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Aanya Niaz
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Aanya Niaz is a graduate of the University of Virginia, with a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs and Global Development Studies. Originally hailing from Lahore, Pakistan, she has authored a brief book on the politics of education in Pakistan, continues to write her blog and intends to use her time in New York to observe eastern dynamics of women in the west to eventually write a novel on the topic.

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The Dance for Pakistan's Soul

(21) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 1:01 PM

For the past 3 years, Pakistanis living in the nation and those outside alike have found a renewed sense of identity. This identity speaks to the soul of the country; that of the world of arts that no terrorist group, nor any fundamentalist subscription, can steal from the people.

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How to Fight for 'Your' Islam

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 11:34 AM

Aren't you most enervated by this no longer sudden, but continuous outcry of Muslims around the world? "Quit the hatred!", "Stop bashing Muslims!", "We did not murder your son!", "We do not all kill!", "We are not terrorists" and what never fails to provoke me most, "The Quran speaks of...

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Literature Trumps Terrorism in Pakistan: Lahore Literary Festival, 2014

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 1:19 PM

Emerging from the lap of it's thousand year glory, the city of Lahore has given its people something other than terrorism and inflation to think about: literature and the arts. Discourse has offered a soothing umbrella. Approximately 4,500 of the young, the talented, the curious and even the silent ones...

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Pakistan's Malala or Not?

(4) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 2:40 PM

There's so much fussy fuss around Malala. I'm not talking about the good-natured kind, or the saving kind, but rather Pakistanis themselves bashing the Western world for stepping in and turning themselves into heroes. There is no doubt her trials and tribulations have been of immense tragedy; shooting a young...

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The Grand White Savior vs. Poor Native Girl Syndrome

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 2:18 AM

There's so much fussy fuss around Malala. I'm not talking about the good-natured kind, or the saving kind, but rather Pakistanis themselves bashing the Western world for stepping in and turning themselves into heroes. There is no doubt her trials and tribulations have been of immense tragedy, shooting a young...

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Where Do The Children Play: Remembering Malala's Cause

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 2:48 PM

What dreary lives are we leading where our mothers, daughters and sisters are being shot in the head? They point their guns and the target is shunned. What remains is the voice behind, but if we falter in raising that, we'll lose the battle completely.

It's no secret that without...

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Beneath the Soil

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 9:47 AM

Northwest Pakistan marked the beginning of the New Year by opening gunfire on seven charity workers. Their crime was participating in a vaccination program. Several men on four motorbikes fired at the van the social workers were seated in, close to "Ujala" or Light, the center where their...

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