Israel killing of Palestinian civilians violates international humanitarian law, reports Human Rights Watch

The Human Rights Watch accused the Israeli forces on Monday of firing on and killing civilians in the southern Gaza town of Khuzaa in apparent violation of the laws of war in several incidents between July 23 and 25.

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‘Best Friends’ not any time soon

The long and the short of it is that I do not like India, I do not trust the Indians in India and I have a strong suspicion that they entirely reciprocate these feelings. I have nothing against the Indians as people

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Death row inmates live to see another day

Pakistan on Sunday ordered a temporary stay of executions following objections from the president and rights groups, days before they were due to resume after a five-year moratorium.

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Why our political parties have failed to form an opinion on terrorism

When it comes to debating terrorism and the current security situation of the province, political parties in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly remain polarised in their views.

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Nawaz’s austerity drive

The Nawaz Sharif administration has promised to prune wasteful spending and scrimp together some badly-needed cash for the exchequer. And it appears the government is doing just that.

On Monday, the premier directed his ministers to immediately curtail the expenditures of their respective ministries by up to 30%. Even the close friends of the premier . . . → Read More: Nawaz’s austerity drive

FP Analysis: Destination Nowhere

By Enum Naseer

The atmosphere is heavy with the smell of rotting corpses, rust and petrol. A beat-up old Rolls Royce, almost on the verge of collapse with a small Union Jack flag on its bonnet, carries the burden of conjoined twins that insist on being driven to the Promised Land creaking and moaning under the weight of their dreams. . . . → Read More: FP Analysis: Destination Nowhere

Tacstrat Analysis: The Invisible War

According to one of the more hard line analysts a fourth generation war—4GW—has been declared on Pakistan. The dots he connects to make the mosaic are—the insurgency in FATA, the lawlessness and violence in Baluchistan and Karachi, the insidious propaganda to defame and defang the military and intelligence institutions, the rapid economic decline and . . . → Read More: Tacstrat Analysis: The Invisible War

Violence against women on the rise in Afghanistan

A 30-year-old woman and two of her children were beheaded overnight in Afghanistan’s east, police said, in what appeared to be the latest in a rapidly growing trend of so-called honour killings. Police said they suspected the woman Serata’s divorced husband of barging into her house in the capital of Ghazni province and murdering her, . . . → Read More: Violence against women on the rise in Afghanistan

Around the World in Three Weeks

From Pakistan to Mexico, September’s third week saw war and earthquakes, market crashes, and a contested execution.

Heavy rain falls over Bangkok at sunset during monsoon season on Sept. 18.

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FBI Director Sheepishly Admits Agency Hasn’t Solved Single Crime In 10 Years

WASHINGTON—In response to a probe into the bureau’s operational costs, FBI director Robert Mueller timidly told Congress Wednesday that the organization he oversees has not technically solved any crimes since 2001.

After confirming that the FBI does indeed have more than 13,000 special agents deployed to investigate cases all across the country, Mueller stressed that . . . → Read More: FBI Director Sheepishly Admits Agency Hasn’t Solved Single Crime In 10 Years