Have ‘real plan’ to lift Pak cricket out of dumps:Mickey Arthur

LAHORE: Newly appointed Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur says he’s got a ‘real plan’ to lift Pakistan cricket out of the dumps and hopes his players will banish all their ‘fears’ as they start a new chapter. Arthur said that he had a ‘real plan’ for the national side as he addressed his first presser […]

The End of Illusions

There are no more illusions in U.S.-Pakistan relations. Pakistan feels bitter about Washington’s embrace of India and the blowback from U.S. counter-terrorism policies. Washington feels embittered by Pakistan’s decisions and seeming incapability of changing course. In retrospect, the last stand of wishful thinking in the United States was the 2010 Kerry-Lugar-Berman legislation. Washington’s strategy back […]

We need pens, not guns. Books, not stones

Dear editor Kashmiris have finally realised the importance of education. Gone are the days when a student was more or less like a horse whose eyes were veiled laterally to prevent them from wandering here and there. To become doctors and engineers, which used to be the sole aim of education earlier is no longer […]

How Muslim Governments Impose Ignorance

I recently spent a few days in Malaysia, where I was promoting the publication of the Malay edition of my book, “Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty.” The publisher, a progressive Muslim organization called the Islamic Renaissance Front, had set up several talks for me in Kuala Lumpur. As any author would be, […]

Working for an India without Muslims

The leader of the rightwing Hindu outfit Vishwa Hindu Parishad Sadhvi Prachi once sparked a controversy on Tuesday by stating that it was time to make India ‘Muslim-free’ and that she was “working on it”  Sadhvi who is infamous for her hate speeches said that after successfully achieving the Congress-free India mission, it was time […]

My Tryst With The Past

The blessed month of Ramazan is here. Once again we will fast from dawn to dusk, once again we will seek our Lord’s forgiveness and once again we will hope for his blessings. Much has changed since my childhood. We have a completely different way of living now, very different from how our grandparents or even […]

Palestinian gunmen kill 4 Israelis in Tel Aviv, 5 wounded

Two Palestinians opened fire near a popular open-air market in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday night, killing four Israelis and wounding at least five others in one of the deadliest attacks in an eight-month wave of violence. The shooting occurred at the Sarona market, a series of restored buildings that have been transformed into a […]

At least 22 killed, 70 injured in Baghdad car bombings

A car bomb attack near a military base north of Baghdad and another explosion near a market in the Iraqi capital have killed nearly two dozen people, police said. A car packed with explosive targeted a commercial street of Baghdad al-Jadida (New Baghdad), an eastern district of the capital, killing at least 15 civilians and […]

Daesh plants bombs in Qur’an copies in Fallujah: Iraqi FM

Iraq’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari says Daesh is hiding bombs and explosives in copies of the Holy Qur’an in its latest desperate efforts to slow the army’s advance on Fallujah. Speaking to the al-Ghad al-Arabi news network on Wednesday, Jafari said the tactic amounts to a desecration and contradicts the teachings of Islam. “Such hideous […]

Hurried funeral for girl set-ablaze by mother for marrying man of choice

LAHORE: A 16-year-old girl murdered by her mother for marrying the man of her choice was discreetly buried before dawn Thursday by her in-laws, as activists and politicians condemned Pakistan’s latest gruesome honour killing. Zeenat Bibi was set on fire Wednesday in Lahore. None of her relatives sought to claim her body, police said Thursday, […]