The exceptionalist Pakistani narrative eating up Pakistan

Recent revelations from the otherwise dormant Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah made the entire country undergo a cognitive dissonance of sorts. Well-educated militants are behind high-profile attacks, Shah proclaimed in a press conference from Nawabshah. IBA graduate, Saad Aziz, was said to be the mastermind of rights activist Sabeen Mahmud’s murder, and the main . . . → Read More: The exceptionalist Pakistani narrative eating up Pakistan

Writers gather around the freedom of expression

More than 150 writers have written an open letter to the Bangladeshi government calling for action to protect free expression and to bring perpetrators to justice

More than 150 writers from around the world, including Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and Colm Tóibín, have added their name to a Guardian letter condemning . . . → Read More: Writers gather around the freedom of expression

Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional title goes to 6 years old Humza Shahzad

Humza Shahzad sat the Microsoft Office Specialist exam, which is usually taken by adults who specialize in word processing and spreadsheets, and managed to pass it with flying colors. In order to clear the exam, Microsoft Certification requires a candidate to score 700 points. Humza scored a total of 757 points on the exam, which . . . → Read More: Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional title goes to 6 years old Humza Shahzad

Chimamanda’s golden words at her lecture

“No one is being murdered or hauled off by the American government to prison for writing a novel,” said Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her Arthur Miller Freedom to Write lecture, which closed the PEN World Voices festival in New York Sunday night. Though couched in a thoughtful set of anecdotes, Adichie . . . → Read More: Chimamanda’s golden words at her lecture

Islam has already had a reformation and it didn’t make the faith more pluralistic

In recent months, cliched calls for reform of Islam, a 1,400-year-old faith, have intensified. “We need a Muslim reformation,” announced Newsweek. “Islam needs reformation from within,” said the Huffington Post. Following January’s massacre in Paris, the Financial Times nodded to those in the west who believe the secular Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, . . . → Read More: Islam has already had a reformation and it didn’t make the faith more pluralistic

Jahangir Khan’s plan to bring back squash glory

Pakistan´s Jahangir Khan, often described as the greatest squash player of all time, has outlined a new plan which he hopes will spark a revival of the sport in his homeland.

It involves transforming a situation in which Pakistan, once by far squash´s most successful nation, has had no British Open winner since 1997, nor . . . → Read More: Jahangir Khan’s plan to bring back squash glory

Lindsay Lohan is fascinated by Islam but is not converting to it

Lindsay Lohan was seen carrying a leather-bound copy of the Koran on her first day of community service – prompting speculation that she’d converted to Islam.

However, this might not be the case.

Despite reading the Muslim text, she is apparently not “fully converting” to Islam.

A spokesperson for Lohan told The Independent: “To . . . → Read More: Lindsay Lohan is fascinated by Islam but is not converting to it

Feminist parties make a mark in Sweden

Sweden’s Feminist Initiative party is reshaping politics in the country – and beyond

“I have to be away by ten past so I can get the bus to the party”, says Gudrun Schyman, the charismatic co-leader of Sweden’s Feminist Initiative party, as she glances at her tablet. In a small . . . → Read More: Feminist parties make a mark in Sweden

UK votes for Pakistani origin candidates

Candidates of Pakistani origin have secured victories in Britain elections as the Conservative Party takes the lead.

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