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    ...She wanted to spend the last days of her life surrounded by the memories of her darling Papa in Mumbai but her last wish was not fulfilled. She died in New York on November 2, 2017 at the age of 98. Dina Wadia, the only child of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, has since become a victim of disinformation on social media and some newspaper columns. Some ignorant people have claimed that her father severed relations with his daughter and was not willing to see her even on his death-bed. Unfortunately for these so-called historians the facts are completely different from their fiction. The National Assembly of Pakistan and Sindh Assembly observed a minute of silence on November 3 to pay homage to Dina Wadia. She was highly respected in a country created by her father. The question remains, why she never moved to Pakistan? Why did she die in New York as a US citizen and why has she been buried there? ...

    Indian Express on Nov. 6, 2017, 6:11 p.m.

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    ... Women usually don’t dance and sing publicly in Pakistan but on Tuesday evening in Lahore hundreds of women were singing and dancing publicly in the Qaddafi Stadium. They were celebrating the return of international cricket to Pakistan after eight very long and very arid years. As the World XI and Pakistan played their first of three matches, many offered prayers and thanksgiving to God. It was as if they had actually defeated the fear of terrorism that has been an integral part of the Pakistani psyche for years and years. In their unadulterated joy, there was a tinge of anger as well as sadness. ...

    Indian Express on Sept. 13, 2017, 7:24 p.m.

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    ...PTI Photo Journalist Gauri Lankesh was very much aware that her days were numbered but she never named her killers. She knew her enemies did not belong to a particular group or party but to a mindset and ideology. Her brutal murder on September 5 in Bangalore has sounded an alarm bell for journalists all over the globe, that journalism is becoming a most dangerous profession — that too in the world’s largest democracy. I never knew her personally. Some of my colleagues and friends asked me, ‘Who killed her?’ The question reminded me of the last editorial of the late Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge who was assassinated in Colombo in 2009. He was the editor of the ‘Sunday Leader ‘newspaper and a thorn in the flesh of then Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse ,who was furious over his criticism of the human rights violations committed by Sri Lankan security forces against Tamil civilians in the war against the LTTE. ...

    Indian Express on Sept. 7, 2017, 5:21 p.m.

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    ...It took almost ten years for a Pakistani anti-terror court to announce its verdict in the Benazir Bhutto murder case. The Rawalpindi judge Muhammad Asghar Khan acquitted five accused Taliban terrorists, awarded 17-years imprisonment each to two senior police officials for abetting the crime and declared former military dictator Pervez Musharraf absconder. There is deep disappointment among the people after this controversial verdict. They believe Benazir Bhutto has been murdered again. It was expected that the court would not be able to convict Musharraf in absentia and the five main accused released. But I didn’t think that the court would imprison Ex-DIG Saud Aziz and SP Khurram Shehzad; I thought they would be saved by some “powerful people.” But the court has rejected Musharraf’s conspiracy theory and actually reversed it by implicating two police officials. Does this mean that Musharraf is part of the crime? Even as the former dictator enjoys life in London, Benazir Bhutto has returned as a bad nightmare for the former dictator. ...

    Indian Express on Sept. 2, 2017, 7:59 a.m.

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    ...I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of someone whimpering and realized it was my mother. My father was in Dhaka on a goodwill mission between former East Pakistan and present West Pakistan. Perhaps my mother was missing my father, I thought, so I jumped into her bed and embraced her in my small arms. My cheeks were wet with her tears. I asked her why she was crying. She kissed my cheek and gently said, go back to sleep. But when I repeated my question, she broke down in tears again and said, “1947 khatam hi nahi hota, yeh khoon kharaba kab rukey ga? (There is no end to 1947, when will this bloodshed stop? )” I was baffled. I asked her, “Ammi ji what is 1947?” It was the year Pakistan became independent, she replied, when a lot of people were also killed and kidnapped. ...

    Indian Express on Aug. 14, 2017, 1:29 a.m.

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    ...I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of someone whimpering and realized it was my mother. My father was in Dhaka on a goodwill mission between former East Pakistan and present West Pakistan. Perhaps my mother was missing my father, I thought, so I jumped into her bed and embraced her in my small arms. My cheeks were wet with her tears. I asked her why she was crying. She kissed my cheek and gently said, go back to sleep. But when I repeated my question, she broke down in tears again and said, “1947 khatam hi nahi hota, yeh khoon kharaba kab rukey ga? (There is no end to 1947, when will this bloodshed stop? )” I was baffled. I asked her, “Ammi ji what is 1947?” It was the year Pakistan became independent, she replied, when a lot of people were also killed and kidnapped. ...

    Indian Express on Aug. 14, 2017, 1:29 a.m.

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    ...Nawaz Sharif is no more prime minister of Pakistan but he is still a kingmaker. The Supreme Court has disqualified and disgraced him in the Panama case but he still enjoys the full confidence and support of the lawmakers of Pakistan Muslim League (N) and its allied parties in the National Assembly. His younger brother and Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif is not a member of the National Assembly but has been nominated by Nawaz as the next prime minister of Pakistan. Shahbaz Sharif will contest the by-election from the same seat that his elder brother will vacate after disqualification. In the meantime Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will become interim prime minister. Abbasi is a senior politician who spent two years in jail during the Musharraf era and refused to turn approver against Nawaz Sharif. So why did Nawaz Sharif decided to upgrade his younger brother? Many analysts have asked why the PML(N) leadership cannot trust Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to remain Prime Minister for ten more months until elections are held in 2018? ...

    Indian Express on July 30, 2017, 11:16 p.m.

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    ... ‘The Contractor’ is not the story of one man called Raymond Davis who shot three Pakistanis in Lahore in 2011 and how he, literally, got away with murder. It is actually a story of love and hate between the US and Pakistan. It is the story of a forced marriage between the CIA and ISI, both intelligence agencies, which hasn’t ended in a divorce yet. Truth is, the two partners in the ongoing war against terror hate each other so much, but they can’t say goodbye for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the two use dirty tricks to blackmail each other. ...

    Indian Express on July 5, 2017, 1:11 a.m.