ROOM OF TERROR – 1
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ROOM OF TERROR – 1

Umair Rehman Spring was the season of green mountains and meadows, blushing and an expanse of yellow mustard flowers in the fields around our village. O’ Kashmiri mornings are full of activity. I would wake up to the banging of…

Why did Jamat e Islami not win elections in Pakistan?
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Why did Jamat e Islami not win elections in Pakistan?

This piece will seem to be written against Jamat e Islami but that is not the reality - because I consider it to be the only party in Pakistan which upholds democratic values. It elects its Ameer by election and…

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Jamaat-e-Islami: Challenges & the Way Forward

Zaahid Mushtaq*   Amidst communal clashes of 1920’s in India on one side and emergence of Shudi movement through Arya Samajists on the other side, Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar made an emotional speech from the pulpit of Jamia Masjid of…

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Rohingya Crisis: Let Humanity Prevail

  Had the Rohingyas not been Muslims, especially if they happened to be Hindus, they would have been accorded red carpet welcome. The wars, imported civil wars, invasions and riots are the illegitimate weapons of the strong. Terrorism is the…

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The Genocide of the Rohingya: Big Oil, Failed Democracy and False Prophets

  To a certain extent, Aung San Suu Kyi is a false prophet. Glorified by the west for many years, she was made a 'democracy icon' because she opposed the same forces in her country, Burma, at the time that…

Save Rohingya
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Save Rohingya

They gave me A4 sheet To inscribe the blood of thousands of people, To write the tales of burnt homes... They gave me six minutes To tell the saga of Seven decades of tyranny, And the history of that land…

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The Deafening Silence of Gorakhpur Tragedy

  Of the various reasons to emerge from the Gorakhpur catastrophe, perhaps the horrifying has been the disruption of ‘oxygen supply’ on August 10, the team of Indian Medical Association has confirmed. The horrible deaths of more than 60 children…

Mosque Under Siege
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Mosque Under Siege

Glitzy sacred bricks Baked in the fire of love… The fire to burn this barbed wire! Brick bakers; stone throwers tied a knot, Under siege! Walls take a deep sigh With thirty thousand footprints Whose wounded feet, elsewhere, unhealed! Green…

Legal and Political Aspects of Article 35-A
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Legal and Political Aspects of Article 35-A

The challenge to the constitutional validity of article 35A has both legal and political aspects. However, timing of the petition and the right wing background of the petitioner points to the broader ideological underpinnings behind it. From the legal-constitutional point…