Muhammad Ali Falak

  • In the words of Jeremy Bentham, an 18th-century philosopher, when deciding the rights of a being, the question is not whether they can reason or talk, but whether they can suffer. By common sense, it is palpable that all animals inherently can suffer not only in the same way but also to the same ...

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  • Newspaper archives tell tales that no historian can narrate. Ironically, in this part of the world, these archives are not very different from the current news. Chronic problems continue to plague the lives of people. The misery is compound­ed over the years. Natural disasters are one of such ...

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  • The people of Lahore have their life years slashed by five years. On average, the citizens of Lahore are losing about five years of life expectancy due to hazardous air quality; as reported by The University of Chicago. Once the city of vibrance; Lahore now has a dubious distinction; for being a ...

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  • The world has changed; so has the definition of success for students in this post-crisis world. Institutions need to create spaces for students to achieve their meaning of achievements. While an institution’s success is gauged by the number of graduates it produces every year; students’ ...

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  • THE WORLD has changed; so, does the definition of success for the students in this post-crisis world. Institutions need to create spaces for students to achieve their meaning of achievements. While an institution’s success is gauged by the number of graduates it produces every year; students' ...

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  • OUT of four hundred men, many of who just stood there and even made a video, only one person came to the woman's rescue and helped her get out of the park in a terrifying incident that happened on Independence Day at Lahore's Greater Iqbal Park. Question? What deterred the rest to intervene? The ...

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  • Sounds strange? Well, it’s difficult not to relate the Pakistani rishta culture with getting a doctoral degree abroad. Both these processes have uncanny similarities; except at the end of matrimonial relation, one gets a bride while the culmination of other awards a degree. Starting with the ...

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  • Niagara Falls is one of the most majestic wonders of the world. Not only its predominant grandeur keeps the visitors spellbound but also its history, freedom from capitalism, anecdotes of hydropower production makes it a monument of glory, beauty, innovation, and environmental ...

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  • Deterrence—the crime prevention effects of the threat of punishment—is a theory of choice in which individuals balance the benefits and costs of crime. Flooded with news of assault and violence, social media in Pakistan is once again demanding an increase in the severity of punishment ...

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  • UNSEEN and unheard, people with special needs are forced to spend lives in Pakistan depending on their family members and relatives. One may ask where and how did they all vanish from our streets, offices, markets and educational institutes? The system conspired by inaction against these ...

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  • Last year when in an unprecedented move the USEFP exempted the requirement of GRE examination for Fulbright application, many hoped making it a home. The results however were an eye-opener - less than two percent of the applicants could make it home. The art of presenting the details is what failed ...

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  • THE THIRD wave of Covid-19 proving itself more devastating than its predecessors, Pakistan like its several near and far neighbours have been sent reeling by the menace. With diminishing oxygen supplies and sluggish vaccination derive; cities creep towards an imminent lockdown with a looming ...

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  • WRONGFUL land and property grabbing is not only systematic. It like a spiderweb trapping its prey: suspending it until it is exhausted and surrenders its life. The emotional, psychological, societal and physical turmoil takes a toll on the victim. The grabbers not only occupy the property of the ...

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  • TRADITIONAL pedagogies, abhorrence to innovation and obsolete curriculum obstructs schools and varsities from meeting the demands of the industry. Employers lament the lack of critical thinking and leadership in the interviewees. Students complain what they learn in schools is boring, theoretical ...

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  • Bewilderment, perplexity and confusion envelop the class of 2020 as it graduates amid the pandemic. Struck by Covid-19; neither they walked on the graduation ramp, nor tossed their hats up in the air. Many longed-for group photographs, crazy pictures, high-fives, hugs, and endless talking. Others ...

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  • During Covid-19 crisis, despite all the abrupt transformation, innovation and rationalization in the education sector of Pakistan, there remains a constant: neglect of leadership roles of teachers in crisis mitigation. Non-lucrative job offers, low income and scare training have relegated the ...

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  • Let’s rewind. Upside down. Senate committee, CM, former CM, Ministers, IGP and CCPO have tweeted already. All unanimously terming the incident horrific; shameful: condemnable and tragic only after the anecdotal details stormed the social media. CCPO shares the blame with the victim; because ...

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  • ‘PTI’s Single National Curriculum (SNC) has it all; except what it should have: a shift from rote to conceptual learning; focus on creative abilities, elaborative assessments; comprehensive laboratory experimentation plan, and uplift from local to international standards of ...

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  • Scepticism about online teaching in Pakistan comes from a simple fact: Most of the educators never chose to teach online before COVID-19. They were forced by the pandemic. Overwhelmed by the profound sense of ‘human loss’ many now feel paralysed, unable to tap the true potential of the ...

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  • IT is raining anecdotes of harassment and violence against the students across the country. Whether it happens in the premier educational institutes of Lahore, shabby buildings of government-run schools in Southern-Punjab, or a dilapidated madrassah in interior Sindh; sexual harassment and assault ...

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  • COVID-19 has exposed the intrinsic vulnerability of urban centres around the globe. Density and connectivity, which are the hallmarks of city centres, are ruthlessly ambushed by Covid-19. The past couple of months have taught us that pandemics  are anti-urban. Globally, the millions of ...

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  • In the USA, the professors of my university, currently where I work, are enjoying lives in their huge mansions with sprawling lawns and tennis courts. In Pakistan, the faculty of my alma mater, where I once worked, the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore, present a dismal picture; ...

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  • The tragic death of young Bollywood shining star actor Sushant Singh Rajput has left millions in shock. Once dazzled by the charismatic acting, his fans are now shocked by his suicide. Found dead in his Mumbai residence on Sunday, the actor was on the path of sparkling success when he suddenly cut ...

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  • “Is the virus fake?” one student asked with a slight grin and gleamy eyes. “Is it a global plot against the Muslim world by the Jewish lobby?” others interrupted. “Do you see any corpses in the city of New York or is its American propaganda?” another uttered. ...

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