Rohit Vemula’s death… who is responsible?

(By Farooque Chowdhury) Our heart goes with you, Rohith. You are brave. We love your courageous protest. Our love is with your protesting soul, with your resurrecting spirit, Rohit. Our dream goes with you to stars, to the star-studded life, your dreamland that humanity will reach one day.

We share your pain, Rohit. . . . → Read More: Rohit Vemula’s death… who is responsible?

Is ISIS in Pakistan?

After months of denying the existence of the Islamic State militant group in Pakistan, federal authorities seem to have finally accepted that the Middle Eastern terrorist outfit is gaining a foothold in the country.

According to a list of militant outfits proscribed by the Ministry of Interior Affairs, the Islamic State– also known by its . . . → Read More: Is ISIS in Pakistan?

ANF seized Narcotics worth Rs. 5.7 Trillion in 2014-2015

The Anti-Narcotic Force (ANF) seized 345.54 ton of narcotics, all worth Rs5.7 trillion in the international market, as it busted 42 gangs and arrested 1,642 people in 2014-15.

A spokesman for the ANF told reporters on Wednesday that 71 foreigners were among the arrested people, while 30 domestic and 12 international gangs were busted in . . . → Read More: ANF seized Narcotics worth Rs. 5.7 Trillion in 2014-2015

Blow to India’s Dream of UNSC’s permanent membership

(By Mariana Baabar) Shock waves jolted India on Wednesday as news reached that three permanent powers of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), China, United States and Russia, have opposed negotiations to reform the UNSC, thus dealing a blow to Indian ambitions of securing a permanent seat in this powerful council.

India itself a powerful . . . → Read More: Blow to India’s Dream of UNSC’s permanent membership

Soft Power: Pakistan needs it!

By Dr Maqsudul Hasan Nuri

Some writers have questioned the need for soft power in Pakistan and advocated reliance on hard power only. What is less understood is the fact that non-traditional security has become more salient after the cold war.

Multiple existential issues such as stagnating economies, climate change, energy crises, repressive governments, cronyism . . . → Read More: Soft Power: Pakistan needs it!

Oil prices rise and fall with return of Libyan production

Oil prices were mixed in Asia today following the return of disrupted Libyan production to an already well-stocked global market and as dealers await the latest US inventory report.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for November delivery rose 18 cents to $91.74 while Brent crude for November fell six cents to $96.79.

Prices had headed . . . → Read More: Oil prices rise and fall with return of Libyan production

Afghan refugees by the millions

(By Syed Mohammad Ali) For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest refugee communities due to multiple waves of Afghans crossing over the porous international border to flee repeated bouts of escalating conflict within their war-ravaged country.

The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan had unleashed the first wave of . . . → Read More: Afghan refugees by the millions

US, Pakistan and pipeline politics

My word, are we showcasing some guts in the Iran-Pakistan pipeline episode! Hina Rabbani Khar’s riposte to Hillary Clinton’s ‘threats’ over the IP project was not only valiant she even made it sound realistic. Last week the US hierarchy – in a class ROFL moment – labeled the IP pipeline as a “bad idea”. And . . . → Read More: US, Pakistan and pipeline politics

Pakistani band Sachal tops US music charts

A group of ageing musicians from Lahore has pulled off the unlikely feat of racing up jazz charts in the US, thanks to an album of standards and bossa nova classics blended with Hindustani music recorded by a Pakistani philanthropist.

. . . → Read More: Pakistani band Sachal tops US music charts

World’s first man ‘functionally cured’ of HIV

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, US: In a first, a San Francisco native has apparently been cured of the deadly HIV virus.

Timothy Ray Brown, 45, had tested positive for HIV, the virus symptomatic of AIDs , back in 1995. However, he has managed to eliminate the virus from his body with what doctors describe as a . . . → Read More: World’s first man ‘functionally cured’ of HIV