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Efficient local governments key to development: Swiss envoy

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Nov 2, 2013. Islamabad  As Pakistan struggles to deal with its ethnic and sectarian conflicts, the country might look toward Switzerland for recommendations on building communal harmony and social cohesion. “The key lesson from Switzerland is that you have to cherish […]

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Wagner’s 200th birth anniversary celebrated in Islamabad

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Oct 12, 2013. Islamabad – It is perhaps no secret that Pakistanis love emotions and drama. So it was not surprising that Pakistani guests, who attended a Piano Concert organised by the German Embassy on Thursday, seemed to adore the music […]

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German journalist’s political thriller on extremism and Islamophobia in the West

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Feb 20, 2013. Islamabad – As Sumaya reads the hate mail received by her boss, Lutfi Latif, the newly elected member of the German parliament, she thinks whether she would say something similarly hateful if she was filled with rage. She reads […]

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US takes diplomatic stance on Pak democracy after TuQ march

An edited version of this article was published in The Express Tribune on Jan 19, 2013. Islamabad – The United States (U.S.) is only lending its support to democracy not individuals or political parties in Pakistan, the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson, said on Friday. “I can very directly say that we are not supporting […]

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Australian award for Acid Survivors Foundation

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Dec 14, 2012. Islamabad – In 2009, when Aziz Mai’s husband tried to sell their children, Mai resisted. Her husband threatened her with violence. When she sought refuge at her maternal home with her children, she was accused of stealing her […]

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