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Using Social Media to Fail

When you are a political party hoping to attract a large following, Social Media is perhaps the best way to achieve this. After all, it’s so easy. All you have to do is equip a few willing youngsters with computers, a twitter account and basic knowledge of the English language and you’re all set to take over the Pakistani Social Media world by storm. Or…

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Pakistan and the US – Working for a Greater We or a Greater Me?

  To say that the Pakistan-US relationship is one of the great modern voluntary mistakes of the region is not an understatement. What is this relationship based on? What are its foundations? Is it really necessary? Unfortunately, it is not. Coercion? Threats? Muscle flexing? All three? Yes. This may be partly or entirely true – but that is irrelevant here. What is relevant is the…

“There Will Be Time To Murder And Create”

Indignant, pained, angry, frustrated… I can go on writing many more words but they would never appropriately convey how I, and many others, feel right now. A nineteen year old man shot in broad daylight and left to bleed to death. This may be something we hear and read about every single day. What makes this story different is the fact that the murderers are…

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Did Obama Kill the Bogeyman?

In what seems, to many, to be a rather suspicious operation, Osama Bin Laden was shot in the head by US Navy Seals in the early hours of May 2nd 2011 (Pakistan standard time) in Pakistan’s city of Abbotabad. Bin Laden has been reported as having been in hiding in the house for a number of months if not years. (The exact duration has yet…

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Dissecting the Raymond Davis Case: Mistakes and Implications

The US has been Pakistan’s oldest ally, when and as it has seen fit, and the Pakistanis, in return, have been the Americans’ sincerest of friends when and as it has suited the US – profiting only immensely from whenever such bonds have borne fruits. Unfortunately, of late this relationship seems to have come under threat. Both the Americans – in honor of the fair…

Education Outreach as a Weapon Against Terrorism in Pakistan

Education is often considered the yardstick of a country’s progress and is one of several indicators used to gauge a developing country’s measure of progress. However, for Pakistan, a key regional player, this is unfortunately not the case. Where industry, GDP and per capita income are often cited as indicators of growth, education is given the cold shoulder. This is an issue that Pakistan, and…

Islamabad- The Mother of all Spoiled Children

Every city has a crown, a jewel that shines amongst the gems of the city, and for the capital it is true even more so. Rome has its cathedral and in the days of yore, it had its Coliseum, a structure and a tradition towering above others in stature; a civic symbol and a political symbol of the Empire’s strength; of the strength and faith…