Egypt gives 3 Al-Jazeera reporters 3 yrs jail

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the last twist in a long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.  The case against Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed embroiled their journalism into the wider […]

Turkey, Qatar Forced Political Islam on Libya: PM

OBRUK  – Qatar and Turkey are to blame for forcing political Islam on Libya, the prime minister of the internationally recognized Libyan government, Abdullah Thani said. “There are states wishing to impose political Islam on us. Turkey and Qatar, for example, are attempting to impose it on Libya despite the people’s rejection,” Thani said. That […]

38 girls killed in Swaziland crash

JOHANNESBURG: At least 38 girls and young women were killed in a crash while travelling to a famous traditional festival in Swaziland, a rights group said on Saturday.  About 20 others were injured when the truck they were in collided with another vehicle on Friday, the Swaziland solidarity network said in a statement. The young […]

7 kg gold looted in UP

UNNAO, UP: A driver of a courier van was killed and a security guard injured by unidentified armed miscreants who looted gold worth crores of rupees from the vehicle on the Lucknow-Kanpur National Highway here, police said on Saturday.  The van of Sequel Logistic Private Limited, Ahmedabad was on its way to Lucknow when SUV-borne […]

Pakistan can survive without India, says PCB chief

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan believes the chances of the bilateral series against India are very less, looking at the current political turmoil situation between two nations. “Given the present circumstances, the chances of a Pakistan-India [cricket] series look bleak and we have to live with the fact that India are not […]

Are You Prepared to Take a 30-Year Vacation?

SUMMER is vacation season. However, before the week or two of fun begins comes the hard part – planning and packing. There are so many things to consider depending on the type of experience a person wants to have and what they need to bring along. Now picture preparing for a 30-year vacation. As life […]

A New Diplomacy

Contrary to former BJP Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s approach, Modi has his own plans for Kashmir. “JO beet gayee, so baat gayee” (what happened in the past, is over). When Sushma Swaraj, India’s minister for external affairs made this ominous remark at a news conference on Aug 22, she was signifying a development of […]

What Ails Kashmiri Culture?

CULTURE is the characteristic of a specific group of people which envelops everything from language, social habits, music, cuisine, arts etc. It defines the shared and common patterns of behavior and interactions among the members of the community. These shared cultural values are learned, preserved and passed on through a process of various forms of […]

A short history of traitors in Pakistan

How Pakistan shares India’s penchant for branding citizens as anti-national. EVER since its inception in 1947, one thing that Pakistan is excelled at is producing traitors. Using the allegations of treachery to malign politicians, intellectuals and activists has been a time tested practice in Pakistan. The first traitor of Pakistan was Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy. He […]