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Pakistan’s Population Doubles-2017 Preliminary Census Results

Posted August 26th, 2017 at 11:21 pm (UTC+0)
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Written by Niala Mohammad Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) carried out its sixth population census earlier this year after a 19 year long gap. According to the preliminary results Pakistan has had an overall 57% population increase since its last census conducted in 1998. The 2017 preliminary census results show Pakistan’s population at 207.7 million; […]

Game of Thrones in the Land of Drones

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 8:47 pm (UTC+0)
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By Niala Mohammad If you are not addicted to Game of Thrones, you’ve at least heard about the popular fantasy drama series and its catchy theme song. The young men of Khumariyaan have given new life to Ramin Djawadi’s composition by adapting the GoT theme song to a Pashtun beat. This track is quickly becoming a hit among the younger […]

The Wall of Kindness makes its way to Peshawar

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 10:25 pm (UTC+0)
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By Niala Mohammad & Dawood Jabarkhail  A social phenomenon that started in Iran has made its way to Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. Peshawarites were inspired by a video on social media that enabled people to place items that they no longer need such as clothes, shoes, blankets and other goods on a wall so that those in […]

The ThrillSeekerz of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa

Posted February 2nd, 2016 at 5:55 pm (UTC+0)

    By Niala Mohammad  Faiza Rehman (of Pusht-e-Khera Payan, Peshawar) , Sahibzada Anees (of Topi, Swabi District), Muhammad Ammar (of Tangi, Charsadda District), and Yasawal Ahmad (of Peshawar City) are the founders of “Thrill Seekerz”, a club that started in 2013, in response to the terrorism effecting the youth of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. This club […]

The First Daughter of Afghanistan-Mariam Ghani

Posted October 31st, 2014 at 5:04 pm (UTC+0)

by Niala Mohammad Though she refuses comment on her family or ethnic ties, one thing is irrefutable; she is the daughter of Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani. She is as intelligent as her father and as poised as her mother but one thing sets her apart-she is stingy with words but generous with her work to […]

Learning from History with Dr. Qayyum Kochai

Posted October 7th, 2014 at 4:32 pm (UTC+0)

by Niala Mohammad Dr. Qayyum Kochai, a former Afghan diplomat in his mid-seventies that fled Afghanistan with his family nearly two decades ago during the Soviet invasion. As I sat with him in his living room on the outskirts of “Little Kabul”, I received one of the greatest history lessons of my life, leaving me […]

Khumariyaan Intoxicate Washington, D.C.

Posted September 17th, 2014 at 8:22 pm (UTC+0)

by Niala Mohammad “Art is Like Water for the Fire of Fundamentalism”-Khumariyaan the Band As I sat on in the grand foyer of the Kennedy Center, overlooking the Potomac River, a feeling of pride and nostalgia overcame me as I watched a group of young Pashtun men dilute the image of extremism placed upon their […]

The US-Taliban Prisoner Swap

Posted June 6th, 2014 at 3:30 pm (UTC+0)
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by Niala Mohammad On May 31st, 2014 the US-Taliban prisoner swap took place, just weeks after President Barack Obama announced his withdrawal strategy from Afghanistan. Reactions about the prisoner exchange have been mixed. Dr. Marvin Weinbaum, a senior Afghanistan analyst at the Middle East Institute told Deewa Radio that although Americans applaud the release of […]




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