Author: Zainab Niaz

A Series of Unfortunate Events

A lot of news stories have been about this unfortunate growth of “intolerance” lately. Especially since it’s drawing more comments every few days from prominent writers, actors and politicians. How could it not? Every citizen wants to feel at home in their own country. When they don’t, they are hurt and frustrated. They are bound to react. Is equal treatment of all the people too much to ask for these days? This sensational movement against intolerance was started by writers returning their national awards. And then scientists, historians and filmmakers joined in. On monday, Shah Rukh Khan said, “religious intolerance is the worst kind of crime. We may...

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Hundreds Dead As 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Afghanistan

A killer earthquake of a startling 7.5 magnitude chose the province of Badakhshan in the Hindu Kush mountain range in Afghanistan’s far northern region as its epicentre. At a depth of 130 miles (210km), more than two minutes of sustained tremors were felt in Islamabad, Lahore, Faisalabad and the mountainous region of Chitral in Pakistan reportedly claiming at least 215 lives and injuring 1200. One of the deadliest earthquakes recorded in the region, it shook homes across a vast region including New Delhi in India and the Central Asian republic of Tajikistan. Even the Qatari residents have also reported feeling the aftershocks. The frightening quake, which left...

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The Unending Syrian Crisis

One country. A deadly crisis in its fifth year now. Over a quarter of a million dead. Millions became refugees. But for the world, helping Syria get back on its feet is not on top of the list of priorities. In fact, some are so indifferent to this tragic war that instead of joining hands with other countries and finding solutions, they are quarreling pathetically on how to deal with it. And now, Turkey has put forward a plan in which Assad will be allowed to stay in power for six months and then leave Syria for good. Feeling over generous, Turkey? Because it seems like...

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Beefed-up Politics : Engineer Rashid thrashed inside J&K Assembly by BJP MLAs

On an eventful Thursday, independent lawmaker Engineer Rashid was thrashed by BJP legislators inside the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly for hosting a beef party at his official residence in Srinagar. A few hours after that, Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke his eight-day silence on the lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq for allegedly eating beef in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh. It seems like the eating habits of citizens are the most important things to be discussed these days. The lawmaker, who termed the assault on him by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs as “terrorism and hooliganism” said, “Nearly six to eight BJP members grabbed me and kicked and punched me. They tried...

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A Sad Blame Game Post The Mecca Stampede

Is the Hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam, a scene for the divisions within the Islamic world to score political gains? Unfortunately that is what the governments of Saudi Arabia and Iran are making it after more than 1,000 pilgrims died in a stampede at the site of the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual in Mina, near Mecca, during the Hajj last month. Hajj is one of the most sacred Islamic rituals. It is an event meant to encourage a spirit of unity and brotherhood among Muslims. But even in the wake of such an event, the human tendency to turn everything into a...

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