Russia and the US: another cold war?

By Ayaz Ahmed During his election campaign, President Trump repeatedly demonstrated his alacrity to bury the hatchet with Russia and work with President Putin to resolve the protracted Syrian and Afghan conflicts. This led liberals in the US to challenge pessimistic view of the realists by foreseeing a period of meaningful cooperation between the Cold [...]



By Moin Qazi Of all the lawful acts the most detestable to God is divorce - Prophet Muhammad (This an authentic saying recorded by Abdullah ibn Umar, a highly respected companion of the prophet in an authoritative treatise "Divorce (Kitab Al-Talaq)" of Sunan Abu-Dawud (Ref. 63-2173) The issue of instant triple talaq has over-fatigued, and [...]

Russia’s new great game

By Ayaz Ahmed The recent Russian diplomatic overtures towards Afghan peace and its secret rapprochement with the Taliban show that Russia wants to play a new Great Game in Afghanistan. In this regard, Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to have capitalised on the fateful election of Donald Trump as the US president to steadily outsmart [...]

The Maldives: Paradise for jihadists?

By Francesca Borri Disillusioned by the rotten regime, high rates of crime and violence and the moral corruption of Islam in the country, much Maldivian youth decide to go to Syria to fight with ISIS, looking for brotherhood and a new life. And when they're done with Syria, they'll set their sights on Israel: 'It [...]

How to Respond to the Evolving Terrorist Threat in Pakistan

By Abdul Basit In February 2017, Pakistan suffered the worst wave of terrorist violence since the tragic attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014. Three terrorist groups, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JUA), and the Islamic State of Khurasan (ISK) carried out multiple attacks on Pakistan’s major cities. The spate of attacks shattered [...]

Deoband will be turned into Deovrind: BJP MLA

By our correspondent NEW DELHI: The newly elected BJP MLA from Deoband, Brijesh Singh, has said he will ensure that the upcoming government in the state changes the name of the town to Deovrind, The Hindu reported on Friday. Mr Singh said that Deoband should be known for its historical association with Mahabharata and not [...]

Parallels between Syrian Civil War And Soviet-Afghan Jihad

By Nauman Sadiq If we were to draw parallels between the Soviet-Afghan jihad of the ‘80s and the Syrian civil war of today, the Western powers used the training camps located in the Pak-Afgan border regions to train and arm the Afghan Mujahedeen against the Soviet troops in Afghanistan with the help of Pakistan’s intelligence agencies. [...]

Bangladeshi law proposing child marriage in ‘special cases’ is a step backwards

By Ruma Paul and Nita Bhalla DHAKA/NEW DELHI - A new Bangladeshi law that lets underage girls marry their rapists for "the greater good of the adolescent" may put more children at risk of sexual abuse, child rights groups said on Wednesday. The impoverished South Asian nation has one of the highest rates of child [...]

MDP warns of ‘creeping colonialism’ by Saudi Arabia

The main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party has expressed concern with alleged plans to sell Faafu atoll to the Saudi royal family, warning that the deal would “effectively cede control of an entire atoll to a foreign government.” “The MDP expresses serious concern that the Faafu plans – which would allow a foreign power to control one [...]

UN urges SL to prioritize justice alongside reconciliation

The slow pace of transitional justice in Sri Lanka and the lack of a comprehensive strategy to address accountability for past crimes risk derailing the momentum towards lasting peace, reconciliation and stability, according to a report issued by the UN Human Rights Office on Friday. The report acknowledges that there have been positive advances on [...]

India’s NGO crackdown forces US Christian charity out after half a century

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI  - A Colorado-based Christian charity said on Friday it was ending its almost half-a-century-long operations in India after authorities restricted its funding channels over suspicions it supported religious conversions in the Hindu-majority country. Compassion International (CI) is one of thousands of charities in India whose ability to receive or donate [...]

‘We stayed quiet and prayed’: survivor tells of Kabul hospital attack

By Mirwais Harooni  KABUL: Patient Zia Zabuli was lucky to escape Wednesday's attack on a military hospital in central Kabul, which has been claimed by Islamic State. In hospital because of a leg wound, he and three others hid in a room and barricaded themselves in when they saw one of the gunmen approaching. "Together we [...]

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Perils and Prospects

By Pervaiz Ali Mahesar he China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has magnified and magnetised the attention of China and non-China watchers at the regional and global levels. The CPEC has received a wide currency and been attributed with different catchphrases, including: the revival of Mackinder theory, the Great Game, New Asia is Emerging, China’s Rise as [...]

Fresh fear of “honour” violence stalks Pakistani victim

By Umer Ali and Amna Nasir GUJRANWALA, Pakistan - Nearly three years after Saba Qaiser's father and uncle shot her in the face, rolled her in a rug and threw her in a river for marrying without their consent, the 21-year-old from Pakistan's Punjab province is again afraid for her life. After surviving the attack [...]

The Recent wave of Terrorism in Pakistan: a Critical Evaluation of NAP

Ayaz Ahmed Introduction "Terrorism is (largely) a psychological warfare. Terrorists try to manipulate us and change our behaviour by creating fear, uncertainty, and division in society." —Patrick J. Kennedy The spectre of resurgent terrorism has become the most threatening challenge of the twenty-first century. The monster of terrorism coupled with bubbling militancy has continued to [...]

The specter of population explosion in Pakistan

By Ayaz Ahmed Apart from resurgent terrorism, rampant corruption and bad governance, Pakistan is also facing an ever-increasing population. Its population growth rate is reported to be one of the highest when compared to Muslim majority countries of Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Predictably, if the current growth rate remains unchecked for a [...]

India’s strong GDP data leaves economists scratching their heads

India has defied expectations to retain the title of the world's fastest growing major economy, despite the pain caused by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's shock crackdown on cash. Annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the October-December period came in at 7.0 percent, a tad slower than 7.4 percent in the previous quarter but much [...]

By: Mariyam Suleman Fishermen’s children play at the “PadiZir” (west bay) beach of Gwadar, the projected regional trade hub, while seeing their toiling fathers and elder brothers  optimistically dragging their boats toward the  tidal waves of the Arabian Sea abuts the shores of Makran coast. “Things have  dramatically changed over the years. As a little [...]

Pakistan: the land of contrasts

By Zafar Bangash Despite its immense potential, corruption, environmental pollution and religious divisions are tearing the country’s social and political fabric. Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world where one encounters every kind of geography, topography, and weather. In the north lies the great Himalayan mountain range towering thousands of feet above sea [...]

Pak-Russia Relations and Future Prospects

By Ayaz Ahmed The national interest of a country often plays the underlying role in determining its relations with other states. Similarly, due to convergent and shared economic and security objectives, both Pakistan and Russia are slowly but steadily coming closer to each other on economic and security fronts. After Pakistan's inclusion into the Shanghai [...]