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Lessons from India: Digital fascism and the new world order

Pakistani Twitter received a rude awakening last month when India banned the accounts of Pakistan’s UN mission, several foreign missions, and Radio Pakistan, for some unknown legal reason. The move came months after the Narendra Modi government blocked 16 YouTube channels, including six from Pakistan, for spreading “disinformation related to India’s national security, foreign …

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The default response

Dark Backdrop of The Events in Sri Lanka Against the dark backdrop of the events in Sri Lanka, exponentially rising political instability has, once again, forced many to wonder whether Pakistan is heading towards default. The government and the State Bank of Pakistan have been forthcoming, albeit somewhat belatedly, in …

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Southern Europe battles wildfires as heatwave spreads north

Much of Europe is baking in a heatwave that scientists say is consistent with climate change and has pushed temperatures into the mid-40s Celsius (over 110 Fahrenheit) in some regions, with wildfires raging across the tinder-dry countryside in Portugal, Spain, and France. Wildfires And Authorities Temperatures in some parts of …

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The big problems created by small dams in Potohar

The big problems created by small dams in Potohar

  In an area where only a small portion of rainwater can be used for agriculture – the rest of it flowing into streams and rivers – the dam was projected to store 1,733 acre feet of water, enough to provide one foot of water for more than five times …

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How social media has become a war zone for competing narratives

How social media has become a war zone for competing narratives

The writer, who did not identify himself, alleged how a private education network, Beaconhouse School System, was pursuing an “Indian agenda” and promoting “western” values among its students. He expressed alarm at the rapid pace at which these students from the “elite class” were joining important positions in state institutions. …

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Why a housing scheme in Peshawar is being delayed

Why a housing scheme in Peshawar is being delayed

                               Officials in Peshawar, in the meanwhile, blame their demands for having held back an ambitious government-planned housing scheme – almost double the size of the city’s well-known residential area, Hayatabad Township – for almost three …

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The past, present and future of feminist activism in Pakistan

The past, present and future of feminist activism in Pakistan

Aurat March 2019 was one of the most exciting feminist events in recent years. Its sheer scale, magnitude, diversity and inclusivity were unprecedented. Women belonging to different social classes, regions, religions, ethnicities and sects came together on a common platform to protest the multiple patriarchies that control, limit and constrain …

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How death stalks life in coal mines

How death stalks life in coal mines

Hameed Jan Haji knows what it means to be inside a coal mine. A septuagenarian, he no more does heavy work of cutting and extracting coal but still clears coal dust or cooks for the miners in Machh, Balochistan — making 400 rupees a day. Gap-toothed but sturdy, he confidently …

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The missing daughters of Pakistan

The missing daughters of Pakistan

                 The government school in her village, Makol, is tucked away, almost invisibly, at the end of a narrow path covered by thick trees. A small peak, jutting out of a mountain, obscures its front gate. Most teachers at the school – including …

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