Pakistan – Bangladesh relations: From conflict to cooperation…and back?

Relations between the two wings of the same country had soured in utero and culminated in a bitter and bloody civil war in 1971 that left lasting scars, more so for the former East wing. The promise of normalization of relations came in 1976 – when the diplomatic missions of both countries took their positions . . . → Read More: Pakistan – Bangladesh relations: From conflict to cooperation…and back?

Sindhi Hindus: Protection comes after the vote

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai 

On March 16, 2014, while Pakistan’s Hindu community celebrated Holi, the country witnessed an unpleasant incident in Sindh’s Larkana District, where a frenzied mob turned violent following a rumour that a member of the Hindu community, Sangeet Kumar, 35 – reputed to be a drug addict – had desecrated the Holy Quran.

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MH370 in Pakistan? Bring it on!

By Haleema Khan

Speculations that MH370 had been hijacked to Pakistan hardly surprised me.Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney appeared on Fox News to explain how he believed the missing airplane could’ve landed ‘safely’ and ‘intact’ in Pakistan to be used for terrorism in the future.

I had, in fact, been waiting for the media to start questioning whether the Taliban . . . → Read More: MH370 in Pakistan? Bring it on!

Deobandi criticize and condemn terrorism

ISLAMABAD – (By Abdul Rahman) Pakistani scholars adhering to the Barelvi and Deobandi schools of Islamic thought have found common ground, agreeing that suicide attacks are haram.

Majlis-e-Sautul Islam (MSI), a Karachi-based Deobandi organisation, held a two-day seminar March 10-11 at the conclusion of a one-year training session for some of its intellectuals. There, it openly opposed . . . → Read More: Deobandi criticize and condemn terrorism

Another case against aerial firing

By Samar Esapzai 

After an indubitably glorious victory against India in the Asia Cup this past Sunday, ardent Pakistani fans, all across the world, have indeed found various ways to celebrate this euphoric occasion. While some celebrations are fun and safe, others are not.

I am referring to the infamous aerial firing or, in other words, . . . → Read More: Another case against aerial firing

Behold! Extra Virgin Airways to the rescue

So, we now have a women-only bus service. That makes sense. Given the piddling issues of mass unemployment, insecurity, a weak economy and the energy crisis, one can understand the government’s obsession with its favourite pastime – separation of the sexes.

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Hypocrisy, thy name is… us

Pakistan is an ideological state, a nation created in the name of religion and it is for this very reason that religion and politics are not separate from each other. Skillfully articulated by Iqbal, the spiritual father of the nation, “Judaa ho deen siasat se to reh jaati hay Changezi” (statecraft divorced from faith leads . . . → Read More: Hypocrisy, thy name is… us

#CrushTTP

Pakistan is trying to come out of the grip of terror and violence. Terror and violence that has destroyed its economy and internal security during the last ten to fifteen years. Some say that this terrorism started as a result of USA’s invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, some say it is because the USA . . . → Read More: #CrushTTP

What made Christine Fair go ballistic on Pakistan

A balanced and logical American expert on Pakistani affairs has again gone out on a limb to try and explain the complexity of Pakistan’s military strategy and security thought-process to an audience that apparently loves to bash Pakistan instead of aiding it in the War against Terrorism that America launched in the first place

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Pakistan comatose student in USA: Tough decisions ahead

The family of an exchange student from Pakistan who has been comatose since a November crash is trying to prevent a Minnesota hospital from sending him back to his home country.

Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa, 20, was spending a semester in an exchange program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. On Nov. 13, he and his friends . . . → Read More: Pakistan comatose student in USA: Tough decisions ahead