Over the last decades, simply accusing someone of ‘blasphemy’ has proved enough to trigger a vigilante death sentence. Obviously, Pakistan has not got to this situation overnight.
Ten students have been arrested after Thursday’s attack the grounds of a university in the northern city of Mardan.
If Begum Jaan, or for that matter any movie on Partition made outside of Pakistan, can make the nation so vulnerable that it cannot even view the film before banning it, the country is certainly enveloped in insecurity and paranoia.
Bangladesh has seen a rise in attacks on foreigners, liberals and religious minorities, with al Qaeda and ISIS claiming responsibility but the government blaming domestic militants instead.
These 77 minors were recovered from different areas in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Facebook has agreed to remove 85% of content to respect Pakistan crusade against ‘blasphemy’, leading the way to a whole new era of censorship on freedom of thought.
The 19-year-old became a global symbol of the fight for girls’ education after being shot in Pakistan’s Swat valley in 2012 for opposing Taliban restrictions on female education.
A tense neighbourhood and China’s growing security presence in the Indian Ocean have given India and Malaysia much to discuss.
Recording of Bangladesh Paramilitary Officer Lifts Lid on Extra-Judicial Killings and Disappearances
“Everyone is not an expert on forced disappearances. We have to make sure no clue is left behind,” the Rapid Action Battalion officer has been quoted as saying.
The comments were made during an interview with the BBC.
Muhammad Khurassani, a spokesman for Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, a banned Islamist movement often called the Pakistani Taliban, issued a statement claiming responsibility.
In a candid interview, veteran Pakistani diplomat Jamshed Marker looks back at his country’s diplomatic, political history.
Pakistan is no longer in the position to risk international isolation by not acting against Jamaat-ud-Dawa.
Despite their agendas of good governance and economic development, the new outfits are unlikely to match up to the big political parties that are masters of vote-bank politics and are deeply rooted in every part of the country.
After a series of attacks in Pakistan left more than 130 people dead in February, Islamabad shut down its border crossings with Afghanistan.
Police urged the militants in Nasirpur, northeast of the capital Dhaka, to give themselves up on Wednesday, but instead they detonated the grenade.
The idea of relocating thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote flood-prone island would set a bad precedent for managing human rights crises.
Speaking at a national maritime conference yesterday, Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua underscored the importance of maritime security.
The Teesta water-sharing arrangement is likely to be one of the top concerns during Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming trip to India.
On Day of Crucial Maldives Parliament Vote, Nasheed Accuses International Community of Turning a Blind Eye
The vote to remove the speaker was an important test for the newly formed alliance between ex-president Mohamed Nasheed and former dictator Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, with an eye on the 2018 presidential elections.
The explosions in the northeastern district of Sylhet came a day after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint near the country’s main airport in an attack claimed by ISIS.
Siddharth Varadarajan and Baburam Bhattarai discuss the recent political developments in Nepal and India-Nepal relations.
Thousands of Rohingya have been displaced since renewed violence broke out in October, with India saying Myanmar be given more time to resolve the issue.
Military courts were first set up by the parliament in early 2015 in response to an attack by Pakistani Taliban fighters on a military-run school that killed 134 children.
In a joint statement, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin said Pakistan’s proposal amounts to changing Kashmir’s disputed nature.
Three people were killed in the May 21, 2004 attack and about 50 wounded, including then British high commissioner Anwar Choudhury
The patients – ranging from 13 years old to over 80 – often suffer from limb deformities caused by the disease and are cared for by priests.
The power yield from the planned ten-fold increase in solar energy on an average will be as little as 20% of the total capacity, making little difference to India’s emissions.
A corruption investigation into Pakistan’s loss-making carrier is currently on.
The panel urged the government to reconsider a failed programme to verify Rohingyas for Myanmar citizenship.
A UN report last month said the Myanmar army and police had committed mass killings and gangrapes of Rohingya in a campaign that may amount to crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.
Domestic law says children aged between seven and 12 are only criminally responsible if mature enough to understand the consequences of their actions. Two listed detainees are under 12, while two more are 13.
At least once a year, local administrators go house-to-house in Rohingya villages, lining up families to check their names against official lists. The names of those Muslims found missing are crossed through, residents say.
The things Husain Haqqani has written about were not previously unknown, but bring further embarrassment to the Pakistan security establishment.
Extracts from Ayesha Siddiqa’s Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy.
The bus, packed with villagers, fell 200 metres (650 feet) into a river in Jajarkot, 250 km (220 miles) west of Kathmandu.
At least 30 people were killed and dozens wounded by ISIS militants in a recent attack on a Kabul hospital– the latest in a series of attacks on civilians.
The Constitutional condition of elections at federal, provincial and local levels by January 2018 is beginning to look very difficult
Bangladesh is a global poster child when it comes to improving women’s status in the developing and the Muslim worlds. But a recent amendment to the country’s marriage law threatens its progress.
A draft Bill in Bangladesh that has been criticised for creating ‘second-class’ citizens is similar to current policy in India and proposed laws in Pakistan.