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Alas, the Pigeons have Flown Away in Peshawar!

By Usman Jillani The birds have flown away – the pigeons have flown away and now the city wears a deserted look, but the flowers still bloom in the ‘city of flowers’ and this is what keeps the city still alive. Peshawar, found some 2500 years ago, the city has…

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Voice of African Women – 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign

By Aya Chebbi I made this video to contribute to 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, a worldwide campaign against gender-based violence that runs from 25th of November to 10th of December. This video is a message from inspiring young African women that I had the chance and honor…

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Positive is Credible

By Mahvish Bashir Build for yourself a strong box Fashion each part with care When it’s strong as your hand can make it Pull all your troubles there Hide there all thoughts of your failure And each bitter cup that quaff Lock all your heartaches within it Then sit on…

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The Valley of Martyrs

By Hammal Kashani The beautiful valley of hazaras, situated between the Alamdar road and the neighbouring Koh-a-Murdar, once known for its peace, love and brotherhood, is now living under the shadow of blood-stained guns and bullets. The hospitable hazaras who had been living in Quetta since the 19th century are…

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Karachi Makes Me Feel at Home

By Javeria Khalid Petiwala A lot of people around me are planning to pack their bags and get the hell out of Pakistan. They will be blessed with better security, a superior job, fatter paycheck and a much more comfortable life style. When you talk to them, they can’t translate…

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Visiting Wildlife

By Mirni Sumiyati Mirni Sumiyati from Indonesia writes about the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, which was set up in 1964 to rehabilitate orphaned baby orang utan. The Centre is located at a distance of approximately 23km from the Sandakan Town. Image Source: Google Images Are you an animal lover?…

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The Entertainment Industry

By Varda Dar The curtain rises and you are met with absurd visions of an otherwise sensible, mature woman singing and romping about in the fields donning a gaudy lacha. She swings from one tree to another, putting Tarzan to shame in the process, to please the hero who doesn’t look even…

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Lesson 101 – Immortality

By Talha Ebraheem Some days back, I had a chance to accompany a deceased on the burial journey. Sitting beside the coffin carrier, I thought about the transition that a living being goes through at the time of death, leaving behind memoirs. The memories that erodes with the never-ending ticktocks…

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Sevdalinka – Love, Passion and Sadness

By Elma Begic Bosnia and Herzgovina I’ll tell you a story about Sevdalinka. Imagine a woman, with her eyes closed and singing. Imagine sorrow and sadness in her voice, and a beautiful love song being sung by her. Can you? Every time someone sings Sevdah, you have a strange need…

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Marriage by Choice?

By Fahaad Humayun Gentlemen and Ladies (may Allah forgive me for addressing the female community), the topic of my article is very sensitive. However, the nature of this is very important and valid in our community. This question has been tip toeing across my mind for a long  time so I finally thought…

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Is Love a Reason to Justify Acid Attacks?

By Sakina Kavi Acid throwing has become one of the evils that a number of Pakistani women have been suffering from in the recent times. Although the survival rate is high among acid victims, it is nevertheless true that even in spite of surviving, the kind of life they live…

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How I Learned to Say ‘No’

By Fakiha Hassan Rizvi  This post might be surprising for most of you, but I’ll be sharing some tips that are essential to learn for mastering the most valuable ability in this world the ability to say ‘NO’. Yes! Saying No, not to ‘drugs’ or to ‘alcohol’, but to ‘people’….

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Lessons I Learnt from First Year of University Life

By Muhammad Shahrukh Khan Given below are the 7 lessons I learnt from university life: 1) People are not mature or immature; they are either sane or insane. 2) First impression is never the last impression. 3) Everybody lies. Trust people anyway. 4) Grouping is not for friendship; it’s for…

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Smile Turns Strangers into a New Family

By Maria Listuhayu Prajna Pratita Today, I went to Bantul as usual, buying rendeng (peanut leaves) for my rabbits. Unexpectedly, I came across a female security staff from my college. It turned out that she was the daughter-in-law of Mbah Wadji, the rendeng seller. She spotted me from a distance,…

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Coke Studio: Fusion of the Old and the New

 By Syeda Noor-us-Saba Pere Pavandi Saan Chavan Di Saan Rahi Vanj Raat Bhambore Mein… This is the song which I am humming these days. Indeed Coke Studio provides a diverse, versatile mix of music whether you want rock music like Charkha Nolakha by Atif Aslam and Qayaas or a Sufi Kalaam like…

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