Muhammad Yasir Nawaz Khattak

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Pakistan Soft Power: Highlighting Brighter Spots – SASSI University

Joseph Nye coined the term “soft power” in his book Bound to Lead which was published in 1990, that contradicted the then conventional view of the downfall of American supremacy. Joseph Samuel Nye Jr. was an ex Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and an American political scientist. He argued that the decline of power for America was not due to you there political or economic competition with Russia and Japan respectively but there was another reason that was not so

Cricket – A Battle for Pride

His face turned red, his tense body relaxed, but he wasn’t happy. What was happening to him? He lowered the volume of the news bulletin and eventually turned off the TV. His favorite team had lost the match. Akram’s family was used to his reaction and laughed it off. Akram is me, Akram is you. Akram is every Pakistani. The deep-rooted love and craze for the game of cricket is a constant for pretty much every Pakistani. To us, It isn’t just a game, it defines one’s sense of pride around here. Cr

Relationship Between Water, Sanitation, Climate Change, and COVID

COVID is becoming the new normal in Pakistan. With the toll reaching up to 541,031 confirmed cases and 11,560 deaths as of 29th January 2021, COVID is a household name in Pakistan. However, merely focusing on the harm it causes to human beings might not do justice to the environment we live in. Our environment is as affected as we are by this uncalled-for cataclysm. No matter how rich or poor a country is, COVID has unmasked the weak links and vulnerabilities of healthcare and social systems. I

Ethnic Cleansing : The Story Of Palestine

“In any moment your home might be your grave.” Said Najwa Sheikh-Ahmad, a mother of five, in an interview with BBC. The Israel- Palestinian conflict goes decades back (to the unfair and unjustified Balfour Declaration), but Israel’s recent genocidal attempt started on the first night of the Holy month of Ramadan Kareem. Fasting is a pillar of Islam and holds an extremely sacred place in the hearts and minds of Muslims. Ramadan Kareem is the month of fasting. It is the month “ibadat” and disresp

Street food in Pakistan

It is said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. The way to stomach part? Spot on. But I don’t really think this applies to men only. Because this is the way to everyone’s heart. No dependency on gender, age, or social status. And Pakistanis know how to reach one’s heart! Food to Pakistanis is what a pen is to a writer or steering to a car or even oxygen to a human! If you take a walk around the streets of some of the busiest cities of Pakistan (Rawalpindi, Lahore, or Karachi t

What article 370 meant to Kashmir

“Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, — (a) the provisions of article 238 shall not apply in relation to the State of Jammu and Kashmir; (b) the power of Parliament to make laws for the said State shall be limited to— (i) those matters in the Union List and the Concurrent List which, in consultation with the Government of the State, are declared by the President to correspond to matters specified in the Instrument of Accession governing the accession of the State to the Dominion of

Pakistani Cinema and How it Evolved

If someday, while sitting in your cozy lounge with your parents, you ask them about Syed Noor, Sangeeta, Mustafa Qureshi, or Zeba, you might hear praises and lauds about the greatest assets of Pakistani cinema. This list can go on and on and end up on names we still see on our TVs today but these were some of the pioneers of our Cinema. Since the partition, most of the people associated with the industry had left the newly born state, Pakistan had to establish everything from scratch- even the e

Street cricket - Finest childhood memory of a Pakistani

They turned the lights on. They had brought a small, used broom with them to wipe off the pitch. People started to gather on their rooftops to have a good view of the happenings in the street. A guy stepped forward into the middle of the pitch and in a loud voice started to read the rules off of a little crumpled page he took out from his pocket. It was the second day of Ramadan and marked the start of the street cricket tournament of a highly populous area of Rawalpindi. Some people from the ne

Sexual Violence in Indian occupied Kashmir

“These soldiers grabbed me, tore my pheran, my shirt – I don’t even know what happened after that. There were five of them. I still remember their faces.” This was the last memory of that night which Zooni (not the original name) had. It all happened on 23rd February 1991 when the Indian army started a routine “cordon and search” operation in the small village of Kunan in Kupwara district. This was just a single, among hundreds of such cases of rape and sexual violence committed by the barbaric