Pakistan’s ex-PM Sharif says intelligence chief asked him to resign

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Pakistan”s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday accused a former intelligence chief of asking him to resign during opposition protests in 2014, comments likely to further fray tense civil-military relations ahead of general elections. Sharif’s allegations, made in court documents before the three-time premier read them to a news conference, were a rare explicit accusation by the veteran leader of political meddling by the military. In other thinly ...

Woman jailed in UK for forcing teenage daughter to marry

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

A woman in Britain was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison Wednesday for forcing her teenage daughter to marry a relative in Pakistan almost twice her age. The sentence follows the first successful prosecution in England under laws against forced marriage. The victim says she was 13 years old when she was forced to enter a marriage contract with the man, 16 years her senior. She became pregnant and had an abortion. She says that as her 18th birthday approached in 2016, she was tricked ...

Nawaz Sharif’s missive and Pakistan’s game of marbles

Monday, 21 May 2018

Na Khedaan Gey, Na Khedun Devaan Gey. (Neither will I play, nor will I let others play) This centuries-old and popular Punjabi folk comes into picture when young boys playing marbles start fighting with each other. When the biggest cheating offender is thrown out, he disrupts the game and says if he is not allowed, he would also not let anybody else play as well. Something similar seems to be happening on the national front in Pakistan today. One of the major players over the last four decades, ...

Syed Jawaid Iqbal

Bollywood spy film erases stigma of betrayal from Kashmiri Muslims

Monday, 21 May 2018

India’s Kashmiri Muslims are demonized and maligned as incorrigible traitors whose strings are pulled by Pakistan – the “enemy” nation next-door India has thrice gone to war with. But a new Bollywood movie, Raazi, based on the true life story of a Kashmiri girl who married a Pakistani army officer to spy for India, is running to packed houses demolishing the cynical narrative. The runaway super-hit, directed by Meghna Gulzar with Alia Bhat in the lead role of Sehmat, is ...

Pakistani woman acquitted after wrongfully jailed for 20 years

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Asma Nawab spent two decades in jail, wrongfully accused of murdering her family. Finally acquitted, she is seeking a new life, free from whispers and memories. Nawab was just 16 years old when someone slit the throats of her parents and only brother during an attempted robbery at their home in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi in 1998. With the killings dominating headlines, prosecutors pushed for swift justice in a 12-day trial that ended with a death sentence handed to Nawab and her ...

Father of Pakistani victim in Texas school shooting grieves

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Abdul Aziz Sheikh sits on the ground floor of his Karachi home surrounded by mourning friends, relatives and local politicians that have come to give their condolences. Composed, he fights back tears. On the floor above, his wife is still in shock. The friends around her wail in grief. Their daughter, Sabika Sheikh, an 18-year-old exchange student from Pakistan, was among those killed when Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, went on a shooting rampage at his high school in Santa Fe, Texas, killing 10 ...

Pakistan-India gunbattle leaves nine dead in Kashmir

Friday, 18 May 2018

Indian and Pakistani forces exchanged fire across the tense, heavily militarised Kashmir border Friday, leaving eight civilians and an Indian soldier dead, officials said. The heavy weapons fire along a rare stretch of frontier that India and Pakistan do not argue over also left 22 people wounded. It came a day ahead of a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kashmir. The two sides started shooting at each other on Wednesday in the RS Pura sector of Indian Kashmir, opposite Sialkot in ...

Is China making Pakistan a client-state with ‘debt-book diplomacy’?

Thursday, 17 May 2018

In Pakistan, China is the most active and positive economic force. So much so that continued cooperation between the two countries is supported by virtually all sides of this otherwise deeply divided country.Everyone from the Taliban to the secularist military leaders view Chinese investment as a boon to the country, the main source of job creation, and, in all truth, the most promising source of kickbacks for themselves.It certainly is the case that the infrastructure projects part of ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

In a departure from the past, Ramadan begins same day in India, Pakistan

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Muslims at many places in India and Pakistan started dawn-to-dusk fasting on Thursday in what is being seen as a departure from the past when Ramadan would generally begin a day after it is announced in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. India, which is home to world’s second largest Muslim population, Ramadan was announced with the sighting of the new moon on Wednesday evening at several places. Mosques spruced up for the occasion had large number of believers pouring in to mark the ...

Pakistani forces kill militant wanted for more than 100 murders

Thursday, 17 May 2018

A notorious Islamist militant wanted for more than 100 murders was killed in an intense gunfight with security forces in southwestern Pakistan on Thursday, the military said. Pakistani forces raided the Killi Almas village on the outskirts of Quetta, capital of the restive Balochistan province, based on a tip that there were suicide bombers hiding there, according to a military statement. Three militants were killed in the firefight that erupted, including Salman Badeni, the provincial commander ...

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