Kashmir’s executed hero Afzal Guru

The 9th of February 9 is being celebrated as the martyrdom anniversary of Muhammad Afzal Guru whom India secretly hanged and buried inside the Tihar jail complex on February 9, 2013. It triggered protests in Kashmir and widespread condemnations from various political and human rights organisations. Afzal Guru was convicted in 2001 Parliament attack case . . . → Read More: Kashmir’s executed hero Afzal Guru

No honor in killing

(By Nicholas Kristof) WHETHER it wins or not, the Oscar nominee with the greatest impact — saving lives of perhaps thousands of girls — may be one you’ve never heard of.

It stars not Leonardo DiCaprio but a real-life 19-year-old Pakistani woman named Saba Qaiser. . . . → Read More: No honor in killing

Why is USA in favour of increasing nuclear war probability in South Asia

(By Ayaz Ahmed) The US is leaving no stones unturned to bring India into the fold of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). In this context, the chairman of the NSG has recently visited New Delhi to meet Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. This meeting is a deliberate part of a diplomatic outreach that seeks to . . . → Read More: Why is USA in favour of increasing nuclear war probability in South Asia

India not fit to host T20

Islamabad will launch a diplomatic offensive against New Delhi and seek change of venue for the upcoming International Cricket Council’s World T20 tournament scheduled to be played in India next year in the wake of security threats posed by Hindu extremist groups.

This comes as the government in Indian Punjab called off the Kabaddi . . . → Read More: India not fit to host T20

Addressing water scarcity

Recently, the IMF classified water scarcity as an economic threat to Pakistan, a statement that greatly undermines the colossal socioeconomic impacts that can result from this crisis. Despite floods and water shortages in recent years, which have come at great human and financial cost, Pakistan has failed to attach sufficient importance to water scarcity and . . . → Read More: Addressing water scarcity

Ahmedis in a Chakwal village live in perpetual state of fear

Minarets of the worship place of Ahmedis in Pichnand village before being demolished. The picture below is after they were demolished. — Dawn

On a first visit, one only notices the calm which engulfs the sleepy village of Pichnand, located some 90 kilometres from the district capital, in Talagang tehsil. Most of its 24,000 . . . → Read More: Ahmedis in a Chakwal village live in perpetual state of fear

Modi: Peace with Pakistan possible but CPEC not

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said he was strongly in favour of breaking the deadlock with Pakistan but at the same time urged the neighbouring country to shun violence.

During an interview with United News of India (UNI), Modi said that there is no other issue and the deadlock should end.

He was asked . . . → Read More: Modi: Peace with Pakistan possible but CPEC not

Malaysia’s MH17 probe developments

According to Malaysian media, the country’s transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said that Malaysia had expressed its stance “very clear” that it must be part of the criminal investigation, and informed Dutch authorities of its intention. Malaysian ambassador to Ukraine Chuah Teong Ban reportedly expressed concerns that his country would not be allowed . . . → Read More: Malaysia’s MH17 probe developments

Balochistan’s status quo is the problem

The secessionist sentiment in Balochistan did not surface overnight; insurrection and instability in the province dates back to the 19th century. It was at the centre of the Great Game back then and today, as fate would have it, the province has found itself at the nexus of a New Great Game involving global and . . . → Read More: Balochistan’s status quo is the problem

Outside involvement in Hong Kong protests says Leung Chun-ying

Leung Chun-ying said in a televised interview that “there is obviously participation by people, organisations from outside of Hong Kong”.

He said they came from “different countries in different parts of the world” but did not specify which nations.

The comments mark the first time he has alleged outside involvement in the protests.

China’s central . . . → Read More: Outside involvement in Hong Kong protests says Leung Chun-ying