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Eiynah, a Pakistani-Canadian artist had the dream of a progressive Pakistan in her mind when she got down to write Pakistan’s first anti-homophobia children’s book My Chacha Is Gay. She firmly believes that if the children of the country are taught “tolerance and diversity from a young age”, religious intolerance and extremism could be handled.

 
The fact is they exist and have existed here throughout our history. They were the entertainers, the artisans, the lovers, the bodyguards, the warriors, the dancers and the feeble among the crux of society that never looked at them with any recognition. 
 
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There’s a photograph floating around on Facebook that goes:  “Save girl child or your son will be forced to be gay.” It elicits many ironic likes. But recently I watched a rerun of a popular Hindi show where a mother-in-law was lamenting the miscarriage of her daughter-in-law and mourning the loss of her to-be grandson. 

 
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“From ‘Bol’ to bold”, that’s how Humaima Malick describes her journey from being a leading Pakistani actress to a debutante in Bollywood  
 
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Last week, while Pakistan and India both celebrated their respective birthdays, and the nationalist fervour that is considered requisite on such occasions on both sides of the border hogged the attentions and emotions of the public, another birthday slipped by.

 
 
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When Hassan Fazili returned to Kabul after nearly two decades of living abroad, the thing he missed the most were the cafes. The moustachioed Afghan filmmaker felt he owed the beginnings of his career to them — he had the idea to write his first script at a cafe in Tehran.

 
 
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At Sania Maskatiya’s flagship store in Karachi’s Bukhari commercial lane, rows and rows of her designs stand in attractive arrays. There are printed jackets and tunics in silk, kurtas in luxurious crepe, block-printed dresses, salwars in Gul Ahmed cottons and lush hand-embroidered dupattas in cotton, silk, nets and voiles. 

 

Whoever said documentaries had to be soporific and only an exclusive club of documentary filmmakers became excited about the genre?

 
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railing spouse. That’s what I was. I’d chucked up my job, packed up my home and decided to accompany my husband to a posting that was about to change our lives. This wasn’t just anywhere in the world, this was across the border – in Pakistan.

 


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spotlight image During the visit to Vietnam by Modi in 2016, economic cooperation was highlighted as a strategic priority in the ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” between the two countries
 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a four-nation tour of Europe Monday (May 29) where cooperation on counter-terrorism, civil nuclear technology, free trade, defence, science and technology and investment would dominate the bilateral summit agenda.
 
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To recall Jawaharlal Nehru is fundamentally to recall the egalitarian democracy he inaugurated in India, to remember the support he provided to the decolonisation of Asia and Africa through the 1950s and 1960s, recalls Syed Badrul Ahsan
 
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The killing of Sabzar Bhat, a Kashmiri militant, in an encounter with counter-insurgency operatives is bound to aggravate the tumult in the Valley.
 
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Recently, quite a few stories have appeared on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in both local and international publications.
 
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What a week it has been for the Middle East! People of Iran came out in droves to re-elect Rouhani as president for another term.
 
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As the United States (US) President Donald Trump returns home from his first foreign trip the world is presented with two contrasting images from this major foreign policy benchmark.
 
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  Title: The Exile; Author:  Cathy Scott-Clark & Adrian Levy; Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; Pages: 640; Price: Rs 699

 
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Jim Corbett was a British-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist; who started off as an officer in the British army and attained the rank of a colonel. Frequently called in to kill man-eating tigers or leopards,...

 
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Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
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Title: Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War; Author: Myra Macdonald; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 328; Price: Rs 599

 
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  The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...

 
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