The CII’s jurisdiction

By Sabina Khan

Within a decade of the nation’s inception, the 1956 Constitution declared Pakistan an Islamic Republic. It also deemed Islam the official religion of the country. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the patron of the 1973 Constitution, took it a step further and declared Islam the state religion. An amendment was also added to . . . → Read More: The CII’s jurisdiction

Is CIA in trouble? Interrogation report to be made public

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to make public a long-awaited report that concludes that the CIA’s use of brutal interrogation measures did not produce valuable intelligence and that the agency repeatedly misled government officials about the severity and success of the program.

The decision, opposed by three Republicans on the panel, means that the findings will . . . → Read More: Is CIA in trouble? Interrogation report to be made public

Kaboom!! Tit for tat

At least 15 senior Taliban commanders were killed on Tuesday in Ghazni province by asuicide bomber reportedly attempting to keep them from carrying out plans to disrupt Saturday’s elections, according to Afghan officials.

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Modi fears AAP agenda

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal today said if his party formed the government at the Centre, it would decentralise power to solve the Kashmir and Naxal problems.

“Kashmir is an integral part of India. In addition to the short-term use of security force, AAP believes in long-term approach of decentralisation and devolution of power which would . . . → Read More: Modi fears AAP agenda

Chris Alexander lacks basic knowledge on global security issues

Pakistan is lashing back at a senior Conservative cabinet minister who accused the country of sponsoring terrorism, warning he should not pursue a “personal and prejudiced agenda” on an issue of crucial importance to regional security.

In a statement to CBC News Network’s Power & Politics, the High Commission for Pakistan said Citizenship and Immigration Minister . . . → Read More: Chris Alexander lacks basic knowledge on global security issues

Sexual assaults: US colleges and Universities not safe

Last Thursday, several thousand high schoolers went online to learn they’d been admitted to Dartmouth, Harvard and other top Ivy League colleges.

This month, as they weigh the academic programs, campus offerings and financial packages of the schools offering them admission, those 18-year-olds might reasonably consider another metric: how the school in question . . . → Read More: Sexual assaults: US colleges and Universities not safe

CIA torture never achieved any results

Senate aides and government officials continue to leak details from a classified report on the CIA’s Bush administration torture program, giving us a fuller picture of who was tortured, how it happened, and what limited information the government learned.

The most recent (and probably the most detailed) assessment of the report’s contents comes from Tuesday’s Washington Post. . . . → Read More: CIA torture never achieved any results

CII’s anti-women stance

Some recent pronouncements of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) have invited angry reaction from members of parliament, civil society and women rights groups.

They describe as regressive and anti-women the CII chief’s suggestion that no minimum age can be fixed for the marriage of girls.

The council’s decree against DNA testing for rape cases has also not . . . → Read More: CII’s anti-women stance

Law enforcers in Karachi are to be blamed for current violence

(by Talha Khan) An effective and efficient police is required to maintain order and provide security to the common man. Police is essentially a civilian establishment that is solely answerable to the civil authority for all its actions and functions within clearly defined legal parameters.

There can be no modern state without a civilian police organization. In . . . → Read More: Law enforcers in Karachi are to be blamed for current violence

Gang responsible for 30 robberies arrested

After six months of tracking a wanted gang of robbers from Afghanistan, the police managed to arrest them in the Sahiwal division. The gang was wanted for more than 30 robberies over the past year.

Police said on Sunday that the gang members hailed from Jalalabad, Afghanistan, and had settled in Cheechawatni, from where . . . → Read More: Gang responsible for 30 robberies arrested