Tuesday, 23 July, 2019
Occupied Kashmir's youngest pellet gun victim could lose complete sight
Rifat Fareed
Hiba Nisar is a toddler determined to play with her tricycle as her mother, Mursala Jan, struggles to keep the child from racing out onto the lawn.

A praetorian state?
Zahid Hussain
It is not unusual in Pakistan for the military’s spokesman to opine on everything from security to foreign and domestic affairs.
Iqbal and the Liberation of the Muslim Mind
Zafar Bangash
Allama Muhammad Iqbal (aka Iqbal Lahori in Iran) was one of the greatest Muslim thinkers of the 20th century. Born into a very modest family in Sialkot on November 8, 1877 (under British colonial rule at the time), he was a gifted child and brilliant student, winning top marks at university.
The 100-day song and dance
Khurram Husain
There is nothing sacrosanct about the 100-day timeline, and no government should be expected to deliver policy outcomes in that time period, unless the policy outcomes are of a terribly minor nature. It is unclear what exactly the 100-day promise was now; the PTI government disavowed its own plan for its first 100 days almost immediately upon coming into power, after having basked in the kudos for having had a 100-day plan in the first place.
The Transformative Power of the Sirah
Zafar Bangash
The noble Messenger (pbuh) was sent not only to inform but also to transform errant humanity by bringing it out of darkness and into light (65:11).
Khan’s finest hour
Khurram Husain
Last night was a rare spectacle. For far too long we have watched our country’s leadership quake at the knees when confronting the forces of bigotry and hatred.
What’s the deal?
Zahid Hussain
When Imran Khan returned home last week with a handout of $6 billion from Saudi Arabia, he boasted that he would mediate (between the latter country and Iran) to end the war in Yemen.
Yemen still invisible as Khashoggi murder comes to light
Natacha Yazbeck
The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has triggered a diplomatic and public relations crisis for Saudi Arabia, but little may change for the victims of the Yemen war.
Ugly face of BJP-ruled India
Munir Akram
India's concocted reasons for cancelling the foreign ministers meeting in New York, rather than revealing Imran Khan’s “true face”, as the external affairs ministry statement asserted, exposed the ugly face of India’s BJP-RSS regime.
Beacon of hope
Qasim A. Moini
Despite Islam’s lofty ideals, in many Muslim societies, including Pakistan, we often fail to see these beliefs put into practice.
Between hope and hype
Khurram Husain
The only question now is this: when does the work begin? At some point, the optics must end and the policy must begin. One is waiting for that moment when one sees key members of the cabinet beginning to gel together as a team, when the language of the prime minister and his spokesman moves away from today’s little stunt to tomorrow’s big vision. The address to the nation may have been a starting point (at best), but by now we need to know the path forward. Thus far, there is nothing on that front.
Inside the new Assembly
Zahid Hussain
It is a mixed house of old lineage and fresh entrants in the game. On Monday, the front row of the treasury benches of the newly installed National Assembly illustrated the shifting power dynamics.
Welcome, Imran Khan
Murtaza Shibli
Ghulam Nabi Ganai, a 67-year-old retired executive engineer, is elated about Imran Khan’s victory.
Culmination point
Syed Talat Hussain
Nawaz Sharif is facing his ultimate moment of truth – a do-or-die situation, of the sort that he has never witnessed in his tumultuous career. But he is not the only one.
Hope for Kashmir?
Aamir Ghauri
Mid-June 2018 - the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published its first report on Kashmir.
No Plan B: New US demands on Iran 'set stage for war'
By Zaheena Rasheed
A US air force plane was waiting for Mike Pompeo while he was taking the oath as the country's new secretary of state in late April in Washington, DC.
 
 
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PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Monday said that the international financial support being given to Pakistan by friendly countries is welcome, but no "foreign force" can prevent the economic slide the country appeared to be heading towards because of PTI government's policies.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on Monday in Riyadh, where he is visiting for talks on a range of Middle East crises, topped by the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, threats from Iran and the Saudi response to the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi last year.
India's Hindu nationalist-led government is splashing out on a religious megafest, spending unprecedented sums as part of a strategy to focus on the country's majority Hindu population ahead of a general election due this year.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday assailed an audit member of the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) for the body's "sluggish" investigation in the case against 44 politically exposed individuals or their benamidars who own properties abroad.

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A group advocating the cause of the persecuted Rohingya Muslims says a generation of the Muslims may be lost due to a lack of education for children and the youth at camps for the displaced in Bangladesh and Myanmar.

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