Author Archives: Rabia Ahmed


Rabia Ahmed

The easy way out

How to sell dumb ideas The downside of democracy is that ‘the public’ is not prone to checking what it hears, and those elected to lead the public understand this only too


Rabia Ahmed

Diversionary tactics?

Why did Trump test positive now At the 2020 Presidential Debate on September29th in Cleveland the President of the USA said about his adversary Joe Biden: “I don’t wear a mask like


Rabia Ahmed

She who must not be named?

Why can’t mothers be named? According to an Afghan Taliban spokesman in an interview with Reuters, “Mentioning the names of mothers, wives, sisters and daughters is not culturally tolerable in our society,”


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Getting what you foster

Do we need to encourage violence? Well, the inevitable has happened: Dirilis (Ertugrul), the Turkish play dubbed into Urdu, an enthusiastic project of the Prime Minister, has taken viewers by storm in


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The polio story

A disease overshadowed by covid-19 While Covid-19 takes its toll in Pakistan; polio, the disease that has been around much longer, has made a comeback. The WHO also extended its travel restrictions


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Innocent until proven guilty

Sexual harassers should have this rule applied to them Social media─ informative, wide-ranging, crossing boundaries: both national and social; influential, entertaining, fast moving─ social media has brought about a change which little


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Childhood denied

The problem can no longer be brushed under the carpet Back in 1999 the members of the International Labour Organisation signed Convention 182 which concerns the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the


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The role of monuments

Statues are visible and occuy ublic sace There are all kinds of monuments, roads named after prominent persons, mausoleums, structures, artifacts, columns, tombs, war memorials etc. Monuments commemorate history. You find them


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Free and open debate

Silencing opposing views is wrong, whoever does it “The way to defeat bad ideas is by exposure, argument and persuasion, not by trying to silence or wish them away.” That letter about


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Hijacked

Where did the clergy emerge among Muslims? Sahih Bukhari quotes the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) as saying: ‘Make things easy for people, and do not make them difficult. Cheer people


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Who let the dogs out?

Sexual harassment allegations must be taken seriously; they’re probably true That must be the song ringing in the Pakistan People’s Party’s ears these days, a song that fits neatly with the rest

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