The United States expects India to take action under Indian law against members of Parliament belonging to the extremist Hindu party Shiv Sena who force-fed a fasting Muslim in New Delhi.
“We are aware of the alleged reports and video, I think, of these MPs forcing a fasting Muslim to eat during Ramadan,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters at the daily press briefing.
She was replying to a question when the incident about Shiv Sena MP Rajan Baburao Vichare forcefully feeding a Muslim was raised as an issue of human rights and religious freedom at the daily briefing.
Continue reading US expects India to take action against extremist Hindu MP under Indian law
Obama’s Foreign Policy and the Future of the Middle East
Presentation to a Middle East Policy Council Capitol Hill Conference
Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.)
Washington, DC, 21 July 2014
A while back, the United States set out to reconfigure the Middle East. The result is that the region and our position in it are both in shambles. Much of what has happened seems irreversible. In the short time allotted to me, I want to talk about the region’s dynamics. I will conclude with a few thoughts about what might be done but probably won’t be.
Continue reading The catastrophic impact of US Middle East policy
By Muhammad Yasir
18 directors, 40-45 general managers, 200 managers and their deputies are running an airline operating international and domestic flights with merely 15-17 aircraft
In light of one year extension to government by International Monetary Fund (IMF) for privatisation of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), a last-ditch effort to revive national flag carrier was being underway with the gradual induction of new generation highly fuel efficient airplanes having capacity to generate revenues at faster pace containing colossal losses of bleeding national flag carrier.
Continue reading Over burdened PIA needs a “hard reset”
The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and Baytul Iman Academy New Jersey (USA) signed an agreement on Wednesday to provide educational facilities to American Muslims and overseas Pakistanis for learning and promoting Islamic knowledge as per the teachings of Quran and Sunnah.
It was decided that AIOU will enroll the overseas students for the Islamic studies programme and hold examinations for awarding degrees and certificates to successful students as per the university’s rules.
The agreement was signed by Baytul Ima Academy President Dr Salman Zafar Sheikh and AIOU Registrar Dr Nowshad Khan at a ceremony held at the university’s main campus. Continue reading AIOU signs agreement with US academy to provide educational facilities to American Muslims
In a recent interview with Press Trust of India, Zindagi Gulzar Hai author Umera Ahmed said she was hopeful India’s Zindagi channel will help dispel misconceptions about Pakistan.
The author further added that Pakistani television is dominated by women both off-screen and on-screen.
“Our image is shown as a regressive country, which does not treat its women well. But we have so many women artists here. In fact, most of the television writers are women,” added Ahmed.
She also said that Pakistan not only has female directors and producers, but an entire channel running by a woman.
Continue reading Zindagi channel will help Indians understand Pakistani way of life better
Shumaila* once dreamed of becoming a computer engineer. Instead, aged 16, the bright-eyed Pakistani girl was tricked into prostitution in UAE, beginning a four-year nightmare of cruelty, violence and rape.
Pakistan has long been an important source of cheap labour for the Gulf state, particularly its booming construction sector.
But campaigners and officials say hundreds of young Pakistani women are also trafficked every year to supply the thriving sex trade in the brothels and nightclubs of Dubai.
Shumaila and her sister Rabia* were two of them.
More than a year after she escaped, Shumaila’s pain is still etched into her stumbling, hesitant voice — and also into her body, which bears the marks of countless beatings.
Continue reading Two Pakistani share their horror story of Dubai sex trade
(By David Hearst) There are many hands behind the Israeli army’s onslaught on Gaza. America is not unhappy that Hamas is getting such a beating. As footage of the scenes of carnage on the streets of Shejaiya was coming through, John Kerry said on NBC’s Meet the Press
on Sunday that Israel had every right to defend itself and the US ambassador Dan Shapiro told Israel’s Channel 2 news
that the US would seek to help moderate forces become stronger in Gaza, meaning the Palestinian Authority.
Nor is Egypt overcome with grief. Its foreign minister Sameh Shoukry held Hamas responsible for civilian deaths after their rejection of the ceasefire.
Neither matter to Netanyahu as much as the third undeclared partner in this unholy alliance, for neither on their own could give him the cover he needs for a military operation of this ferocity. And that can come not from a handwringing but impotent parent like the US. Such permission can only come from a brother Arab. Continue reading Israel continues to massacre civilians in Gaza with Saudi support and blessings