Abdullah: We have won

abdullahkabulKABUL: Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory on Tuesday in Afghanistan’s disputed election, blaming fraud for putting him behind in preliminary results as fears rise of instability and ethnic unrest.

Abdullah told a rally of thousands of rowdy supporters in Kabul that he would fight on to win the presidency, but he called for patience from loyalists who demanded he declare a “parallel government” to rule the country. Continue reading

India eases visa rules for afghans

INDIAAFGHAN FLAGNEW DELHI: In a relief to hundreds of visiting Afghans, India today announced a new liberal visa policy for the citizens of the war-ravaged country that include allowing stay up to two years and exemption from police reporting for senior citizens and children.

The new visa policy for Afghanistan nationals is being introduced on humanitarian grounds for two years with effect from today, a Home Ministry spokesperson said. Continue reading

Philosopher Al-Ghazali’s alchemy of happiness

AL GHAZALIWISDOM COMMENT: Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111 A.D.) was not only one of the great Islamic philosophers, he is also considered to be, after the Prophet Muhammad, the foremost authority on Islamic theology and jurisprudence.

What most people don’t know, however, is that al-Ghazali wrote extensively on the topic of happiness. Indeed, his monumental Revival of the Religious Sciences, which runs over 6000 pages and 4 volumes, was reprised as a shorter text in Persian, labeled the Alchemy of Happiness. Continue reading

Modi’s govt will prioritise SAARC neighbours

saarcmodiBEIJING: The new Narendra Modi government will prioritise ties with its South Asian neighbours and countries in its foreign policy.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy told a Chinese government-backed meeting this on Sunday here, as he made a case for “refurbishing” SAARC’s organisational structure to make the “weak” body more effective. Continue reading

China army surge in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

chinasldiersCOMMENT, NEW DELHI: Around the time that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was attending the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, China was busy building up a formidable presence by steadily increasing the deployment of People’s Liberation Army troops in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Over the last few weeks, specifically since the process of Lok Sabha elections began in the country, the Chinese have strategically increased the presence of PLA personnel, engineers and technicians in the PoK region by about 1,000 people. Continue reading