NO ONE CAN AND NO ONE SHOULD FORCE ME TO GET VACCINATED. THE WAY GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN IS MANDATING VACCINATION IS MAKING THIS WHOLE CORONA EPISODE MORE SUSPICIOUS.

1. Your facts say that the number of corona fatalities in the young population is minimal, then why are you blackmailing young people to get the vaccine when apparently it is not needed?

2. Your facts say that it would take years for you to secure 220 million doses for the whole population. You are relying more on donated vaccines and less on the purchased ones. …


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There is no second opinion on the matter that Pakistan was envisaged by the founding fathers as a strong federal state. They understood the gravity of communal and regional differences in this region and hoped that the nascent country would be a federation where all groups would enjoy their due rights with equality and freedom. Federalism also remained a persistent part of All India Muslim Leagues’ politics throughout the decades of constitutional reforms in British India. However, as Pakistan came into being, these notions started to diminish gradually due to acute political turmoil, civil upset, and economic disorder. Some say…


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In the events that followed the Indian invasion of Pakistan on the 6th of September 1965, the Pakistani soldiers turned the tides by saving Punjab from massive bloodshed and Pakistan from a shameful defeat. However, the war of 1965 overall remained an unsuccessful venture for the Pakistan army.

Unquestionably, our soldiers fought tooth and nail to defend the homeland at various fronts. Thousands embraced martyrdom, and the loss of resources and national morale is incalculable. The war remained indecisive after several days of constant skirmishes between both belligerents. Whereas, the aim of the Pakistan army — to incite an armed…


Picture of my fig plant.

Fig trees have a long history associated with the Indian subcontinent owing to their spiritual, religious, and fictitious symbolism. They are recognized as one of the gifts of God bestowed upon humans. One can find mentions of this tree in numerous legendary sagas, ancient arts, and religious scriptures.

The people of this region have been growing figs for ages. I have a fig tree in my house too; I am relishing its fruit these days. I started studying fig trees after I heard some astonishing facts about them from media and society. …


Last night, I found a dead bug on my room’s table. I slammed it, and it fell on the ground. Then, I got busy with my chores. After a while, I saw an army of ants marching on the floor with great discipline, of course, they were there to eat the carcass of that bug. It was neither anything unusual nor I saw the ants for the first time. Still, I kept on watching those tiny creatures endeavoring to drag the dead insect. I was literally wondering how quick they were. They were not there in the room before. How…


Some people consider themselves standing at the highest peak of intellect. They think that they have got all the knowledge in the world and now they are able to argue on any topic. Without feeling that they are drenched in pride and arrogance, they keep on intruding in other’s affairs. Such people are only interested in speaking, not listening. In fact, when they give a chance to others to talk they pay no heed towards what the next person is trying to say, rather all their focus remains on how they would respond to win the discussion. Their urge to…


Is democracy really the government of the people, by the people, for the people, in the contemporary era? Well, in the presence of the western capitalist system, it does not appear so. Public participation — the bedrock of democracy — is a mere delusion that is exploited, cheated and manipulated by the ruling elite. How can you call it a democracy when people are intentionally kept ignorant by the bigwigs so that the people may act in a certain way.

When a common man goes out to cast his vote, he is not bringing any change in the society, he…


Man becomes an insatiable being when he leaves his desires to go astray. His animal nature dominates his spiritual being and ultimately he descends from higher human status to a lower animal rank. Unbridled desires — of material, luxury, love, or fame— are the most stimulating forces that keep on dragging the man towards apathy, ruin, and enmity. In the words of Thomas Hobbes, when people start aspiring for the same thing which most of them cannot get, they become enemies of their own kind. They start behaving wildly and greedily in the state of nature. Greed is not just…


The twentieth century is often referred to as the “Age of Authoritarianism” by the political scientists as it gave birth to a number of dictators in every part of the world. However, the word “dictatorship” also earned a very bad repute in this period. It was mainly owing to two reasons: first; the western propaganda, and second; the dictators themselves. The crisis that emerged in this century in the form of two great wars and then the Cold War demanded strong leaderships for their resolution. …


Imran Khan — a star, a proud and a national hero — but apparently a flop in politics as he has done nothing exceptional in his eighteen-months long prime ministership. Like others, he took the liberty of verbalizing everything he liked, whether good or bad, when he was not in power. Now his previous statements and pretentious speeches are the biggest source of humiliation for him. It is wisely said that the Empty pots make the most noise; a huge difference between his words and actions is slowing unleashing his incompetence. Khan’s performance as Prime Minister has remained disappointing for…

Sh. Fakhir Jibran

Fakhir is a student of Political Science at the University of the Punjab, Lahore. At present, he is working as a freelance journalist.

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