Usman Ahmad

  • So lost am I with where to begin that perhaps the best place to start is with this moment; me staring blankly into the screen of my desktop trying to pull together in my head all the missing parts of myself. The effect is inconclusive. Almost hypnotic. But it brings no clarity to my thoughts, only ...

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  • “Verily, those who annoy Allah and His Messenger -Allah has caused in this world and in the Hereafter, and has prepared for them an abasing punishment “ Al-Quran Atrocities on Muslims and Islam are increasing day by day in the whole world. Enemies of Islam are insulting the signs of ...

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  • The blood has barely dried from last week’s carnage, that another suicide bombing has killed six people at a court complex in Charsadda. Even as I write this there is news breaking of a car bomb exploding in DHA Lahore. And so we go again, greeting a new wave of terror with the transparent ...

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  • It is hard to shake off the images of the past few days. On the one side there was an outpouring of joy at the announcement that the National Centre of Physics at Quaid-e-Azam University will be renamed after Pakistan’s long-neglected Nobel prize winner, Professor Abdus Salam. While on the ...

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  • Muhammad Ali Jinnah with Chaudhry Zafarullah Khan One of the great abominations to come out of Pakistan’s rush to commercialize all things Ramadan has been the rise and rise of the ‘special Ramadan transmission’. Part talks show, part game show and for want of a better ...

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  • Among the adventures of Sinbad is the sailor’s fabled encounter with the old man of the sea According to the tale, during his fifth voyage, Sinbad is stranded on a desert island after a violent shipwreck destroys his vessel and crew. There he encounters a seemingly benign old man who tricks ...

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  • To the People of Pakistan, I know you are hurting. So am I. The events during the recent Easter weekend have taken their toll on everyone. It seems like all we do is leap from one tragedy to another. It's a hard thing to come to terms with. Escaping this trauma won't be easy, it will take years, ...

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  • In recent weeks Pakistan has found itself once again caught in a familiar but no less terrifying nightmare as militants belonging to a faction of the Pakistani Taliban stormed the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda and killed 21 people a fortnight ago. Among the victims were 17 students. The ...

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  • Several years ago, the best-selling British writer and religious scholar, Karen Armstrong, toured Pakistan in part to promote the Charter of Compassion movement whose stated mission is to encourage the world’s religions to embrace the core values of empathy and togetherness. Armstrong is the ...

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