Aqeela Asifi: A Teacher in Exile Continues the Struggle
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Aqeela Asifi: A Teacher in Exile Continues the Struggle

Imagine teaching for 23 years in a small Afghan refugee camp at Kot Chandana village, on the outskirts of the Punjab province in Pakistan, and then, one day, learning that Stephen Hawking himself has lauded you and your work. Aqeela Asifi—one of the top ten finalists for this year’s Global Teacher Prize—knows this feeling. In a video posted on the contest’s Facebook page, Professor … Continue reading

Social Media Rallies to Help Comatose Pakistani Student in US
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Social Media Rallies to Help Comatose Pakistani Student in US

Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa, a 21-year-old Pakistani exchange student in the US, has been in a coma since 13 November 2013 when a deer collided with the car he and his friends were riding in outside of the city of Minneapolis. At a local hospital after the accident, Bajwa went into cardiac arrest. Doctors were able to … Continue reading

Controversial Sindh Festival Accused of Risking Ancient Ruins for Flashy Kickoff
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Controversial Sindh Festival Accused of Risking Ancient Ruins for Flashy Kickoff

The people of Sindh province in the south of Pakistan, the site of one of the oldest civilizations in the world, are currently celebrating a festival to pay tribute to their rich and vast cultural heritage. The brainchild of the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the … Continue reading

Taliban Play Trump with Peace Talks in Pakistan
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Taliban Play Trump with Peace Talks in Pakistan

The Pakistani government finally announced their negotiating team for peace talks with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The banned militant outfit responded with their own team, which includes politicians from the very parties that were backing the government’s peace talks, including cricketer-turned- politician Imran Khan, who declined the role. In an analysis piece written for the daily Dawn, Peshawar-based … Continue reading

BBC, Guardian, Play Cricket With Facts: The Real Tendulkar-Taliban Story
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BBC, Guardian, Play Cricket With Facts: The Real Tendulkar-Taliban Story

Record-breaking batsman Tendulkar recently played his last cricket game ending a legendary 24-year career. The “news” about his retirement and flood of tributes across South Asia, UK and Australia were soon trumped by an alleged “warning” from the Pakistani Taliban. “Stop praising Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Taliban warn Pakistani media“: variations of this sensational headline were circulated by … Continue reading

Pakistan Government Blames Social Media for Fanning Sectarian Clashes
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Pakistan Government Blames Social Media for Fanning Sectarian Clashes

A three-day curfew was imposed in Rawalpindi city, after eleven people were killed and a market was burnt, following a clash reportedly between Sunni and Shia crowds on Ashura, the 10th day of the Islamic month Muharram, a day of mourning and processions for Shia-muslims. Soon after the clash on November 15, 2013, images – some doctored and some manipulated with … Continue reading