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In conversation with Muhammad Ali Durrani: Saving democracy through national dialogue

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After a period of eight years, General Secretary of the PML-F and former Federal Minister for the Musharraf regime, Muhammad Ali Durrani has entered the political fray, paving the way for a grand national dialogue between the PTI, the Opposition, the judiciary, the people and - unsurprisingly - the military.

Fawad “Frodo” Hassan on marrying classical and contemporary music

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Fawad Hassan - Frodo is ready to shake up the music world with his take on Eastern classical music infused with contemporary Western this new year.

Redefining Lahore through rap with Maanu and Rozeo

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Lahore rarely offers the same experiences that seem so essential to rap music as opposed to Karachi. It's a vacuum and though there have been attempts to fill that vacuum, none so far have been successful. That's where Maanu and Rozeo are stepping in, redefining the way one can imagine the city through rap and hip-hop.

Rani Khan: From Dancer to Preacher

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December 24th, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; Meet Rani Khan, a transgender who gave up dancing and begging to become a reformer. She runs a seminary in Islamabad and claims that many in her community want to quit begging and dancing, but they have no other means to earn their livelihood

Mehar Sattar: Farmer not Terrorist

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December 13, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Mehar Sattar returned home this September after spending over 4 years in jail including almost 2 in solitary confinement. Though his passion for helping the oppressed remains firm he still fears being dragged back to a cage.

A candid conversation with Nisha Rao

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November 21st, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Nisha Rao transwomen in her late 20s shot to fame when she became the first most successful practicing transgender lawyer in the country. We sat down with Nisha for a candid conversation about her experiences in the legal profession.

An unbearably long wait for a missing father

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November 14th, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; To mark a year since rights activist Idris Khattak's Enforced Disappearance Voicepk talks to his daughter Talia Khattak who details a rare meeting with her father last month.

Elections meaningless if mandate not honoured: Latif Afridi

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November 5th, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; The newly-elected president of SCBA, Latif Afridi strongly hints to actively participate in PDM rallies to ensure the supremacy of law in the country. He says that the process of elections becomes a joke if the mandate is not honoured.

Terror charges unfounded, says Gulalai and father

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Human rights activist and Pashtun Tahuffaz Movement (PTM) leader Gulalai Ismail and her father Prof Ismail have denied terrorism charges against them saying the charges were unfounded and fabricated.

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International Stories

‘LoC ceasefire commendable, but may not lead to full diplomatic ties’

Foreign policy experts say the recent ceasefire may not lead to full restoration of trade and diplomatic relationship between India and Pakistan but is an opportunity to build up trust between both governments

SAHR pays tribute to Kamran Arif

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Afghan peace process in no jeopardy despite Taliban statement: experts

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MYANMAR CRACKDOWN: “They can get us anytime”

March 10th, 2021; By Hamid Riaz & Xari Jalil; LAHORE; They live in fear, even as they a pushback against the brutalities of the military junta. Myanmar's situation is slowly worsening as more and more people join a civil disobedience movt and face a relentless crackdown.