An Election Like No Other

Is it possible that Kashmiris are now willing to jettison the “special status”, not to speak of the goal of “azadi” for a ‘strong’ leader who could deliver development? This election for Kashmiris is like no other they have participated in, and they will bear responsibility for what choices they make Here is what seems […]

Israel Narrows Its Democracy

Since its founding in 1948, Israel’s very existence and promise — fully embraced by the United States and the world of nations — has been based on the ideal of democracy for all of its people. Its Declaration of Independence, which provides the guiding principles for the state, makes clear that the country was established […]

A Walk Through The Deserted College

In the blooming autumn like every beautiful place, my college too looked beautiful. More than anything I always have found there a linking to the past. It is a connection in itself! A teacher of mine who happens to be the student of the same college once told me of the importance, Government College for […]

Dialogue to end malaise

ISLAMIC State, Boko Haram, the Taliban, al-Qa’ida and several more Islamist cults that have cropped up in the past couple of decades and are running amok … are only the most recent of a long series of blistering symptoms of a virulent disease that has afflicted the Muslim community, which accounts for almost a fifth […]

Australia in shock over death of Phil Hughes

MELBOURN: Phillip Hughes, the Australia Test batsman struck on the head by a ball two days ago, has died after succumbing to a serious head injury, Cricket Australia chief executive officer James Sutherland has confirmed. The 25-year-old passed away after he was hit in the back-left side of the head while batting for South Australia […]

Qatar runs covert desert training camp for Syrian rebels

DOHA: At a desert base, Gulf state Qatar is covertly training Syrian rebels with U.S. help to fight President Bashar al-Assad and may include more overtly Islamist insurgent groups, sources close to the matter say. The camp, south of the capital between Saudi Arabia’s border and al-Udeid, the largest U.S. air base in the Middle […]

Copies of Quran with ‘errors’ seized

DUBAI: Saudi authorities have seized copies of the Quran with printing errors, showcasing misinterpretation in the content related to other religions and sects, Saudi media reported on Wednesday. Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance, Sheikh Saleh al-Sheikh told al-Watan newspaper that those copies were printed outside the kingdom and were being distributed in […]

'Hello Russia, China, bye bye Washington'

ISLAMABAD: Comments made by Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif in his address at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad on Tuesday, 25 November, suggest that his country appears to have ditched its old ally- the United States in favour of new friends in its immediate neighbourhood- Russia and of course China. “The Americans have […]

Veena Malik gets 26 yrs jail for blasphemy

ISLAMABAD: Never out of controversy, Pakistani starlet Veena Malik has now landed in the eye of a storm. An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Pakistan sentenced her, along with Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman- the owner of Pakistan’s biggest media group, Geo TV, and her actor husband Asad Bashir Khan, to 26 years in prison for broadcasting a show […]

How surgically ‘Precise' are drone strikes?

KARACHI: In Pakistan, 874 people have been killed in the US’ hunt for only 24 terrorists, according to data analysed by human rights group Reprieve, raising troubling questions about the common description of the drone programme as “surgically precise” and carried out with “laser-like focus”. Reprieve’s Jennifer Gibson, who heads the study says, “Drone strikes […]