Beheading of two Dalit laborers and witchcraft

The headless torsos of the two Dalit labourers – Nanjaiah (60) and Krishnaiah (47) – were still warm when the police found them at a banana plantation, off National Highway 209, on the afternoon of March 19.

Mahadeva, the plantation’s owner and alleged murderer, was found minutes later hiding under sheets of dried banana leaves . . . → Read More: Beheading of two Dalit laborers and witchcraft

Lawyer belonging to minority Shia sect shot dead in Karachi

A senior lawyer from the minority Shia sect who was also a counsel for several activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was shot dead in Karachi’s Korangi No 1 1/2 area on Wednesday.

Two motorcycle-riding gunmen intercepted Advocate Ali Hasnain Bukhari’s vehicle in Korangi as he left his residence for work. The assailants shot . . . → Read More: Lawyer belonging to minority Shia sect shot dead in Karachi

Government’s intentions against terrorism

The discovery of 5000 illegal SIMs in May 2014, held by just one apprehended terrorist in Karachi, came as a rude surprise to the otherwise highly informed Sindh Assembly.

It is for just such occasions that Mir Taqi Mir wrote his famous couplet “jaane na jaane gul hi na jaane baagh to sara jaane hai”. . . . → Read More: Government’s intentions against terrorism

Words can kill

WORDS can kill as surely as bullets. Ask those mourning the death of Luqman Ahmed Shahzad, an Ahmadi gunned down a few days ago, just how deadly words can be.

The victim was murdered five days after a Geo TV religious broadcast in which Owaisi, a cleric invited by the popular host, Amir Liaquat, pronounced . . . → Read More: Words can kill

Ms Robin L Raphel never liked India, was that her mistake

American investigators intercepted a conversation this year in which a Pakistani official suggested that his government was receiving American secrets from a prominent former State Department diplomat, officials said, setting off an espionage investigation that has stunned diplomatic circles here.

That conversation led to months of secret surveillance on the former diplomat, . . . → Read More: Ms Robin L Raphel never liked India, was that her mistake

Rape victims suffer more due to insensitive police attitude

Barbara Bowman first publicly accused Bill Cosby of rape in 2004. But people didn’t start believing her until now, when a male comedian called Cosby a rapist last month.

Bowman’s story puts a personal face on the myriad reasons women are often hesitant to come forward with rape allegations. They often face disbelief, harrassment, or . . . → Read More: Rape victims suffer more due to insensitive police attitude

Iran’s freedom deficit

‘It might seem crazy what I’m about to say;’ dancing with joy is a crime in Iran.

Seven Iranian students have recently received a suspended sentence of up to 12 months and 91 lashes each.

Their crime: they recorded a video singing Pharrell Williams’ song, Happy.

The video came to the attention of Iranian authorities . . . → Read More: Iran’s freedom deficit

India’s growing rape problem and search for solution

A reeling Indian village where two teen cousins were brutally gang raped and hanged may be able to sleep more soundly now that new toilets have been installed in the area.

Last May, the 14- and 15-year-old girls from Katra village in Uttar Pradesh state were gang raped and hanged from a mango tree in . . . → Read More: India’s growing rape problem and search for solution

Has Israel been given a license to commit genocide

West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem are under illegal military occupation of Israel for the last 47 years. When Hamas won elections in 2003, Israel refused to recognize the election results. The US and the West backed Israeli stance and jointly declared Hamas a terrorist outfit. Israel then created rift between Fatah Party led by . . . → Read More: Has Israel been given a license to commit genocide

Redeeming the media

For many weeks now- specifically since the Hamid Mir fiasco- Pakistani media seems to have been on a roll. From the ISI Chief, down to Dr Shaista Lodhi, media trials have become a norm. In the first case it was Geo news held accountable by the Judiciary for maligning a serving head of the country’s . . . → Read More: Redeeming the media