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Implementation of laws must to protect rights of minorities

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 rafizadeh@fas.harvard.edu. ... 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 »

The Arab Empire

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map has circulated showing the Islamic State’s five-year plan: a caliphate that stretches from the Iberian peninsula to western China, including all of India, north Africa, the Middle East, Asia Minor, and southeastern Europe. It’s an ambitious agenda. According to an Islamic State spokesman, the map doesn’t show lands to be captured but, rather, lands to be liberated: “We will ... Read More »

South Korea: 4 killed, 3 missing in boat sinking

A fishing boat capsized on Tuesday in waters off the South Korean southern city of Geoje, leaving four dead and three missing, Yonhap news agency reported. The 59-ton fishing boat, with 11 crew members on board, capsized after hitting a rope between a tug boat and a barge at around 4:32 p.m. local time in waters southeast of the Geoje ... Read More »