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By the Numbers: Pakistan’s Perilous Religious Laws

FP: Pakistani Christian Aasia Bibi’s death sentence for blasphemous activity has shone a spotlight on the perilous situation for religious communities in Pakistan. The country’s laws repress religious freedoms for all and…

Five Pakistanis listed in BBC’S 100 Women

ET: Conquering the world with their documentaries, campaigns and cartoons, five Pakistani women have made it to BBC’s 100 Women list. Among BBC’s 100 women are documentary film-maker and Oscar award…

Poison in the body politic

The News: Forty years ago, Pakistan’s parliament passed the Second Amendment to the 1974 Constitution, declaring Ahmadis as non-Muslims. The move, taken presumably under Saudi pressure, has led to far-reaching…

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari under blasphemy law?

Source: Pakistan Observer. A petition had been filed in the Sindh High Court against Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) as the petitioner, Anjuman Islah-e Moashra Ameer Haji Gul Ahmed demanded the…

Iran, Pakistan Exchange Mortar Fire

The Diplomat: by Ankit Panda — Amid growing tensions, Pakistan and Iran exchanged mortar fire. According to Pakistani officials, the Iranian army fired six mortar shells into the Pakistani border…

Coming back to life: Buddhist songs resound in Jaulian monastery after 1,500 years

ET: HARIPUR: For 1,500 years the place was almost silent, with only the occasional sounds of visitors’ footsteps and rustling leaves filling the air. Earlier this week, however, Jaulian monastery came…

National Security Policy, PPO against shariah: Council of Islamic Ideology

Daily Times: ISLAMABAD: Islamic Ideology Council’s (IIC) Chairman Maulana Muhammad Sheerani on Wednesday provisionally termed the Pakistan Protection Ordinance (PPO) and National Security Policy against the shariah, media reports said.The…

High in Pakistan’s mountains, women break taboos

Dawn.com — A student from the Shimshal Mountaineering School uses ice axes to climb a slope on a glacier near the Shimshal village in the northern Hunza valley. –– AFP…

Pakistan: Ahmadis Faced with Death or Exile

Source: ipsnews.net BOSTON, Oct 20 2014 (IPS) - Two years ago, gunmen shot dead Farooq Kahloun’s newly married son Saad Farooq, 26, in an attack that severely injured Kahloun, his younger son…

The land that loots Edhi sahib

ET: They asked him whether it had ever happened before. “Meray saath kabhi waqeya nahin hua aisa. Mujhay daaka maartay huay chhor diya tha,” Abdul Sattar Edhi said. “Aisay waqiay…

Neither a Burqa nor a Bikini

Source: The Huffington Post By Zehra Mehdi-Barlas, Media Relations Manager, Communications Specialist and certified news-junkie   Yes, I was fortunate enough to be born in a country and into a family…

Pakistan Charity Boss Abdul Sattar Edhi ‘heartbroken’ after robbery

One of Pakistan’s top charity leaders has told the BBC he is heartbroken after being robbed at gunpoint. Abdul Sattar Edhi, 86, was asleep when a gang of armed men…

Bashing Macaulay- by Yasser Latif Hamdani

Daily Times: by Yasser Latif Hamdani — When the English were building courtrooms, hospitals, mental asylums, schools and universities, rulers in the subcontinent of India were busy building mausoleums, gardens…

Nukes top concern in Pakistan, religious and ethnic hatred in India

Dawn: WASHINGTON: In Pakistan, people were more concerned about nuclear weapons than religious and ethnic hatred as a major threat to their security, says a US survey released on Friday.…

The Lahore court’s decision to uphold Asia Bibi’s death penalty is far from just

Guardian: In November 2010, Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five, was sentenced to death in Pakistan. Her crime was allegedly insulting the prophet Muhammad during an argument with some Muslim…

Urdu Poetry: Listen to Iftikhar Hussain Arif reciting his poetry

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWvNI4P-Zq0&authuser=0…

Islamabad replaces Manila at top of list of world’s worst airports

Guardian: After three years atop a list of the world’s worst airports, Manila’s Ninoy Aquino international airport (NAIA) is now only the fourth worst, behind Islamabad, Jeddah and Kathmandu, thanks…

Pakistan: Latif Ahmad Butt falls victim to assassin’s bullet in Attock

  Attock, Pakistan Courtesy: Mr Nasim Malik & Mirza Nasim Baig “It is reported with sadness that an Ahmadi Mr. Lateef Alam Butt son of Khursheed Alam Butt from Kamrah…

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