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Red Zone turns into battleground over controversial film

This article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sept 21, 2013. Islamabad – The battle for Red Zone lasted several hours. Around 1,000 protesters battled the Islamabad Police for more than four hours on Thursday afternoon in a bid to march toward the US embassy, housed in the sensitive Red Zone along with […]

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Sector G-8 gets some attention

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sept 17, 2012. Islamabad – The Melody Food Park in G-6 might have lost its shine, but the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has announced a new food court to be built in sector G-8. On Friday, Chairman CDA Farkhand Iqbal visited G-8 to interact with the […]

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Beware of Islamabad’s broken roads

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sept 16, 2012. Driving on the West Service Road in G-11 can be expensive. The last time Raja Haqdar, a resident of G-11/2, drove down the road, his car’s front axle broke. “I tried to avoid the pot hole, but in vain,” he said. “The car repairs […]

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CDA chief tries to clear his name from shady deals

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sept 12, 2012. Islamabad – These are testing times for the Capital Development Authority (CDA). The Islamabad High Court constituted a commission on Monday to investigate improprieties in several CDA projects, the authority has to come up with a plan for land compensation […]

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Challenges for Access to Information in Pakistan

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sept 6, 2012. Islamabad – A complicated application process, blanket exemptions from disclosure and the absence of an independent informationcommission for handling complaints have reduced the effectiveness of the Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002, according to members of the Centre for Peace and Development […]

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Pindi’s Great Grato Jalebi

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Aug 19, 2012. Rawalpindi – Muhammad Umair is holding an open pouch made of cotton cloth in his right hand. With a twirling motion, he moves it skillfully over a hot karahi, and a thick stream of batter trickles down into […]

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Ramadan 2011 begins

This story was first published in the Columbia Missourian on Aug 1, 2011. COLUMBIA — When Columbia Muslims woke up about 4 a.m. Monday to eat an early breakfast, they knew there would be no food or drink for them until sundown 16 hours later. Monday marked the first day of Ramadan, the Islamic holy […]

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Boonville Civil War 150th anniversary reenactment

This story was first published in the Columbia Missourian on June 13, 2011. COLUMBIA — History is ready to repeat itself in Boonville. On June 17, 1861, Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Lyon led some 1,700 soldiers of the U.S. forces to face off with the pro-Southern Missouri State Guard stationed near Boonville. In a short-lived battle lasting barely […]

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