Siraj M. Shawa

  • TIn 1980 Zakat and Ushr ordinance was issued in General Zia’s era with an objective to Islamize our economic system, and since then the government has been authorized to collect and distribute zakat while at the same time people can fulfill this religious obligation on their own in private ...

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  • TThousands of people in Pakistan die due to road traffic accidents (RTA) every year, more than killed by terrorism and earthquakes combine. The number of RTAs occurred only during Eid holidays crossed the figure of a thousand, with 4,677 only in Punjab. According to World Health Organization, 2.69% ...

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  • TThe US president in his recent tweets while referring to four progressive democratic congresswomen of colour, known as “The Squad” on capitol Hill, said that they originally came from crime infested countries whose governments are complete and total catastrophe, and they should, ...

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  • TIn Pakistan laymen have no idea of a pharmacist is; neither do they know his importance in their lives. The fact is they are drugs experts sans whom the public health would shatter. One of the reasons behind the poor state of the health sector is that their pivotal role in medical field has not ...

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  • TPresident Mohammad Ayub khan visited the United States in 1961 where he was warmly received by the then POTUS John F. Kennedy and the first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. He addressed the US Congress and was served a state dinner at Mount Vernon in a courteous manner. The US Information Service made a ...

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  • TVast swathes of Syria have been reduced to ashes ruthlessly by different players. More than half of Afghanistan lies in ruins owing to downright hostilities across the country for decades. Iraq is still reeling from a war waged on it on flimsy grounds in blatant defiance of International Law. ...

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  • THealth is said to be one of the major priorities of the incumbent government. Though no concrete steps have been taken so far except for the distribution of health cards in some regions, it is expected that practical measures will be taken soon. A plethora of flaws can be identified in our ...

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  • TGreta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish student, has been lodging protests every Friday since August last year calling for drastic action against climate change. She mounted her environmental campaign under the slogan “Fridays for Future”. Her struggle aspired thousands of students all ...

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  • TThousands of people in this country don’t enjoy the privilege of having two square meals a day. A vast majority of folks feel no concern for their special nutrition needs; what really worries them is how to feed their family members on anything edible. They are blissfully ignorant of what ...

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  • TSuppose it is the 29th of Ramazan and evening time when the new moon is about to appear. Many people around the country have absorbed themselves in the biannual activity of looking for a crescent in the sky. Let an average citizen, who is all alone on his rooftop, witnesses it for a minute or so ...

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  • TThe horrifying incident of 9/11 led to catastrophic consequences for Muslims around the world. It metamorphosed their lives for the years to come. Thereafter men sporting beards were perceived as threats. In certain instances panic broke out and flights were delayed until the fellow passengers had ...

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  • TPakistan is ranked 148th out of 149 countries by the World Economic Forum in the Global Gender Gap Index 2018. This rating can be challenged by looking to the abysmal state of affairs of women in countries like Syria which is war wrecked and India where every 20 minutes one women is raped, and at ...

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  • TRamazan is on the horizon once again. Being the most sacred month of the Islamic calendar, it brings countless blessings along with itself for Muslims all around the world. Islam attaches great importance to this period of the year. The Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) reportedly said that Allah ...

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  • TOn Feb 14th, an Indian army convoy came under a suicide attack in Pulwama, IOK, leading to the death of more than 40 Indian soldiers. The attack received extensive coverage in the mass media throughout the world. Many global leaders fiercely condemned it within hours. India is being regarded as a ...

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  • TThe history of human beings being targeted by polio virus dates back to time unknown. It spreads mainly through saliva and stools and causes poliomyelitis in victims. Upon reaching the body the virus attacks nervous system and starts destroying nerve cells which control muscles. During the early ...

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  • TIn the latest QS World University Rankings 2019, only two Pakistani institutions made it to the top 500 and merely seven to the top 1000. Just one of our universities is listed in the top 500 on the rankings of QS Graduate Employability. Such is the poor and appalling condition of higher education ...

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  • TSAARC, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, was established in Dacca, Bangladesh on 8th December, 1985. The aims and objectives were enlisted as, inter alia, to improve welfare and quality of life in South Asia, promote economic growth, strengthen collective self-reliance, build mutual ...

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  • TOn day to day basis child abuse cases emerge in one part of the country or the other. Now people have accustomed to this vicious and brutal crime in our society which has mushroomed to every nook and cranny of the land. Our extreme lack of sensitivity regarding children is manifest in the fact how ...

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  • TEstablishing peace in Afghanistan has been a hard nut to crack for the last 17 years. Starting a war is easy but bringing it to an end is a tough row to hoe. Thousands of civilians have perished in this war on terror and many ended up maimed and wounded. The Afghan people have suffered a lot and ...

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  • TThe United States is spending billions of dollars on building arsenals every year. With 610 billion dollars military expenditure in 2017 it spends more than the next top seven countries combined as per the figures provided by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). China and ...

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  • TThe Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was conceived pursuant to an Islamic Summit in Rabat, Morocco. Israeli aggressions in Palestine specifically the arson of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem was raison d’être of this conference. It is the largest organisation of Muslim countries ...

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  • TThe United States has been fighting an unwinnable war in Afghanistan against Taliban and Al-Qaida for the last 17 years. The irony is that the world power could not bring to knees such weak and disorganised groups in so many years who are engaged in a guerrilla warfare in an unsystematic way with ...

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  • TThe new US National Security Strategy document says Russia and China are resolute in making economies less fair and free to strengthen their militaries and challenge American influence, values, and wealth. Terrorism, which was till recently the top priority of the United States, has been replaced ...

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