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Social Stigma and Youth trouble

The shame or disgrace attached to something that is unacceptable to society can be regarded as social stigma. Erving Goffman, one of the most influential sociologists of twentieth century explains,   the phenomenon whereby an individual with an attribute which is deeply discredited by his/her society is rejected as a result …

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Case against PoPA extension

Afrasiab Khattak-Protection of Pakistan Act (PoPA) one of the major anti-terrorist laws in Pakistan, expired yesterday. It was promulgated in July 2014 with a two year sunset clause. In this way PoPA has come to an end after completing its prescribed age. The present government has every intention of extending …

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IS can’t only be defeated by military means

By Manish Rai-Islamic State which stormed Iraq and whole world in 2014 with its takeover of major Iraqi and Syrian cities by exploiting Sunni Arab grievances in Iraq and chaos in neighbouring Syria. But the militant group is steadily losing ground in both the countries. The so-called Caliphate is on …

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Chabahar Port: The port that changed everything

By Prithwi Tilak Banerjee-Actually, it is just the tip of the iceberg. This is the start of an inevitable new cold war. Real war is not fought with weapons. It is fought financially with diplomacy as its weapon. It is not the wars that actually kill people, it is the …

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The end of Pakistan’s double-games in Afghanistan

Flare-up of Afghanistan-Pakistan border tensions signals a shift of dynamics in their historically thorny relationship. Julian Huxley once wrote that “a nation is a society united by a common error as to its origins and a common aversion to its neighbours”. If there is any truth to Huxley’s remark, the …

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Children have rights

By Freshta Arash Faizi-Children have rights there are tens of thousands of children who have never known the carefree days of childhood in the country. Waheda, 8, works in a brick kiln. Her calloused, small hands shape the bricks under the noon-day sun. She says she is the only bread …

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Climate change is real

By Abbas Jan-There is a broad based agreement with in the scientific community that climate change is real. The U.S environmental protection agency, the national aeronautics and space administration, and the National oceanic and atmospheric administration concur that climate change is indeed occurring and is almost certainly due to human …

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