Hafsa Khawaja

  • A picture of a certain signboard prohibiting the travel and entry of maids and ayas beyond a certain point on the premises, reportedly of the Islamabad Club, has been circulating on social media since Saturday. In the outrage it has drawn, the picture has prompted comparisons to the “Whites ...

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  • “How I wished during those sleepless hours that I belonged to a different nation, or better still, to none at all.” –W.G. Sebald A glance at his profile reveals bits and pieces from which you can patch together his person: poetry, musings, an avidness for photography, friendships, ...

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  • At least six activists have been reported missing within a week. The editorial in this newspaper was correct in emphasising “that the near-simultaneous disappearances are linked since all four of the activists shared the same approach, were critical of government and establishment policies ...

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  • Pakistan may have a plethora of problems, but it definitely has no shortage of a peculiar set of solutions to deal with those when the need arises. Recently, photos emerged of a black goat being slaughtered at the airport tarmac in Islamabad right beside a Pakistan International Airlines plane. PIA ...

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  • "Why is Ahmadi such a taboo word? Ideological stances aside, my only goal is that when an Ahmadi is killed or persecuted, the media shouldn't be scared to talk about it," he had said. It seemed too good to be true. A conversation about a pressing issue being initiated by a prominent TV actor with a ...

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  • There has been much outcry and uproar. JUI-F’s Maulana Fazlur Rehman has called it an instrument for victimization of husbands, and suggested that the government should’ve just declared the ‘husband as wife and wife as husband’. Muhammad Naeem of Binoria has lamented it and ...

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  • Because its 2015”, replied the new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau upon being questioned regarding his choice of gender balance characterising his cabinet; half of which are women. Certainly the presence of women in positions of power is not entirely an accurate indicator of the ...

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  • There is no shortage of the absurd in the land of the pure. In continuity of the norm of absurdity, the returning IDPs of North Waziristan were recently required to sign a “Social Agreement North Waziristan 2015.” The document requires the reaffirmation of their allegiance and loyalty ...

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  • Less than four months since the Peshawar tragedy and Pakistan has seen the Shikarpur bombing, the Peshawar Imambargah and Youhanabad attacks.Much has been said about attacks on religious minorities in Pakistan, and it is often that the violence against them is explained by brushing it into the ...

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  • Some tragedies are difficult to erase from national memories. What happened in Peshawar was a monstrosity beyond evil. In an air of seething anger, mourning and vengeance, the government decided to lift the moratorium on death penalty. As understandable as this is the lifting of the moratorium is ...

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  • The Azadi March has commenced with the PTI’s supporters all geared up to bring down what they believe to be the illegitimate PML-N badshahat. Equally charged are the supporters of Canadian national Tahir-ul-Qadri to bring in an inquilab.Both of these campaigns have one thing in common, and ...

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  • On 16th July, the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice rejected with a majority vote, a bill presented by PML-N MNA Marvi Memon that sought the status of national language for regional languages.The regional languages included Balochi, Balti, Brahvi, Punjabi, Pushto, ...

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  • The decision to battle militants in North Waziristan under the banner of Zarb-e-Azb has thrust the country into the beginning of a multifaceted process. While the dominant focus has been on the on-ground offensive, the remaining aspects of the fight such as the ideological prevalence of the ...

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