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Status of Minorities

Every now and then something happens that highlights the precarious situation in which the non-Muslim religious minorities are living in Pakistan. However, the gloss on the issues of religious minorities proves to be fleeting in nature. The pattern that has emerged from a number of recent incidents is that the government’s interest stays alive in such cases as long as …

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National and International MCQs (Jan-Feb 2017)

MCQs

National MCQs 1. On Inclusive Development Index 2017, Pakistan has been ranked _____. (a) 45th        (b) 52nd (c) 65th        (d) 72nd 2. The first-ever artiste to co-chair the World Economic Forum is ______. (a) Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (b) Oprah Winfrey (c) Beyoncé    (d) Kate Winslet 3. On the 2017 Global Talent Competitiveness Index, Pakistan has been ranked ____ out …

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World In Focus (January – February 2017)

World in Focus (January - February 2017)

NATIONAL Jan 16: Pakistan was ranked 52nd, ahead from India (60th), among 79 developing economies in the Inclusive Development Index (IDI) 2017, by World Economic Forum. Top 10 developing economies: Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Uruguay, Latvia, Panama, Costa Rica and Chile. Top 10 advance economies: Norway, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and Austria. Jan 17: …

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THE LEGEND THAT WAS BANO QUDSIA, Great writers never die, they just stop writing!

THE LEGEND THAT WAS BANO QUDSIA

“Writing a book is like bearing a child and you do not share that with anyone. God is your only confidant. It is also like falling in love. You keep it personal and private.” — Bano Qudsia On the fateful day of 4th February 2017, Pakistan lost one of its literary giants and indubitably a gem in the world of …

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Is America Becoming a Third World Country

Is America Becoming a Third World Country

“One of the most pathetic aspects of human history is that every civilization expresses itself most pretentiously, compounds its partial and universal values most convincingly, and claims immortality for its finite existence at the very moment when the decay which leads to death has already begun.” — Reinhold Niebuhr If the allegations about Russia holding a “sex tape” on President …

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The Lahore Resolution

The Lahore Resolution 1940

Political reforms introduced by the British in India had instilled in Muslims a feeling that they would never get power to govern their lives and that they will become a permanent minority in a democratic system. This feeling was not unjustified or irrational at all because Muslims constituted only one-fourth of the total Indian population a big chunk of which …

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The Psychology of Ideology and Religion

The Psychology of Ideology and Religion

Two of the drivers of world affairs that manifest in the daily decisions that affect our lives are ideology and religion. Ideology is the term widely used to describe the underlying set of values, myths, ideas, attitudes, beliefs and doctrine that shape the behavioural approach to political, economic, social, cultural and/or ecological activities of an individual or an organisation. This …

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Waste water, A Daunting Challenge of Our Times

Waste water, A Daunting Challenge of Our Times

 “When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.”  (— Benjamin Franklin) The famous saying “One bad apple spoils the whole bunch,” which in other words means “One bad fish can spoil the whole pond,” holds true for many an aspect of our lives. In the present-day context, perhaps, it’s all about water because recent researches suggest that one …

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“Corruption and Its Impacts on Good Governance”

Corruption and Its Impacts on Good Governance

Introduction Corrupt man corrupts society Kinds of corruption a. Moral corruption b. Political corruption c. Economic corruption Impacts of corruption a. Social Impacts i. Lack of trust ii. Nepotism, cronyism and favouritism iii. Merit is killed iv. Crisis of unemployment v. Abysmal poverty vi. Anarchy in society b. Political Impacts i. Political instability ii. Precarious law and order situation iii. …

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CSS 2017 Solved Papers, ISLAMIC STUDIES (MCQs)

CSS 2017 Solved Papers, Islamic Studies

1. Categories of peoples who are entitled to receive Zakat: 8 2. The period of Islamic Caliphate lasted for nearly: 30 years 3. Salat-e-Istisqa is offered for: Rain 4. Scribe of the Treaty of Hudaibiya: Hazrat Ali (RA) 5. Literal meaning of Hajj is: Intend to go somewhere 6. In Ghazwa-e-Khandaq, the salats combined by the Holy Prophet (PBUH): Zuhr …

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