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Notorious Nawaz, Scandalous Sharifs’ & the Cirrhotic Corruption By Abdul Salam Dadabhoy

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The human body works in strange ways: immunity comes with regularity to any external stimuli. The Pakistani people have become resilient, not by force but it seems, by choice, as scandals, bouts of injustice, corruption and imbalances in society hit home, much often than not. Where we head from her seems uncharted territory, a road only divinity knows. But the face of it doesn’t seem to be promising to say the least. Fake Judicial Commissions and Joint Investigation Teams churning out scammed reports have marred the little confidence, if any left to the system, of the people who survive within.…

20th Youm-e-Tasees Mubarak By Imran Durrani

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جههد مسلسل کے بیس سال By Anjum Shah

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میں ان لوگوں میں شامل ہوں جو اوائل بچپن میں عمراں خان کو میدانِ کرکٹ میں رنگ جماتے دیکھ چکے ہیں۔ 1992 کے کرکٹ ورلڈ کپ کا تاریخ ساز دن کسے یاد نہیں؟ جب پاکستان ٹیم تاریخ میں پہلی بار کرکٹ ورلڈ کپ کے فائنل میں پہنچی اور دنیا نے عمران خان کی شاندار قائدانہ صلاحیتوں کا وہ روپ دیکھا جس نے پاکستان کو دنیائے کرکٹ کے عروج پر پہنچا دیا۔ کرکٹ کی ان رنگینیوں اور خوبصورت زندگی سے پرے عمراں خان شوکت خانم کینسر اسپتال کا خواب اپنی آنکھوں میں سجائے اسے حقیقت کا روپ دھارتے ہوئے دیکھ رہا…

The Fallacy of Ehtesaab By Jehangir Mirza

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Our most celebrated Cricketer of the century recently had a brief scuffle with a TV reporter. To a seemingly harmless and reasonably relevant question, Afridi took his typical wild slog at the ill-fated Dunya TV correspondent, declaring: “Mujhe umeed thee k aap ghatya sawal hi kareyn gai”. An outburst along the lines is not new to Afridi, but one wonders if there’s something fundamentally wrong with a professional Reporter quizzing a professional Cricketer for his lackluster on-field performance.After all they are both doing what they are paid to do. Or, as some would insist, should only a Cricketer that matches…

To Be or Not To Be By Khurram Zeeshan

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"To be or not be?" - The eternal question remains relevant, always. Only that it gains importance manifold at some critical junctures of history.Yes, it is Panama leaks and its aftermath that I'm referring to.'Defining moment' it has been called - indeed it is one! At this juncture we are faced with two choices. There is one road which leads to eternal servitude and to submission to the rule of injustice, blunder, loot and plunder. The other one, though unexplored and perhaps rough, may well have a beacon of hope.My suspicion is that there will be every effort made to…

A Personal Journey to Pakistan & PTI By Shehzad Ali

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An environment has a heavy impact on any human being. It contributes towards your behaviour, character, taste and the list goes on. It's the environment you live in that ultimately plays a heavy role in who you become. I was born in England in a small city called St Albans. My father had five daughters and I was the only son, and the youngest. At the age of three I went to Pakistan, my father had decided to move back and sent my mother and and my sisters there first. The idea was he would join us after tying up…

Panama Leaks: Cyber Warfare By Abdul Qayyum Khan Kundi

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Superpowers for ages have used various tools to exert their influence on the affairs of neighbors far and wide. East and West India companies were non-state actors used by imperial powers to seek trading rights to gain foothold in countries that were later converted into colonies. Trading was the soft power that created enabling environment that paved way for colonization through hard power. In the modern era new tools have emerged that are used by superpowers. In Libya, Syria and Ukraine there is extensive use of hard power by non-state actors supported by these powers. In other countries intervention is…

The House of Cards falling down By Ayesha Zee Khan

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The RAW agent nabbed by Pakistani authorities in March had much to say. He not only confessed that he was sent to create mayhem & chaos in Baluchistan/Karachi etc, the man also added that he joined RAW in 2013 while Delhi admitted that he was commander (equivalent to lieutenant colonel in army) of Indian Navy who had opted to retire prematurely. He was into terrorist financing and training network which used to operate from Chabahar in Iran, Makran in Pakistan and adjoining districts of Afghanistan. He was tasked to initiate a string of subversive activities on the Makran coast where…

The Leaked Stories: From Panama to Pajamas By Sohail Parwaz

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Comparing the past and present In the early days of Pakistan the government servants would save the papers and would use both sides of a page. So much so that even the employees, in the absence of the common pins, would collect the spikes and spines to pin up the papers and for other office use. There was no concept of offerings and bribe in the early days, hence there was no corruption. While recalling the early days’ of Pakistan’s history which no one can forget and it would be pertinent to mention those, one remembers that when Muhammad…

Pakistan's Quaker Oats Man By Yasmeen Aftab Ali

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Reminiscing about my childhood, the image of the Quaker Oats tin box is indelibly etched in my mind. Featuring the “Quaker Man” logo, the picture of the white haired distinguished looking man, in a swish black coat, white cravat and a black hat, brimming with good health conveyed good breeding. The company states, “The ‘Quaker man’ does not represent an actual person. His image is that of a man dressed in the Quaker garb, chosen because the Quaker faith projected the values of honesty, integrity, purity and strength.” (Website for Quaker Oats Company FAQ January 22, 2009) For heaven’s sake…