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.

A student of Froebel’s International School (FIS), . . . → Read More: Haroon Tariq from Pakistan creates new world record in maximum A grades in A Levels

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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The need for a compromise between the HEC and critical thinking

Why does one go to a university? This is a question very few of us ask ourselves even though all of us should.

Is it to guarantee employment, because global trends increasingly show that no amount of education offers up such airtight assurances, especially in Pakistan, where more and more students find themselves jobless.

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Invoking Morality in Progressive Pakistan

THE relationship of morality to politics has occupied philosophers the world over since time immemorial. While the ideas of Western thinkers such as Machiavelli and Kant have gained universal acclaim, non-Western philosophers have grappled with such questions for as long, if not longer, than their Western counterparts. Gandhi’s reflections, for instance, build upon a line . . . → Read More: Invoking Morality in Progressive Pakistan

Only The Longest Thread – An immersive and riveting journey through the Eureka moments in Physics

Tasneem Zehra Husain is a writer, educator, and Pakistan’s first female string theorist. She holds a PhD from Stockholm University and did post-doctoral research at Harvard University. Husain is fascinated by scientific theories, how we engage with them, and how they change us. She explores these themes in her fiction and nonfiction writing, her popular talks, . . . → Read More: Only The Longest Thread – An immersive and riveting journey through the Eureka moments in Physics

Pakistani filmmaker Shahzad Hameed awarded Prince of Asturias Award

Broadcast journalist and documentary filmmaker Shehzad Hameed Ahmad from Pakistan has won the Prince of Asturias Award — Spain’s equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize — for his work during Fulbright scholarship which also included a documentary ‘The Pakistan Four’.

Ahmad received the award from the Spain’s King Felipe Juan on behalf of . . . → Read More: Pakistani filmmaker Shahzad Hameed awarded Prince of Asturias Award

One Young World Dublin first prize goes to Pakistan

(By SYED TALAL) Pakistan has won first prize at the Rwanga Social Startup Competition, which was held at the fifth One Young World summit in Dublin.

Khizr Imran Tajammul represented Pakistan and presented his idea for researching and manufacturing affordable energy solutions for low income communities. His idea taps into the potential of solar energy . . . → Read More: One Young World Dublin first prize goes to Pakistan

Saad Haroon wins runner up position in “Funniest Person in the World”

Pakistani stand-up comedian Saad Haroon secured second position in the final of the first World Famous Laugh Factory’s Funniest Person in the World competition.

The contestants faced off in an online voting competition for the prize.

During the voting, which started at 7pm (US Pacific time) on October 24 and continued till 11am on . . . → Read More: Saad Haroon wins runner up position in “Funniest Person in the World”

Pakistani women living on the edge, climbing some of the world’s highest peaks

A group of young girls sit on a carpeted floor listening as their teacher writes on a whiteboard, preparing his students for the rigours of climbing some of the world’s highest peaks.

This is Shimshal Mountaineering School, tucked away in a remote village in the breathtaking mountains of Pakistan’s far north, . . . → Read More: Pakistani women living on the edge, climbing some of the world’s highest peaks