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The Brave Pakistani

The Brave Pakistani

Pakistani born British author, Nadeem Aslam, once said that “Pakistan produces people of extraordinary bravery. But no nation should ever require its citizens to be that brave.”
Aitizaz Hasan is one such brave 15-year-old boy. Born and raised in the village of Ibrahimzai, Hangu, in the North-Western province of Khyber Pakhtunkwa …

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Pakistan’s Absurdities

Pakistan’s Absurdities

As a Pakistani, I know that we are some of the most resilient people with the biggest hearts and the most gullible minds. Since time immemorial, Pakistani’s have been  has been held hostage to their long desire to have a country that is run by the equitable laws of God. …

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The Unwanted Federally Administered Tribal Areas

The Unwanted Federally Administered Tribal Areas

There are few places in the world that do not afford its citizens basic human rights, or at least a garb of human rights. The Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan (or better known as “FATA”) are one of those areas.
FATA are the semi-autonomous areas in the northwest frontier of …

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Malala’s Islam

Malala’s Islam

Malala Yousafzai requires no introduction, especially not now that the United Nations has recognized her birthday as “Malala Day,” celebrating  this girl from Swat Valley, Pakistan, who has such a strong desire for knowledge that even a bullet to the head could not waiver. Addressing the United Nations on her …

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The Case for Guantánamo Bay

The Case for Guantánamo Bay

“I’ve been detained at Guantánamo for 11 years and three months. I have never been charged with any crime. I have never received a trial” says Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel, a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay, who told this story, through an Arabic interpreter, to his lawyers at the legal …

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The History of Rape in Pakistan

The History of Rape in Pakistan

Growing up in the Indian Sub-Continent, we are taught that British India was partitioned on the basis of differing religious ideologies. Hindus didn’t want to be governed by Muslims and Muslims by Hindus, and the Sikhs, well, they weren’t given too much importance, but they were somewhere in the middle …

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Think: ‘Independent’

Think: ‘Independent’

In its 65 years of independence, this election year was the first time Pakistan managed to vest power from one democratically elected government to the next – this being the first time the process was not interrupted by a coup d’etat. This is also the first time Pakistan saw the …

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Balochistan: The Ignored

Balochistan: The Ignored

 Citizens of Balochistan protesting the election results
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Balochistan
Balochistan – the province comprising some 44 percent of the entire land mass of Pakistan and merely five percent of the population, it is possibly the most ignored province in Pakistan. Balochistan remains the poorest province, while also the most …

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Religion v. Atheism

Religion v. Atheism

Image Credit: www.catholica.com.au
Last summer I was intrigued by a book review about Alain de Botton’s “Religion for Atheists”. In the review, that was partly an interview with the author, Botton explained that being an atheist didn’t mean you had to hate religion, but that you could …

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Political Pakistan

Political Pakistan

In preparation of the elections scheduled for next month (amidst talks of postponement), officers in charge of scrutinizing election nomination papers have questioned candidates on their knowledge of religion, as is required by Article 62 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic. Under Article 62, persons seeking to contest in …

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Come, All Ye Hopeful

Come, All Ye Hopeful

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” That is how a famous prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi starts; the very saint that Pope Francis took his name from, a saint known for his philanthropy and love of nature. As though a reflection of Saint Francis, the Pope, in …

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Hate Feeding Hate

Hate Feeding Hate

 

The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) is a global Jewish human rights organization that confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity and among other things, stands with Israel and defends the safety of Jews worldwide. For the past three years, the SWC has been putting together an annual list …

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Where is the State?

Where is the State?

Image lifted from the Express Tribune
“Hazaras” are Persian-speaking people from Afghanistan, who trace their lineage to Ghengis Khan, emperor of the Mongol Empire. Many migrated to British India and worked in coal mines situated in what we now know as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is estimated that more than 500,000 Hazaras …

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Integration in Germany – Introducing Islam

Integration in Germany – Introducing Islam

In hopes of generating patriotic fervor, German politicians have asked that their national football team to be compelled to sing the national anthem before each match. Players, such as Mesut Özil and Lukas Podolski, have been criticized for not participating in the ceremonious singing of the Deutschlandlied before each national match. Why? Özil is a third …

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Diversity in Government – On Taking Oaths

Diversity in Government – On Taking Oaths


It was 2006 when Keith Ellison (MN – 05) made history as the first Muslim to be elected to Congress. The same year, Mazie Hirono (HI – 02) and Hank Johnson (GA – 04) became the first Buddhists in American history to serve as U.S. Senators. But both Hirono’s …

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About the Author

Sahar Said
Sahar Said

Sahar has obtained her Master of Laws degree from The George Washington University Law School and currently works as a corporate lawyer in Lahore, Pakistan. She periodically contributes articles on Islamic Jurisprudence and Finance to the American Bar Association International Law News digest.

Sahar can be followed on Twitter @sahar_said.

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