Safarjee: The New Way to Book Travels in Pakistan!
Two travel enthusiasts, Farhan Nadeem and Moazzam Ahmed, present to you a one-stop website called Safarjee. This website will act as a haven, not only for the travelers but also for the travel operators. Having identified the lack of a comprehensive platform to facilitate the travel industry, Safarjee provides a one-stop-solution to customize travel itineraries and packages for each destination.
The Golden Triangle: The Opium Centre of Southeast Asia
An infamous region widely known as the “Golden Triangle” is located in the forestry depths of Southeast Asia, between the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. The area has historically been seen as the home site for the mass production of opium. Millions of methamphetamine pills (Meth) have been seized by Thai security forces. Moreover, hundreds of kilograms of crystal meth, heroin, and ketamine have allegedly passed on from the region.
Why Are the 2023 General Elections Important for Pakistan?
Muhammad Shaheer Mahmood shares why the upcoming 2023 general elections carry unprecedented importance for Pakistan. The elections would not only bring stability to the country’s political set-up but also a fully occupied National Assembly.
Suftech Innovations: Climate Action through Revolutionary Technology
Suftech Innovations is a climate-tech startup in Pakistan, that uses its innovative technology to convert plastic waste into a premium-quality polymer. The quality is such that it can perfectly substitute virgin polymer. This conversion allows for a transition from a linear to a circular (and sustainable) plastics economy. Suftech Innovations is not only working towards the critical goal of net-zero emissions but also seeks to facilitate the recycling and reusing commitments of commercial organisations.
The Pathan Unarmed
Mukulika Banerjee’s “The Pathan Unarmed” is an enlightening book that dives into the captivating history of Pashtuns’ nonviolent resistance. It gives an in-depth history of the Khudai Khidmatgaar movement, which was started and steered by Abdul Ghaffar Khan, commonly known as Bacha Khan. His non-violent movement became a sincere instrument for the transformation of Pathans from a group with polemic and defiant nature to a non-violent one.
Chukar Partridge, the National Bird of Pakistan
Known for its striking plumage and adaptability to rocky habitats, the chukar partridge – commonly called the “chakor” or “chakoor” – holds the honour of being the national bird of Pakistan. The bird’s significance as the national bird goes beyond its striking beauty. The chakor represents the country’s diverse wildlife and the resilience of its natural ecosystems.
Tug of War Between Central Governments and Supreme Courts in Pakistan and India
Muhammad Shaheer Mahmood discusses the uncanny similarities in both the constitutional, and political discourse in India and Pakistan. Despite their longstanding hostility, both countries find themselves entangled in a web of mistrust between their respective centers and the Supreme Courts. These intriguing coincidences send us down a fascinating path fraught with power struggles, legislative interventions, and the slow erosion of institutional trust.
Farmaish: Shaping Customer Service in Pakistan
Farmaish, a concierge customer service startup, aims to help customers with simplifying their shopping experience. For the residents of Karachi, Farmaish brings you the convenience of buying and delivering products from the comfort of your homes – and the service is just a WhatsApp message away!
Paul Rusesabagina, Hotel Rwanda Hero
Rwanda has seen its fair share of conflict and political despair. The 1994 Genocide that massacred over 800,000 Tutsi civilians, a minority group, has been the epicenter of Rwandan politics. To understand the role of Paul Rusesabagina in the genocide and realize why there was recently a global clamor for his freedom, there is a need for a refresher on the conflict.
Turkey’s 2023 Elections: What You Need to Know
A complex state that has seen power juggle between its political and military institutes, Türkiye has seen years of struggle to get to its current political shape. In 2018, Türkiye saw its transition from a parliamentary to a presidential system after the constitutional referendum in 2017. The initiative was planned by Tayyip Erdoğan of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) who remains a powerful political figure and has been President since 2014. While both the presidential and parliamentary elections were held on 14th May, Erdoğan and Kılıçdaroğlu will contest a run-off vote on 28th May to decide the winner of the 2023 presidential elections.
What Does a Stable Afghanistan Mean for China?
Despite being an underdeveloped country, Afghanistan seems to have gained China’s attention. China desires a stable Afghanistan so that it can safeguard its national and cross-border security. Moreover, China needs to have stability in its landlocked neighbor so that it can further its economic expansion. Muhammad Shaheer Mahmood sheds light on the importance of stability in Afghanistan for China and China’s attempts to make sure that it enjoys a stable neighborhood.
Why is Bakhmut Important in the Russia-Ukraine War?
Ayesha Javaid discusses why Bakhmut is important for both Russia and Ukraine, and what would happen if it were to fall. For Ukraine, the city is a symbol of its struggle and resistance against the Russian forces. On the other hand, Russia seeks Bakhmut to gain control over the entire eastern Donbas territory and ultimately the liberation of the “Donetsk People’s Republic”. As she describes the recent developments in the ongoing war for Bakhmut, she concludes that in the coming weeks, the city might completely slip through Russia’s fingers.
The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al Qaeda
Peter Bergen’s “The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al Qaeda” is a look into the conflict between Al Qaeda and the United States. It details the comprehensive history of the war from both sides as well as the strategies explored by the US government.
A National Circus: The Game of Power and the Neglected Masses
“Why are people fighting on TV?”, an innocent child asked his mom, after watching the clash between the police and the protesters last week on TV. This question prompted Zuha Tiwana, the mother of that child, to pen down the consequences that the national-level circus has had on the public’s welfare.
The Propaganda War Between India and Pakistan Post-Pulwama
After the Pulwama attack in India, tensions between both Pakistan and India rose rapidly. The escalation eventually culminated in an aerial dogfight where an Indian MiG-21 was downed by Pakistan and its pilot, Abhinandan, captured. To save face, India began a propaganda campaign claiming that a Pakistani F-16 was downed by India. This led to a massive war of words between both countries characterized by lies, jingoism, hyperbole, and nationalism. While both countries’ media were to be blamed for the preceding, the Indian media was more culpable for displaying such negative traits. Eventually, this propaganda war was settled by international news agencies and organizations that corrected many false Indian claims, especially the one relating to the alleged downed Pakistani F-16. The final nail in the coffin was when a US inventory check asserted that no Pakistani F-16s were missing and therefore Pakistan came out as the victor in the dogfight as well as the propaganda war.
The Role of Hydropolitics in Pakistan’s Water Crisis
Ayesha Javaid discusses how Pakistan has been embroiled in politics over water resources since its independence – at both local and international levels. Pakistan and India initially had disagreements over the Indus Basin, which was finally settled by the Indus Water Treaty in 1960. However, with India now demanding modifications in the 62-year-old treaty, serious water-based conflicts between the two countries are a likely possibility. Pakistan also faces water troubles within, as provincial governments have failed to reach an agreement over the much-needed construction (& even usage) of dams.
Violated: The Sanctity of Courts
The courts are one of the fundamental features of any society. They are the protectors of rights, the rule of law, equality, and justice. The courts are the voice of the silenced and protectors of the unprotected. Huzaifah Sehgal ponders upon the recent violation of the sanctity of the courts and what this means for the country.
Understanding the Sudan Conflict for Solutions
Muhammad Shaheer Mahmood aims to give a detailed insight into the ongoing conflict between the two military factions in Sudan, the Rapid Security Forces (RSF) and the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF). He also discusses the impact of the Sudan crisis on both local and international political (and economic) spheres. He then deliberates on the role of regional stakeholders who have a responsibility to find an indigenous solution to resolve the terrifying conflict.
Violent Protests in Pakistan: A Hollow Endeavour?
As Pakistanis, we’re accustomed to placing the blame on others and seeking remedies through sit-ins and protests that characteristically morph into violent and fruitless endeavours. This time, however, it won’t just stop with arrests and economic contractions as the economy is closely inching towards a catastrophic collapse.
Maritime Disputes and International Law: Disputed Waters and Seabed Resources in Asia and Europe
Constantinos Yiallourides’ Maritime Disputes and International Law: Disputed Waters and Seabed Resources in Asia and Europe provides an extensive analysis of maritime conflicts. Using international law, he recommends achieving joint development agreements. It examines the legal principles behind maritime disputes and provides a framework for cooperation in order to use disputed resources for mutual benefit.
The Shah Jahan Mosque: A Lasting Gift for the People of Sindh
Built in 1647 in Thatta, during the reign of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the Shah Jahan Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques constructed at the time. The mosque was presented as a gift to the people of Sindh, who provided Shah Jahan a refuge from his father. The mosque has no minarets, and has a hundred domes, making it truly one of a kind. The acoustics are such that sounds over 100 decibels are easily heard in all corners of the mosque. The remarkable structure and intricate decor allow both locals and tourists to witness the majestic grandeur of Mughal architecture.
Pakistan’s Need for Civic Education
The paper emphasizes the importance of civic education for a truly democratic state. It is certainly Pakistan’s best bet for promoting active political participation, increasing civic engagement in political activities, and encouraging healthy voting behaviors, while improving the constitutional literacy of the populace. This paper also tackles ways to improve civic education and engagement in Pakistan by analyzing the German model of civic education.
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