Monday, June 27, 2016
Shias are worst victims of state repression in Pakistan
By Allabaksh It is difficult to believe but true that Pakistan, a country created for Muslims, for Sunnis and Shias alike, has today become a nightmare for millions of Shias living there. A well-known writer and a member of the famous political family in Pakistan, Fatima Bhutto, said the country had become a ``country of ghosts`` for minorities, especially for Shias. Pakistan is home to 40 million Shias, the second largest concentration after Iran. Most of them have been living in their traditional home even before the Partition. But they have been facing systematic discrimination and repression a few years after the creation of Pakistan. A sub-sect of the Shias, Ahmadis...

Not A Country For Older People
By Dr. Kavita Suri A little over three weeks ago, a video of a woman ruthlessly beating her old mother went viral on the social media. Shot by a neighbor of this 85-year-old Sikh lady Gurcharan Kaur residing in Kalkaji area of New Delhi, the video sparked an outrage among the people and media forcing the Delhi Commission for Women (CCW) to act and help the old frail lady being abused in the video. What surfaced was a harsh reality of the modern relationships in transforming India. This 85-year-old mother used to get a regular beating by her 60-year-old daughter. In the ...

May brings bad tidings for Pakistan
By Manzoor Ahmed May 2016 has been a bad month for Pakistan. Its impotent anger and fears are becoming more public than ever before. It is not at war, so there is no war hysteria to keep the people glued together. It is not at peace – either with itself, with neighbours or with the world. And that is worst for the nation’s mood. If things around Pakistan are not too conducive, the situation within is one of feeling orphaned, what with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif undergoing heart surgery in London. His sickness has robbed his opponents of the opportunity to target him, so as not to hurt public sentiment, on issues like ‘Panamagate’ and that has taken away some of the fire and...

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