By Ali Rizvi - The odds of being an astronaut are 1:14200000 or 1 in 142 million. The odds of sky diving over the Mount Everest are 1:35500000 or 1 in 355 million. The odds of a Pakistani to visit the North and the South Pole are
By A Rahim Khan - Famously, science fiction doyen, Arthur C. Clarke, ventured, as a young air force officer who occasionally dabbled in fiction, the idea of communication satellites. Proposing the launch of ‘artificial satellites’ into
By A Rahim Khan - “I want to be clear, you’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?” If the questions seem pointed, even a little blunt, forgetting that it sounds hopelessly obtuse, that is
In conversation with Sheikh Waqas Akram “He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.” When Sheikh Waqas Akram speaks about the state’s shortcomings in combating sectarianism and militancy, he speaks as part of the resistance, as someone experienced and battle-hardened; he is a politician twice elected from a constituency which has […]
By Irfan Bukhari – An interview with Engineer Baleegh-ur-Rehman After the devolution of federal powers under the 18th amendment, many of the state’s responsibilities were handed over to the provincial governments, including education. It was surprising then, when the government decided to retain a federal ministry for education. Formed in 2011, it was reformed as […]
By Noorilhuda – Sitting over a pile of fifty seven billion rupees, with development projects worth hundreds more, heading an organization with eight-hundred employees, leading hundreds of educational institutions all the while juggling court cases, 18th Amendment and a media out to make a mountain of a molehill … it would be enough to make […]
‘Writers must keep following their original calling regardless of what happens along the way’ Bernardo Carvalho is a Brazilian novelist, journalist and playwright, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1960. He has been correspondent for Folha de S. Paulo (one of Brazil’s major dailies) in Paris and New York, and editor of the paper’s literary […]
By Haq Nawaz Khan – “The foreign elements are the biggest hurdles in the way of peace negotiations” Muhammad Afzal Khan, known as Khan Lala, 87, is a veteran politician and legendary Pashtoon nationalist leader from Pakistan’s northwestern scenic valley of Swat. Khan Lala is a soft spoken and humble politician who has been struggling […]
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