Tag: Pakistan

Lawyer: Pakistani Christian Sentenced to Death for ‘Blasphemy’ Just Refused to Convert

A lawyer for a Pakistani Christian man sentenced to death two weeks ago in Lahore for blasphemy told Fox News on Monday that his client did not insult the Islamic prophet, Muhammad, as alleged, but merely refused to convert to Islam.…

Pakistani Comedian Uploads Video of Alleged Chinese Soldiers Crying

Video footage surfaced on Sunday depicting soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) crying on a bus while allegedly en route to the Indian border territory of Ladakh, a disputed area which has seen several recent clashes between the militaries of the two countries, Taiwan…

Pakistani Court Rules Deadly 2012 Blaze Was Arson, Sentences 2 to Death

KARACHI, Pakistan—Pakistan’s deadliest industrial fire, which killed more than 260 garment factory workers in 2012, was a case of arson and not an accident, a court ruled on Tuesday as it sentenced two former political party activists to death for starting it. The Anti-Terrorism Court…

Sharif strikes back against military establishment

On Sunday, Pakistani opposition parties after hours of deliberation launched a joint platform against the government led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and its backers. The forum, named the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan and requested an investigation of…

Sharif needs to break his silence

On Tuesday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued non-bailable warrants for Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia Steel Mill corruption case after the former prime minister failed to surrender to authorities. The court also observed that the medical certificates provided by Sharif to support his claim…

Pakistan PM Imran Khan: Rapists Should Be Chemically Castrated or Publicly Hanged

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan this week responded to a rise of sexual violence in the country by arguing that rapists should face chemical castration or public hanging.…

Killing in the name of God in Pakistan

PESHAWAR- Pakistan is reeling under a new surge of sectarian violence targeting Shiite and other religious minorities across the country, threatening new rounds of instability in the Muslim majority nation. The rising trend is being fueled in part by state organs and authorities who cosset…

China, India fire fueled by Pakistan Belt and Road

PESHAWAR – Pakistan’s army and Chinese companies are in big business lockstep in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a US$87 billion plan to build ports, roads, railways and power plants to facilitate trade, spur growth and consolidate power over geopolitically contested lands. The scheme, designed…

Even in Pakistan, sun will rise despite the darkest night

The late American journalist and broadcaster Dorothy Thompson once said, “There is nothing to fear except the persistent refusal to find out the truth.” Any journalist or intellectual dies the day he or she stops finding the truth and hidden agendas of the powerful quarters…

Donald Is No Dove

One of Donald Trump’s more remarkable qualities is his ability to convince people to give him credit for things he hasn’t done. He has, for example convinced many Americans that he is an effective businessman, despite his massive inherited wealth and legacy of failure; an…

Pakistan Sentences Christian Man to Death for ‘Blasphemous Texts’

A court in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Tuesday sentenced a Christian man to death on charges of “blasphemy.”…

India taps Iran as new options open up in region

Two senior Indian ministers visiting Tehran in less than a week is unusual. Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar today met his Iranian counterpart on the way to Moscow for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) foreign ministers meeting. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh accepted Tehran’s invitation to visit…

Pakistan destined for terror finance blacklist

PESHAWAR- Pakistan’s bid to curb money laundering and terror financing hit a political wall when the opposition-dominated upper house recently voted down two related bills tabled by the ruling Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI). The move will thwart Prime Minister Imran Khan’s effort to have Pakistan lifted…

Pakistan Enforces UN Sanctions on Taliban to Push Its Economic and Geopolitical Interests

Pakistan imposed UN sanctions against Afghanistan’s Taliban on Aug. 22 and experts said Pakistan did this to get off the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), as well as to advance its geopolitical interests in the region. “Pakistan’s move is likely driven…

India implodes its own new Silk Road

There was a time when New Delhi was proudly selling the notion of establishing its own New Silk Road – from the Gulf of Oman to the intersection of Central and South Asia opening access from Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia from the Arabian Sea…

Another assets scandal, more silence by Pakistani elite

On August 27, Pakistani investigative journalist Ahmad Noorani dropped a bombshell with a story on the assets of retired Lieutenant-General Asim Saleem Bajwa and his family. Noorani provided documentary evidence of Bajwa and his brothers getting rich in the US and gave details of their…

‘British FBI’ Bust Pakistan Heroin Ring, Seize 59 Properties Worth 17m

Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has seized some 59 properties worth an estimated £17 million after busting an organised crime ring importing massive quantities of heroin into Britain from Pakistan. …

Pakistan’s soaring stocks belie dire economic facts

The headline-grabbing rally in Pakistan equities is both sensational and questionable. Pakistan’s KSE-100 Index has registered a nearly 50% surge since late March, but it is not just impressive because it’s Asia’s top-performing stock bourse. It comes eight weeks after a deadly shooting at the …

Sharifs still have power, but how will they use it?

A controlled democracy where almost every single institution works at the behest of the government of the day and where the press is muzzled or under invisible and visible pressures would seem to be an ideal scenario for an authoritarian person or party to tighten…

Saaba Mahmood Spared Jail Despite Claiming 100,000 in Welfare for Relatives in Pakistan

Saaba Mahmood will avoid jail time after she was found to have defrauded the British taxpayer in collecting the benefits of her Pakistani relatives who left the country.…

Churails: What Pakistan doesn’t want to talk about

Pakistani television series centered on the premise of two women fighting over a man have not only become popular at home but have gained a large following elsewhere in South Asia and in the Middle East. It would be a disservice to say they are…