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Begum Jaan has been banned in Pakistan Politics Society 

The Issue with State Narratives – Why was Begum Jaan banned in Pakistan?

Vidya Balan starrer, the remake of National Award winning director Srijit Mukherjee’s Bengali film Rajkahini (2015), has been banned in Pakistan. Yes, you heard that right, Begum Jaan has been banned in Pakistan. Although there was a hush-hush about whether finally the Government of our neighbouring country has given the film a green signal or not, it was declared by Mahesh Bhatt, the producer, a few days after the decision was taken. In an interview with Mid-day, the filmmaker said, “I was told by my distributor that Pakistan, as a policy,…

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blasphemy ;aws in Pakistan #HangAyazNizami Featured Politics Society 

The Most Persecuted Community – #HangAyazNizami

Ayaz Nizami’s website, for the Atheist and Agnostic Alliance Pakistan, is now defunct. In Twitter, however, a hashtag is much in vogue – #HangAyazNizami. Some want him hanged, others cite these expounders as proof of the backward nation the mysterious Nizami hails from, and their inherently barbaric religion. There never was any person called Ayaz Nizami – it was an alias adopted to critique religion and preach rationality on online forums. The initiators ended up arrested for blasphemy. A crackdown on blasphemy is not novel in Pakistan. As the state takes on…

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Indus Water Treaty Politics 

Recent developments over the Indus Water Treaty – Impending Spat?

Indus Water Commissioners of India and Pakistan are set to hold a two-day dialogue in Amritsar on March 20 and 21 after a lull of two years on Indus Water Treaty. The treaty which was signed 57 years ago bounds India and Pakistan to hold a meeting every year. However, the authorities did not convene any in the past two years due to tensions among the two countries. The Indus Water Treaty is a water distribution agreement that was signed on September, 1960 in Karachi by the then Prime Minister…

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