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#TryBeatingMeLightly

#TryBeatingMeLightly

A couple of weeks ago, Pakistan’s Council of Islamic Ideology issued its proposed amendments to the Protection of Women Against Violence Bill of 2015. They recommend husbands to “lightly beat” their wives in certain circumstances.

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I Am Human

I Am Human

When attacks such as the one in Paris last year or the latest in Brussels take place, the world rises up in solidarity. Having spent the better part of my life in Pakistan, I know that our loss is ours alone, any solace we seek must come from within our borders.

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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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Joining the World in Prayer for Malala

Joining the World in Prayer for Malala

Image lifted from http://paknews.pk
The first thing that struck me as I read reports on Malala’s shooting was the village name: Saidu Shareef. Living in Pakistan, we have been conditioned to hear of shootings, bombings and barbarity across the country and get on with our day; unless you know someone …

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Finally, Some Good News from South Asia…. But Will It Last?

Finally, Some Good News from South Asia…. But Will It Last?

UPDATE (February 29): Islamabad today announced that it would grant “most favored nation” trade status to New Delhi and phase out major restrictions on Indian imports by the end of this year.
For all of the discouraging news coming out of South Asia – Afghanistan’s escalating turmoil, the …

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U.S. Congressional Hearing May Spell Trouble for Pakistan

U.S. Congressional Hearing May Spell Trouble for Pakistan

The United States (US) Committee on Foreign Affairs is set to convene a congressional hearing on Wednesday (February 8), for an exclusive discussion on Balochistan.
The extraordinary event has generated great interest among followers of Pakistan-US relations, as the allies’ mutual relationship seems to be deteriorating. The powerful …

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Would Imran Khan Call Ron Paul to Bat?

Would Imran Khan Call Ron Paul to Bat?

Is it just me, or are seemingly incessant GOP debates the past few months allowing President Obama’s lack of public exposure to seem more and more like solid leadership? The Republican lineups simplistic, square and reactionary

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2011: Pakistan’s Year of Infamy

2011: Pakistan’s Year of Infamy

Summary of the Past Year
Many Pakistanis will remember 2011 as the year of infamy. Those who supported Islamic terrorist groups, including elements in the military, the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound that killed him on May 2nd, was an embarrassing exposure of Islamabad’s double-game. Those who passionately insisted …

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‘A civil war in Afghanistan will further destabilise Pakistan’

‘A civil war in Afghanistan will further destabilise Pakistan’


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As the debate over the post-2014 Afghanistan gains more attention, observers fear a ‘political earthquake’ in the country where the US troops’ withdrawal coincides with the next Afghan presidential elections. With the exit of the United States, Afghanistan’s economy and sources of financing the government in Kabul …

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Pakistan’s Militant Heroes

Pakistan’s Militant Heroes

If you did not get a chance to see the gruesome images from Pakistan when lawyers and educated youths showered rose petals on the murderer of a prominent governor, you are not too late. Thousands of Pakistanis are back on the roads supporting the assassination …

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United Stance Against America

United Stance Against America


Pakistan’s Prime Minister Syed Yusaf Raza Gilani convened a grand All Parties Conference (APC) in Islamabad on September 29 to develop consensus on a national stance in response to Admiral Mike Mullen’s allegations about links between Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Directorate and the Haqqani …

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Pakistan’s Full Stop

Pakistan’s Full Stop

Let’s not treat the current diplomatic standoff between the United States and Pakistan as the complete end of all ties. Both the countries have only punctuated the terms and conditions of their decade-old alliance. Had they spared a modicum of time back in 2001 to understand and respect the limits …

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The many names of the game

The many names of the game


Osama bin Laden: killed and al Qaeda: on the run. That’s the balance sheet — more or less — that the U.S. has to share with the world. Meanwhile, its biggest ally in the War on Terror — Pakistan — has nothing to present except that its …

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‘Pakistan views India as the perpetual enemy and the US as an unfaithful ally’

‘Pakistan views India as the perpetual enemy and the US as an unfaithful ally’

The following interview originally appeared on Dawn.com, Pakistan’s most respected English news source. I am reproducing it here for the interest of our readers.

It’s a rare opportunity to come across an American diplomat who understands the South Asian culture and speaks fluent Urdu and Hindi. Former …

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The End of Jihad?

The End of Jihad?


What is more important: Securing Pakistan’s strategic relationship with the United States or asking what some may call the “tough questions”?  The presence of Osama bin Laden in the country’s garrison town of Abbottabad may not have been in the knowledge of the top Pakistani military authorities …

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