26th Nov 2014 – Foreign Policy updates

Pakistani media mogul sentenced for purported blasphemy

On Tuesday Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, the owner of Geo News, Pakistan’s largest media group, was sentenced to 26 years in jail for airing a program that showed people dancing to a song about the wedding of the Prophet Muhammad’s daughter (Reuters). The charges were brought against ur-Rehman after the . . . → Read More: 26th Nov 2014 – Foreign Policy updates

At least 48 killed, over 80 injured in suicide blast at Wagah border

According to initial reports, the damaged vehicles included five motorcycles and two passenger rickshaws. PHOTO: EXPRESS NEWS

UPDATE: SUICIDE BOMBER USED 5 to 6 KG EXPLOSIVE VEST WITH BALL BEARINGS

UPDATE: ATTACK CLAIMED BY MILITANT TERRORIST GROUP CALLED JUNDULLAH

 Lahore: At least 48 people, including two Rangers personnel and children, were . . . → Read More: At least 48 killed, over 80 injured in suicide blast at Wagah border

Our national malaise of not looking within

Know a Pakistani’s worst nightmare? A Jew, an Indian and an American walk into a bar…

The Indian sings Vande Matram and calls it the Pakistani Anthem. They chortle.

The American unfurls a completely white flag – green being the representation of Muslims – and labels it Pakistani. They laugh.

The Jew opens a world . . . → Read More: Our national malaise of not looking within

Are Indian Muslims different

ON SEPTEMBER 3RD Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s chief, released a video message in which he promised to “raise the flag of jihad” across South Asia. Many analysts responded with little more than a shrug. The extremist group looks increasingly desperate. Since Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011, al-Qaeda’s impact has been limited. It is overshadowed . . . → Read More: Are Indian Muslims different

Cross border firing continues, leaves 5 Pakistani civilians injured

At least five people were severely injured on Monday in reported firing by Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel along the working boundary in Sialkot.

The firing in Charwa and Chaparral sectors of Sialkot came as the 26th violation of the ceasefire agreement with the attack retaliated by Chenab Rangers.

The latest firing began last . . . → Read More: Cross border firing continues, leaves 5 Pakistani civilians injured

Gaza – A child’s fear of dieing

Gaza Strip — It is the saltwater coming out of the hotel tap that reminds you where you are, as you wake up in Gaza. And then you imagine your room besieged by honeybees. It is the constant whine of the drones that parade up and down Gaza, selecting targets.

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Dutch expert says Ukraine did an amazing job of body recovery from crash site

The Dutch head of a team sent to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 praised the Ukrainian recovery workers who collected hundreds of bodies from a giant swathe of land in a war zone for doing a “hell of a job”.

Peter van Vliet, leader of a 3-man team of Dutch body identification . . . → Read More: Dutch expert says Ukraine did an amazing job of body recovery from crash site

How UN is failing to protect lives in Syria

The United Nations Security Council finally adopted a resolution authorizing UN agencies and their implementing partners to deliver aid across the Syrian border without requiring the government’s consent. The government had completely ignored a February resolution calling for it to let aid reach all parts of Syria, including areas controlled by armed groups.

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Thousand forced to flee after Israel issues warning

Thousands of Palestinians are fleeing northern parts of Gaza after Israel warned it was targeting the area in its campaign to stop the continuing rocket attacks from Gaza militants.

The UN says 17,000 people have sought refuge in its facilities.

On Sunday, Israeli forces raided a suspected rocket launch site in Gaza in their first . . . → Read More: Thousand forced to flee after Israel issues warning

America’s double standards for justice and terrorism

It sounded like the beginning of a bad joke: a CIA agent and a U.S. Special Operations commando walked into a barbershop in Sana…

That’s the capital of Yemen in case you didn’t remember and not the sort of place where armed Americans usually wander out alone just to get a haircut.  Here’s what we . . . → Read More: America’s double standards for justice and terrorism