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How two Pakistani-American doctors introduced the world to Mughal superheroes

Omar Mirza and Khurram Mehtabdin are New York-based doctors with expectedly demanding work schedules. Yet, the two manage to find time for their passion project: a comic series called Zindan (Urdu and Persian for prison). Their comics draw on the rich history of the Mughal Empire to introduce South Asian superheroes.

#NoRedButton – Mutual goal of peace unites Pakistanis and Indians

Last week, over a hundred and fifty activists in India and Pakistan took part in a photo campaign to call on world leaders to never use nuclear weapons. From New Delhi to Islamabad, Bangalore to Karachi, Amritsar to Lahore, Global Zero volunteers took photos saying “Don’t Nuke Us, PM Sharif and Don’t Nuke Us, PM Modi” with the hashtag #NoRedButton. This powerful action comes at a time when both countries have been on the brink of war after the Uri attacks, and nuclear weapons have been threatened to be used.


August 14 (Independence Day) IN SEARCH OF TREND-SETTERS By Parvez Jamil There is a clear distinction between a set, standard and stereotype leadership and one…

National Youth Perspective

Independence Day Special National Youth Perspective BEYOND GENERATION GAP BY Parvez Jamil Imagine unfolding a handful of miracles of generations’ teamwork at the national level…

UN Pakistani Peacekeepers Day celebrated in Islamabad

June 5 is observed as Pakistani Peacekeepers Day and it marks an important event to pay homage to Pakistani martyrs who made supreme sacrifices for noble cause of international peace and security.

Breaking Stereotypes, Building Bridges

‘Do you study that Earth is flat?’, was the question of a class IX student of Pardada Pardadi Inter College (Bulandshehar, U.P.) when the students got an opportunity to talk with their counterparts in Pakistan during the classroom to classroom connect program of Aaghaz-e-Dosti. Aaghaz-e-Dosti Karachi coordinator, Suraya Islam asked students there in Pakistan, ‘What is the shape of Earth?’ to which students replied together, ‘Golhai’ (Earth is round).

Maria Toorpakai: Pakistani squash player who defied the Taliban

In a telling tale of courage and resolve, a young girl from the northwestern region of Pakistan braved through primitive, cultural, and social barriers to become one of the most renowned figures of the region. Maria Toorpakai grew up in Waziristan, hitherto the hotbed of terrorist activities and termed one of the “most dangerous places on earth”. Home to the Taliban, it is a place where girls are often deprived of schooling, where extremists denounce women’s sports for being un-Islamic. “I could feel that girls enslaved are not equally treated as boys,” Toorpakai said.