Author: lamiya shabbir

PAKISTAN: AFGHAN BORDER WALL CONTROVERSY REMINISCENT OF TRUMP’S GREAT WALL

LAMIYA SHABBIR WRITES- Good fences, it’s said, make for good neighbors. But what about walls? After a recent spate of terrorist attacks across Pakistan, the country’s army said it believes building a wall along the Afghan border could be good for both nations’ security. On March 31, at least 22 people were killed and more than 70 injured when a bomb exploded outside a mosque in Parachinar, a Shia area on the Afghan border. The bomb was thought to have been planted in a vehicle. It was the third in a string of terrorist attacks in Pakistan in recent...

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PAKISTAN: PANAMA LEAKS RULING KEEPS CORRUPTION ACCUSATIONS ALIVE

LAMIYA SHABBIR WRITES – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been in headlines more than usual lately. He can thank the so-called ‘Panama Papers’ and a ruling last month by the country’s supreme court that there’s too little evidence to oust him from office. The Panama Papers is shorthand for a massive leak of documents last year that exposed the offshore holdings of high-income people around the globe, including politicians and business elites. The leaks provided hidden financial details of around 130 people and showed how law firms, banks and other service providers help hide cash and secretive transactions. The...

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THE VISA CHRONICLES: WHY PAKISTAN OFFERS A BETTER MODEL THAN THE U.S.

LAMIYA SHABBIR WRITES — On February 23, President Donald Trump issued a series of memos after millions of protesters rejected the Trump administration’s initial executive orders regarding immigration enforcement and public safety. Trump’s travel ban, originally issued on January 27 and virtually banning all visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S, had affected over 100 travelers during its first weekend alone. Non-citizens were detained at U.S. airports for hours, leaving family members wondering whether or not they would be able to meet their loved ones. Migrating to the United States, especially from a second or third...

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PAKISTAN: THE BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGES

LAMIYA SHABBIR WRITES – When people attend a Pakistani wedding, they’re mesmerized by the colors, tradition and culture woven into the event: the gorgeous bride and groom, the laughter of family members, music and dancing going on for days and days. Imagine that the bride and groom are both from affluent families. The daughter is born to an industrialist, the son is born to a politician. As guests, we’re convinced that they have an ideal marriage. But there’s a bitter truth behind the bright disposition of the ceremony. What we may never learn is that the bride-to-be wants to...

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PAKISTAN: HIGH RISK AMONGST HIGHER EDUCATION

LAMIYA SHABBIR WRITES – Being a student in Pakistan is a high-risk occupation. In December, Taliban militants attacked Army Public School in Peshawar, killing 141 people. Though bloodier than most, the attack was by no means the first on institutes of learning. Taliban militants have shot up campuses, set schools ablaze, and forced girls from classrooms at gunpoint with the intent of imposing their extremist mores on Pakistani society. This week the Taliban set its eye just 20 miles north of Peshawar, with a terror attack that killed 21 people at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda. On Wednesday, at least...

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