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Washington D.C. Stands with Peshawar

Posted December 19th, 2014 at 8:55 pm (UTC+0)

by Niala Mohammad “Why innocent children? What kinds of monsters target children?”  Crowds of people gathered in DuPont circle with tearful disbelief at the events that unfolded in Peshawar. Hundreds gathered in Washington, DC’s DuPont Circle to light candles for the 141 lives lost in Peshawar, 132 of which were children. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman, […]

“Da Mirmano Ghag” The Women’s Voice

Posted November 13th, 2014 at 8:19 pm (UTC+0)
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by Niala Mohammad “Wagma!!!! I love your programs; we look forward to it every week”! Sobia Khan from Hangu screeched with excitement when her call was forwarded to VOA Deewa’s weekly women’s show -“Da Mirmano Ghag” which means the women’s voice.Many girls like Sobia flood the phone lines with their questions and comments for Wagma […]

The King of the Pashtun Squash Dynasty Hashim Khan Dies at 100

Posted August 19th, 2014 at 9:15 pm (UTC+0)
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By Niala Mohammad Pakistan’s first national hero, Hashim Khan passed away on Monday, August 18, 2014 at his home in Denver, Colorado. He was believed to be 100, but his official age was unknown due to lack of official documentation. Recognized as one of the greatest squash players of all time, Hashim Khan hailed from […]

Islamabad Blames, Kabul Counters Border Violations

Posted August 4th, 2014 at 7:07 pm (UTC+0)
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By Behroz Khan A new round of blame-game has been kicked off between Afghanistan and Pakistan with each side accusing the other of border violation and interference, a situation that jeopardizes efforts for regional stability. The spat also comes at a time of particular sensitivity for Afghanistan, which is embroiled in a debilitating controversy over […]

Nazia Parveen, FATA’s First Female Athlete

Posted July 24th, 2014 at 8:16 pm (UTC+0)
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Written by Niala Mohammad and Wagma Jalawan “Don’t Think Just Because You are a Girl You Can’t do Something.” This tenacious tribalite has done more than climb rocks. She has challenged the cultural norms of a society where women are hidden in the shadows of men. Her goal is to win an Olympic gold medal […]

North Waziristan IDPs in Dire Need of Help

Posted July 2nd, 2014 at 8:27 pm (UTC+0)
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By Niala Mohammad & Arshad Mohmand “I brought my two sick daughters from Mir Ali to Bannu on motorcycle, their mother followed us by foot. My 6 month old daughter died on the way, I could not get her help in time because of the curfew.” Dilnawaz an IDP from North Waziristan There are half […]

Khyber Pukhtunkhwa: From Tobacco to Lethal Addictions

Posted June 17th, 2014 at 8:25 pm (UTC+0)
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By Niala Mohammad and Wagma Jalawan According to a recent UNDOC survey conducted in Pakistan, 5.8% or 6.45 million people of the population in Pakistan between the ages of 15 and 64 use drugs. The thought of a third world country and its people entrenched in war, terrorism and poverty almost justifies these staggering statistics […]

Growing Extremism Amongst Pashtun Women

Posted May 23rd, 2014 at 3:18 pm (UTC+0)

By Niala Mohammad The shuttlecock burqa– and chaddar-wearing Pashtun women that once populated the streets of Khyber-Pukthunkhwa are now lost amidst a sea of women donning Arabian-styled abayas all over the city of Peshawar. These traditional forms of “pardah,” or “veils,” have been traded in for a more conservative alternative, popularly known in the region as “thorra burqa” (black […]

Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws Coming After Media?

Posted May 19th, 2014 at 1:23 am (UTC+0)
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By Nafees Takar For Pakistan’s leading media house, Jang group, the litany of troubles in recent weeks has not only grown but the troubles have become grave that may even prove to be mortal. After a tense stand off with the powerful military, intense opposition by fellow media groups, comes a blasphemy charge against Geo […]

Stirring Up a Hornet’s Nest with Carlotta Gall

Posted May 13th, 2014 at 4:24 pm (UTC+0)
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by Niala Mohammad Whether you agree with Carlotta Gall or believe that her claims are parallel to a script from a Bollywood movie, Carlotta Gall is not fazed. Carlotta herself says she is ready for the media and Pakistani government to “totally trash” her but first she wants to put her book, The Wrong Enemy: […]

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