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

Something for everyone in Karachi Literature Festival

The Karachi Literature Festival 2015 continued for three days with over 80 sessions and several book launches of authors like Musadiq Sanwal, Nayantara Saghal and Arif Hasan among others. Important topics were discussed ranging from politics and art to television and psychology with an esteemed panel of personalities which comprised many new faces from India . . . → Read More: Something for everyone in Karachi Literature Festival

Charlie Hebdo doing more well now than ever

First it was 1 million copies. Then it was 3 million. Then 5 million. Now the publisher of Charlie Hebdo says it is printing a total of 7 million copies of the once-obscure French satirical magazine.

The new total reflects extraordinary demand for what has become known as the magazine’s “survivors issue.” It was produced . . . → Read More: Charlie Hebdo doing more well now than ever

The danger in critiquing Islamophobia

We were glad that Vox decided to publish the cartoons of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Though their portrayal of Islam and the Prophet Mohammed has offended many Muslims, they are an important part of the story and readers have a right to see them. We were also glad that we covered the cartoons critically . . . → Read More: The danger in critiquing Islamophobia

American Muslim apologizes to the world over the Charlie Hebdo attack

After staying away from the news of the attack, Zunera Mazhar felt so outraged that she had to say something.

“Being a mother, having a 6-year-old daughter, how do I explain it to her? ‘No, this is not us?’ ” said the Muslim from Virginia.

The immigration worker’s powerful video message . . . → Read More: American Muslim apologizes to the world over the Charlie Hebdo attack

The Indian and Pakistani diasporas can help bring peace to South Asia

Dangerous tensions between archrivals India and Pakistan have ratcheted up again along the de facto border dividing Kashmir, reigniting the deadly decades-old dispute that has twice brought the two nuclear-armed nations to war.

About 10,000 civilians from India-administered Kashmir have been displaced after cross-border shooting erupted last week between India and Pakistan in the disputed . . . → Read More: The Indian and Pakistani diasporas can help bring peace to South Asia

Pak COAS becomes NEWSWEEK Pakistan’s man of the year

GEN. RAHEEL SHARIF IS CHANGING PAKISTAN FOREVER.

From under-trial Pervez Musharraf’s hospitalization at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology on Jan. 2 to the attempt on news anchor Hamid Mir’s life on April 19 to the launch of Operation Zarb-e-Azb in mid-June to the attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School on Dec. 16, the year . . . → Read More: Pak COAS becomes NEWSWEEK Pakistan’s man of the year

Pakistani state’s involvement in Mumbai terror attack untrue – UK

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Tuesday the Pakistan state had not directed the attacks on Mumbai, but urged Islamabad to fulfil its promise to root out “militant groups”. India hoped that Pakistan would hand over the “fugitives of Indian law”, notwithstanding Islamabad’s refusal to do so, and asked the world community to build pressure . . . → Read More: Pakistani state’s involvement in Mumbai terror attack untrue – UK

An unbelievably apt protest struts the centre of Islamabad

Staff at the capital’s Lal Masjid found themselves in an unexpected situation on Thursday evening when a large number of civil society activists, politicians and students arrived at the mosque chanting slogans against the chief cleric and lighting candles as part of a vigil.

The candlelight vigil and protest was organised in response to a . . . → Read More: An unbelievably apt protest struts the centre of Islamabad

Public transport owners ignore PTI’s call in Faisalabad

Activists of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N confronted each other here on Sunday as the textile city braced itself for a tense Monday declared by the former as the venue for launching its ‘Plan C’ protests against alleged vote fraud.

The PTI has announced its plan to paralyse the city and later . . . → Read More: Public transport owners ignore PTI’s call in Faisalabad