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Recommended Reading: Eight Letters to a Young Writer

This series of letters, from Teju Cole to an imaginary young Nigerian author, is a rich resource for all writers.

Source: Recommended Reading: Eight Letters to a Young Writer

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The Syrian Conflict

indeed a disputed stated.

My message to Gilgit Baltistan

map of syriaSyria, all through the last two years, has been a subject to a very brutal conflict between The Syrian Government which is headed by Bashar-Ul-Assad and a little more than a handful of insurgents who, quite ironically, claim to be the side of the majority of the Syrian public. Bashar-Ul-Assad, the head of the state which is under ‘The war of existence’, enjoys the support of an obvious majority of the people in the country. As each day passes the conflict gets worse and worse with the number of casualties on each side increasing day by day.

The war which has been a landscape of homicide is moving ahead with full bloodshed. Each day brings a new standpoint from each side. The spokesman (for the state-head) claiming that the insurgents are being pushed further and further whilst, on the contrary grounds, the insurgents claim to have captured more and more…

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flying kites

Flying Kites from Iraq and Afghanistan
Since more than a decade ago America claimed for his victory in both Iraq and afganistan.so far it has been unproven by the emergence of daesh (ISIL) in Iraq and the landslide victory of Taliban’s in Afghanistan. Then what left for here for America except penance. As, the united state of America moved with large steps toward these nations in the beginning but later it shift its way towards different path away from their grand strategy this is what called as political paradox.
The journey of United States for oil in Iraq started in 2003, when the western powers have turned their views against sadams regime in Iraq. A man who left his legacy in Iraq with accomplice. This was the new beginning as the people thought about democracy in Iraq which has never to come there except the division that left three factions, the Sunni majority, Shia majority and Kurdish autonomy. The second phase of this story started in Afghanistan where the Taliban’s took their hold back from US coalition forces. So like this the dream of America for bringing democracy and peace by overthrowing the autocratic regimes shattered in the sky and damped into the grave forever.
Now the chaos burned out at higher scale due to US withdrawal from Iraq and afganistan.perhapes this proves the hollowness of the US grandiose claims and failure of the United States investment on armed forces in both countries. it was the month of august 2014 the new fearsome group named as ISIS started capturing Iraq and within two months they controlled three main provinces and several main cities including oil reservoir cities in Iraq. This was what the real beginning when the leader of ISIS Abu-Bakr al Baghdadi claimed for his triumph in both Iraq and Syria. According to Baghdadi he asserted that he is not going to stop until unless he will establish his caliphate across Iraq and Syria. Nevertheless he did what he asserted about? He succeeds to establish his caliphate in some parts of Iraq where they have imposed harsh shariah rule restricting the western aping fashion.
When the ISIS first entered in Iraq they were thousand in number but, this handful of extremists forced the Iraqi army to flee for their lives, leaving behind foreign provided equipments and other heavy weaponry machines. Then ISIS started capturing foreigners (including foreign media personals) and beheading those hostages by alarming the United States and the west.however, the western media called ISIS as the legacy of saddam Husain. Albeit the decision made by obama administration to counter ISIS in Iraq and Syria through coalition air strikes was affordable but was not credible to do so.
According to international media reports the 2/3 of the ISIS forces belongs to western countries, they flee from these countries and joined this group in Syria. Now they are spreading their hold in both Iraq and afganistan.which is indeed a true challenge for obama administration. The whole case-scenario in both Iraq and Afghanistan is shaming on US training to armed forces in these countries, because they failed to recover the US support to push back these fearsome groups. Similarly along with this crisis the corruption in the US army has been highlighted by international media. For instance according to Al Jazeera English reports reveals that electric plugs valued at $900 each for US troops in Iraq when their real price was something like $6.with this very soon America is going to leave Afghanistan soon where hope is never going to come.

Written by:
Shahzada Rahim Abbas

you tube dilemma

Why am I deprived?

No one can deny the fact that scientific inventions are boon for the human, without which, a convenient life and tranquility cannot be demanded in which one enjoys the luxuries of life. A nation or country advances when they have advancements in technology. Similarly, quality education can be acquired where there is access to modern technology. Here I refer the term technology to ‘YouTube’, of which existence is crucial for distance learning. Being a learner, I feel that I am deprived with a blessing which assisted me when I had no access to a university or a college to study in my interested area of subject. There are thousands of students and professionals like me who belong to remote areas and who encounter the same hindrance as I do. I inquired from some of the learners and scholars about their opinion; they complained that they are deprived with the lessons which they used to learn from YouTube. Furthermore, they said that they usually learnt all about 3 dimensional structures in physics from videos on internet which can’t be understood through the dry text. Above all, other subjects of learning are not far-off from this circle.

As far as faith is concerned, it is the human right that one ought to respect others’ beliefs. It is not a man’s duty to justify and declare others religions imperfect. The people who blaspheme and discard others beliefs should be penalized. Life is the name of challenges, one should face the realism. Punishment should be given to such a blasphemous people in a way that may not have side effect for other innocents. Constructive punishment can resolve disputes and misunderstanding which can be given by combating with pen instead with weapon. We can retrospect on history, when Sir Syed Ahmed Khan gave literary punishment in his book Khutbat- e- Ahmadia. He replied the all questions of William Mayor who wrote in ‘Life of Muhammad’, some sacrilegious and profane words for our holy prophet (PBUH). Additionally, Holy prophet himself is a role model for us who displayed his productive behavior towards his opponents. He even didn’t mind about the enemies who used to scattered thorns in his way instead he was kind to them. He visited to the lady to inquire her health who used to throw garbage on Him. Being His followers we should also demonstrate our patience because silence or being forbearance is a powerful bullet for the opponents and it is a remedy of temper as well.

On the other hand, the Muslims of other countries have the benefit of the machinery by paying no heed to such issues rather relish their life. It is not a problem of only Pakistan that it deprives itself from a grand source of development. Other Muslim countries should escort with Pakistan to resolve the issue. There should be a solution by mutual understanding and unity among the entire Muslim ummah. It can be resolved either by introducing alternate means of restoring YouTube or by mutual agreement with the other communities.

Another possible solution as I perceive is that such videos of the culprits can be shunned and discarded. It can be made invisible. Otherwise legging behind from competent era and its inventions is the personal damage of a nation.

Thus it’s highly requested to Pakistani authorities to ponder on the issue and lend a hand to the students towards their educational journey of whose career is at mercy of YouTube. If we glimpse on the truth then it is obvious that this blog is not banned at all. In cities, the internet experts enjoy the YouTube by the dint of other blogs, which proves inequality with the rural areas. There should be justice with all and sundry and authenticity of such steps.