولانا صاحب؟ ارے بھائی نام رہنے دیجئے. بس وہی مولانا صاحب جو ڈیزل تخلص کیا کرتے ہیں. اچھا تو ہم کیا کہہ رہے تھے؟ ہاں ہاں. مرغی اور وہ بھی پورے دو کلو کی.تو جناب سارا راستہ چیر پھاڑ کے خواب دیکھتے ابھی بمشکل گھر پہنچے ہی تھے کہ ہنگامی طور پر پھر باہر جانا پڑ گیا. چار و ناچار مرغی گھر والوں حوالے کی. ساتھ تلقین کی کہ اس کا خاص خیال رکھا جاۓ…

China Pakistan Economic Corridor [CPEC] By Abdul Salam Dadabhoy

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BACKGROUND: CPEC, as and when completed, will be one of the biggest objective and achievement of Pakistan, since its independence in 1947. This dream and vision, or something strikingly more or less similar, was envisioned by General Zia – Ul – Haq (Shaheed), General Akhtar Abdul Rehman (Shaheed) and top brass of the Pakistan Army, way back in the 1980’s, after the Russians were pushed back from Afghanistan. General Zia – Ul – Haq was often quoted as saying that he longed to see a day, when he would be able to offer any prayer of the day at Kabul,…

نواز شریف کی جنگ ۔۔۔! By Muhammad Nasir khan

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1990میں صدر غلام اسحاق خان نے اپنے صدارتی اختیار 58 ٹو بی کو استعمال کرتے ہوئے بےنظیر بھٹو کی حکومت کو کرپشن کے الزامات کے تحت برطرف کر دیا۔ نواز شریف نے صدر کے اساقدام کا بھرپور انداز میں خیر مقدم کیا۔ 1993 میں صدر غلام اسحاق خان نے اپنے اسی اختیار کو دوبارہ استعمال کرتے ہوئے کرپشن کےالزمات کے تحت ہی نواز شریف کی حکومت ہٹانے اور اسمبلیاں توڑنے کا حکم جاری کیا تو نوازشریف نے صدر کا یہ حکم ماننے سے انکار کر دیا۔ نواز شریف نے صدر کے اس حکم کو سپریم کورٹ میں چیلنج کر دیا…

The National Quagmire By Sohail Parwaz

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And the Priorities Burmese politician and activist Aung San Suu Kyi once said: “It’s not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.” Isn’t it true for Mian Nawaz Sharif and the Pakistani nation? The Panama Papers were leaked in the first week of April 2016. It’s almost over a month that the jolts and joggles are still felt all over the world but in Pakistan. Many of the world leaders who were named in the papers, unswervingly or in…

Benchmarks of Honour By Naeem Sadiq

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Around 1870, Julia Ward Howe called for Mother’s Day to be celebrated each year to encourage “pacifism and disarmament” amongst women. Both were noble but non-selling causes. So commerce had to be brought in. And now we see countless brands that take advantage of Mother’s Day every year. On March 8, 2016, we celebrated the International Women’s Day with seminars on gender equality and ‘violence against women’. The two most disinterested residents of the Constitution Avenue also sent pledges to promote and protect women’s rights. Our Senate unanimously adopted a resolution expressing solidarity with women. The Women of the World…

پانامہ لیکس کی دوسری قسط By Sajid Saleem Kayani

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پانامہ لیکس کی دوسری قسط! آج کچھ لوگوں کے لیے بہت مایوسی کا دن ہے جو یہ آس لگائے بیٹھے تھے کہ اگلی قسط آنے دیں پھر کوئی نہیں بچے گا. چونکہ وہ ان لوگوں کو اپنا لیڈر مانتے ہیں جو سر تا پاوں کرپشن میں لت پت ہیں اس لیے سمجھتے تھے کہ پاکستان میں سب ہی ایسے ہیں. اس امید سے تھے کہ اگلی قسط آئے گی اس میں عمران خان کا نام تو آئے گا ہی آئے گا عمران خان کا نام نہ آیا تو جہانگیر خان ترین کا لازمی ہو گا. آہ !! ہزاروں خواہشیں ایسی…

Policing Karachi By Yasmeen Aftab Ali

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‘Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif, and Director General Rangers Maj. Gen. Bilal Akbar Wednesday separately ordered inquiries into death of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) worker, Aftab Husain, who died in Rangers custody yesterday, Samaa reported.’ Aftab Ahmed, coordinator of Farooq Sattar was under a three-month preventive detention when he died. ‘“A high-level investigation committee has been constituted on directives of DG Rangers to ascertain motives behind Aftab Ahmed’s death… Officials possibly involved in the incident have been suspended,” Rangers spokesman said in a statement.” (SAMAA TV website) The incident is troubling, pictures making rounds on social media show…

Same Page (but) of Different Books? By Sohail Parwaz

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What lessons has PML (N) learnt in their third tenure? By now, after having three military rules in Pakistan, no one is left with an iota of doubt that martial law or the military rule is not at all a solution to the problems of the country. Currently different schools of thought are prevailing in Pakistan: let the military rule the country if they have to do every bit (a very minimal percentage of the population), military should not poke its nose at all and let the civilian handle the issues themselves, come what may (anti armed forces, mafias and…

Women Can't be silenced By Naveeda Sultan

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“Truth is a gift, a burden, and a responsibility which I mean to share. This is the story you don’t want to hear when you ask me about Pakistan. But this is what you need to hear.” The sexual harassment in South Asia and especially in Pakistan arises from the value system of a patriarchal society that looks upon women as ‘sexual prize’, ‘commodity’ and ‘upholder of honour’. Different stages, from childhood to maturity, are marked by vulnerability to different forms of violence. So for example, girl children are vulnerable to abuse, infanticide and early marriage. To say the least,…

Imran Khan By Ather Chaudhry

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Three years back, on May 07, 2013, while climbing the stage to address a political rally in Lahore, Chairman Imran Khan fell from the makeshift lifter at a height of 15 feet. Bleeding Khan was immediately moved to a local hospital for initial treatment, and after that he was shifted to Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital for further treatment. It was reported that he had suffered hairline compression fracture on his vertebra (part of backbone) and has two stitches in his skull. The entire Pakistani nation went into a state of shock after watching this horrific fall from the lifter,…