KABUL: 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
PAKISTAN: Christians and Hindus who fled from a military offensive against insurgents in tribal northwest Pakistan say the Taliban treated them with relative tolerance, contrary to the militants’ brutal reputation. Continue reading
ISLAMABAD: The United States National Security Agency (NSA) spying on Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is a violation of international law, said Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam.
During the weekly Foreign Office briefing, Aslam raised the NSA spying issue and lodged a protest with the US. Continue reading
NEW 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
WISDOM 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
COMMENT, MUMBAI: The Government of India, through the decades, has had a rather fuzzy policy towards languages.
While its stated intent has been to respect all languages and consider Hindi for official use, the reality is that no concrete steps have been taken to implement this commitment. Continue reading
BEIJING: 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
COMMENT, 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
COMMENT, KARACHI: Pakistan, on Sunday May 25, released 151 Indian prisoners, 59 of whom were released from Karachi and 92 from Hyderabad.
The following day, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took off for India to be present at Narendra Modi’s swearing-in as prime minister of India. Continue reading
COMMENT, KARACHI: The Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) attack on Karachi airport is testament to the tangled web of alliances and enmities spanning Pakistan’s frontier badlands and stretching as far as Rawalpindi. Continue reading