The former Pakistan ambassador to the US discusses the Kashmir issue, India-Pakistan relations and the struggle for lasting peace.
Three ethnic armed groups excluded from Myanmar’s peace process will no longer be required to surrender, prior to joining the talks, a Myanmar military negotiator said on Thursday
The state abandoning its responsibility to provide public housing, coupled with inadequate laws against land hoarding and low taxes on the sale and purchase of real estate, have resulted in a housing market that can, logically, only produce elite gated communities.
The decision by the Pentagon is a sign that while it sees some progress by Pakistan in its military operations in North Waziristan, much work remains.
This year, Pakistanis make up the fourth biggest group of undocumented migrants arriving in Greece — after Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis – and the journey they make is a dangerous one
The crisis arising from the Sinhala-Tamil student conflict at Jaffna University is a part of the Sinhalese establishment’s absence of conviction on the cardinal importance of secularism and the drift of the Tamil elite towards religious obscurantism.
Draft rules released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs on Monday demand that NGOs publicise specific information like funding and membership or face being banned.
In the do-it-yourself world of independent music in Pakistan, a musician is not just a man with a guitar slung around his shoulder
She was once a formidable commander of the People’s Liberation Army but today has a new cause – that of her fellow women fighters who bravely fought a war, but are struggling to survive the peace.
Former prime minister Moudud Ahmed discusses Bangladeshi electoral politics, the threat from ISIS, and diplomatic ties with India and China.
Pakistan has been ruled by the military for almost half its history and repeatedly swung between democracy and military rule.
The police believe the nine militants, suspected to be members of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, were planning an attack a similar to the Dhaka cafe attack.
As a coalition headed by Prachanda takes charge, settling the remaining constitutional issues and resetting relations with India will be top priority.
The President has given political parties seven days to agree on a new candidate.
Many journalists in Pakistan, however, support the blackout. “Media is oxygen for militants,” said a former managing director of state-owned Pakistan Television, who declined to be named because of the nature of his new job.
“We were left with no alternative because of the arrogance of the prime minister and his party,” Kiran Giri, a senior official of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party, said.
“Two fighters from Islamic State detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shi’ites in the city of Kabul in Afghanistan,” said a brief statement on the group’s Amaq news agency.
Myanmar’s armed forces have often been accused of abuses by human rights groups and Western governments during decades of conflict with ethnic armed separatists in its border zones
The country has seen a rise in extremist violence over the past year with a series of attacks on bloggers and university teachers, culminating in the Dhaka attacks on July 1.
The move towards this legislation comes after the murder of Qandeel Baloch, who pushed the boundaries of acceptability for women in Pakistan.
The series of protests in Nepal’s southern plains can be traced back to the long fight for federalism, anger against state violence and the people’s struggle for fair representation.
People in India and Pakistan get virtually no chance to learn about the Bomb in either the classroom or the media. And that doesn’t make for informed public opinion.
In this rare stand by Pakistani authorities, the murder of Baloch, a social media celebrity, will evade a common legal escape that prevents honour killing cases from going to trial.
Basil Rajapaksa has been arrested over allegations of misappropriation of state funds during his tenure as economic development minister.
In its rush to bring China down a peg, New Delhi should not forget to underscore the political basis of its own territorial and commercial interests in the region.
The Dhaka terrorist attack happened within an overall environment of breakdown of governance and law enforcement. Unless we focus there, we will never start to mend the structure within which such events play out.
Washington could make it clear that increased military cooperation is off the table indefinitely and that bilateral ties are directly related to progress pertaining to the UN Human Rights Council resolution.
US defense department spokesman Peter Cook confirmed that US forces carried out an air strike in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province on July 9, killing Umar Khalifa, the alleged mastermind of the 2014 school attack.
The biggest challenge for the political class will be to collectively work out a compromise that addresses the grievances of the marginalised communities, one that has the support of the CPN-UML.
Ishrat Akhond, a woman in the restaurant, refused even to identify herself as Muslim and court release. She abjured Islam itself as a global identity and mission, and in doing so recovered her particularity as a Muslim.
Calling for a new government, Maoists cited broken promises by Prime Minister Oli, anger in South Nepal over the new constitution and delayed post-earthquake reconstruction.
Girl claims plans to develop dirty coal deposits will exacerbate climate change and deprive future generations of the right to healthy life.
ISIS attacks in Afghanistan persist despite the group’s shrinking territory in the country.
Much of what we have seen in the strengthened China-Pakistan alignment in the last decade is a reaction to the rise of India.
It is time to reevaluate if the Bush-era tactics – fighting violence with greater violence, and erecting security barriers and surveillance regimes everywhere – are adequate or suitable for a country facing homegrown radicals who aspire to represent global terror franchises.
The police had earlier said that chef Saiful Islam Chowkidar was innocent and had been mistakenly shot by them, but they have revised their statement.
The blast occurred near the entrance of what is being reported as the country’s largest Eid congregation.
Meer Hayet Kabir questioned how radicalisation entrapped his educated son raised by a loving and affluent family .
Police has also said that one of the six people killed by security forces, Saiful Islam Chowkidar, may not have been involved in the attack.
Police believes that Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, a domestic Islamist group had a significant role in organising the attackers.