The underreported struggle of Sahrawi women

On June 15, 2014 I witnessed groups of peaceful demonstrators beaten to the ground and forcefully moved off of the streets and followed to their homes. Most shockingly, a woman was punched in the face and moved off of the sidewalk into the path of oncoming traffic.

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Women Commando become part of K-P Police

For the first time in history, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to induct female police commandos, currently being trained to fight militancy in the province.

Some 35 female police commandos are undergoing training at the Nowshera police training centre. Officials said that K-P Inspector General Police Nasir Durrani felt that female police commandos needed to be included in . . . → Read More: Women Commando become part of K-P Police

Malala and Satyarthi receive joint Nobel Peace Prize

Malala and Kailash Satyarthi receive joint… by mi-tech

Both recipients of the award gave a speech at the ceremony in Oslo

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi have received the Nobel Peace Prize awards.

The Nobel committee described both laureates as “champions of peace”.

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Pakistan brings back 2 golds and 3 silvers from APICTA 2014

The Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) announced on Sunday that Team Pakistan won 2 Gold Awards and 3 Silver Awards at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) 2014 ceremony held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The teams won Gold Awards in the Media & Entertainment Technologies and Tertiary Student Categories and Silver . . . → Read More: Pakistan brings back 2 golds and 3 silvers from APICTA 2014

Objectivity in Journalism

The lines are blurring. And no, not in the Robin Thicke kind of way. The lines are blurring when it comes to journalism, social media, activism and everything in between.

Ironically enough, it was a Facebook status that led me to writing this piece. It was one of those situations where a person wrote a . . . → Read More: Objectivity in Journalism

Negotiating Bhuttoism from the past to the future

During the trial of his life, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto accused his accusers, “This attack on the 2nd of May was done by (Kasuri’s) opponents. I had nothing to do with it. I was not even mentioned in the FIR. I saved him from it … the public prosecutor has said several times that it was . . . → Read More: Negotiating Bhuttoism from the past to the future

Millennial blues in Pakistan

If you’re an upper-middle class Pakistani in your late or middle twenties, expect yourself to feel mellow after you check your Facebook in the morning. One’s news feed is bound to be full of pictures, statuses and updates of peers and acquaintances getting married, engaged or having children. You are bound to get perplexed. This . . . → Read More: Millennial blues in Pakistan

The restructuring of Muslim-majority states

The Middle East, once united under the bipolar slogan of ‘Islam versus Israel,’ is now facing internal fractures of faith. Islam no longer binds; it is making Muslims kill Muslims. And Muslims are intellectually ill-equipped to even understand what is happening to them. Any criticism of their mind is taken as criticism of Islam, which . . . → Read More: The restructuring of Muslim-majority states

Haroon Tariq from Pakistan creates new world record in maximum A grades in A Levels

Pakistani student Haroon Tariq has broken the world record after claiming 30 A grades in A-level examination in Cambridge university.

Haroon broke six world records by claiming 87 A grades: 28 A in O levels, 30 A in A levels, 29 A in IGCSE and 30 A+ grade.

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A glimpse on Iqbal through Manto’s lens

I first came to translating Saadat Hasan Manto about two years ago, 2012 being celebrated as the birth centenary year of this literary lion. Partly intrigued by the Kashmiri roots I share with him, and partly disgusted by the neat pigeonholing done by literary critics, Manto could apparently only either be a realist of sex or partition.

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