All posts filed under: South Asia

Government of Pakistan Playing Shamelessly with the Education of its Children

It appears that the Pakistani Government is bent upon throwing the education sector of this country into a mire of uncertainty. The Punjab Text Book Board has introduced a new No-Objection Certificate (NOC) criterion for hundreds of private publishers who have been printing and publishing learning and teaching materials for the schools of Punjab. (The […]

Views on the News 05/02/2021

Headlines: • Covid-19: 4,000 Variants of Coronavirus around the World, British Minister says • US Report Highlights Pakistan-China Closeness in Afghanistan • UK Tribunal to Hear Witnesses on China Genocide Accusations Covid-19: 4,000 Variants of Coronavirus around the World, British Minister Says There are around 4,000 variants of the virus that causes Covid-19 around the […]

Lawmaker Papul is a Glaring Example that Corruption is Sacred in Secular Politics

Corruption and scams have always been part and parcel of secular democracy in Bangladesh and all over the world. The involvement of the politicians into corruption has never been a matter of surprise for the people in Bangladesh. But it came as a shock for the Hasina government to see the four-year sentence of Kazi […]

View on the News 31/01/2021

 Headlines: • A Global Vaccine Apartheid is Unfolding. People’s Lives Must Come Before Profit • Pakistan Wants Closer Engagement with US for Regional Stability • These Three Pacific Military Flashpoints could Shape Biden’s China Strategy A Global Vaccine Apartheid is Unfolding. People’s Lives Must Come Before Profit Nine months ago world leaders were queueing up […]

Accountability in any Man-Made System, Including Democracy,is a Foolish Pipe Dream

In an interview with BBC Urdu on Friday, 15th January 2012, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Broadsheet LLC, Kaveh Moussavi, stated that he had “voluntarily” flagged a suspicious bank account in the United Kingdom, with an amount of $1 billion; however, the Government of Pakistan has not shown any interest in tracing it. He […]

O Muslims, Reject from the Society and the State the Secular Values and System Preying on our Daughters

The alarming rise of sexual harassment, abuse, rapes and gang rapes on women and children in Bangladesh has again become a hot topic of discussion after the rape and death of an O-levels student of a renowned school in the Capital. People are also deeply worried about the surge of juvenile crimes and teen gang […]

Buddhist monks incite hatred against Muslims in Myanmar

لَتَجِدَنَّ أَشَدَّ النَّاسِ عَدَاوَةً لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا الْيَهُودَ وَالَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُوا

“You will find that the people most hostile to those who have iman are the Jews and the idolaters.”

(Al-Maaida, 5:82)


DW

Myanmar’s constitution guarantees religious freedom. But some radical Buddhists have been railing against Muslims – a tendency which has reached the lawmakers by now.

Everything seems normal as children in red clothes play football on a dusty patch. However, this patch is the courtyard of a monastery and the young players with their rolled-up shirts and bare arms are Buddhist novices. Their teacher, U Nayaka, laughs at the notion that a monastery is supposed to be a place of meditation. “It is never quiet here, my students always make noise,” said Phaung Daw Oo, director of the monastery school, who is a cheerful person and ends each of his utterances with a laugh.

Pakistan executes 10 death-row prisoners

Al-Arabiya

AFP, Islamabad

Pakistan on Tuesday hanged 10 convicted murderers from prisons across the country, the highest number in a single day after the government lifted a six-year-old moratorium on capital punishment, officials said.

Eight of the convicts were hanged in the populous Punjab province, while two others were hanged in the southern metropolis of Karachi, according to prison officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

At least four dead and many trapped in Bangladesh factory collapse

Guardian

Around 150 people were in the uncompleted cement factory in Mongla when the roof collapsed

Agencies in Dhaka

At least four people have been killed and more than 100 are feared trapped after the roof of a cement factory under construction in Bangladesh collapsed.

Rescuers pulled about 40 survivors from the debris of the factory, run by a subsidiary of the Bangladesh army, in the port town of Mongla, 335km (210 miles) south-west of the capital, Dhaka.

Hamid Karzai: Afghanistan in danger of sliding ‘under thumb’ of Pakistan

وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا

“Hold fast to the rope of Allah all together, and do not separate.”

(Aal-Imran, 3:103)


Guardian

Former president tells the Guardian of his concern over Afghanistan’s tilt towards Pakistan and Ashraf Ghani’s gamble on brokering a peace deal with the Taliban

Hamid Karzai, centre, arrives at parliament in Kabul on Saturday.

Jon Boone in Kabul

Afghanistan’s historic struggles against British imperialism and Soviet invasion will have been in vain if the country succumbs to pressure from neighbouring Pakistan, Hamid Karzai has warned in an interview with the Guardian.

Afghanistan officials sanctioned murder, torture and rape, says report

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُعَذِّبُ الَّذِينَ يُعَذِّبُونَ النَّاسَ فِى الدُّنْيَا

“Allah tortures those who torture the people in this life”

(Muslim)


Guardian

Human Rights Watch accuses high-ranking officials of allowing extrajudicial killings and brutal practices to flourish after fall of Taliban

Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul

Top Afghan officials have presided over murders, abduction, and other abuses with the tacit backing of their government and its western allies, Human Rights Watch says in a new report.

A grim account of deaths, robbery, rapes and extrajudicial killings, Today We Shall All Die, details a culture of impunity that the rights group says flourished after the fall of the Taliban, driven by the desire for immediate control of security at almost any price.