Thursday, 19 April 2018


The Mashal Khan verdict

Mashal Khan

Nearly 10 months after Mashal Khan was lynched to death by a mob in Mardan on the false pretext of blasphemy, a verdict handed down by an Anti-Terrorist Court in Haripur gave a death sentence to one of the accused, life sentences to four others and four-year prison sentences to ...

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PM Theresa May’s first official visit to China

Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s first official visit to China has affirmed that both countries will seek stronger partnership in free trade and in tackling global challenges, sending a vital message of upholding openness and unity in a fractured world. May’s three-day trip, which ends on Friday, came at a ...

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President Oprah Winfrey: the pros and cons

Oprah Winfrey

The prospect of an Oprah Winfrey presidential run in 2020 took a giant step forward this week when she gave an electrifying Golden Globe Awards speech that left many hailing her as the antidote to President Trump. “Is America going insane or coming to its senses?” The Washington Post asks. The actor, ...

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How Not to Engage With Pakistan


President Trump’s decision last week to suspend almost all security aid to Pakistan, which quickly followed his accusation that Pakistan had “given us nothing but lies and deceit,” suggests that his administration is carrying out the hard-line approach that the president foreshadowed in August. Last Thursday, the State Department confirmed ...

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Cutting Off Pakistan, U.S. Takes Gamble in Complex Afghan War


Afghan officials have pleaded with three American presidents to reconsider their support for Pakistan, which was both receiving billions of dollars in American aid and harboring the leaders of a Taliban insurgency that the United States has struggled to defeat. But when President Trump suspended nearly all American security aid ...

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Our drinking culture is a national disgrace

Christmas Party

It may astound native Brits to know that most humans around the world do not get tanked up or legless on New Year’s Eve, or Thanksgiving, or Eid or Diwali or Baisakhi (the Sikh celebration) or Hanukkah, or weddings or baby-welcoming ceremonies, or indeed on any weekend night. It really ...

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A sense of perspective brings Christmas cheer


If you were to assess the happiness of the nation based on news headlines, you’d be in for a gloomy picture. Brexit scare stories, low productivity, terrorist attacks, and continuous political upheavals have dominated the front pages this year. Looking abroad, we’ve seen natural disasters, violence, and even the threat ...

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Trump’s siege of Jerusalem


Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem has raised eyebrows in the political circles of the world. Jerusalem has been the primary source of tension between Israel and the Muslim World. Israel occupied the Palestinian majority East Jerusalem after the 1967 war. United Nations does not recognise Jerusalem as the sole capital of ...

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Sadiq Khan’s Pakistan visit


The first Muslim mayor of London – Sadiq Khan – is visiting Pakistan. The visit of the London mayor is significant for several reasons. It is a part of his #LondonIsOpen tour which aims to promote the UK as a business, education and cultural hub following the Brexit decision. The ...

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Talk to your kids about online safety


In one week in October – nearly 200 suspected paedophiles were arrested – with a third of cases involving streaming, grooming and blackmail. To help parents protect their children against the threat, the NCA and National Police Chiefs’ Council are launching a new campaign today encouraging parents to talk to ...

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