Friday , 22 February 2019

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India-Pakistan flood death toll reaches 400

Some 400,000 flood victims remain stranded in India and Pakistan as concerns mount over sluggish rescue efforts in the six-day emergency. The death toll in the divided Kashmir region has risen to 400. Indian and Pakistani rescue and military services have been overwhelmed by Kashmir’s heaviest rainfalls in 50 years, officials admitted on Tuesday. Also devastated are regions in Pakistan, ... Read More »

D-Day or a day of disillusionment?


Friday was a day of disillusionment for those on Constitution Avenue, as the government and the protesting parties continued to trade accusations and pointing finger at each other for involving the army in a political matter. Many Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers seemed hopeful on Thursday night and early the next day – following the two ... Read More »

Implementation of laws must to protect rights of minorities


Speakers at a seminar on Friday urged the government to ensure protection of minorities’ rights as guaranteed in the country’s Constitution so as to remove the sense of deprivation among them. The advocacy seminar titled ‘religious freedom and rights of minorities’ was organised by South Asia Partnership Pakistan ( SAP-PK) in a Hindu Temple at Kala Bari in Peshawar cantonment. ... Read More »

Asia will gain from India finally taking foreign policy seriously


AT THEIR nearest points, India and Indonesia are barely 160 kilometres (100 miles) apart across the Malacca Strait. Yet almost nobody thinks of these two big countries as neighbours. One reason has been India’s historic isolation. Distracted by Pakistan, India long fretted over its western border. Under Nehru, its leader after independence, a principled policy of non-alignment led to moralising ... Read More »

Sterling work against lure of terror


The Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) was befittingly honoured recently with the Berita Harian Achiever of the Year Award, the first organisation to win an accolade that had hitherto been given only to individuals. It was a timely reminder of the great service that the voluntary group has done to Singapore by using the credibility of Muslim religious leaders to counter ... Read More »

Asian surname is most common among doctors with Patel in second


Next time you’re treated at hospital, chances are you’ll be thanking a Dr Khan. The Asian name is the most common surname of doctors registered in Britain, according to figures. Patel – from the Gujarat region of India – was the second most popular, and Muslim surnames Ahmed and Ali also made the top ten list. Smith and Jones featured ... Read More »

Lady al-Qaida: On the trail of the world’s most wanted prisoner


The message from the militants was revealing. “You were given many chances to negotiate the release of your people via cash transactions as other governments have accepted,” it said. “We have also offered prisoner exchanges to free the Muslims currently in your detention, like our sister Dr Aafia Siddiqui. However, you proved very quickly to us that this is not ... Read More »

Malaysia Airlines Urged to Allow Hijab


CAIRO – Members of Malaysia’s largest political party United Malays National Organization have called for allowing hijab for Malaysia Airlines stewardesses and an alcohol ban, calls that were endorsed by state officials and MAS managers. “We suggest that the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) management allow or require their Muslim air stewardesses to wear a headscarf and uniforms that cover the ‘aurat’,” ... Read More »

Iran’s Crackdown on Women


Majid Rafizadeh, an Iranian-American political scientist and scholar, is president of the International American Council and serves on the board of the Harvard International Review at Harvard University. Rafizadeh is also a senior fellow at the Nonviolence International Organization based in Washington, DC and is a member of the Gulf project at Columbia University. He can be reached at ... Read More »

Why Indian Muslim Community’s English Newspapers fail?

I have been watching with keen interest for about 20 years now the various attempts of India’s Muslim community to publish English language newspapers. With repeated dismal performance of well-meaning ventures by capable and well educated Muslim individuals, it is a sad story and it is very difficult for me to understand why it is so. From Radiance, Nation & ... Read More »