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Pakistan’s War on Atheism

Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy crackdown is tightening the noose around nonbelievers. By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid On Tuesday a High Court Judge in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad reiterated in a hearing that “blasphemers are terrorists,” as a petitioner sought a ban on social media pages allegedly uploading derogatory posts against Islam and Prophet Muhammad. Justice Shaukat …

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Support Our Kurdish Allies in the Middle East

By: SETH J. FRANTZMAN @SFRANTZMAN And stop regarding their aspirations to self-determination as a problem. For two years U.S. forces have been working closely with Kurds in the war against the Islamic State. This cooperation began in northern Iraq with the peshmerga, the armed forces of the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government …

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Youth unemployment in Balochistan

By: Siddiq Baluch Youth unemployment is the only sector, which had been deliberately, ignored by the decision makers for the last six more decades or more. There is no significant project launched to address the issue of youth unemployment, which is one of the root causes of unrest and disquiet …

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گوادر فری زون کی تشکیل، “چند حقائق، چند سوالات” – غلام فاروق بلوچ

گوادر فری زون کی تشکیل، “چند حقائق، چند سوالات”  – غلام فاروق بلوچ بشکریہ: ڈیلی انتخاب

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Giant pharaoh statue probably depicting Ramses II found in Egypt slum

REUTERS Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found a massive eight-meter statue submerged in ground water in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. The discovery, hailed by the Antiquities Ministry as one of the most important …

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The lost civilisation of Mehrgarh: A treasure in ruins

MUHAMMAD AKBAR NOTEZAI Lost amid the landscape of social strife that engulfs Balochistan is its cultural and historical heritage. While textbooks and documentaries have delved deep into Mohenjo-daro and the Indus Valley civilisation, little attention has been paid to the oldest civilisation in Mehrgarh. On a bright and sunny day, …

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CPEC: Hopes and fears as China comes to Gwadar

Asmall compound in Gwadar town’s old area is littered with coils of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Around six workers calibrate a moulding machine mounted inside a parked truck and pass the coils through it. Pipes of different diameters and sizes come out from the other side. This is Gwadar’s first pipe …

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Enduring Durand

Aasim Sajjad Akhtar BUT for a 48 hour window between Tuesday and Thursday this week, the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan has been sealed for almost three weeks now. It is one of the great tragedies of the modern world that shared histories, cultures, economic and social relations spanning hundreds …

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Legislator asks US to stop treating Pakistan as ally

WASHINGTON: The head of a United States congressional panel and a former Pentagon official, in a toxic article published on Thursday, urged the Trump administration to stop treating Pakistan as an ally. In a joint piece they wrote for the National Interest magazine, Congressman Ted Poe and James Clad also …

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مغربی روٹ کے لیے ایک انچ زمین بھی نہیں خریدی گئی

ظہیر اختر بیدری جب سے چین کے ساتھ اقتصادی راہداری کے منصوبے پردونوں ملکوں کے درمیان دستخط ہورہے ہیں حکومت کی طرف سے بار بار یہ کہا جارہاہے کہ سی پیک سے ملک میں ایک تاریخی اقتصادی انقلاب آجائے گا۔اس میں کوئی شک نہیں کہ چین سے جو تجارتی قافلے …

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