Fawad Ali

The birth of Khyber Agency’s first public library 

It started with a Lashkar-e-Islam murder

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This Peshawar rabab music shop doesn’t like making a noise

It is shaped like the peacock with its slender neck, pegs and belly. But the rabab sounds nothing like the bird. Depending on the player, it can sound like the pain of centuries or the ecstasy of coming home.

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Tour guides return to Chitral as tourism picks up post-militancy

When militancy swept into Chitral in 2012, it blew a hole in the main source of jobs: tourism. People used to come here for the Kalash culture, five hundred valleys and two hundred of the world’s highest peaks. But then the economy crashed and people were forced to leave for greener pastures both in Pakistan…

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Pervez Khattak clarifies statement on threat to leave PTI if not made KP CM again

Pervez Khattak has denied a statement attributed to him that he had refused to become part of Imran Khan’s federal cabinet and had told the PTI that he wanted to become chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa once again. He said that they had called the people who won the election to celebrate. What is being…

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Protests spread like wildfire in KP as parties refuse to accept ‘selection’ results

Four people have so far been injured in clashes between security forces and protesters

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One killed in firing in Swabi PK-47 where PTI, ANP start fighting

One person has died and three others have been injured after PTI and ANP workers opened fire in Swabi, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, on Wednesday. The injured persons, identified as Muktair, Saleem and Shahzad, all PTI workers, have been taken to a nearby hospital. The firing took place in PK-47, a constituency in Swabi district. One person is dead and…

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KP government’s election secret is winning Peshawar valley

If you want to know who will make the next government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa watch what happens here on July 25: Peshawar, Charsadda, Nowshera, Mardan and Swabi. These five are the swing districts—no one knows how they will vote. It is much clearer in the other parts of KP. These five big ones have all voted…

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Bilour’s widow refuses compensation, says his cause was greater than money

The widow of Haroon Bilour returned the Rs0.5 million compensation cheque issued to her by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. She said her husband sacrificed his life for a far greater cause than money. The provincial government has issued a compensation cheque of Rs0.5 million to Bilour’s heirs. He was killed in a suicide bomb blast…

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The family that lost six members to blast targeting Haroon Bilour

Gul says that almost all men in his family were at the gathering to welcome Bilour

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Four people test positive for dengue in Peshawar

Zar Wali, 58, was admitted to Khyber Teaching Hospital Peshawar. He tested positive, with dengue larva found in his blood

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The school in the hill: making up for lost time in Jamrud

When Umer Afridi wanted to advertise his makeshift community school in Jamrud, he used an old militant tactic: he got mosques to make the announcement on the loudspeaker. The mosque told people to send their girls. “We also visited every house to inform the parents about the school,” Afridi says. And they came. Because in…

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Peshawar sheds terror’s pall by dusting off the past with heritage trail

This is what Peshawar has been wanting to tell the world for a long time: Come visit. It wants you to see its heritage trail, which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Monday. The Archaeology department sighed with relief for accomplishing this in a city that saw some of the worst bomb blasts…

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Kid in Jamrud thinks Fata just joined Pakistan

Kids will say the darndest things. And children from the place formerly called Fata are no different.  “Today we joined Pakistan,” said 10-year-old Yasir when we called him up after the news broke of the merger of the two regions into one province. “We got independence today. We have reunited with Pakistan.” He added that the…

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Silencing the nightingales of KP

Folk music is alive on YouTube and on Facebook in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where singers have in many cases graduated on to the digital realm to preserve a tradition. Live music, especially with women folk singers, has mostly been silenced. A handful of singers took on the Pashto music scene and became popular but barely a…

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If FCR leaves FATA, women more likely to inherit property

In Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas, the rule is that women cannot inherit property. This disenfranchises its population of approximately 2.4 million women. The good news is, however, that the government is working on mainstreaming Fata and this means abolishing the FCR. In April this year, it decided to work on extending the Supreme Court…

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If FCR leaves Fata, women more likely to inherit property

PESHAWAR/LANDI KOTAL: Eid Bibi was sixty years old when she was shot dead in Fata’s Kurram Agency by her nephew—for having an affair. The truth is that her nephew killed her as he was after her property. Her father had given her a share and her nephew was demanding she put it in his name….

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