The human rights treaties debacle

Amid the state’s efforts to curb another killing binge in our northwest, through talks with Taliban, the following might seem anachronistic and idiotic at best. Still, like most crucial things in our country that are swept under the carpet with a tag of not-for-now, the not-for-now at hand is Pakistan’s inhuman treatment of human rights treaties. What follows is . . . → Read More: The human rights treaties debacle

Bilawl Bhutto appoints Hindu untouchable as advisor

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, leader of the Pakistan People’s Party, has appointed a Hindu ‘untouchable’ as his adviser, an unprecedented office for a low caste Hindu in this conservative society.

Surendar Vallasai, a former journalist, who later joined the media cell of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), was appointed as Bilawal’s adviser on minorities affairs.

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How America’s NSA can hack your PC, phone, router and hard disk “at the speed of light”

It’s not as bad as you thought – it’s much worse

By Iain Thomson

A leaked NSA cyber-arms catalog has shed light on the technologies US and UK spies use to infiltrate and remotely control PCs, routers, firewalls, phones and software from some of the biggest names in IT.

The exploits, often delivered via the . . . → Read More: How America’s NSA can hack your PC, phone, router and hard disk “at the speed of light”

Turkey and Pakistan to enhance the bilateral trade and economic relations

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday vowed to further strengthen the bilateral, trade, cultural, political and economic relations.

They stressed the need that both sides should work for joint ventures and investment in diversified sectors of economy including energy, transport, communication, infrastructure, textile, automobile, agriculture, industry, food . . . → Read More: Turkey and Pakistan to enhance the bilateral trade and economic relations

Are KSA and Israeli intelligence collaborating to create a supervirus that will destroy Iran’s nuclear program?

Saudi Arabia and Israel’s Mossad intelligence division are co-conspiring to produce a computer worm “more destructive” than the Stuxnet malware to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program, according to a report from the semi-official Iranian Fars news agency.

“Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and director of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency Tamir . . . → Read More: Are KSA and Israeli intelligence collaborating to create a supervirus that will destroy Iran’s nuclear program?

Maulana Inc.

By Enum Naseer

Sir Lancelot blushes at the valor with which Maulana Inc. has made a statement, at the expense of coming in the line of fire. The passion captivates the fairer sex, the courage inspires aspiring warriors and the hearts defy the king. The world of fiction has felt the shockwaves, even Mel Gibson is . . . → Read More: Maulana Inc.

Malala or Nabila?

By Zoon Ahmed Khan

The Malala versus Nabila debate, given the complexity of Pakistan’s volatile security concerns, is an inevitable one. People ask: Why so many Malala haters? Even more have labeled her a spy, a conspirator, planted by the United States to make the Taliban look bad?? Wait, we already know they are as far . . . → Read More: Malala or Nabila?

Time to look inwards

By Tariq Osman Hyder

Independence Day for Pakistanis is a time for introspection and hope for a better future. The promise of earlier years has not been realised, the country falling far short of its full potential. The responsibility is collective. The rulers, be they elected or military, have disappointed. The social contract between the . . . → Read More: Time to look inwards

Arrest warrants issued for Aziz and Musharraf in Akbar Bugti case

An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) issued non-bailable arrest warrants against former dictator Pervez Musharraf and former prime minister Shaukat Aziz in connection with the Akbar Bugti murder case on Monday, reported Express News.

The arrest warrants were issued due to repeated absence from the court. The former governor of Balochistan, Owais Ghani and former deputy commissioner . . . → Read More: Arrest warrants issued for Aziz and Musharraf in Akbar Bugti case

India, a future ally?

MUCH has already been made of Nawaz Sharif’s overtures to India during his election campaign. The Indian high commissioner last week called on Sharif at Raiwind to discuss ways in which to boost bilateral ties.

For the international community, the prospect of improved Indo-Pak relations as an outcome of our recent elections is even more . . . → Read More: India, a future ally?