Finally Hindu Marriage Bill approved in Pakistan

After decades of delay and inaction, the Hindu minority community in Pakistan will soon have a marriage law as a parliamentary panel has unanimously approved the Hindu Marriage Bill.

The National Assembly standing committee on law and justice on Monday passed the final draft of Hindu Marriage Bill 2015, where five Hindu lawmakers were specially . . . → Read More: Finally Hindu Marriage Bill approved in Pakistan

PIA – back to business

Pakistan International Airlines employees on Tuesday ended their nine-day long strike spurred by plans to privatize the national carrier, saying their representatives would immediately hold talks with the government.

Pakistan’s airports have been enmeshed in chaos nationwide since the strike kicked off that grounded international and domestic flights and left thousands of passengers stranded. Last . . . → Read More: PIA – back to business

Not so fast after all Pakistan LTE speed among lowest in the world

A new report has revealed that Pakistan’s recently launched LTE network is the fourth-slowest in the whole world in terms of speed.

A detailed report released by Open Signal on 4G LTE speeds and coverage around the world for Q4 2015, revealed that Pakistan has an average LTE speed of just 4 Mbps; which is . . . → Read More: Not so fast after all Pakistan LTE speed among lowest in the world

An Act of Conspiracy?

“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend . . . → Read More: An Act of Conspiracy?

India’s Hindu extremists have ways to silence the free thinkers

(By Pankaj Mishra) Author Roy is facing imprisonment in India. Of course, Narendra Modi’s government has left no clear fingerprints on this scene of a crime against art and thought. The governments of Egypt and Turkey are brazenly leading a multi-pronged assault on writers, artists and intellectuals. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last month denounced . . . → Read More: India’s Hindu extremists have ways to silence the free thinkers

Islamism and Pakistan

Quilliam chairman Maajid Nawaz defines Islamism as a desire to impose any given interpretation of Islam over society. He notes that Islamism, like Communism before it, comes in different shades: organizations who want to work within democratic set up to further their agenda; groups which are revolutionary in nature and of course militant . . . → Read More: Islamism and Pakistan

Donald Trump the Mullah

(By Rabia Ahmed) This particular less pleasant side of the USA was known and seen, but like the dark side of the moon it was ignored for the most part. Now starkly exposed by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the startling thing about it is its familiarity.

In Lahore, recently, the Mall was blocked by a . . . → Read More: Donald Trump the Mullah

Azad Kashmir PM speaks against India for sending more troops to Indian Occupied Kashmir

Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed strongly condemned on Thursday India’s decision of sending more military and paramilitary troops to Indian-administered Kashmir, Radio Pakistan reported.

“Such continued coercive and hostile tactics could not quell the high spirit of the people of Jammu and Kashmir for freedom of the motherland from long . . . → Read More: Azad Kashmir PM speaks against India for sending more troops to Indian Occupied Kashmir

Karachi eats

By Chris Cork

Karachi has never been my favourite city in Pakistan. Over the last 23 years I have rarely had much good to say about it, either person-to-person or in print. Nasty, dirty and downright dangerous particularly in recent years — I really did dodge a bullet in Mehmoodabad, probably not meant for me . . . → Read More: Karachi eats

Pakistan needs encouragement for its positive efforts

After a dramatic end to 2014, Pakistan has gradually moved towards greater political and economic stability. This has been largely due to its successes in reducing terrorism, which injected new hopes about the country’s ability to handle crises. The turning point was the December 2014 terrorist attack on the Army Public School (APS) in which . . . → Read More: Pakistan needs encouragement for its positive efforts