Author: lamiya shabbir

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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PAKISTAN: Is Trump Unnerving 453,000 Pakistani Immigrants in the U.S.?

LAMIYA SHABBIR WRITES – Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States and proposed changes to the country’s immigration and visa policies. While millions of his supporters have cheered the proposal, most Democrats and even many top Republican figures have opposed it. Among Muslims, there is widespread concern over Trump’s campaign success generally, and the proposed ban in particular. While in theory it’s meant to keep out terrorists — especially those who might sneak in with, for example, a future wave of Syrian refugees — such a ban would affect...

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PAKISTAN: General High Regard for Himself

LAMIYA SHABBIR WRITES – Raheel sharif, the army chief of Pakistan, is more famous on social media than Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain. The huge billboards in Karachi with his picture – and being on front page of newspapers everyday – has made it very hard for everyone to avoid him. Not only are his pictures are on local public transportation, but he is now being painted on colorful trucks as well. The general is being praised on social media with the hashtag #ThankYouRaheelSharif on Facebook and Twitter. The hashtag first appeared when the army chief...

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PAKISTAN – A “Chance Meeting” Between Prime Minister Sharif and Modi

LAMIYA SHABBIR WRITES – It was the tweet heard across the subcontinent: India and Pakistan’s leaders play nice at a conference designed to save the world. Spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs of India, Vikas Swarup tweeted, “On a chilly November morning, PM @narendramodi is welcomed warmly by President @fhollande for @COP21 #COP21,” followed by a tweet that became an interesting topic not only a lot of newspapers but also a topic for people to talk about on social media. Swarup tweeted along with a picture on November 29: “This was a brief exchange of courtesies in the Leader...

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THE CHINA COLUMN

Trump needs to get smart as North Korea keeps up ‘missile diplomacy’

Tom Plate says US policy on North Korea must stem from astute first-hand intelligence, lacking thus far, starting with recognising the country and setting up an embassy read more...


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