Will Pakistan be able to overcome its alcohol denial

(By Murtaza Haider) Consuming pork is sinful and forbidden in Islam. However, Islamic law does not prescribe whipping or incarceration to those who consume pork. The religious doctrine may prohibit certain behaviours and consider them sins. This does not make those acts a crime.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has taken up the task of . . . → Read More: Will Pakistan be able to overcome its alcohol denial

Rabbi shot in Jerusalem increases clashes

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the Israeli closure of the al-Aqsa mosque compound as a “declaration of war”, while clashes raged in east Jerusalem after Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian man suspected of shooting and wounding a far-right rabbi.

Israel temporarily shutdown the flashpoint religious shrine on Thursday in what police called a temporary measure . . . → Read More: Rabbi shot in Jerusalem increases clashes

West Africa’s Ebola crisis and IMF

In recent months, as the spreading Ebola emergency took center stage in Washington, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have pledged $530 million to help Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. And in October, at a special session with African leaders on Ebola during the IMF/World Bank annual meetings in Washington, DC, IMF Managing . . . → Read More: West Africa’s Ebola crisis and IMF

Israel buying Palestinian property thru UAE

The United Arab Emirates has played a big role in selling the houses of Arabs in Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque, to Israeli settlement construction companies, a senior member of the Islamic Movement has revealed.

In an interview with Al-Quds news channel, the vice chairman of the Islamic Movement in Israel Sheikh Kamal Khatib said: . . . → Read More: Israel buying Palestinian property thru UAE

Saudi women’s eyes are too tempting for Saudi Arabia’s religious police

Saudi Arabia has announced that it has the right to cover women’s eyes—‘especially the tempting ones.’ “I love the looks of you, the lure of you The sweet of you, and the pure of you The eyes, the arms, and the mouth of you The east, west, north, and the south of you”—Cole PorterIt’s a . . . → Read More: Saudi women’s eyes are too tempting for Saudi Arabia’s religious police

Pakistan’s National Bank collected Rs 411 million illegal fees from passport applicants

The National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) collected Rs411 million in form fees from passport applicants between 2007 and 2013 without the  approval of the finance ministry and the central bank, according to the Auditor General of Pakistan’s report for 2013-14.

The bank continues to charge applicants even though the AGP’s office has termed the . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s National Bank collected Rs 411 million illegal fees from passport applicants

Real reasons for Mubashir Lucman ban

On October 17 of this year, investigative journalist Mubasher Lucman was banned for life from television in Pakistan. The case was taken up suo motu by the judiciary and found that Mr. Lucman maligned the judiciary egregiously enough to merit a lifetime ban from appearing in any capacity on television. As he says, “I cannot even host a . . . → Read More: Real reasons for Mubashir Lucman ban

Urban planning or lack thereof

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Pakistan, like several third world countries, is besieged with urban problems due to the lack of planning in the development sector. Acute shortages of housing, huge shortfalls in the water supply, sewerage, drainage, waste disposal, electricity, transport, lack of health and safety measures, inefficient land use systems, pollution control etc are just the tip of . . . → Read More: Urban planning or lack thereof

(Is Bangaldesh ready to hang Jamaat-e-Islami chief for his support to Pakistan in 1971

Nizami’s War Crimes Trial

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 is set to deliver the long-awaited verdict in the war crimes cases against Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami today, more than four months after the deferment of the judgment in June.

The alleged chief of the infamous Al-Badr force is facing 16 charges, including his role in . . . → Read More: (Is Bangaldesh ready to hang Jamaat-e-Islami chief for his support to Pakistan in 1971

Women empowerment for world security and peace

As the world is swept by unparalleled levels of displacement, festering conflicts, and a convergence of crises, the international community must fully endorse the role of women’s empowerment and gender equality in ensuring global peace, security and development, the Security Council and top United Nations officials declared today.

In a unanimously adopted Presidential Statement this . . . → Read More: Women empowerment for world security and peace