Iran’s new ridiculous move under scorn from within

Homosexual” and “devil worshipping” hairstyles have been banned in Iran, alongside tattoos, sunbed treatments and plucked eyebrows for men, which are all deemed un-Islamic.

The move – aimed at spiky cuts – follows a trend where, each summer, Iranian authorities get tough on men and women sporting clothing or hairdos seen . . . → Read More: Iran’s new ridiculous move under scorn from within

The man behind Ainak Wala Jin

Childhood and fantasies have a close-knit relationship. While Blyton, Dahl and Rowling continue to take generation after generation on a fantastical journey, for some, Ainak Wala Jin was their first step into fantasyland. At a time when political turmoil and religion were a prominent part of most of our literature, there was . . . → Read More: The man behind Ainak Wala Jin

Moin Akhtar through the eyes of his son

“I was young and stranded and had left my job as a mechanic. I did not know what to do, but a quiet voice was always whispering to me, ‘Whatever you do, make sure it is grand.’” —Moin Akhtar

September 6, 1966: A young, skinny boy steps up onstage for the . . . → Read More: Moin Akhtar through the eyes of his son

About Yemen

By Laura Dean

A Yemeni boy holding a weapon takes part in a gathering in Sanaa on March 26, 2015, to show support the Shia Houthi militia and against the Saudi-led intervention in the country.

CAIRO, Egypt — A Saudi-led coalition of Arab countries began bombing Yemen Thursday night as the Houthis, a Shia . . . → Read More: About Yemen

Bombay-based singer, joines Pakistan’s popular Mekaal Hasan Band

Music has again bridged borders. India and Pakistan share a rich heritage in music; this bond just became stronger after Bombay-based singer Sharmistha Chatterjee, joined Pakistan’s popular Mekaal Hasan Band as a lead vocalist.

The band’s classical fusion renditions are both soothing and stirring, which makes them cater to a global audience. Talking to Sharmistha . . . → Read More: Bombay-based singer, joines Pakistan’s popular Mekaal Hasan Band

Gen Raheel Sahrif receives Istanbul Award

Istanbul Award has been announced for Pakistan Army and its Chief of Army Staff (COAS) for their brave fight against terrorism in Pakistan.

The award was announced by 6th Think Tanks Forum of the Islamic Countries at Islamabad late on Friday night at a ceremony held at Aiwane Sadar.

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Lahore’s Horse and Cattle back after 11 years gap

After a gap of 11 years, the city of lights, Lahore has organized a Horse and Cattle Show once again, with the event spanning over duration of 4 days.

The opening ceremony, grandiose in nature, kicked off at Fortress Stadium with chief-guest President Mamnoon Hussain present in the ranks of the crowd that watched the . . . → Read More: Lahore’s Horse and Cattle back after 11 years gap

US raped by Israel – Finally Netanyahu bends and breaks Obama

And I thought only Arab and North Korean Parliamentarians clapped their hands off for their leaders. Turns out I was wrong! But while I am pretty much convinced that most Arabs and North Koreans do it out of fear from being assassinated or kicked out of Parliament, I am not sure why this act by . . . → Read More: US raped by Israel – Finally Netanyahu bends and breaks Obama

Terror threats fail to stop literary festivals in Pakistan

February in Pakistan is Literary Festival Month, with the Karachi Literature Festival held at the beginning and the Lahore Literary Festival at the end. 125,000 people attended the festival in Karachi — I launched my novel A Season For Martyrs there — and 75,000 attended in Lahore. A friendly rivalry has developed between both festivals, . . . → Read More: Terror threats fail to stop literary festivals in Pakistan

Celebrating literature

By I.A. Rehman

THANK goodness, February has become Pakistan’s month of celebrating literature and the people’s successes in expressing themselves in other media. This year’s Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) and Lahore Literary Festival (LLF) appeared to have come of age.

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