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Bridging the Gap by Dr. Ashraf Ali

The recent carnage in California, where a Pakistani couple left 14 people dead in a shootout at a social services centre, has once again triggered heated debates in social and political circles around the world. Twenty-nine year old Tashfeen Malik moved to Saudi Arabia in 1989 with her parents; she …

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The Paris fiasco by Dr. Ashraf Ali

The series of attacks in Paris that left over 129 dead and more than 300 injured are considered to be the second largest and deadliest incident in France since World War II. It has shaken the very foundation of Europe and has prompted leaders from the international community to condemn …

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Press Freedom? – Dr. Ashraf Ali

PEMRA has reportedly banned media coverage of proscribed organisations, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jamatud Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF). According to a circular issued by the media watchdog, the “Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Interior, under [the] National Action Plan (NAP) have banned all kind of coverage …

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Disasters and delivery by Dr. Ashraf Ali

The earthquake of October 26 inflicted heavy damages in terms of men and material. Government estimates put the number of dead at 268. Over 9,000 houses and commercial units were damaged – more than half of them in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata. The number of casualties was, fortunately, comparatively fewer …

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The Rise of Daesh by Dr. Ashraf Ali

Dr. Ashraf Ali The rising activities of the self-styled Islamic State (Daesh) are posing a serious threat to the regional security in the Subcontinent. Pakistan’s Army Chief General Raheel Sharif’s recent address in London is an eye-opener. “Daesh is a bigger threat than Al-Qaeda”, the army chief disclosed in his …

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Lessons not Learnt by Dr. Ashraf Ali

  Dr. Ashraf Ali My last column, ‘Waiting for a tragedy’, that appeared on September 13 proved to be a wake-up call that went unattended till one more tragedy took its toll. The nation, still recovering from the shock of the tragic incident of the Army Public School in Peshawar …

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Reforming Madrassahs by Dr. Ashraf Ali

Dr. Ashraf Ali As part of its National Action Plan, the government’s decision to launch a decisive crackdown against sectarian hate-mongers and all those madrassahs that refuse to register under the new registration policy has created a stir among religio-political circles. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar declared that the government was …

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Waiting for a Tragedy by Dr. Ashraf Ali

Dr. Ashraf Ali The haunting image of a three-year-old boy’s dead body on a beach in Turkey, that shattered the collective conscience of the world, also sent a message across the civilized circles of the world and those championing the cause of international human rights. What the world felt about …

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