(By Samar) The world’s largest democracy witnessed its police force killing 25 of its citizens in two encounters in Andhra Pradesh. “Encounters”, for the uninitiated, are a euphemism for killing unarmed civilians in staged gun battles. The police version of both the alleged encounters is such that it could be laughed-off had . . . → Read More: No accountability in Indian criminal justice system
International hockey umpire Pervaiz Akhtar announced his retirement on Monday to protest against the government’s ‘step-motherly’ treatment of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF).
The hockey training camp in Islamabad was forced to close down due to the paucity of funds and nonpayment of even daily allowances to players in the camp . . . → Read More: Pakistan Hockey facing tough time due to government corruption
(By Philip Weiss) The last month has seen the greatest change in the US relationship with Israel in more than 40 years, maybe since the 1973 war, or possibly even Suez, or the creation of the state. We see President Obama repeatedly faulting the Israeli prime minister’s conduct, politicians boycotting the Israeli p.m.’s speech in . . . → Read More: American Jews are taking back their power from Israel
Justice is justice only when it is applied to all
In the last few weeks, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has seen the state come down hard on it. With arrests of MQM’s workers, search operations of the MQM headquarters and extracted statements from criminals makes it clear that the . . . → Read More: Justice for all… political parties
When you see a former Pakistani ambassador being hailed in India for his views, it has to be for all the wrong reasons. There is no doubt that the amount of attention Hussain Haqqani gets from Indian media is unprecedented for a Pakistani national. One can easily come across his various articles and . . . → Read More: Love thy neighbor
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina holds the high cards in her Awami League government’s violent confrontation with an opposition coalition led by her longtime bitter rival Begum Khaleda Zia, the leader of the Bangladesh National Party. But though Zia’s strategy of disrupting economic activity to force early fresh elections under a caretaker government has clearly . . . → Read More: Political crisis in Bangladesh continues
The Washington Post reports that “terrorism trend lines are ‘worse than at any other point in history.’” But what is terrorism? It has frequently been pointed out that “terrorism” is a tactic, not an actual physical adversary, but it is less often noted that a simple definition of what constitutes terrorism is hardly universally accepted, . . . → Read More: Declaring and defining terrorists
By Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi
There seems to be an undercurrent of new trend of politics in Pakistan that is out of sight and at the early stage of development. It could die out as a sapling does during its early days if proper water and fertilizer is not provided. Although . . . → Read More: For the sake of Pakistan
By Nasir Iqbal
The Sindh government suffered a severe blow on Thursday when the Supreme Court set aside a Rs1.23 billion controversial contract for acquiring armoured personnel carriers (APCs) in the wake of the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi.
A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, declared the contract between Sindh . . . → Read More: Sindh Police’s APC purchase contract cancelled by Supreme Court
(By Thomas Ruttig) Human rights abuses in Afghanistan no longer make big waves outside the really concerned circles. Yesterday (on 3 March 2015), Human Rights Watch released a hard-hitting piece of meticulous research looking at the ease with which gross human rights violations and war crimes are still committed by the powerful in Afghanistan: “Today . . . → Read More: No attention or reaction to Human Rights violations in Afghanistan