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An aurat march in Karachi | @auratmarch2020 | Instagram

For Pakistani men, Aurat March is the real coronavirus

Women marching with placards, using slogans like 'mera jism meri marzi' are not 'good women’. And how dare they oppose maulanas and misogynists, Pakistan's real feminists?
Kites

Pakistan arrested more Basant kite flyers than terrorists this year

If arresting kite flyers was one of FATF's compliance requirements, then Pakistan would have transcended even the grey list to get itself on the white list.
Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in Islamabad | Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg

Imran Khan’s Naya Pakistan is becoming Naya North Korea

In opposition, Imran Khan had warned Nawaz Sharif of protests if social media was banned. As PM, he took a U-turn on that as well.

Damage caused by Valentine’s Day to Pakistani ideology is bigger than any existential threat

Red roses, balloons, and stuffed toys have become a symbol of defiance in Pakistan. The bans against Valentine’s Day celebration cause unwarranted turmoil.
Kashmir Solidarity Day

Pakistanis have nothing to celebrate on Kashmir Solidarity Day except discounts on clothes

The real winner of the Kashmir Solidarity Day is the common Pakistani who sees this day for what it is. A holiday in the middle of the week.
File photo of Imran Khan | Photographer: Asad Zaidi | Bloomberg

You thought Asif Zardari & Pervez Musharraf were sexists. Meet Pakistan PM Imran Khan

In Imran Khan’s world, working mothers are disgraceful. Like masculinity, the Pakistan PM is an expert on motherhood too.
Faisal Vawda with the boot on ARY News show | YouTube screengrab

Why a Pakistani minister brought army boots to a TV studio

Faisal Vawda’s monologue on an ARY News was about why opposition parties should respect the boot. So, he got one and placed it next to his glass of water.

Bring back Bollywood, we can’t watch Pakistani films about Kulbhushan Jadhav sabotaging CPEC

Bollywood films mean packed cinema halls. Now, minister Fawad Chaudhry is having to ask Netflix and Amazon to invest in Pakistani content.

US-Iran tension, world war talk: For Pakistan, nothing more urgent than Bajwa’s extension

The speed with which Pakistani politicians passed the bill extending Gen Bajwa's tenure is alarming for a nation that has a history of military coups.
File photo | Shoaib Akhtar | TheFastestBowler/Facebook

Shoaib Akhtar’s one religion comment riled up Pakistani cricketers more than repeated losses

Inshallah, the boys prayed very well. Pakistan’s cricketers now think showing religion on sleeve is more important than the game.

On Camera

Social sciences

Covid-19 put brake to academic activity, but digital libraries can ensure continuity

Covid-19 has paced up the transition to distance learning. While institutes are racing to shift courses online, students are engaging en masse with e-books.

Can India balance its domestic pharma needs and also be a global player in Covid-19 fight?

India has lifted the ban on the export of 24 pharmaceutical ingredients, including anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.

Defence

A picture of items found on the dead terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Keran sector. | Photo: By special arrangement

Masala tikka-flavoured snacks to AK-47s: What 5 slain Lashkar terrorists brought from Pakistan

Indian Army calls Pakistan's complicity in aiding and abetting infiltration, especially at a time when the world is fighting coronavirus, 'reprehensible'.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.