By Amy Kazmin in New Delhi
Hundreds of Indian soldiers have been deployed to restore order in a restive district in the state of Uttar Pradesh where at least 26 people, including a television camera man and a police photographer, were killed in a weekend of deadly communal riots between Hindus and Muslims. Many more, . . . → Read More: Little hope for peaceful political process as India deploys army in UP to control communal clashes
Ecumenically minded religious leaders should seize the initiative in imposing rationality and discipline among those claiming to be “true believers” either within their own faith or against the faith of others. To date, however, even as it succeeds in lowering the barriers between us, interfaith dialogue has largely failed to establish credibility with the truly . . . → Read More: Time to reconcile the different faiths?
The city government’s plan to rename Fawara Chowk in Shadman after Bhagat Singh, the pre-Independence Indian freedom fighter, has been put on hold after it drew objections from “certain sections of society”, The Express Tribune has learnt.
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By Khawar Ghumman
ISLAMABAD: A federal minister of state has accused the chairman of the Evacuee Trust Property Board, a federal government institution meant to look after properties and places of worship of non-Muslims, of wasting Rs4 billion in misadventures over the last four years.
. . . → Read More: Akram Masih accuses ETPB Chairman of squandering Rs. 4 billion
KARACHI: The Sindh chief minister called for preparing a draft law with the help of legislators and lawyers belonging to the minority communities to protect the rights of the religious minorities at both the federal and provincial levels. The draft law would be presented in the Sindh Assembly and National Assembly for debate and legislation, said . . . → Read More: Sindh CM favors legislation to protect minorities’ rights
By Ahmad Sultan
In our national conscience, Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal occupies that lofty post of being the first person to have conceived the idea of Pakistan. The second thing that we know about him is that he wanted an Islamic Pakistan.
Nobody has ever bothered to go beyond this simple fact to ascertain . . . → Read More: Iqbal’s irrelevance
Eighteen bloodied bodies, shot Gestapo-style, lay by the roadside. Men in army uniforms had stopped four buses bound from Rawalpindi to Gilgit, demanding that all 117 persons on board alight.Those with Shia sounding names on their national identification cards were separated out. Minutes later it was all over; the earlier massacres of Hazara Shias in Mastung and . . . → Read More: Why should religion make us lose respect for human life?