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Imran Khan’s PTI hired CIA veteran to lobby, manage US…

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), when in power, took the aid of a former CIA veteran in order to lobby and manage Islamabad's ties with the US, local media said citing reports. With this, an American consulting firm Grenier Consulting LLC, run by the Central Investigation…

Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa celebrates Pak Independence Day…

Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa celebrated the country's 76th Independence Day at the Pakistan Embassy in London where Ukrainian pop star and wife of British-Pakistani business tycoon Muhammad Zahoor, Kamaliya, gave a singing performance. Pakistani billionaire Mohammad Zahoor, the former publisher of Kyiv Post, has reportedly helped purchase…

Truss ‘has what it takes to be our prime minister’

WE ARE currently at a critical juncture for our country, living through arguably some of the most difficult challenges we have faced for a generation. There was great hope as we emerged from the tragic consequences of the pandemic, yet in February, a dark shadow was cast across our continent…

Nearly 1 million children in London to be offered polio…

Around one million children in London will be offered a polio booster vaccine after the virus was detected in sewage samples across the capital, health officials said Wednesday (10). Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay said, “I recognise parents and guardians will be concerned about the detection of polio…

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan: Perfectly ready for the Proms

SAROD MAESTRO USTAD AMJAD ALI KHAN SPEAKS ABOUT HIS SPECIAL LONDON SHOW The BBC Proms is widely regarded as the greatest classical music festival in the world and a beautiful highlight from this year is a concert headlined by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. The Indian sarod maestro will deliver what…

Afghan Muslim arrested for killings that shook New Mexico’s Islamic…

A Muslim immigrant from Afghanistan has been arrested as the prime suspect in the serial killings of four Muslim men that rattled the Islamic community of New Mexico's largest city, police said on Tuesday. After days of bolstering security around Albuquerque-area mosques, seeking to allay fears of a shooter driven…

Adnan Miakhel, the Afghan teen who stays in hunt for…

Cricket comes easy to South Asian blood and Adnan Miakhel is no exception. The teen, who is obsessed with the sport, played on the dusty backstreets of his country Afghanistan with whatever he could get. As he bowled with a tennis ball for hours and made a bat out of…

We used to think 10 times before stepping out of…

Their grim existence for nearly a year changed on August 3, when they arrived in India as part of a group of 28 Afghan Sikhs who were flown in from Kabul with the help of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the Indian World Forum and the central government Recounting…

Play explores the political legacy of migrant families

PLAYWRIGHT Sonali Bhattacharyya has taken inspiration from her own family to tell the story of a political activist who arrived in Leicester from Kolkata in the early 2000s for her play Chasing Hares, currently wowing audiences packed at London’s Young Vic. She wanted to tell the story of political engagement…

Commemorative event on Sept 18 to mark 50 years of…

The British Asian Trust has announced that a national commemorative event marking the 50th anniversary of the arrival of British Asians from Uganda in the UK will be held at The Guildhall in London on September 18 . The event is being organised in collaboration with British Ugandan Asians at…

‘Justice has been delivered,’ says Biden as 9/11 key plotter…

President Joe Biden in a televised address on Monday (local time) announced that Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in an air strike by the United States stating that "Justice has been delivered." al-Zawahiri was one of the world's most wanted terrorists and a mastermind of the September 11, 2001…

Ayman-al-Zawahiri, from eye surgeon to most wanted terrorist

Al Qaeda chief and key plotter of the 9/11 terrorist attack, Ayman al Zawahiri, was killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan on Saturday.US President Joe Biden confirmed it on Monday, saying that "Justice has been served". Zawahiri, who had just turned 71, took over the leadership of Al-Qaeda…

‘Cricket match’ in UK created pitch for Imran Khan’s political…

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, the party formed by former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan whose political rise has stemmed from anti-corruption rhetoric, had received funding via a private cricket tournament organised by a Pakistani tycoon, the Financial Times reported. The report said that Pakistani tycoon Arif Naqvi, founder of Dubai-based Abraaj Group,…

Taliban claims to solve security problems, urges Hindus, Sikhs to…

The Taliban claimed that the security situation in Afghanistan has been solved and urged its minorities - Hindus and Sikhs to return back to the country. The assertion comes after the Director General of the Office of the Minister of State of the Taliban, Dr Mullah Abdul Wasi met with…

Taliban not to accept international favours if ‘against Islam’

Taliban on Sunday said that it is ready for engagement with the international community, but if "they are against Islam, are not acceptable." "We just follow Allah, Prophet Mohammad, the Caliph of Rashidun and Companions in implementation of our law. We don't accept anything from anyone which is against Islam,"…

Taliban tortures Afghanistan’s Youtubers Ajmal Haqiqi and his team for…

A video has gone viral on social media, which shows the Taliban torturing Youtubers Ajmal Haqiqi and his team, according to sources. As per the local media, they filmed it for fun and the Taliban members sent the video to each other. The horrific videos show that Ajmal Haqiqi and…

Rishi Sunak tops round 2 as 5 left in UK…

The race to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative leader and Britain's prime minister is down to five candidates after the second round of voting among Tory MPs on Thursday.While former finance minister Rishi Sunak is leading the way with his MP colleagues, second-placed Penny Mordaunt is polling out front with…

EXCLUSIVE: Is the UK ready for an Asian PM?

Senior Conservative parliamentarians have told Eastern Eye the country is ready for its first south Asian prime minister. They believe the days of the Tories being considered as the “nasty and racist” party are over. Four candidates of colour were among the eight nominated in the leadership race as Eastern…

MI5 needs more funds to tackle rightwing terrorism in UK,…

A British parliamentary committee has said that domestic security agency MI5 needs more funds to tackle the increasing threat of extreme-right terrorism, according to a report. The intelligence and security committee has said that the agency could not expand other activities since it is more focused on dealing with Islamist…

The eight contenders battling to replace Boris Johnson as next…

THE race to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative leader and Britain's prime minister is heating up, with eight candidates facing a first vote among Tory MPs on Wednesday (13). While several possible successors are seen as frontrunners, there is no clear favourite -- and such contests are notoriously volatile. Rishi…

Race to replace Boris Johnson heats up: Who are the…

While several possible successors are seen as frontrunners, there is no clear favourite -- and such contests are notoriously volatile. Rishi Sunak The UK's first Hindu finance minister, Sunak quit on Tuesday and declared he was standing three days later. Long seen as Johnson's most likely successor, his prospects were…

Who could take over as UK prime minister?

BRITAIN's Boris Johnson will reportedly announce his resignation as Conservative leader, paving the way for an internal party contest to replace him and become prime minister. While several possible successors have been suggested, there is no clear favourite. Rishi Sunak The UK's first Hindu chancellor of the exchequer, who quit…

If UK PM Boris Johnson is ousted, who could replace…

Britain's finance and health ministers resigned in quick succession on Tuesday, in moves that put the future of Prime Minister Boris Johnson in peril after a series of scandals that have damaged his administration.Below is a summary of some of those who could be in the frame to replace him…

‘Every day at least one or two Afghan women commit…

'Every day there are at least one or two women who commit suicide', said a former deputy speaker of the Afghan Parliament on Friday, highlighting the lack of opportunity and ailing mental health that is taking a toll on Afghan women. This revelation came during a rare urgent debate on…

EXCLUSIVE: End our cost of living crisis suffering

The chancellor must do more to help families and business. The call comes from Lord Karan Bilimoria, who is stepping down as the president of the Confederation of British Industry after two years at the helm. In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, the peer said the cost of living…

Taliban’s new draconian decree bars Afghan women participation in religious…

Ahead of the religious scholars' grand gathering of Taliban, the deputy Prime Minister of the Taliban, Mawlawi Abdul Salam Hanafi announced on Wednesday that the meeting will convene without the participation of women. Over 3,000 religious scholars, tribal elders, intellectuals, influential figures and national traders will attend the gathering at…

England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan retires from international cricket

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Tuesday confirmed that England Men's white-ball captain Eoin Morgan has retired from international cricket with immediate effect. During his 13-year international career with England, the 35-year-old won the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup as Captain in 2019 at Lord's, the first time…

India one of largest opiate markets in terms of users,…

India is one of the world's single largest opiate markets in terms of users and likely to be vulnerable to increased supply as there are already signs that an intensification of trafficking in opiates originating in Afghanistan may be taking place, according to a new report. According to the UN…

UK unveils new support for Commonwealth LGBT rights campaigners

THE UK on Friday (24) announced further funding to support grassroots human rights defenders and advance equality and freedom across the Commonwealth. Several from the LGBT communities in the Commonwealth countries continue to face discrimination and criminalisation despite welcome progress made in recent years. The £2.7 million package announced by…

‘In April, the Taliban killed a midwife, amputating her legs,…

Amid the plummeting humanitarian and economic conditions, women and girls in Afghanistan are being deprived of their most basic human rights -- employment and education, speakers told the Security Council on Thursday, as they examined the restrictive policies of the Taliban who took control of that country in August last…

Explainer: What is polio, how does it spread and are…

A type of poliovirus derived from vaccines has been detected in London sewage samples, the WHO and British health officials said Wednesday (22), adding that more analysis was underway. No human cases of polio have been found in Britain, where the crippling disease was fully eradicated two decades ago. The…

Afghanistan earthquake death toll surpasses 1,000

MORE THAN 1,000 people were killed in Afghanistan after a powerful earthquake hit the country on Wednesday, media reports said. A severe earthquake struck in the early hours of this morning near the city of Khost in the southeastern part of the country. The most affected areas are in Spera…

Pakistan’s Punjab imposes ’emergency’ due to rise in rape cases

PAKISTAN's Punjab province has decided to declare an "emergency" amid a rapid increase of reported cases of sexual abuse against women and children. Speaking at a press conference, Punjab home minister Atta Tarar said that an increase in such incidents was a serious issue for society and government officials. "Four…

Taliban fail to explain closure of girls’ schools in Afghanistan…

Taliban on Thursday failed to explain the closure of girls' schools in Afghanistan to the UN after the Taliban earlier backtracked within a few hours of announcing the reopening of girls' schools. The UN Rapporteur for Afghanistan Human Rights, Richard Bennett said that "specific reasons were not given" for the…

TV anchor once, Afghan journalist now selling food on street…

Kabir Haqmal, who worked with the Hamid Karzai-led Afghan government, has shared pictures of former TV anchor Musa Mohammadi selling food on a street. "Journalist's life in Afghanistan under the Taliban. Musa...worked for years as anchor & reporter in different TV channels, now has no income to feed his family…

Sunil Chhetri becomes joint 5th highest goalscorer in international football…

Indian men's football team captain Sunil Chhetri became the joint fifth highest goalscorer in international football history. Chhetri achieved this feat during their AFC Asian Cup Qualifier clash against Hong Kong on Tuesday, where he scored his 84th goal. He has now equalled legendary Real Madrid and Hungarian player Ferenc…

UK courts to hear last-minute appeals to stop first Rwanda…

London's courts will hear two last-minute legal challenges on Monday to block the British government's controversial policy to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda before the first removal flight scheduled to leave on Tuesday.Britain has agreed a deal with Rwanda to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda in return for an…

Historians have given prominence to Mughals, little on Pandyas, Mauryas,…

Most of the historians in India have given prominence in recording the history of Mughals only, ignoring the glorious rules of many empires like Pandyas, Cholas, Mauryas, Guptas and Ahoms, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday. Releasing a book 'Maharana: Sahastra Varsha Ka Dharma Yuddha', Shah also said…

Afghan women protest against violations of rights, removal from government…

A group of Afghan women protested in Kabul against the Taliban for the violations of their rights and the removal of women from government institutions. The group protested on Thursday (9) under the banner of Female Civil Service Employment of Afghanistan and urged the Taliban to allow women to return…

Taliban detain Afghan fashion model for ‘disrespecting Islam’ in YouTube…

The Taliban regime in Afghanistan arrested well-known model Ajmal Haqiqi and three of his colleagues, accusing them of disrespecting Islam and the holy book of Quran.A handcuffed Haqiqi and his colleagues were later seen apologising to the government and religious scholars even as Amnesty International called the action “coercive” and…

Violations of women’s rights in Taliban-led Afghanistan growing: HRW raises…

The list of Taliban violations of the rights of women and girls is long and growing, said Heather Barr, Women's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch (HRW), as she raised growing concerns about the violation of the rights in the country.When the Taliban announced last month that women and girls…

Top 5 overseas performers of IPL 2022

The IPL 2022 season came close, with Gujarat Titans winning their first title. The performances of several Indian players in the IPL have amazed all. Similarly, the performances of overseas players have also been impressive. On the field, they performed and left their mark as well. Watching these crickets playing…

First time since Taliban takeover, Indian diplomats visit Kabul

For the first time since the Taliban's capture of power in Kabul, India has sent a team led by a senior diplomat to Afghanistan to oversee the delivery of its humanitarian aid and meet with senior members of the Taliban. The team, led by JP Singh, the external affairs ministry's…

Didn’t have absolute authority, actual power centre lies elsewhere: Imran…

IN an unusual attack on Pakistan's powerful military, ousted prime minister Imran Khan has admitted that his government was a "weak one" which was "blackmailed from everywhere" as the power was not with him and "everyone knows where that is" Khan was ousted from power in April after losing a…

Why is Gujarat becoming gateway of drugs?: Cong on 52kg…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat has become the "gateway of drugs" to the country under his watch, the Congress alleged Friday, questioning the "silence" of the PM and Home Minister Amit Shah and demanding answers from agencies tasked to control narcotics smuggling.Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera told reporters…

The special relationship with the people of Afghanistan over centuries…

India was and is an important stakeholder in Afghanistan, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval said today and called for enhancing the capability of the war-torn country to counter-terrorism and terrorist groups which pose a threat regional peace and security. Speaking at the 4th Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan in Tajikistan's…

Here’s what Hardik Pandya said to his critics after propelling…

SKIPPER Hardik Pandya silenced critics after helping newcomers Gujarat Titans beat Rajasthan Royals to reach the IPL final. Pandya hadn’t been in great form ahead of IPL and his fitness was also a major concern. Some even questioned the decision to appoint him as captain despite his lack of leadership…

The people of the Indian diaspora strengthen our economy, culture…

The inaugural edition of the Ideas for India conference ended on Friday after three days of rich discussion on public policy. The three-day event on 18-20 May was held to celebrate India’s 75th anniversary of Independence, with speakers providing their vision for where they see India in the coming 25…

Afghan male news presenters wear masks on Air in protest…

This month Afghanistan's supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada issued a diktat for women to cover up fully in public, including their faces, ideally with the traditional burqa.The Ministry for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice ordered women television presenters to follow suit.Presenters relent after defianceAfter defying the order a day…

Gujarat becomes first team to qualify for IPL play-offs

AFGHANISTAN's Rashid Khan claimed four wickets as Gujarat Titans became the first team to qualify for the IPL play-offs with a 62-run thrashing of Lucknow Super Giants. Indian opener Shubman Gill made 63 off 49 deliveries to steer Gujarat to 144 for four on Tuesday (10) after electing to bat…

30 facts to celebrate 30 years of Bollywood movie Khuda…

BOLLYWOOD film Khuda Gawah celebrates its 30th anniversary this week. The story of a fearless Afghan tribal leader, who gets trapped in an Indian jail after trying to fulfil a promise to a rival female chief he has fallen for, starred Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi, Danny Denzongpa, Kiran Kumar and Nagarjuna.…

Bromsgrove pizza shop owner guilty of murdering wife

A PIZZA shop owner has been found guilty of murdering his wife in Bromsgrove in 2020, and two of his brothers guilty of assisting an offender.Nezam Salangy had reported his 28-year-old wife Zobaidah missing but a police investigation discovered that he had murdered her and, with the help of his…

Ukraine conflict will impact Indo-Pacific region: EU chief

EUROPE will make sure that Russia’s “unprovoked and unjustified” aggression against Ukraine will be a “strategic failure”, though the Indo-Pacific region has started feeling the impact of the crisis, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday (25). She also said energising the partnership with New Delhi is…

India on Ukraine: Focus should be to stop fighting

INDIA said the best solution to the Ukraine conflict is to “stop the fighting” and get the warring sides to the negotiation table.“The best way forward is to focus on stopping the fighting, getting the talking and finding ways of moving forward. We think our choices, our positions are best…

Rashid’s last-over heroics pull off IPL heist for Gujarat

Afghanistan's Rashid Khan hit two sixes off the final two balls to pull off a sensational chase for Gujarat Titans after Sunrisers Hyderabad pace sensation Umran Malik took his first IPL five-for on Wednesday. Needing 196 for victory, Gujarat slipped to 140-5 but Rashid (31) joined Rahul Tewatia (40) to…

Putin, Pakistan leader ‘quietly exchange letters to enhance ties’

PAKISTAN'S new prime minister Shehbaz Sharif and Russian president Vladimir Putin have quietly exchanged letters to strengthen bilateral relations, a media report has said. The letters were exchanged after the election of Shehbaz as the prime minister but both the sides kept development away from the media glare in what seemed to be a move aimed at…

India, EU announce trade and technology council

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen on Monday (25) announced the setting up of an India-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC), a strategic mechanism to tackle key trade, economic and technological challenges.India is the second country after the US to have such a…

‘We need diversity heroes rather than mentors’

The BBC’s looking for a new diversity boss because June Sarpong is leaving the corporation. In his third and final essay, one of its former correspondents, Barnie Choudhury, suggests ways to tackle the antipathy, apparent apathy and accelerate a win in the diversity war in the corporation.  One of my…

What happens in Ukraine will have impact on Indo-Pacific: EU…

EUROPE will make sure that Russia's “unprovoked and unjustified” aggression against Ukraine will be a “strategic failure”, though the Indo-Pacific region has started feeling the impact of the crisis, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday (25). She also said energising the partnership with New Delhi is…

US panel says India’s religious freedom worsens ‘significantly’

RELIGIOUS freedom has deteriorated "significantly" in India under the Hindu nationalist government, a US commission said Monday (25) as it again recommended targeted sanctions over abuses.It was the third straight year that the US Commission on International Religious Freedom asked that India be placed on a list of "countries of…

Miller and ‘nightmare’ Malik shine in IPL Sunday blockbuster

South Africa's David Miller on Sunday said coming in to bat early made him "shine" as his unbeaten 94 led Gujarat Titans to a thrilling three-wicket IPL victory over holders Chennai Super Kings. Chasing 170 for victory, Gujarat slipped to 48-4. But Miller put on an attacking 70-run sixth wicket…

Pakistan Army chief to retire in November ‘no matter what’

PAKISTAN’S Army has said it has "nothing to do with politics" as it asserted that its chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa will retire on November 29 "no matter what."Amidst a vicious social media campaign against the powerful "establishment" for not backing former prime minister Imran Khan, military spokesman major general…

Afghanistan death toll in ‘Pakistan strikes’ rises to 47

THE DEATH toll from Pakistani military airstrikes in the eastern Afghanistan provinces of Khost and Kunar has jumped to at least 47, officials said Sunday (17), as Islamabad urged Kabul to act against militants launching attacks from Afghan soil.Border tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan have risen since the Taliban seized…

Pakistan calls for action against militants after rocket attacks kill…

PAKISTAN on Sunday (17) called on the Taliban government in Kabul to take "stern actions" against militants launching attacks against the country from inside Afghanistan, a day after alleged rocket attacks by the Pakistani military killed six Afghans.Border tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan have risen since the Taliban seized power…

Boris Johnson’s India visit likely to propel free trade talks

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson is expected to arrive in India next week with a wide-ranging schedule in New Delhi, according to Indian government sources.The visit, which is yet to be formally announced by Downing Street, follows the successful completion of four out of 26 chapters in the ongoing India-UK…

What’s next for Pakistan after Imran Khan’s ouster?

A PROTRACTED political drama in Pakistan turned a page on April 10, with prime minister Imran Khan being removed from office following a vote of no confidence in the country’s Parliament.He was replaced by opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif. But that is unlikely to be the end of political turmoil in…

Williamson-led Hyderabad hand Gujarat first IPL loss

Kane Williamson hit 57 to win the battle of captains against Hardik Pandya as Sunrisers Hyderabad handed newcomers Gujarat Titans their first loss in the Indian Premier League On Monday. Chasing 163 for victory, Hyderabad started strongly with a 64-run opening stand between Williamson and Abhishek Sharma (42) before Nicholas…

Shehbaz Sharif elected as Pakistan’s new prime minister

PAKISTAN lawmakers on Monday (11) elected Shehbaz Sharif as the country's new prime minister following the weekend ouster of Imran Khan, who resigned from the National Assembly along with most of his party members.Khan was dismissed on Sunday (10) after losing a no-confidence vote, paving the way for an unlikely…

Glasgow to return seven ‘stolen’ artefacts to India

GLASGOW will send seven ‘stolen’ artefacts back to India as city councillors have backed a proposal in this regard, according to a report.  Officials from the High Commission of India lodged a request in January for the return of six artefacts “stolen” from Hindu temples and shrines in the 19th…

Imran Khan dismissed as Pakistan prime minister after losing no-confidence…

Imran Khan was dismissed on Sunday as Pakistan prime minister after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament following weeks of political turmoil. It was not immediately clear when a new premier will be chosen, but Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Shehbaz Sharif was almost certain to be picked to lead…

Pakistan lawmakers clash as no-trust debate begins

PAKISTAN lawmakers clashed angrily in the National Assembly on Saturday (9) ahead of a no-confidence vote on prime minister Imran Khan that will likely see him booted from office.The speaker adjourned proceedings without giving a reason after just 30 rowdy minutes, ordering lawmakers to return in the afternoon.Khan, who was…

Imran Khan vows to fight on after court rules against…

PAKISTAN'S prime minister Imran Khan is due to address the nation on Friday (8) after the Supreme Court ruled he acted unconstitutionally in blocking an attempt to oust him - a decision that could end his premiership in days.Last Sunday (2), political allies of the former cricket star dissolved parliament…

Mayor Khan looks forward to interfaith iftars

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he is looking forward to sharing the joy of Ramadan with non-Muslims now that the pandemic restrictions are over. Khan will be taking part in a number of iftar gatherings with interfaith leaders and people from different religious backgrounds with the aim of 'building togetherness'.…

No-trust motion: Verdict on Imran Khan’s actions likely tomorrow

PAKISTAN'S top court could rule on Thursday (7) on prime minister Imran Khan's move to block an opposition attempt to oust him, a step his critics say is unconstitutional and has touched off political turmoil.Khan, a former cricket star, lost his parliamentary majority last week and had faced a no-confidence…

Pakistan court adjourns no-trust vote hearing

POLITICAL turmoil intensified in Pakistan after the country’s supreme court adjourned on Tuesday (5) without ruling on the legality of political manoeuvres that led prime minister Imran Khan to dissolve the national assembly and call fresh elections.Former cricket star Khan lost his parliamentary majority last week and faced a no-confidence…

Plans to help Afghan and Ukrainian refugees ‘should be linked…

"WE WERE never asked” has been the persistent lament of those who objected most vociferously to immigration in Britain.  For more than half a century, stretching back to the deep foreboding of Enoch Powell, migration sceptics have invariably blamed governments for opening Britain up to migration without the consent of…

Imran Khan outfoxes opposition

REGARDED as a wily cricket captain during his playing days, Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan appeared on Sunday (3) to have stumped his political opposition as well.The country's president dissolved the national assembly just hours after the deputy speaker declined to accept a no-confidence motion that would likely have seen…

Plans to help Afghan and Ukrainian refugees ‘should be linked…

“WE WERE never asked” has been the persistent lament of those who objected most vociferously to immigration in Britain. For more than half a century, stretching back to the deep foreboding of Enoch Powell, migration sceptics have invariably blamed governments for opening Britain up to migration without the consent of…

Truss calls for stronger ties during India visit

STRONGER ties with India are more important than ever before in view of the crisis in Ukraine, British foreign secretary Liz Truss said Thursday (31), but she said the UK would not tell India not to buy discounted Russian oil. Her comments came after talks with India’s external affairs minister…

Pakistani Taliban announce Ramadan offensive against security forces

The Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday announced it would launch a Ramadan offensive against security forces, after claiming an attack which the military said killed at least six of its soldiers. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a separate movement that shares common roots with the militants that took power in Afghanistan last…

Gove urged to extend Homes for Ukraine plan to Afghan…

THE Homes for Ukraine scheme should be extended to Afghan refugees, two UK charities have said in an open letter to Michael Gove MP, the secretary of state for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. A coalition of civic society thinktanks and refugee support groups - led by More in Common…

Biden proposes $1.8bn for Indo-Pacific strategy

US president Joe Biden on Monday (28) proposed $1.8 billion to support his Indo- Pacific Strategy along with another $400 million to counter Chinese influence in the region. Both are part of the $773bn annual defence budget of the US for 2023, which was submitted by the White House to…

Indian Premier League season 15: the teams, top players

The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 extravaganza begins on Saturday when holders Chennai Super Kings face Kolkata Knight Riders. Eastern Eye guides you through the 10 teams, including two new franchises, who will compete in the world's richest cricket championship. Mumbai Indians Key Indian players: Rohit Sharma…

India to Chinese minister: Ease border tension first

INDIA said on Friday (25) ties with China could not be normal until their troops pulled back from each other on the disputed border, but Beijing struck a conciliatory note during a meeting of their foreign ministers in New Delhi. Both nations have deployed thousands of troops on the high-altitude…

IPL starts on Saturday with limited crowds

THE Indian Premier League (IPL) returns for its biggest season on Saturday (26), with a galaxy of top names and two new franchises expanding the world's richest cricket competition to 10 teams for its 15th edition. But crowds in the cricket-mad nation will, initially at least, be limited to 25…

Imran Khan faces toughest challenge to his rule in four…

FOREIGN ministers of Muslim nations began meeting in Pakistan on Tuesday (22) as the country's leader trumpets his Islamic credentials while at the same time battling the most serious challenge to his rule in four years.The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is meeting in Islamabad with an ambitious agenda that…

Parents of slain photojournalist start legal action against Taliban

THE PARENTS of Reuters photographer Danish Siddiqui, who was killed in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan last year, have begun legal action at the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the Islamist group, a lawyer for the family said on Tuesday (22).Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was embedded with Afghan special…

Imran Khan praises India’s ‘independent foreign policy’

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan on Sunday (20) lauded India for following an “independent foreign policy”.Addressing a public rally in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, he said India, which is part of the Quad grouping, has imported crude oil from Russia despite American sanctions on Moscow.The Quad grouping has the US, India,…

Japan to invest £32 billion in India in five years

JAPANESE prime minister Fumio Kishida has announced an investment target of Rs 3.2 trillion (£31.97 bn) in India over the next five years as the two sides concluded a raft of agreements to expand their special strategic partnership.Following talks between Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Kishida at the 14th…

Queen urges the Commonwealth to show unity in troubled times

QUEEN Elizabeth II has called on the Commonwealth to show unity in troubled times, as she sat out a major event for the organisation after a period of fragile health. The event on Monday (14) with some 1,500 guests at Westminster Abbey in central London had been due to be…

Sussex sign India’s Cheteshwar Pujara

SUSSEX have signed Cheteshwar Pujara as a replacement for Australia's Travis Head, with the India batsman set to be available for most of the 2022 English season. Head asked to be released from his contract with the south coast side due to increased international commitments, as well as the fact…

Gujarat Titans replace Jason Roy with Afghanistan’s Gurbaz

GUJARAT TITANS have signed Afghanistan's Rahmanullah Gurbaz as a replacement for England batsman Jason Roy in the Indian Premier League tournament starting later this month, the franchise said.  Gurbaz, a wicketkeeper-batsman, has played 20 T20 internationals, scoring 534 runs at a strike rate of 138. The Titans, who are making…

Daesh bomber of Pakistan mosque was ‘Afghan’

A DAESH suicide bomber who killed 64 people at a Shiite mosque in northwest Pakistan last week was an Afghan exile who returned home to train for the attack, police said Wednesday (9).There have been warnings Afghanistan could become a recruiting ground and staging post for militants since the Taliban…

Blast kills seven troops in southwest Pakistan

SEVEN paramilitary troops were killed in a blast as they guarded the venue of a presidential visit in southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday (8), officials said.The attack took place in Balochistan - Pakistan's largest and most sparsely populated province that harbours a separatist movement engaged in a low-level insurgency for decades.In…

Imran Khan slams Western envoys’ letter on Russia

PAKISTAN’S prime minister Imran Khan has hit out at Islamabad-based Western envoys who last week urged the south Asian country to condemn Russia's actions in Ukraine, asking them if they thought Pakistan was their "slave".The heads of 22 diplomatic missions, including those of European Union member states, released a joint…

Blast kills three in Balochistan

AT LEAST three people were killed and 18 others injured in a bomb blast on Wednesday (2) in Pakistan’s troubled southwestern province of Balochistan, which borders on Afghanistan and Iran, officials said. The roadside explosion occurred as a police van travelled through the provincial capital of Quetta, which is home…

64 killed in Pakistan’s Shia mosque blast

A POWERFUL suicide blast ripped through a crowded Shia mosque during a Friday congregation in Pakistan's northwestern Peshawar city, killing at least 64 people.A rescue official said the blast occurred at a Jamia mosque in Qissa Khwani bazaar area in Peshawar when the worshippers were offering prayers. Peshawar’s senior police…

Shreyas Iyer stars as India record 12th straight T20I win

SHREYAS IYER hit an unbeaten 73 to lead India to a record-equalling 12th successive Twenty20 international victory as they whitewashed Sri Lanka in the three-match series on Sunday (27). Chasing 147 for victory, India romped home with 19 balls to spare propelled by Iyer's third successive unbeaten half-century. They won…

Imran Khan, Putin discuss Ukraine and south Asia

RUSSIA'S president Vladimir Putin met Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan in Moscow on Thursday (24) in his first face-to-face talks since the start of a special military operation in eastern Ukraine. During their meeting in the Kremlin, the leaders discussed bilateral cooperation and current regional topics, including developments in south…

Imran Khan seeks televised debate with Modi

PAKISTAN’S prime minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday (22) he would like to have a televised debate with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, to resolve differences between the two neighbours."I would love to debate with Narendra Modi on TV," Khan told Russia Today in an interview, adding that it would…

Imran Khan’s first visit to Russia from February 23

PRIME minister Imran Khan will travel to Russia on Wednesday (23) on a two-day visit - the first by a Pakistan premier in more than two decades.Khan will hold talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin and review the bilateral ties including energy cooperation besides exchanging views on major regional and…

Pakistan to allow India to send wheat, medicine to Afghanistan…

PAKISTAN will allow India to use its territory to transport 50,000 tons of wheat and medicine to Afghanistan, beginning this month, Pakistani customs officials said on Tuesday (15).The permission of such a convoy is rare by Pakistan, which has barred the entry of goods from India for years as the…

US has always used Pakistan: Imran Khan

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan said the US has always used his country to meet its strategic goals and when the purpose was served, it abandoned and slapped sanctions on Islamabad.China, on the contrary, stood the test of time as a "friend", he said.Khan made the remarks during a recent…

Oscars 2022: Riz Ahmed’s short film “The Long Goodbye” earns…

British Asian actor and filmmaker Riz Ahmed, who last year became the first Muslim actor to be nominated for a Best Actor at the Academy Awards, has received a nomination for his short live-action film The Long Goodbye.  Directed by filmmaker Aneil Karia, The Long Goodbye describes a dystopian future…

Firing from Afghanistan kills 5 Pakistan troops

AT LEAST five Pakistan soldiers were killed due to firing from neighbouring Afghanistan, Islamabad said on Sunday (6), in an attack claimed by the Pakistan Taliban.It comes just days after Baloch separatists in the southwest killed nine Pakistan troops in a series of brazen attacks that officials said involved planners…

Congressman urges Biden to reject Pakistan ambassador-designate

A US Congressman has urged president Joe Biden to reject Pakistan’s ambassador-designate Masood Khan’s diplomatic credentials and termed him a “bona fide terrorist sympathiser” working to undermine America’s interests in the region. Republican Congressman Scott Perry also alleged that Khan had encouraged young men to emulate jihadists and praised foreign…

17 injured in grenade attack in Pakistan

At least 17 people, including two policemen, were injured in a grenade attack in Jaffarabad district in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, police said.Senior police officials said unidentified motorcyclists hurled a hand-grenade near a shop in a busy market in Dera Allahyar town of Jaffarabad district on Sunday (30) night. No…

BBC ‘accidentally’ exposes Foreign Office Afghanistan whistleblower

THE BBC was accused of accidentally blowing the cover of a Foreign Office Afghanistan whistleblower, reported MailOnline. Journalist Sima Kotecha published on Twitter a photograph of a computer screen showing an email from Nigel Casey, the prime minister's special representative for Afghanistan, the report added. With this, the row over…

Bangladesh opener Tamim extends T20I break

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal said Thursday he would prolong his break from Twenty20 internationals for at least another six months, adding to speculation over his future in the short format. Tamim is one of Bangladesh's greatest batting assets and has captained the one-day international side for the past two years.…

Fighting mistrust, Pakistan marks one year polio-free

BATHED in crisp morning light, Sidra Hussain grips a cooler stacked with glistening vials of polio vaccine in northwest Pakistan.Watching over Hussain and her partner, a policeman unslings his rifle and eyes the horizon.In concert they begin their task - going door-to-door on the outskirts of Mardan city, dripping bitter…

UK police arrest two more over Texas siege

BRITISH police said on Wednesday (26) they were holding two more men in connection with an armed hostage-taking at a Texas synagogue by a man from northwest England.Malik Faisal Akram from Blackburn took four people, including a rabbi, hostage at the synagogue in the small town of Colleyville on January…

Pakistan slips further on Corruption Index

PAKISTAN has dropped 16 spots on the global Corruption Perceptions Index for 2021 and is ranked 140th out of 180 countries, Transparency International said in a report on Tuesday (25).It comes as a major blow to prime minister Imran Khan's government which came to power on the promise of clean…

India, Pakistan to clash on Oct 23 in 2022 T20…

INDIA and Pakistan will lock horns in a blockbuster T20 World Cup group clash for the second year running after the fixtures for the October-November 2022 tournament in Australia were announced on Friday. The arch-rivals will lock horns at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on October 23, a day after…

Former Guantánamo detainee plans legal action to restore British passport

A former Guantánamo detainee is planning to sue the UK home secretary Priti Patel to restore his British passport, the Guardian reported. Moazzam Begg’s application for a new passport was rejected in September 2021. According to the report, a terror prosecution relating to his time in Syria collapsed in 2014, and…

Texas hostage-taker ‘prayed for two years’ for attack

A BRITISH man who took hostages at a Texas synagogue told his family he had prayed for two years to carry out the attack, media reported on Thursday (20), as police made two arrests.Malik Faisal Akram, 44, from Blackburn in northwest England, was shot dead by the FBI during a…

Texas hostage-taker named as British citizen as UK police arrest…

THE MAN who held four people hostage at a Texas synagogue was on Sunday (16) identified by US authorities as a British citizen while UK police later arrested two teens over an attack that president Joe Biden called an "act of terror."The captor, who died in the 10-hour siege in…

Hostages freed in Texas synagogue standoff, suspect dead

ALL FOUR people taken hostage in a more than 10-hour standoff at a Texas synagogue have been freed unharmed, police said late Saturday (15), and their suspected captor is dead.The siege in the small Texas town of Colleyville - in which the suspect was apparently demanding the release of a…

Prince Harry sues for UK police protection

US-based Prince Harry is appealing to the UK courts after the government refused to allow him police protection paid for out of his own pocket, arguing the decision means he cannot return home. Harry and wife Meghan lost their UK taxpayer-paid protection when they quit frontline royal duties in 2020…

Texas siege: Who is Aafia Siddiqui?

AAFIA SIDDIQUI, a Pakistan prisoner in the United States whose release was reportedly demanded by a Texas hostage-taker this weekend, is serving an 86-year sentence for the attempted murder of American soldiers.Four people were freed unharmed on Sunday (16) following a more than 10-hour standoff at a synagogue in the…

Daesh militants on the run in Pakistan after evading police…

A band of suspected Islamic State (Daesh) militants are on the run in Pakistan after escaping a police raid that killed six other members of the group, officials said Monday. Counterterrorism police said in a statement they had stormed a hideout in the southwestern city of Quetta on Saturday and…

Top Pakistan Taliban fugitive killed in Afghanistan

A high-profile member of the Pakistan Taliban has been killed in Afghanistan, a senior security official said Monday, after being on the run since 2014 when the army cracked down on the militant Islamist group. Muhammad Khurasani, spokesman for the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), died in the eastern province of…

Taliban regime to ‘disallow’ further fencing of Pakistan border

AFGHANISTAN'S Taliban regime has said it will not allow fencing by Pakistan in any form along the Durand Line. It issued a stern warning to Islamabad amid tensions between the neighbouring countries on the contentious issue of border fencing, a media report said. “We (Taliban) will not allow fencing in…

Bangladesh scraps women-only beach zone after outcry

Authorities in Bangladesh's main tourist resort scrapped a dedicated beach section for women and children after a social media outcry over gender segregation, officials said Thursday. On Wednesday afternoon, Cox's Bazar officials inaugurated a section of the shoreline on the world's longest natural sea beach as an exclusive zone for…

Pakistan-Afghanistan border fencing row resolved: official

PAKISTAN and Taliban authorities in Afghanistan resolved the recent row over border fencing, a media report said on Saturday (25). They agreed that further work on the project that led to a tense situation would be done through consensus. A senior official, who spoke to a group of journalists on…

Pakistan-India ties: Near yet far apart

When Pakistan and India agreed to restore peace along the highly volatile Line of Control (LoC) in February 2021, it appeared that they were again ready to take a turn on the bumpy road of animosity and mistrust. The ensuing months, however, showed that it was yet another mirage. The…

Virtual sessions line up to encourage Londoners to get jabbed

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has taken a lead in getting more people to vaccination centres as Omicron cases rise rapidly in the capital and the rest of the UK. As part of the city administration’s drive to tackle vaccine hesitancy, the mayor unveiled a series of virtual events to encourage…

Death toll in Pakistan blast climbs to 17

THE DEATH toll in a powerful blast that ripped through a building of a private bank in Pakistan's Karachi has gone up to 17 after another injured person died at a hospital on Sunday (19). The blast took place in a gas pipeline running through a sewage line on Saturday…

Top Pakistan Taliban commander escapes suspected drone strike

A top leader of the Pakistan Taliban escaped unhurt from a suspected drone strike on a safe house in eastern Afghanistan, the militant group said on Friday (16). The strike on Thursday evening came a week after a ceasefire between the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the government collapsed, with militants…

When Johnson met serial killer Charles Sobhraj

WRITER and filmmaker Farrukh Dhondy has written a plausible and entertaining new book on the serial killer Charles Sobhraj, who was the subject of an eight-part BBC-Netflix drama, The Serpent, earlier this year, with French actor Tahar Rahim in the lead role. Dhondy’s book is called Hawk and Hyena because…

Fixing Indo-UK defence ties

CURRENTLY, an unprecedented, politically driven commitment towards the transformation of the India-UK relationship is taking place. This began with the virtual summit between the two prime ministers Boris Johnson and Narendra Modi on May 4, 2021. The new UK foreign secretary, Liz Truss, visited New Delhi and Mumbai in late…

Omicron variant: Britain reports first death globally

AT LEAST one person has died in the UK after contracting the Omicron coronavirus variant, prime minister Boris Johnson said. The death on Monday (13) is the first publicly confirmed death globally from the swiftly spreading strain. Since the first Omicron cases were detected on Nov. 27 in Britain, Johnson…

UK sanctions former boss of terror group

BRITAIN on Friday (10) sanctioned a former boss of a terrorist organisation over his role in bombing a shrine in Pakistan. Furqan Bangalzai, a former commander in the terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, allegedly helped orchestrate the 2017 bombing of the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Pakistan. The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is an Afghanistan-based…

Pakistani Taliban call off ceasefire with government

The Pakistani Taliban has called off a ceasefire mediated with the help of the Afghan Taliban, accusing the government of violating the terms of the agreed truce. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) -- a separate movement that shares a common history with Afghanistan's new leaders -- plunged the country into a period…

Labour opens six-point poll lead over Tories

LABOUR has taken a six-point lead over Boris Johnson's Conservatives in a new poll showing the impact of alleged lockdown parties at the prime minister's residence and tougher Covid measures. Johnson faces charges of hypocrisy after he tightened restrictions in England days after a leaked video showed his staff laughing…

Dozens of Pakistani Taliban members freed as truce holds

Authorities have released up to 100 Pakistani Taliban prisoners as part of a truce with the militant group, sources on both sides said on Thursday. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) -- a separate movement that shares a common history with the Afghan Taliban -- plunged the country into a period of horrific…

UN urges full reopening of south Asia schools amid learning…

India and its neighbours should fully reopen schools to address the interrupted education of more than 400 million children whose classrooms were shut by the coronavirus pandemic, UNICEF said on Thursday (9), with a top official warning the consequences could last decades. Schools in Bangladesh were closed for almost 18…

UK blasted for Afghanistan evacuation response

The British government was on Tuesday accused of botching its handling of the evacuations from Afghanistan, after claims it was unprepared and could have done more to help. The chairman of the cross-party foreign affairs committee, Tom Tugendhat, said the emergency response to the Taliban takeover in August left Afghans…

Pakistan bans travel from 15 countries

PAKISTAN has banned travel from 15 countries and tightened up travel restrictions on 13 other nations amid the threat of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron. The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan’s top coronavirus response agency, reviewed the Covid-19 situation across the globe to revise the categorisation of travel.…

Ali Fazal joins Gerard Butler in action thriller “Kandahar”

Actor Ali Fazal, who has previously impressed the international audience with his performance in the British biographical comedy-drama Victoria and Abdul (2017), will shortly be seen as one of the leads in Kenneth Brannagh’s upcoming film Death On The Nile. While the actor awaits the release of Death On The…

Stokes, Archer released from IPL’s Royals ahead of auction

ENGLAND stars Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer have been released by their IPL team Rajasthan Royals ahead of the auction as franchises on Tuesday (30) announced names of retained players. England's Eoin Morgan and David Warner of Australia also parted ways with Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively, with…

Dhamija’s path to fame and fortune

Entrepreneur reveals his ebookers story in memoir THE title of Dinesh Dhamija’s very entertaining memoir, which is due to be released formally by his publishers, Austin Macauley, on November 30, sums up how he worked his way to fame and fortune – Book It! How Dinesh Dhamija sold travel agency…

Czech model acquitted in drug case leaves Pakistan prison

A CZECH model sentenced to more than eight years in prison for drug trafficking in Pakistan in 2019 was released Saturday (20) after her acquittal this month, the Czech foreign minister said. Tereza Hluskova, 25, was arrested at the airport in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore for allegedly trafficking…

Ashwin says too early to comment on Dravid’s coaching style

RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN says it's too early to comment on Rahul Dravid's coaching style but the premier India spinner is confident that happiness will be back in the dressing room under the stalwart's guidance. Dravid replaced Ravi Shastri in the Indian set-up, beginning his stint with the ongoing India-New Zealand Twenty20…

Islamabad bids to quell rise in Pakistani Taliban attacks

Since the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan, Pakistan's offshoot of the hardline Islamist group has ramped up attacks on its side of the border, leaving Islamabad scrambling to reach a peace deal. Active in the remote tribal areas of Pakistan, experts say the militant group has been emboldened by the Taliban's…

Lucky that I got a husband who understands my values:…

NOBEL Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who married a top-ranked Pakistan cricket official last week, said she had concerns about marriage but she was lucky to get a husband “who understands my values”. The women’s rights activist from Pakistan told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday (14) that she…

Kamala Harris still searching for her role

THE first woman and first person of colour to become US vice president, Kamala Harris made history on November 3, 2020. But a year later, she is still trying to figure out what part to play in a role that is by definition thankless. President Joe Biden, by teaming up…

Pakistan long played disruptive role in Afghanistan: Congressional report

PAKISTAN has long played an active and disruptive and destabilising role in Afghan affairs, including its support to the Taliban, a US Congressional report said. In the report prepared by independent subject area experts, the bipartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) said if other countries such as Pakistan, Russia, China or…

Pakistan hosts ‘Troika Plus’ conference on Afghanistan

PAKISTAN held a meeting on Afghanistan with envoys from the United States, China and Russia on Thursday (11) as Islamabad warned its neighbour was on the brink of economic collapse. The grouping of countries, known as the "Troika Plus" met formally for the first time since the Taliban took over…

Pakistan ’emperor’ Babar ready to conquer world

He was the fresh-faced 15-year-old who stared down Shoaib Akhtar in the nets, became the highest-ranked T20 batsman in the world before being elevated to national hero after masterminding a rare Pakistan victory over India. In the breathless aftermath of that 10-wicket win over their fiercest rivals at the World…

Kapil Dev says India stars put IPL before country

Indian legend Kapil Dev accused the country's cricket players of prioritising the cash-rich Indian Premier League over national duty, after the pre-tournament favourites were dumped out of the T20 World Cup. "When the players prefer to play IPL over playing for the country, what can we say? I believe that…

India eliminated from T20 World Cup

NEW ZEALAND reached the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals with a comfortable eight-wicket win over Afghanistan on Sunday (7), a result that eliminated India from the contest. Chasing a modest 125, skipper Kane Williamson (40) and Devon Conway (36) put on an unbeaten stand of 68 to drive the team home…

T20 World Cup: India blitz Scotland to keep alive slender…

FORMER Twenty20 World Cup champions India kept alive their slim chances of making the semifinals with an eight-wicket rout of Scotland in their Super 12 Group II match on Friday (5). Virat Kohli elected to field after winning his first toss of the tournament and the 2007 title holders bundled…

Australia postpones Afghanistan Test until ‘situation is clearer’

CRICKET AUSTRALIA (CA) confirmed on Friday (5) it has postponed the Afghanistan Test in Hobart scheduled for Nov. 27 until the situation regarding the women's game in the South Asian nation becomes clearer. CA had said in September it would scrap the Test if the Taliban government, which took power…

Sharma keeps India alive at T20 World Cup

Opening batsman Rohit Sharma hit a blistering 74 to set up India's first win at the Twenty20 World Cup with a 66-run drubbing of Afghanistan on Wednesday as Virat Kohli's team avoided a shock early exit. The Indian batting finally fired with Sharma and KL Rahul, who made 69, putting…

Carpets ‘carriers of culture’

Indian and Persian rugs set to go under the hammer A KASHMIR carpet from the late 19th century has been included in a Christie’s auction due to be held on Thursday (28). It is part of the auction of the “Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs…

Czech model imprisoned in Pakistan over drugs is acquitted

A CZECH model sentenced to over eight years in prison for drug trafficking in Pakistan has been acquitted, her lawyer said on Monday (1). Tereza Hluskova, 25, was arrested at the airport in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore for trafficking nine kilograms of heroin in January 2018. "The prosecution…

Diaspora leaders discuss attacks on Hindus with top US Congressman

COMMUNITY leaders from the Indian-American diaspora met Congressman James McGovern and discussed the spike in atrocities on Hindus in various parts of the world, including Pakistan and Bangladesh. McGovern, who is the chairman of the House Rules Committee and the Democratic co-chair of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission,…

Kohli admits India ‘not brave enough’ as World Cup hopes…

India captain Virat Kohli admitted his team was "not brave enough" after an eight-wicket rout by New Zealand left their Twenty20 World Cup hopes hanging by a thread on Sunday. Fast bowler Trent Boult and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi shared five wickets to restrict India to 110 for seven after being…

‘Analyse, move forward’, says Bumrah after second World Cup loss

India's Jasprit Bumrah on Sunday said they will "analyse and move forward" to keep their Twenty20 World Cup hopes alive despite a crushing eight-wicket defeat to New Zealand. Trent Boult led an inspired bowling attack to help New Zealand hand India a second successive loss of the Super 12 stage…

Asif Ali smashes Pakistan to World Cup win over Afghanistan

Asif Ali smashed four sixes in the penultimate over to help Pakistan achieve a hard-fought five-wicket win over Afghanistan in the Twenty20 World Cup in Dubai on Friday. With Pakistan needing 24 runs off the final two overs, Asif lifted paceman Karim Janat's first, third, fifth and sixth balls over…

Rashid pleads for peaceful Afghanistan, Pakistan clash after 2019 violence

Rashid Khan has pleaded with Afghanistan and Pakistan fans to behave when the two neighbours meet in the T20 World Cup on Friday (28) after a match in England two years ago was scarred by fighting and a pitch invasion. Afghanistan's star spinner Rashid played in that 50-over World Cup…

Bullish Pakistan have ‘mindset of T20 champions’ says coach

Pakistan's interim head coach Saqlain Mushtaq declared that his team have "the mindset of champions" as they play Afghanistan in the Twenty20 World Cup in Dubai on Friday. The 2009 champions thumped arch rivals India by 10 wickets in their opening match followed by a nervy five-wicket win over New…

Saudi Arabia agrees to help Pakistan with £3bn

SAUDI Arabia has agreed to provide $4.2 billion (£3 bn) worth of assistance to cash-strapped Pakistan to support its economy, it emerged on Wednesday (27) after prime minister Imran Khan held talks with the kingdom’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman in Riyadh this week. Pakistan’s information minister Fawad Chaudhry took…

Star at night: Shaheen Shah Afridi, Pakistan’s first-strike destroyer

Standing at an imposing 6ft 6ins (1.98m), Shaheen Shah Afridi, the first-strike destroyer of India at the T20 World Cup, is the latest high-end product of Pakistan's fast bowling factory -- left-arm division. From Wasim Akram to Mohammad Amir, with passing hat tips in recent years to the likes of…

Thousands stranded as Afghan-Pakistan border crossing stays closed

HUNDREDS of trucks and other vehicles waited at one of the main crossings between Pakistan and Afghanistan on Monday (25) as the border closed again after a brief opening the day before. The Chaman border crossing, the second-largest commercial border point between the two countries after Torkham in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,…

15 killed as rival tribes clash in Pakistan

AUTHORITIES stepped up security in the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan on Monday (25) as local factions clashed over the possession of a disputed forest land, in an incident that killed at least 15 people in the past three days, officials said. Cellular services were jammed in the Kurram district…

Rashid Khan eyes World Cup glory not wedding bells

Rashid Khan insists his mind is occupied by the World Cup and not wedding bells as the leg-spin wizard looks to inspire Afghanistan at the Twenty20 global showpiece. Still only 23, Rashid is key to his nation's hopes of a first world title and a potential triumph which would deliver…

Biden plans to pick career diplomat for top posting in…

US president Joe Biden plans to nominate Donald Blome, currently ambassador to Tunisia, as his top diplomat in Pakistan as Washington works to manage the situation in neighbouring Afghanistan following the withdrawal of American troops. Blome is a career foreign service diplomat with long experience in the region who once…

Kerala on high alert as many reservoirs open

THE India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday (19) sounded an orange alert for Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, and other districts for Wednesday (20) in rain-battered Kerala. Other districts that have been issued with an orange alert include Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur districts. A yellow alert has…

Spy chief appointment issue to be resolved in a week:…

PAKISTAN’S interior minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has said the issue of appointment of the new chief of spy agency ISI would be resolved within a week, amid widespread speculation that prime minister Imran Khan and the powerful Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa were not on the same page over…

Pakistan Airlines suspends Afghan operations, cites Taliban interference

PAKISTAN International Airlines (PIA) suspended flights to Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday (14) after what it called heavy-handed interference by Taliban authorities, including arbitrary rule changes and intimidation of staff. The suspension took place as the Taliban government ordered the airline, the only international company operating regularly out of Kabul,…

Kohli gets a last shot at World Cup glory as…

Virat Kohli will be looking for a fairytale ending to his leadership of India's Twenty20 team as he chases an elusive first major title at the World Cup. The 32-year-old Kohli will step down as T20 skipper after the 16-nation tournament in the United Arab Emirates and Oman that starts…

Days after Pakistan spy agency gets new chief, minister says…

PAKISTAN’S government on Wednesday (13) said the process to appoint the new chief of spy agency ISI was “underway”, days after the military announced having already made such an appointment. The development comes amid widespread speculation that prime minister Imran Khan and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa were not…

Afghan junior female football team to relocate to UK

AFGHANISTAN'S junior female football team and their immediate families are set to relocate to Britain from Pakistan after recently escaping their homeland, the UK government said on Monday. "We are working to finalise visas to the Afghanistan women's football team and look forward to welcoming them to the UK shortly,"…

Modi, Johnson discuss Taliban, vaccines, trade and climate

INDIA prime minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson on Monday (11) discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and agreed on the need to develop a common international perspective on issues regarding extremism and terrorism as well. Following a telephonic conversation between Modi and Johnson, the UK government,…

Adani Ports to shun cargo from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran

INDIA’S largest port operator has said it will not handle cargo from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan from next month following the seizure of almost three tons of heroin. Adani Ports, part of the Adani Group conglomerate, said Monday (11) that its "trade advisory" will apply to all the terminals it…

Australia’s Test against Afghanistan ‘likely to be postponed’

AUSTRALIA'S Test against Afghanistan is likely to be postponed until it is clearer what impact the takeover by the Taliban will have on sport in the country, Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley told local media on Monday (11). CA last month threatened to scrap the Test, which is scheduled…

Covid committee to decide on T20 World Cup matches, says…

THE fate of Twenty20 World Cup matches if players test Covid positive will be decided by a committee and not by the member boards, the global governing body said on Sunday. T20 cricket's showpiece events begins October 17 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman with the International Cricket Council…

Flower named Afghanistan team consultant for T20 World Cup

FORMER Zimbabwe captain and England coach Andy Flower has been named the Afghanistan team's consultant for the Twenty20 World Cup, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said. Flower played 63 Tests and 213 one-day international matches for Zimbabwe from 1992 to 2003, then coached England from 2009 to 2014, helping them…

Regional security, economic cooperation figure in US-Pakistan talks

PAKISTAN and the US discussed regional security issues and bilateral economic cooperation as American deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman visited Islamabad. She held talks with Pakistan's national security advisor (NSA) Moeed Yusuf on Friday (8) but no official statement was issued after the meeting. According to Radio Pakistan, both…

US should deny assistance to Pakistan, says Trump’s former advisor

A FORMER US national security advisor has said America should not provide any fresh aid to Pakistan as it has “had it both ways” for too long.  General (retired) HR McMaster, who advised former US president Donald Trump, said America should hold Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan accountable for his comments apparently hailing…

Pakistan’s top spy agency gets new chief

IN a surprise military shake-up, the Pakistan Army has announced that the powerful spy agency ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed has been appointed as Peshawar Corps commander - a crucial position, given the Taliban's takeover of neighbouring Afghanistan. Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum was appointed as the new director-general of…

20 killed as quake rattles southwestern Pakistan

AT LEAST 20 people were killed and dozens injured when a shallow earthquake hit southwestern Pakistan in the early hours of Thursday (7), with rescuers trying to reach coal miners reportedly trapped underground. Many of the victims died when the roofs and walls of their mud-brick houses collapsed after the…

Top British envoy holds talks with Taliban in Kabul

A TOP British envoy held talks with senior Taliban officials in Kabul on Tuesday (5) - the first since foreign forces evacuated from Afghanistan - as the country's new masters seek a path out of international isolation. Taliban officials tweeted pictures of the first meeting between Simon Gass, Britain's special…

Pakistan government in talks with militants for reconciliation: Imran Khan

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan has said his government is in talks with some groups of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for "reconciliation" with the help of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Commonly known as the Pakistani Taliban, the TTP is a banned militant group based along the Afghan-Pakistan border. It…

US official calls for Pakistan action on militants

A TOP US official has called for Pakistan to take action against all extremist groups as Islamabad has sought reconciliation with militants both at home and in Afghanistan. Deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman will on October 7-8 meet officials in Pakistan, which has long faced US accusations of playing…

Daesh’s Afghanistan affiliate claims onus for Sikh physician’s killing in…

DAESH'S Afghanistan affiliate, known as Islamic State Khorasan or ISIS-K, has claimed responsibility for the killing of a well-known Sikh 'hakeem' (traditional medicine practitioner) in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar. 'Hakeem' Sardar Satnam Singh (Khalsa), 45, was at his clinic on Thursday (30) when unidentified gunmen barged into his cabin…

Liz Truss, Pakistan foreign minister discuss Afghan situation

BRITISH foreign secretary Liz Truss met Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in London where they discussed a wide range of matters, including the prevailing situation in Afghanistan. They spoke about their commitment to strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries, including deepening economic links, a press release from the…

Shared best relationship on field with Bhaichung, Jeje: Chhetri

Indian football talisman Sunil Chhetri says he shared the best rapport with former captain Bhaichung Bhutia and striker Jeje Lalpekhlua on the field, thanks to their playing "combination" and "understanding". The 37-year-old Chhetri is set to appear in his fifth SAFF Championship and before its kick off, he took a…

US ‘lost’ the 20-year war in Afghanistan: top US general

The top US general conceded in a stark admission on Wednesday (29) that the United States "lost" the 20-year war in Afghanistan. "It is clear, it is obvious to all of us, that the war in Afghanistan did not end on the terms we wanted, with the Taliban in power…

Death by sadness, or the Taliban: LGBTQ Afghans in hiding

As the Taliban appeared on every corner of Kabul, Marwa and her friend -- both gay Afghans -- took the drastic decision to become husband and wife. The hurried marriage was conducted with no ceremony or family around them. "I was telling myself that the Taliban would come and kill…

Why did Sabina’s murder not spark more outrage?

ON SEPTEMBER 17, Sabina Nessa was murdered as she walked across Cator Park in Kidbrooke, South East London: the 28-year-old’s remains were found there the next day. Nessa’s murder is part of a familiar pattern: in the UK, a woman is killed by a man every three days. Indeed, 1,425…

Legislation in US Senate seeks report on Pakistan’s role in…

A LEGISLATION has been introduced in the US Senate seeking a report from the secretary of state about his assessment of Pakistan's role in the Taliban offensive that led to the toppling of the American-backed Afghan government. It also sought to know Pakistan’s support for the Taliban offensive in Panjshir…

Pakistan cricket chief quits, board says after tour chaos

PAKISTAN'S cricket board said Wednesday (29) its chief executive had resigned, two weeks after New Zealand and England abandoned their tours in the country over security concerns. However, the PCB gave no reason for Wasim Khan's resignation but said it would meet later in the day to "consider the matter".…

Inzamam-ul-Haq recovering from surgery after suffering heart attack

Former Pakistan captain and most capped player Inzamam-ul-Haq had to undergo an emergency angioplasty at a private hospital in Lahore after complaining of heart-related issues and breathing difficulty. A family member said that Inzamam felt uneasy and complained of having difficulty in breathing on Monday. He was taken to a…

US deputy secretary of state Sherman to visit India, Pakistan

US Deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman will travel in October to Pakistan and India, who have clashed on the way forward in Afghanistan, the State Department announced Monday (27). Sherman, after CIA chief Bill Burns, will be one of the first high-level officials under president Joe Biden to visit…

Can’t predict when Biden will call Imran Khan: White House

A SENIOR White House official has said she cannot "predict" when president Joe Biden would make a call to Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan though there have been engagements between the two countries. Khan during recent interviews with the American media has complained that a "busy" president Biden has not…

Malala pleads with world to protect Afghan girls’ right to…

NOBEL Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan as she left school in 2012, has pleaded with the world not to compromise on the protection of Afghan women's rights following the Taliban takeover. As countries and organisations take the first steps to engage…

Biden hosts India, Australia, Japan for Quad summit

US PRESIDENT Joe Biden on Friday (24) would look to deepen his bid to strengthen the American leadership of the Indo-Pacific against a rising China by hosting the maiden in-person summit of the regional Quad summit. Biden will be joined by the prime ministers of India, Japan and Australia for…

Kamala Harris ‘suo motu referred to Pakistan’s role in terrorism’

US vice president Kamala Harris, during her maiden meeting with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, has "suo motu" referred to Pakistan's role in terrorism, saying terror groups were working in that country. She asked Islamabad to take action so that it does not impact America and India's security. Modi held…

Blinken sees unity on Taliban after talks with Pakistan, China

US SECRETARY of State Antony Blinken on Thursday (23) said he believed the world was united on pressing the Taliban after speaking with Pakistan, China and Russia, key players with Afghanistan's new rulers. Blinken met with his counterpart from Pakistan, the chief ally of the Taliban regime that was toppled…

Rajapaksa calls for protection of Buddhist heritage in Afghanistan

SRI Lanka has called on the world to safeguard the Buddhist heritage of Afghanistan under the Taliban, who provoked outrage by destroying giant Buddha statues when they were in power earlier. "I request the United Nations and the international community to ensure the protection of the Buddhist heritage of Afghanistan,"…

Afghanistan wants to host Pakistan for cricket series

Newly appointed Afghanistan cricket chairman Azizullah Fazli said on Wednesday he would visit neighbouring Pakistan later this week to invite the side for a one-day series. The war-torn nation has steadily risen in international cricket over the past few years, with stars such as the world's top spinner Rashid Khan,…

17 Indo-Canadians triumph in Canada’s snap elections

SEVENTEEN Indo-Canadians, including New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jagmeet Singh, have won Canada's parliamentary elections with prime minister Justin Trudeau returning to power in the snap polls. Canadians gave 49-year-old Trudeau's Liberal Party a victory in Monday's (20) parliamentary elections, but his gamble to win a majority of seats failed…

Massive heroin shipment seized at Indian port

INDIA'S anti-smuggling intelligence officials have seized almost three tonnes of heroin, reportedly worth around £1.9billion, in a major bust at Mundra Port in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Officials told BBC that forensic testing was underway to determine the exact value of the seized drugs. According to one statement,…

Modi-Biden meet will strengthen ties between the two countries, says…

THE first bilateral meet between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden on Friday (24) will strengthen the relationship between the two countries and will give momentum to the Quad, a White House official has said. Biden will host Modi at the White House on Friday. Later, the…

Pakistan calls for unfreezing of Afghan assets

PAKISTAN has called on world powers to unblock billions of dollars in Afghan assets frozen after the Taliban takeover but said it did not expect recognition of the new government soon. Ahead of talks on Afghanistan at the UN General Assembly, Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Monday…

Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha’s 96 to be remade in Hindi

Tamil film 96 starring Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha was released in 2018. The film was a hit at the box office and also received many awards including Filmfare Best Film, Best Actor, and Best Actress awards. 96 was remade in Kannada as 99 and in Telugu as Jaanu. The Kannada…

Pakistan cricket dread becoming no-go area again after New Zealand…

AFTER a decade spent trying to woo back cricket's international elite, Pakistan is facing the prospect of being declared the game's no-go area again, and the anger is palpable. A sense of deja vu swept the country on Friday (17) when New Zealand abruptly pulled the plug on their first…

Pelosi hints at a possible UK-US trade pact

BRITAIN and the US will "probably end up" striking a bilateral trade deal, but agreement is "very unlikely" if the terms of the Ireland peace deal are broken, Nancy Pelosi said. "This is not said as any threat, it's a prediction, if there's destruction of the Good Friday accords, we're…

New reality established in Afghanistan with Taliban takeover: Imran Khan

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan on Friday (17) said a "new reality" has been established in Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in Kabul. It is now in the international community's "collective interest" to ensure that there is no renewed conflict in the war-torn country and it will never again…

Five players to watch as IPL rivalries are revived

THE Indian Premier League roars back this weekend in the United Arab Emirates, more than four months after being halted by the coronavirus pandemic in India. With the high-octane tournament concluding immediately ahead of next month's Twenty20 World Cup, AFP Sport highlights five players to watch in the white-ball extravaganza:…

Winners and losers from UK government reshuffle

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson has carried out a major reshuffle of his government, replacing his foreign secretary and giving his former nemesis a key role. Here are winners and losers from a day of drama in Westminster: Liz Truss Truss, 46, had been earmarked for promotion after presiding over a…

Imran Khan takes swipe at US president, says Biden is…

"HE is a busy man," Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan has said of Joe Biden, expressing his disappointment over the US president's reluctance to contact him since coming into office in January this year. During an interview to CNN on Wednesday (15) from his private Bani Gala residence in Islamabad,…

Afghan security risk

THERE is, of course, a risk that some of the violent politics of Afghanistan will spill over on to the streets of Britain. Those refugees coming to Britain from Afghanistan will include people strongly opposed to the Taliban. If they set up opposition groups in Britain, supporters of the Taliban,…

Top Pakistan diplomat defends Taliban

PAKISTAN has sought to defend the Taliban, saying the hardline group - which has taken over Afghanistan - has “delivered on its promises". Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Asad Majeed Khan, said on Thursday (16) that the security situation in Afghanistan is “in control” under the new regime which,…

Pakistan ‘open’ to pardon Taliban offshoot members

PAKISTAN’S government would be "open to giving" a pardon to members of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) if they promise not to indulge in terrorist activities and submit to the country's constitution, foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said. Qureshi made the remarks during an interview with Britain's online newspaper…

Afghan girls’ football team flees to Pakistan

Members of Afghanistan's national girls' football team have fled across the border into Pakistan, officials said Wednesday, a month after the hardline Taliban swept back into power. The group of junior players and their coaches and families had tried to escape the country last month but a devastating bomb attack…

Rishi Sunak, Priti Patel retain top jobs as Johnson shuffles…

British prime minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday (15) undertook a reshuffle of his top team, keeping two of his senior Cabinet ministers Rishi Sunak and Priti Patel in their posts. Sunak will remain next door to Johnson at Downing Street as his chancellor of the exchequer and Patel, who had…

7 soldiers, 5 militants killed in gun battle in Pakistan

SEVEN Pakistani soldiers and five terrorists were killed in a gun battle in Pakistan's restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan on Wednesday (15), the military said. Based on a tip-off, the soldiers launched a cordon and search operation in the tribal district of South Waziristan near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Exchange…

Javed Akhtar: India’s constitution does not discriminate on the basis…

A few days ago, in an interview, writer Javed Akhtar drew parallels between the Taliban and Hindu extremists. However, now in a statement given to PTI, he has expressed the views. In the emailed statement, Akhtar said, "India can never become like Afghanistan because Indians by nature, are not extremists;…

US will look at Pakistan’s role in last 20 years:…

US SECRETARY of state Antony Blinken on Monday (13) told his country’s angry lawmakers that Washington will look at the role Pakistan played in the last 20 years after they expressed outrage over Islamabad’s “duplicitous” role in Afghanistan post the 9/11 attacks and demanded that the US reassessed its relationship…

Study shows people support overseas recruitment by British firms to…

TWO-THIRDS of the public say British businesses should be allowed to recruit from overseas to address staff shortages, a new report published on Tuesday (14) revealed. The report, Immigration: a changing debate, by the independent thinktank British Future, draws on the latest findings from Ipsos MORI research that has tracked…

Modi to attend the first in-person Quad summit Biden hosts…

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi will take part in the first in-person summit of leaders of the "Quad" countries - Australia, India, Japan and the US, which President Joe Biden will host in Washington on September 24 India's ministry of external affairs (MEA) said on Tuesday (14) that Modi will also…

Sri Lanka name squad for T20 World Cup

SRI Lanka named a 15-player squad for next month's Twenty20 World Cup but said they were undecided on whether to play against Afghanistan over the Taliban's reported ban on women playing sport. Sri Lanka Cricket retained Dasun Shanaka as the captain with Dhananjaya de Silva as his deputy for the…

Afghan cricket board signals women could still play: report

WOMEN could still be allowed to play cricket, the chairman of Afghanistan's Cricket Board has claimed to an Australian broadcaster in an apparent backflip on the Taliban's hardline stance. Azizullah Fazli said the governing body would outline how this would happen "very soon", adding that all 25 of the women's…

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: the defiant ‘mass murderer’ of 9/11

When Americans honor the nearly 3,000 killed in the September 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda attacks on the 20th anniversary on Saturday, a grim shadow will lurk in the background, that of attacks mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has yet to be tried and convicted for the heinous crime. Mohammed, who boasted…

Paine says teams could boycott T20 World Cup over Afghanistan

AUSTRALIA Test captain Tim Paine said on Friday (10) he believes teams could pull out of next month's Twenty20 World Cup or boycott playing Afghanistan over the Taliban's reported ban on women participating in sport. The International Cricket Council has yet to decide how to deal with the regime's stance…

Mohammad Nabi named captain of Afghan team for T20 WC…

Veteran all-rounder Mohammad Nabi has been named Afghanistan skipper for the upcoming T20 World Cup after star spinner Rashid Khan stepped down from captaincy protesting the selection of the national squad without his inputs. The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) is yet to officially announce Nabi's appointment as captain but the…

‘Dire Afghanistan situation demands urgent action’

Politicians urge ministers to help Britons with relatives seeking to flee Taliban rule MPs HAVE revealed that they have been flooded with pleas from Britons to help evacuate their relatives from Afghanistan to escape the Taliban. Britain’s last military flight left Kabul at the end of August after helping more…

Australia will cancel Afghanistan Test if women’s cricket banned

AUSTRALIA'S cricket board said on Thursday (9) it will scrap a planned Test match against the Afghanistan men's team if the Taliban rulers do not allow women to play the sport. Australian broadcaster SBS quoted a Taliban representative as saying he did not think women would be allowed to play…

CIA director meets Pakistan Army chief, ISI head

AMERICA'S Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director William Burns on Thursday (9) met Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI head Lt Gen Faiz Hamid. They discussed regional security issues and the current situation in Afghanistan, the Pakistan Army's media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said in a statement.…

MPs back Johnson’s tax hike plan

MPs backed UK prime minister Boris Johnson's plan to raise taxes in a parliamentary vote on Wednesday (8), clearing the way to direct more funds into the country's creaking health and social care system. Johnson angered some members of the ruling Conservatives by breaking election promises not to increase taxes,…

Afghanistan’s reality requires world to discard old lenses: Pakistan

PAKISTAN foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday (8) said Afghanistan’s "new reality" required the world to discard "old lenses" and proceed with a "realistic approach". Qureshi who chaired a virtual meeting of Foreign Ministers of China, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan - the neighbours of Afghanistan, said the situation…

Families forcibly removed from evacuation flights: Labour MP

A LABOUR MP claimed that family members of his constituents, including a “seven-month-old child,” were disembarked from rescue flights and “thrown out of the Kabul airport”. Imran Hussain accused the government of “leaving behind Afghans and British nationals” in Afghanistan after the Taliban overran the Asian country. “What is completely…

Afghan cricket board waits to hear from Taliban on fate…

AFGHANISTAN cricket chiefs are still awaiting instructions from the country's new Taliban government on the future of the women's game and are not anticipating a decision any time soon, a top cricket official told Reuters. The Taliban named a new government on Tuesday (7), three weeks after sweeping to power…

Minor girls paraded naked in Indian village to please rain…

A VILLAGE in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh remained witness to a shocking incident earlier this week as six minor girls there were paraded naked as part of a ritual to please the rain god. The incident has caused a massive outrage across the country. A video footage…

Guantanamo 9/11 trial restarts; defendants include 2 Pakistanis

THE trial of five men accused of participating in the September 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda plot to attack the United States has moved extremely slowly before the military commissions in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since the original charges were announced in February 2008. The case was withdrawn, and then refiled, and the…

Johnson to announce NHS boost before cabinet reshuffle

THERE are chances of a cabinet reshuffle as Boris Johnson is expected to hand £34 billion to the NHS as part of a reform of health and social care. According to a report by The Sunday Times, the first ministreal reshuffle by the prime minister in more than 18 months…

Muslim leaders should do more to tackle radicalisation: Ex-MI6 chief

SIR Richard Dearlove has said Muslim leaders should be forthcoming in tackling radicalisation and Islamist extremism in their communities. The former chief of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service said the involvement of community leaders makes counter-radicalisation efforts more effective than others telling their people what to do. He felt there is…

UK, Pakistan must work together to address ‘red list’ issue:…

PUBLIC health officials of Pakistan and the UK are scheduled to meet on Monday (6) to discuss the possibilities of taking Islamabad off London’s travel red list. British foreign secretary Dominic Raab who visited Pakistan on Friday (4) said it was a “sensitive and difficult” issue on which both sides…

China seeks to extend Belt and Road Initiative to Afghanistan

CHINA has expressed hope to extend its multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) into Afghanistan, saying the “Taliban believes” the initiative is good for development and prosperity in the war-ravaged country and the broader region. China in the recent past outlined plans to extend its $60 billion (£43.27 bn) China-Pakistan…

‘No direct terror threat to India’, says Shivshankar Menon on…

A FORMER Indian diplomat has warned that the withdrawal of US and allied troops from Afghanistan raises the question of whether it will revert to exporting terrorism. Shivshankar Menon previously served as national security advisor to then India’s prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh. In a virtual interaction with the Indian…

Britain says it wants to engage with Taliban

BRITAIN will not recognise the Taliban as the new government in Kabul, but must deal with new realities in Afghanistan, UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab said on Friday (3). He asserted that the UK does not want to see Afghanistan’s social and economic fabric "broken". On a visit to Pakistan,…

‘Afghanistan unlikely to be America’s finest hour’

MANY wonder what the current catastrophe in Afghanistan will mean for the wider world order, and particularly how the withdrawal will affect the United States’ image on the global stage in terms of its position as an international leader. What can be said is that the pullout has certainly done…

Pakistan to ‘step up counter-terror cooperation with China’

PAKISTAN remains cognizant of the threats posed by various terror groups operating from Afghanistan and it will strengthen intelligence sharing, counter-terrorism cooperation with China post-US withdrawal, the country's envoy to China has said. The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan on August 15, two weeks before the US was set to…

Afghan Paralympian makes debut after top-secret evacuation

AFGHAN taekwondo athlete Zakia Khudadadi competed in the Paralympic Games on Thursday (2), becoming the first female Afghan to do so since Athens 2004, after a secret international effort to help her get out of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. The 22-year-old and her compatriot Hossain Rasouli arrived in Tokyo on aug 28…

We need to adjust to new reality in Afghanistan: Raab

BRITISH foreign secretary Dominic Raab said on Thursday (2) there is a need to engage with the Taliban on Afghanistan, but Britain has no immediate plans to recognise their government. "Our commitment on the part of the United Kingdom to Afghanistan remains. We need to adjust to the new reality,"…

Naseeruddin Shah upset with Indian Muslims for celebrating Taliban’s return…

Last month, the Taliban ousted the government in Afghanistan and took over the control of the country after capturing Kabul. Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah is upset with the section of Indian Muslims who are celebrating Taliban's rise to power in Afghanistan. In a video that’s trending on social media, Shah…

Comment: ‘We have a responsibility to help Afghans in need’

TWO weeks ago, the world received news that the president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, had fled, and the Taliban had strolled into the halls of the presidential palace unopposed. It was not supposed to end like this. We needed an exit plan, but this was not it. Afghan institutions are not yet…

UK intel officials engage Pakistan, Taliban over security threats

BRITAIN has been in touch with Pakistan and the Taliban to address emerging threats, amid growing concerns that the new regime in Afghanistan could be used for terror attacks in the West. While British Secret Intelligence Service officials held talks with the group in Kabul, the spy agency’s chief, Richard…

Pakistan fears rise in militant attacks along Afghan border

THERE is growing concern among Pakistani officials about security in neighbouring Afghanistan, as the Taliban tries to form a government and stabilise the country following the departure of the US and other foreign forces. Islamabad is particularly worried about militant fighters from a separate, Pakistani Taliban group crossing from Afghanistan…

“There is no one-size-fits-all feminism,” says author Rafia Zakaria

PAKISTAN-BORN activist and author Rafia Zakaria has said there is no one-size-fits-all feminism and that she hopes to "decentre" white feminism through her new book Against White Feminism. In an interview with The Guardian, Zakaria said she wanted to challenge the “liberation trajectory” of the Muslim woman’s story, so that…

Johnson says UK owes ‘huge debt’ to Afghan refugees as…

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson on Wednesday (1) said Britain owed "an immense debt" to Afghans who worked with NATO forces as he announced, "vital support" for those resettling in the UK. But his government is coming under fire after thousands of Afghans who helped NATO and are eligible to move…

What lies ahead for Afghanistan under the Taliban?

Afghans on Tuesday (31) woke to the start of another uncertain era after the last American forces left overnight, cementing victory for the Taliban after two decades of war. Many are afraid that the group will once again impose their harsh interpretation of Islamic law, brutally punishing their opponents and…

Biden defends US pullout from Afghanistan as Taliban celebrate

President Joe Biden on Tuesday (31) mounted a fierce defense of his exit from Afghanistan as the "best decision for America," the day after the US military withdrawal celebrated by the Taliban as a major victory. "This is the right decision. A wise decision. And the best decision for America,"…

Taliban opens diplomatic channels with India

INDIA’S ambassador to Qatar held talks with a top Taliban leader on Tuesday (31), the Indian foreign ministry said, the first formal diplomatic engagement since the hardline Islamist group took over Afghanistan. The envoy, Deepak Mittal, met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the head of the Taliban’s political office in Doha,…

Taliban tell India and Pakistan: Do not use Afghanistan as…

A SENIOR Taliban leader has urged India and Pakistan not to use Afghanistan in their internal fight. Taliban foreign affairs chief Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai said India and Pakistan can fight between themselves on the border. Stanikzai, who is likely to become the nation’s foreign minister, reiterated that the Taliban…

UK nationals still in Afghanistan in “low hundreds”, says Raab

THE number of British nationals still in Afghanistan is in the low hundreds, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Tuesday (31). "I know that the number of UK nationals, the particular responsibility of the Foreign Office, is now down at a very low level... low hundreds given that we taken…

Johnson offers to recognise Taliban if they prevent terror attacks

WITH Taliban now in power in Afghanistan, Britain faces biggest terrorist threat in many years, prime minister Boris Johnson has been warned. However, Johnson has offered diplomatic recognition for Taliban if they prevented terror attacks being launched from Afghanistan soil. Despite the prime minister having promised to use “every lever…

US troops’ stay in Pakistan temporary: Minister

PAKISTAN on Tuesday (31) ruled out the possibility of allowing the long-term presence of US troops coming from Afghanistan in Islamabad, saying the American forces' stay in the country would be for a limited period. Interior minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad's response came after pictures of US troops at Islamabad airport…

Pakistan to criminalise enforced disappearances

PAKISTAN'S human rights minister on Monday (30) said her country was moving closer to criminalising enforced disappearances. On the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared, Shireen Mazari tweeted that the National Assembly Standing Committee (NASC) last week gave its nod to a bill on enforced disappearances. The bill…

Taxi driver, shopkeeper were UK victims of Kabul attack

TWO persons from the UK were among those who were killed in the Kabul attack on Thursday (26). Mohammad Niazi, an Uber driver from Hamshire and Musa Popal, a shopkeeper from north London were among those who died after a blast shook the Afghan capital. Popal's daughter Zohra told the…

Derby ‘stands ready to help’ Afghan refugees

DERBY “stands ready to help” Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban, with a city leader saying it welcomes them with open arms. Afghanistan is in the midst of a crisis, with the Taliban taking control of the country for the first time in 20 years. Hundreds of thousands of Afghan residents…

Britain criticised for ‘haphazard and chaotic’ Afghan exit

THE UK government on Sunday (29) faced criticism after its hurried withdrawal from Afghanistan ended, leaving hundreds eligible for relocation behind. Prime minister Boris Johnson hailed a mission "unlike anything we have seen in our lifetimes" after the UK airlifted over 15,000 people in the last two weeks. Troops landed…

Militant fire across Afghan border kills two Pakistani soldiers

MILITANT fire from across the border in Afghanistan killed two Pakistani soldiers on Sunday (29), the army said. Islamabad said it retaliated and killed two or three attackers, a claim not verifiable because the tribal districts along the Afghan border are off-limits to journalists and human rights organisations. The incident…

Salute to Rakesh Chauhan

ON A fine spring day in 2014, Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan returned home to Britain from Afghanistan – in a coffin draped in the Union flag. A Royal Air Force (RAF) transport plane landed at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, bringing back the bodies of 29-year-old Rakesh and four other…

More people cross Pakistan border as crisis deepens in Afghanistan

THE number of Afghans crossing over to Pakistan has soared since the twin suicide bombings in Kabul on Thursday (26), despite Islamabad’s position that it won’t accept any refugees from its western neighbour. Some 6,000 Afghans would normally move across the Spin Boldak-Chaman border crossing and the number went up…

Johnson urges Taliban to respect human rights as last UK…

BRITAIN has evacuated more than 15,000 people in the two weeks since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. The last military flight left Kabul late on Saturday (28) ending nearly 20 years of British military presence in the country. "The final flight carrying UK Armed Forces personnel has left Kabul," Britain's…

UK says more can be done for Afghans who have…

THE British government acknowledged that more can be done to help and assist Afghan nationals and their families settle in Britain as they escape from Afghanistan following its takeover by the Taliban. Britain earlier announced plans to welcome up to 5,000 Afghans fleeing the Taliban during the first year of…

What is the Daesh threat in Afghanistan?

The carnage from twin suicide bombings at Kabul airport will fuel fears that a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan could prove an increasingly powerful magnet for terror groups like Daesh (Islamic State). The bombings, claimed by the regionally based Islamic State-Khorosan or IS-K, killed scores of people including 13 US soldiers, and were…

Britain to end Afghan evacuations in ‘matter of hours’

BRITAIN said on Friday (27) that it plans to complete its airlifts out of Afghanistan "in a matter of hours" as the frenzied evacuation effort out of Kabul airport draws to a close. "We will process those people that we have brought with us, the 1,000 people approximately inside the…

How the Taliban’s actions affect India and Pakistan

WHEN I flew into Kabul, I was told there was intelligence that there would be a suicide car bomb attack against an Indian embassy car that week. Nine months earlier the Haqqani network, the most feared terror group affiliated to the Taliban, had carried out the deadliest attack against the…

Ben Maruthappu’s firm to recruit 500 Afghan refugees

ONE of Britain's largest providers of care for people in their homes on Thursday (26) committed to training 500 Afghanistan refugees to work as carers. Cera, which currently employs over 6,000 staff across more than 70 offices in England, Scotland and Wales, hopes to recruit the refugees arriving under Britain's…

Churchill: Separating the man from the myth

Author offers 'alternative account' of Britain's war-time leader in new book GEOFFREY WHEATCROFT’S new book on Sir Winston Churchill offers readers probably the most balanced view of Britain’s wartime prime minister. Talking to Eastern Eye about Churchill’s Shadow: An Astonishing Life and a Dangerous Legacy, the author said: “I did…

Imran Khan calls for positive engagement with Afghanistan

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan has called for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan and asked the international community for positive engagement with Kabul. Khan made the comments during his meeting with the executive director of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), David Beasley, in Islamabad on…

India alarm as Pakistan and China woo Taliban

THE Russian and British empires battled over Afghanistan in the 19th century, and the United States and the Soviet Union in the 20th. As the Taliban takes over in the strategic, landlocked nation, the new Great Game has Pakistan in control, with its ally China looking to cement its grip…

UK advises against all travel to Afghanistan amid ‘high threat…

BRITAIN'S Foreign Office on Wednesday (25) advised against all travel to Afghanistan, adding the security situation in the country remained volatile, with a "high threat of a terrorist attack". "The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advise against all travel to Afghanistan. You should not travel to Afghanistan", the Foreign…

Malala’s skull bone still sits on her bookshelf to remind…

MALALA Yousafzai said she has preserved a surgically removed skull bone as a reminder of the horror she went through after she was shot by a Taliban insurgent in Pakistan nine years ago. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who survived the brutal attack as she received intensive medical care in…

2021 international Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20 World Cup

Hungarian football fans have been relying on the foci fogadások from the Mightytips, a site that provides reliable and trustworthy online sports betting predictions. Mightytips is not only into football, but it also covers other sports, and in this article, we explore the 2021 international Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20 World Cup.…

Council leader’s comments criticised in racism review

THE chair of a review into racism in Torbay says he “would find it very hard to continue” if he were in Steve Darling’s position – the Liberal Democrat leader who made comments about ethnicity in the Bay area last week. Cllr Darling found himself in hot water after suggesting…

Exclusive: Afghanistan ‘will become terror base’

BRITAIN’S top counter-terrorism police officer has warned that Afghanistan will again become a base for exporting terrorism, and predicted lone-wolf attacks “probably within two years”. In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, assistant commissioner at the Metropolitan Police, Neil Basu, said the Taliban take-over in Afghanistan earlier this month will…

G7 agreed Taliban must allow departures after Aug 31, says…

BRITISH Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the G7 had agreed to a plan to deal with the Taliban, with the No. 1 condition being that militants must allow safe passage to Afghans wanting to leave the country even after an Aug. 31 deadline. "What we've done today, the…

Rashid Khan sends Sussex into T20 Blast final

RASHID KHAN saw Sussex into the finals of English cricket's T20 Blast despite the turmoil in his native Afghanistan as his dashing innings capped a five-wicket win over Yorkshire on Tuesday (24). After Luke Wright had made 54, Khan came in with south coast club Sussex needing 43 off 21…

UK says deadline for Afghanistan evacuation is to the last…

BRITISH foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Wednesday (25) that the deadline for evacuating people from Afghanistan was up to the last minute of this month. Raab was asked after a White House spokesperson said at a briefing on Tuesday (24) they needed to check if the deadline for evacuations…

Javid daughters to take part in charity run for refugees

HEALTH SECRETARY Sajid Javid’s daughters are taking part in a run to raise money for the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. The country has descended into chaos in recent days as the Taliban seized control of the government, almost two decades after they were expelled by a US-led coalition. Following…

These refugees want to go back to Afghanistan where ‘peace…

FROM trucks stuffed with carpets, bedding, clothes and even goats, around 200 Afghan refugees look beyond the horizon toward Spin Boldak in their country's south, waiting to return home from Pakistan. Dreading another period of harsh rule after the Taliban's rapid takeover following the US troop withdrawal, thousands have been…

Pakistan-Afghanistan ODI series postponed until next year

THE first-ever bilateral series between Pakistan and Afghanistan has been postponed until next year over logistics and multiple other issues, both boards decided on Tuesday (24). "Pakistan has accepted Afghanistan Board's request to postpone the next month’s ODI series due to players’ mental health issues, disruption in flight operations in…

Extending Kabul evacuations ‘unlikely’; ‘Direct threat’ people found among evacuees

UK defence secretary Ben Wallace today (24) said it is "unlikely" evacuations from Afghanistan will be extended beyond Aug 31. Meanwhile, six people deemed as “direct threats” to the UK were found in security checks of would-be evacuees from Kabul, MPs were told on Monday (23), amid broader warnings that…

‘Afghan authorities’ told to control Pakistan Taliban: Islamabad

PAKISTAN on Monday (23) said the Afghan Taliban have assured that they would not allow their soil to be used against Islamabad by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants, amidst reports that several hardcore terrorists have been released in Afghanistan after the insurgents seized Kabul. The TTP, commonly known as the Pakistani…

British Muslims ‘celebrating’ return of Taliban, claims UK Islamic scholar

A UK-based Islamic Sharia Council scholar has said that the Talibans have “grown-up” and should be "given a chance", claimed media reports on Sunday (22), adding the scholar's comments that British Muslims are “celebrating” the return of the Islamic group to power and “western media loves misrepresenting Muslims”.   claimed…

Harris vows ‘enduring engagement’ in Asia amid Afghanistan chaos

WASHINGTON is committed towards “enduring engagement in Southeast Asia and Indo-Pacific”, US vice president Kamala Harris claimed today (23) in Singapore. She is on a short tour to Southeast Asia during which she is expected to offer reassurances of Washington’s commitment amid unrest in Afghanistan and concerns over China’s growing…

Uncertainty, distress for Afghan cricketers after Taliban takeover

THE crack of bat on ball echoes around Kabul's international stadium as Afghanistan's top cricketers prepare for their next tour - just days after the country fell to the Taliban. The calm of the empty stadium is a surreal contrast to scenes just a few kilometres north, where tens of…

Tony Blair slams West’s ‘abandonment’ of Afghanistan

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair, who in 2001 took Britain into war in Afghanistan alongside the United States, on Saturday (21) condemned their "abandonment" of the country as "dangerous" and "unnecessary". In his first public comments on the crisis since the Afghan government collapsed last weekend, Blair criticised the…

As China, Pakistan weigh recognising Taliban, experts warn long-term losses

AS China and Pakistan mull a joint strategy to push for a global recognition of the Taliban regime in war-torn Afghanistan to further their interests, experts have warned the “all-weather allies” of long-term losses, especially a blowback effect from the US. Since the Taliban's takeover of Kabul on August 15,…

Anjem Choudary advocates stringent sharia in Afghanistan

RADICAL preacher Anjem Choudary has advocated a stringent implementation of sharia in a “fledgling” Afghanistan”. The British cleric from East London also called upon the Taliban to declare Afghanistan a caliphate and enforce punishments like stoning for adultery, chopping off hands for thefts and lashing for drinking alcohol. Choudary, who…

‘Garbage at airport’ forces Pakistan to suspend Kabul flights

PAKISTAN has "temporarily suspended" Kabul flight operations and is not evacuating anyone at the moment, according to media reports. The state-run Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was the sole commercial airline that had been operating flights to and from Kabul during the past few days to help the evacuation of diplomats…

Seven died near Kabul airport as UK races against time…

SEVEN people died near Kabul airport amid chaos, reports stated on Sunday (22), citing Britain's Ministry of Defence. Meanwhile, the UK, US and other allies continue to struggle to evacuate thousands of foreign nationals and Afghans who are trying to flee Afghanistan after Taliban Islamists took control a week ago.…

An Indian’s tale of Afghanistan escape

WHEN the New Delhi-bound Kam Airlines flight finally took off from Kabul airport hours before the Taliban entered the city on August 15, Subrata, an Indian working in a senior position with an international NGO (INGO) posted in Afghanistan, sent up a silent prayer of thanks. Subrata had been able…

Afghan cricket team returns to training in Kabul

THE Afghan national cricket team were feeling "spirited" after resuming training in the capital this week, just days after the Taliban seized control of the country, the head of the cricket board said on Friday (20). Following the collapse of the government at the weekend, Hamid Shinwari said the team…

Johnson says UK will work with Taliban if necessary

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson said on Friday (20) Britain would work with the Taliban if necessary after the militants capture of Afghanistan, and defended his foreign minister who has come under fire for his handling of the situation. "What I want to assure people is that our political and diplomatic…

Pakistan to expect new US chasm as Taliban win

After the September 11 attacks, the United States gave Pakistan a harsh ultimatum to break with the Taliban. Pakistan offered help but insisted -- it will not be abandoned again, as in the 1990s after Washington lost interest in Afghanistan. Twenty years later, the Taliban has retaken Afghanistan from a…

Jaishankar says safe return of Indian nationals is our priority

INDIA is carefully monitoring the situation in Afghanistan but its first priority is the safe return of Indian nationals, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said. He added that India's approach to the Afghanistan situation would be guided by the country's relationship with the Afghan people. "At the moment, we, like…

Raab defends his priorities amid calls to quit

AMID mounting calls for his resignation for declining to speak to his Afghan counterpart at a crucial time last week, Dominic Raab on Friday (20) defended his action, saying he was “rightly” focussing on his priorities. The British foreign secretary was holidaying on the Greek island of Crete on Friday…

Kamala Harris trip to Asia will show US in region…

US vice president Kamala Harris's trip to Singapore and Vietnam starting on Sunday will show that the United States is in the region "to stay," a senior administration official said, as Washington seeks to bolster international support to counter China's growing global influence. Harris will be the most senior US…

Gurkha veterans call off hunger strike as UK government agrees…

Nepalese Gurkha military veterans on Thursday (19) ended their "fast until death" after the British government agreed to discuss their longstanding grievances over pension rights. Troops with a reputation for fierce fighting, thousands of Gurkhas have served in the British army but did not enjoy the same pay and conditions…

Taliban takeover will inspire terrorists, warns UK defence secretary Ben…

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan will inspire terrorists and trigger an “explosion” of extremism and security challenges for the world, UK defence secretary Ben Wallace warned on Thursday. Speaking to the BBC, the cabinet minister said he feared that terror groups like Al Qaeda would view the Taliban advance as…

Sharia law around the world

With the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan there are fears they will reimpose their harsh interpretation of sharia law. Most Muslim nations incorporate elements of sharia in their legal systems, particularly in family law. But very few carry out its punishments known as hudud, which even Muslim scholars disagree on. -…

Indian defence minister worried over rising national security challenges

INDIA'S national security challenges are increasing and becoming “complex” in view of the changing geopolitical situation across the globe, the country's defence minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday (19) said and pitched for a strong, capable and completely “self-reliant” domestic defence industry. Singh said this amid growing concerns in India and…

Taliban’s Afghanistan action

CELEBRATIONS to mark the 74th anniversary of Indian independence and the creation of Pakistan have been overshadowed by the astonishingly swift take-over of Afghanistan by the Taliban. Afghanistan has been in the British psyche for a long time. Whenever I think of Afghanistan, I recall Sherlock Holmes’s remark to Dr…

British lawmaker questions UK’s aid to Pakistan

A CONSERVATIVE parliamentarian has questioned the rationale behind Britain sending aid to Pakistan whose leader “praised” the Taliban. Daniel Kawczynski drew the Commons’ attention to the allegations that Islamabad has been supporting the insurgent group, which, he said, is “most concerning”. The Warsaw-born politician’s comments came amid the reports that…

UK will double humanitarian aid to Afghanistan this year

THE United Kingdom will double its humanitarian and development aid to Afghanistan to £286 million ($393.34 million) this year, foreign secretary Dominic Raab has said. "We call on others to follow our lead to ensure the most vulnerable Afghans receive the humanitarian assistance they need," Raab said late on Wednesday…

Uncertainty hangs over New Zealand’s tour of Pakistan

NEW Zealand will go ahead with its tour of Pakistan subject to clearance from security consultant Reg Dickason after some Kiwi players expressed concerns about touring the country following the Taliban's takeover of neighbouring Afghanistan. New Zealand are due to reach Islamabad on September 11 to play three ODIs and…

India and UK agree to work together on Afghanistan crisis

INDIA'S external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his British counterpart Dominic Raab have exchanged views on the developments in Afghanistan and agreed to work together to tackle shared security threats, support refugees and ease the humanitarian plight of Afghans. Jaishankar arrived in New York on Monday (16) to chair meetings…

How the scramble to leave Afghanistan is unfolding

With the Taliban returning to power in Afghanistan, foreign nations are scrambling to get their citizens and Afghans who worked with them out of the country. Here is a round-up of the latest developments: - US banks on 'safe passage' - The United States is looking to get thousands of…

Escorted by Taliban, India pulls off midnight evacuation from Afghanistan

OUTSIDE the main iron gate of the Indian embassy in Kabul, a group of Taliban fighters waited - armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Inside the compound were 150 Indian diplomats and nationals - growing increasingly nervous as they watched news of the Taliban tightening their grip on…

Johnson, Merkel reach out to Imran Khan over Afghan situation

THE UK and Germany reached out to Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan to discuss the emerging situation in Afghanistan where the Taliban has seized power. Khan told British prime minister Boris Johnson and German chancellor Angela Merkel who telephoned him that the safety and security of Afghans were critical at…

Johnson says up to 20,000 Afghans to be resettled in…

BRITAIN has helped more than 2,000 Afghans to flee the country in recent days, the prime minister said on Wednesday (18), and added that the Taliban must be judged "on actions, not words". Addressing MPs called back to parliament from their summer holidays for an emergency debate, Boris Johnson also…

Malala ‘fears’ for her Afghan sisters

NOBEL Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday (17) said she feared for “my Afghan sisters" in the wake of the Taliban's stunning takeover of the country. "We will have time to debate what went wrong in the war in Afghanistan, but in this critical moment, we must listen to the…

India has important role to play in Afghanistan: UK

INDIA is a key partner of Britain in Asia and will have an important role to play in dealing with the unfolding crisis in Afghanistan with the takeover of the Taliban, the UK government said on Tuesday (17). Defence secretary Ben Wallace said on Monday (17) described the Taliban takeover…

Taliban promises ‘rights’ but Afghan women fear return of ‘dark…

The Taliban on Tuesday (17) has promised women’s rights and safety along with media freedom and amnesty for government officials in their first news briefing after the swift seizure of Kabul. Meanwhile, thousands of Afghan women and girl students have reportedly started cloistering in their homes, fearing for their lives…

Report: Facebook bans all content supporting Taliban

SOCIAL MEDIA giant Facebook has banned the Taliban and all content supporting it from its platforms, according to a BBC report. The US firm labels the group as a terrorist organisation. The company has said that it has a dedicated team of Afghan experts to monitor and remove content linked…

India airlifts ambassador and staff from Afghanistan

INDIA on Tuesday (17) brought back its ambassador and staff at the embassy in Kabul in an Indian Air Force's C-17 aircraft, after the situation became fluid with the Afghan capital falling to the Taliban insurgents. Earlier in the day, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi confirmed the news in…

UK to announce plans for asylum-seeking Afghans soon

BRITAIN on Monday (16) announced it will soon launch a resettlement scheme for Afghans amid growing pressure to create a safe route for refugees from Afghanistan as the Taliban seized control of the country on Sunday (15).   The government’s resettlement plans for asylum-seeking Afghans will be separate from the…

UN calls for unity against ‘global terrorist threat’ in Afghanistan

The United Nations Security Council said on Monday (16) the international community must ensure Afghanistan does not become a breeding ground for terrorism under the Taliban, following an emergency meeting in New York. The 15-member council issued a joint statement after UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres told the meeting that the…

Malala ‘deeply worried’ for women, minorities in Afghanistan

Pakistani activist and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has said she is "deeply worried" for women, minorities and human rights advocates living in Afghanistan, now being taken control by Taliban insurgents. The 24-year-old rights activist, who was shot in the head by Taliban militants in 2012 in…

Britain says we’re not going back after Taliban takes control

THE situation is ‘extremely fluid and unpredictable’ on the ground after Taliban took control of Afghanistan, Indian officials said. While Britain's defence secretary said on Monday (16) that British and NATO forces will not be returning to fight the Taliban. "I acknowledge that the Taliban are in control of the…

MPs write to Raab to protect Afghanistan refugees

WITH the situation in Afghanistan deteriorating fast, British parliamentarian Navendu Mishra and 49 of his colleagues from across political parties have written a letter to foreign secretary Dominic Raab for extending urgent help to the refugees in the violence-ravaged nation who are at threat of persecution by the Taliban. In…

Afghan students including girls in despair as UK pauses scholarships:…

AS MANY AS 35 Afghan students, including girls, who were offered Chevening Scholarships by the government to study in the UK, have been told they will not now be able to take up their places, reported the BBC. These scholarships enable promising students around the world to pursue a masters…

British ambassador to be flown out of Afghanistan: report

BRITAIN'S ambassador to Afghanistan will be flown out of the country by Sunday (15) evening, the Sunday Telegraph reported, after UK troops moved to evacuate other British diplomats and officials. Taliban fighters drew closer to Kabul on Saturday (14). The capital and Jalalabad, in eastern Afghanistan, are now the only…

Sri Lanka ‘ready’ to host Afghan-Pakistan T20 series

SRI Lanka's national board has said it is going ahead with arrangements to host a T20 series between Afghanistan and Pakistan, even as a top cricket official in Kabul expressed the optimism that the sport “will not be a casualty” of political changes. However, there was also an element of…

Pakistan says won’t accept India’s denial of role in bus…

A DAY after India dismissed as "lies" Pakistan's allegations of Indian intelligence support to a deadly bus bombing in the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad on Saturday (14) said it will not accept New Delhi's denial of its role in the attack. At least 13 people, including nine Chinese…

Johnson bypasses Patel to appoint Damian Hinds as new security…

UK prime minister Boris Johnson on Friday (13) made former cabinet minister Damian Hinds his new security minister, after deciding not to let home secretary Priti Patel take on the brief, said media reports.   The official announcement that Hinds will take the job came from No. 10 in less…

Britain will not abandon Afghanistan, says Johnson as 600 troops…

BRITAIN will not abandon Afghanistan, prime minister Boris Johnson vowed on Friday (13), even as he confirmed the imminent withdrawal of most embassy staff in the face of a rapid Taliban onslaught.   With the Islamists seizing control of more Afghan cities, Britain is reportedly deploying around 600 troops to…

UK to send 600 troops to help Britons evacuate Afghanistan

UK DEFENCE secretary Ben Wallace said today (13) that Afghanistan is spiralling towards a failed state and “al Qaeda will probably come back”, a day after he announced that the UK will send 600 troops to Afghanistan to help British nationals leave the country as the Taliban continues to seize…

Pakistani forces clash with Afghan protesters at border crossing

PAKISTANI forces clashed on Thursday (12) with hundreds of Afghans stranded on Pakistan's side of a commercially vital border crossing with Afghanistan after its closure by Taliban insurgents, Pakistani security officials said. The disturbances broke out after a 56-year-old Afghan traveller died of a heart attack as he waited in…

Pakistan says bus blast was a suicide bombing

A BUS blast last month that killed 13 people, including nine Chinese workers, was a “suicide bombing” by Islamist militants backed by Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies, Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Thursday (12). The minister said an investigation showed there was a "nexus of Indian RAW…

US finds Pakistan useful only to clean up Afghan mess:…

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan accused the United States of seeing his country as useful only in the context of the "mess" it is leaving behind in Afghanistan after 20 years of fighting. Washington has been pressing Pakistan to use its influence over the Taliban to broker an elusive peace…

‘I want people to see mosques as places of love…

Why Ed Husain hopes his new book will help readers understand muslims better AN AUTHOR who visited mosques across Britain for his new book has revealed his concerns for the future of Islam in this country and cautioned against the drawbacks of identity based solely on faith. Ed Husain also…

India ranks 122nd on Global Youth Development Index

INDIA ranked 122nd on a new Global Youth Development Index that measures the condition of young people across 181 countries. "The top five risers from 2010 to 2018 were Afghanistan, India, Russia, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso,” says the ‘2020 Global Youth Development Index' released by the Commonwealth Secretariat in London…

India needs £72 bn FDI annually to become £3.6tn economy,…

TO achieve the target of a $5 trillion (£3.6tn) economy, India would need at least $100 billion (£72 bn) of foreign direct investment (FDI) every year, the head of a top India-centric American business advocacy group said. The group made the observation that a major chunk of this FDI would…

World must look into ‘meltdown’ of Afghan forces: Pakistan

PAKISTAN has urged the international community to look into the "meltdown" of Afghan security forces in the face of Taliban offensives, instead of blaming Pakistan for the fast-deteriorating situation. Taliban fighters have swiftly gained territory across Afghanistan since May, including six provincial capitals in the last three days, as international…

ICC bats for inclusion of cricket in 2028 Olympic Games

THE International Cricket Council (ICC) is preparing a bid for the game's inclusion in the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the governing body said on Tuesday (10). Cricket last featured in the 1900 Olympics in Paris and has rarely been played in other multi-sport events, which many believe is…

Biden unmoved on Afghan exit as Taliban sweep provinces

The Taliban are making swift gains in Afghanistan but president Joe Biden is standing firm on a US exit with limited options appearing to be on the table to reverse the insurgents' momentum. The Taliban's advances, including seizing six provincial capitals within days, may appear startling in their speed but…

UK warns Britons in Afghanistan to leave immediately

BRITAIN has warned all UK nationals in Afghanistan to leave the country immediately due to the "worsening security situation" as Taliban forces sweep across the country.  The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on Friday (6) updated its website to advise against all travel to Afghanistan. "All British nationals in Afghanistan…

Taliban close border crossing with Pakistan, call for visa-free travel

THE Taliban closed a key border crossing with Pakistan on Friday (6), saying no one would be allowed through it until Islamabad dropped or relaxed its visa requirements for Afghans. The Taliban, wresting control of a large part of Afghanistan in the wake of the withdrawal of US and other…

Pakistan has other ‘options’, Imran Khan’s aide tells US

UPSET over US president Joe Biden's reluctance to telephonically contact prime minister Imran Khan, Pakistan's national security adviser Moeed Yusuf has said Islamabad has “other options" if the American leader continues to ignore the country's leadership. "The president of the United States hasn't spoken to the prime minister of such…

Pakistan says Afghans must compromise for peace settlement

PAKISTAN’S national security advisor said Wednesday (4) that Afghanistan's government and the Taliban must both compromise and reach a peace settlement as the insurgents made rapid gains amid a US troop withdrawal. Wrapping up a week of talks in Washington, Moeed Yusuf played down the level of influence on the…

Instagram suspends radical cleric Anjem Choudary’s account

INSTAGRAM has suspended the account of British radical cleric Anjem Choudary for violating its policies, within hours of him joining the social media platform. The move by Instagram under its 'Dangerous Individuals' policy comes days after its parent Facebook and Twitter permanently suspended his accounts. Choudary, 54, who had been…

Skewed sex ratio may lead to 5 million girls missing…

COUNTRIES with skewed sex ratios such as India could mean the world is set to “lose” 4.7 million girls by 2030, experts have warned. The study, published in the BMJ Global Health journal, suggested the figure could reach 22 million by 2100. Researchers predicted the sex ratio at birth (SRB)…

Pakistan has a lot to gain from Afghan peace: US

THE US said Pakistan has a lot to gain and will continue to have a critical role in the Afghan peace process. “We do appreciate Pakistan's efforts to advance the Afghan peace process and stability in South Asia, including by encouraging the Taliban to engage in substantive negotiations,” state department…

New US programme offers refuge to more Afghans

THE US state department has announced a new programme to offer thousands of Afghans, who may be targets of Taliban violence due to their US affiliations, an opportunity to resettle as refugees. The new 'Priority Two' refugee programme, will cover Afghans who worked for US-funded projects and for US-based non-government…

Another policeman escorting polio vaccination team shot dead in Pakistan

UNIDENTIFIED gunmen shot dead a police officer escorting a team of polio workers in northwest Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Monday (2), the second such incident in two days. The unknown gunmen came on a motorcycle when the officer was joining the polio workers in the tribal district of Dera…

Ex-Canadian minister accuses Pakistan of engaging in ‘proxy war’ in…

FORMER Canadian minister Chris Alexander has accused Pakistan of being complicit in “proxy war and war crimes” and engaging in an "act of aggression" against neighbouring Afghanistan. Alexander, who served as Canada's minister of citizenship and immigration from 2013 to 2015, said in a tweet on Sunday (1), "Taliban fighters…

Pakistan government is not spokesperson for Taliban: Imran Khan

PAKISTAN’S government is not a spokesperson for the Taliban and Islamabad cannot be held responsible for the actions of the insurgent group in Afghanistan, prime minister Imran Khan has said. In his comments to Afghan media representatives that were aired on Thursday (29), Khan also said Pakistan will have good…

Road to ruin: Double tax and bandits on Pakistan-Afghan trade…

THE Taliban's capture of a key Afghan-Pakistan border post has sent trucking costs soaring, with insurgents and government officials separately taxing traders, and bandits demanding bribes to allow safe passage of goods. Thousands of vehicles cross daily from Chaman in southwestern Pakistan to Spin Boldak on the other side of…

Afghanistan will become ‘pariah state’ if Taliban seize power, says…

Afghanistan would become a "pariah state" if the Taliban take control by force, US secretary of state Antony Blinken said on Wednesday (27), as a top-level delegation from the insurgent group visited China to assure officials of their international obligations. "An Afghanistan that does not respect the rights of its…

US, India must stand together to fight ‘democratic recession’, says…

IN his first official visit to India, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday (28) issued a veiled warning about Indian democracy backsliding. Blinken told civil society groups -- his first appointment before meeting Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Modi -- that the US and India are "connected by…

Pakistan reopens Afghan border crossing at Chaman

PAKISTAN has reopened a major southwestern border crossing with Afghanistan that is currently under Taliban control on the Afghan side, Pakistani customs officials said. The measure allowed more than 100 trucks carrying goods to cross into Afghanistan. The Chaman-Spin Boldak crossing, a key port for a landlocked Afghanistan, had been…

Saudi foreign minister to visit Pakistan tomorrow

SAUDI Arabia's foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud will visit Pakistan on Tuesday (27) amid efforts to repair the relations between the two countries that faced some stress in recent times. The minister will be accompanied by a delegation comprising senior officials of the Saudi government, Pakistan's foreign office…

Afghan soldiers seek refuge in Pakistan as Taliban advances

DOZENS of Afghan soldiers sought refuge in Pakistan after losing control of military positions across the border following advances by Taliban insurgents, Pakistan's army said on Monday (26). Hundreds of Afghan army soldiers and civil officials have fled to neighbouring Tajikistan, Iran and Pakistan in recent weeks after Taliban offensives…

British restorer arrested for being part of Asian antiquities smuggling…

A BRITISH art restorer Neil Perry-Smith has been charged with being a part of an antiquities theft and trafficking racket, The Times reported. Perry-Smith, 58, was extradited to the US, following an accusation of being a member of the gang that looted and smuggled relics from Asia and sold in…

Nawaz Sharif faces flak after meeting Afghan official in London

SEVERAL Pakistani ministers have lashed out at former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for meeting Afghan national security advisor Hamdullah Mohib in London, saying the PML-N supremo is a “close friend of every enemy of Pakistan”. Afghanistan's National Security Council on its Twitter account shared a picture of Mohib and Afghan…

Bus blast probe likely to figure in China-Pakistan talks

PAKISTAN foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to discuss several bilateral issues, including the security of thousands of Chinese workers in Pakistan. The meeting has assumed significance after a blast in a bus in northwest Pakistan killed nine Chinese engineers and jolted…

Ministers, election commissioner, foreign diplomats, health experts on Pegasus list

INDIA’s information technology (IT) minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has also been reported to be on Pegasus list as one of the potential targets of Israeli phone hacking software, media reports claimed. More prominent Indian names- including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, former election commissioner Ashok Lavasa, election strategist Prashant Kishor, and Trinamool…

No evidence Afghan ambassador’s daughter was kidnapped: Pakistan

AN INVESTIGATION into the alleged kidnapping of the Afghan ambassador's daughter has found no evidence of an abduction, Pakistan's interior minister said Tuesday (20), as relations between the two countries become increasingly strained. The Afghan foreign ministry said Saturday (17) that Silsila Alikhil was riding in a taxi in Islamabad…

Pakistan seeks Afghan cooperation to probe kidnap of envoy’s daughter

PAKISTAN has said it is waiting for information from the Afghan government in an investigation into the brief kidnapping of the Afghan ambassador's daughter in Islamabad. The statement comes after Afghanistan raised questions over the credibility of the probe. Silsila Alikhil, 26, the daughter of Afghanistan's ambassador to Pakistan, told…

Body of photojournalist returns to India, hundreds attend funeral

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was buried in India's capital on Sunday (18), two days after he was killed covering fighting between Afghan security forces and the Taliban near a border crossing with Pakistan. Siddiqui, an Indian national with the Reuters news agency, was embedded with Afghan special forces in…

Recall of senior Afghan diplomats regrettable: Pakistan

PAKISTAN has termed as "unfortunate and regrettable" Afghanistan's decision to recall its ambassador and other senior diplomats from Islamabad after the alleged abduction and torture of the daughter of its envoy. It urged Kabul to reconsider the move. Pakistan's foreign office said in an overnight statement that the reported abduction…

Foreign missions in Kabul urge Taliban ceasefire

FIFTEEN diplomatic missions and the NATO representative in Kabul joined hands on Monday (19) to urge the Taliban to halt military offensives across Afghanistan, just hours after a peace meeting in Doha failed to agree on a ceasefire. A delegation of senior Afghan leaders met the Taliban's political leadership in…

Afghanistan withdraws ambassador, diplomats from Islamabad

Afghanistan has withdrawn its ambassador and diplomats from Pakistan's capital following the kidnapping of the ambassador Najib Alikhil's daughter, the Afghan foreign ministry said on Sunday (18), a new blow to relations at a sensitive time for the Afghan peace process. The daughter of Afghanistan's ambassador to Pakistan was seized…

Young Pakistani’s Taliban idealism ends with death in Afghanistan

The last time Abdul Rasheed's family saw him alive was in May, when the young Pakistani left for Afghanistan to fight for the Taliban. He returned home last week in a cardboard coffin. The militant group is waging an offensive across Afghanistan's countryside, snapping up territory and leaving the Afghan…

Week wrap (June 11-18): Highlights of the week gone by

As England heads towards end of all the Covid restrictions, excitement and confusion is building equally in the air.  Excitement over things returning to normal like pre-pandemic times and confusion over mixed messaging from the government over the use of masks and social distancing.     Here is the quick…

Daughter of Afghan envoy to Pakistan kidnapped, ‘severely tortured’

THE daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan was briefly kidnapped and “severely tortured” by unknown assailants in Islamabad, the Afghan government said on Saturday (17).   Silsila Alikhil, the daughter of Afghan envoy Najibullah Alikhel, was held for several hours on Friday (16) in Islamabad by some unidentified persons who…

‘Taxi drivers interrogated’ in abduction case of Afghan envoy’s daughter

PAKISTAN on Sunday (18) said the taxi drivers who drove the daughter of Afghan envoy before her abduction were interrogated and a first information report was registered in the case. The 26-year-old daughter of Afghanistan's ambassador to Pakistan was on Friday (16) “abducted, tortured and assaulted" by unknown persons in…

Pakistan allows thousands to cross Afghan border

PAKISTAN on Saturday (17) partially reopened its southern crossing with Afghanistan, shut off since the Taliban seized control of the strategic border town on the other side. Thousands of Afghans were left stranded in the Pakistani town of Chaman after militants captured Spin Boldak from Kabul's forces on Wednesday (14),…

US, Pakistan to be part of new quad group

THE US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan have agreed in principle to establish a new quadrilateral diplomatic platform focused on enhancing regional connectivity, the Biden administration has said. “The parties consider long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan critical to regional connectivity and agree that peace and regional connectivity are mutually reinforcing,”…

Reuters photographer Danish Siddiqui captured the people behind the story

Danish Siddiqui, the Reuters journalist killed in crossfire on Friday (16) covering the war in Afghanistan, was a largely self-taught photographer who scaled the heights of his profession while documenting wars, riots and human suffering. A native of New Delhi, Siddiqui, 38, is survived by his wife Rike and two…

Afghan forces fighting to retake Pakistan border crossing

AFGHAN forces clashed on Friday (16) with Taliban fighters in Spin Boldak after launching an operation to retake the key border crossing with Pakistan, as regional capitals stepped up efforts to get the warring sides talking. Dozens of wounded Taliban fighters were being treated at a Pakistan hospital near the…

Bangladesh executes Islamist extremist for 2005 bomb attack

BANGLADESH has executed a hardline Islamist for a 2005 bomb attack in which eight people died, officials said on Friday (16). Asaduzzaman Ponir, 37, was hanged at the high-security Kashimpur prison on Thursday (15), prison chief Mohammed Gias Uddin said. Ponir was found guilty in 2008 of organising the bombing…

India, Pakistan drawn in same group in T20 World Cup

HOSTS India were placed in the same group as arch-rivals Pakistan on Friday (16) in the Super 12 stage of the Twenty20 World Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman later this year. The arch-rivals, who play each other only in International Cricket Council (ICC) events,…

Pulitzer-winning photojournalist killed in Afghanistan

PULITZER Prize winner Danish Siddiqui, whose photographs of mass cremations and cemeteries in India during the second wave of Covid-19 were published by various media outlets worldwide, died on Friday (16) while reporting in Afghanistan's Kandahar. A photographer since 2010, Siddiqui's recent work included drone images of funeral pyres during…

EXCLUSIVE: New rules will test bowlers in the Hundred, says…

THE HUNDRED is all set to turn the cricket fever on this summer in England as the franchise-based tournament involving eight men’s and women’s teams kicks off on July 21. ECB wants the tournament to succeed as England cricket’s big names such as Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Joe Root and…

Pakistan forces use tear gas as mob attempts to cross…

PAKISTAN security forces used tear gas on Thursday (15) to disperse hundreds of people who tried to force their way across the border from Chaman to Spin Boldak in Afghanistan. Pakistan officials closed the border on Wednesday (14) after the Taliban seized Spin Boldak and raised insurgent flags above the…

UK will work with Taliban should they come to power,…

BRITISH defence secretary Ben Wallace said the United Kingdom was prepared to work with the Taliban if it enters into a power-sharing government. "Whatever the government of the day is, provided it adheres to certain international norms, the UK government will engage with it," he was quoted as saying to…

‘Won’t let Afghan situation affect Pakistan’

PAKISTAN said the federal government will ensure that the country will be insulated from fallouts if Afghanistan plunges into a civil war after a complete withdrawal of American troops. “Even if Afghanistan descends into a civil war, the government will not let the fallout affect Pakistan,” federal information and broadcasting…

Mary Akrami, fighting to keep Afghan women’s shelters open

Gathered around a tandoori oven in the kitchen of a small Kabul restaurant, a group of Afghan women prepare naan for their lunchtime customers. They are all survivors of domestic violence, and many will never be able to return to their families. Mary Akrami, the founder of the shelter where…

Afghanistan’s neighbours have constructive roles to play: US

THE US has acknowledged Pakistan’s help in its efforts to establish peace in Afghanistan, but warned that regional forces need to work “constructively” for durable security. “All of Afghanistan’s neighbours need to play a constructive role in helping bring durable political settlement as well as a comprehensive ceasefire,” US state…

Militants kill three Pakistani soldiers near Afghan border

MILITANTS killed three Pakistani soldiers close to the border with Afghanistan in the north Waziristan tribal region, security sources said on Monday (5). The militants fired on a checkpost in Spinwam district, in the latest of a spate of attacks on security forces, government officials, and suspected collaborators in north…

US includes Pakistan in ‘child soldier recruiter’ list

THE US has included Pakistan and 14 other countries in its list of Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) for having government-supported armed groups that recruit or use child soldiers. Such a designation could result in restrictions on certain security assistance and commercial licensing of military equipment. The CSPA requires publication…

Pakistan seeks ‘even-handed’ relationship with US: Imran Khan

PAKISTAN is seeking a "civilised" and "even-handed" relationship with Washington like the one that existed between the US and the UK or with India "right now", prime minister Imran Khan has said, underlining the role Islamabad could play in the region, including in Afghanistan after America leaves the war-torn country.…

‘Engage Pakistan in Afghan peace process’

A SENIOR US senator has disapproved of president Joe Biden’s perceived "unwillingness" to engage Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan and warned that the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan “will not be effective” without coordinating with Islamabad. Republican senator Lindsey Graham said it will be "disastrous" for the US to…

US to donate 16 million Covid-19 vaccines to Asia, including…

THE United States announced on Monday (21) an allocation of 16 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines for Asian countries including Sri Lanka. Approximately 16 million vaccines will be distributed among India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives, Bhutan, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, Cambodia,…

Hosting American bases may lead to revenge attacks in Pakistan:…

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan has ruled out hosting American bases in his country for military action inside war-torn Afghanistan, fearing it might lead to Pakistan being "targeted in revenge attacks" by terrorists. In an opinion piece in The Washington Post ahead of US president Joe Biden's meeting with top…

India’s presence in Afghanistan is larger than it ought to…

WITH India stepping up its diplomatic activities in Afghanistan's peace process as the US prepares for withdrawal of its troops, Pakistan has said “at times” it feels that New Delhi's presence in the war-torn country “is perhaps larger than it ought to be". Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi's remarks…

IPL return will be hard to justify for players who…

AUSTRALIA’S limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch said he was “surprised" to see some of his teammates withdraw from the country's upcoming white-ball tours and they will have a “hard time” to justify their participation in the second half of the postponed IPL 2021. Top Australian cricketers David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn…

ICC T20 Men’s World Cup: Top 6 Teams

After being postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, the ICC T20 Men’s World Cup is back with a blast in 2021. Hosted by India for the second time in a row, it is scheduled for October and November 2021. The 9 top ICC-ranked teams, 8 of which have fought…

Imran Khan may visit Britain in July: report

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan may visit the United Kingdom in July to discuss strategic relationships and bilateral cooperation with his British counterpart Boris Johnson, according to a media report. A meeting between the two prime ministers may coincide with the white ball cricket series between Pakistan and England next…

Attack on polio vaccine team kills two policemen in Pakistan

TWO policemen were shot dead while escorting a polio vaccination team in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday (9), the second such attack this year. Healthcare workers flanked by security detail were going door to door in a village near the city of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province when they came under…

UK offers condolences to Pakistan after deadly train accident 

BRITAIN’S prime minister Boris Johnson expressed his condolences over the loss of life in a train collision in Pakistan on Monday (8).  More than 63 people died in a double train accident on Monday in a remote part of southern Sindh province.  The Millat Express was heading from Karachi to…

Pakistan remains US focus for base after pullout from Afghanistan:…

THE US is still focusing on Pakistan for a military base after American troops leave Afghanistan this year, although no substantial progress has been made in the negotiations between the two countries, according to a media report. Pakistan effectively demanded that the American military or CIA need its approval for…

India joins UN Economic and Social Council for 2022-24 term

INDIA has been elected to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the six main arms of the United Nations, for the 2022-24 term. The country was elected in the Asia-Pacific States category along with Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Oman in the elections held on Monday (7). The council having…

Sri Lanka added to UK’s ‘red list’

SRI LANKA was last week included in the ‘red list’ of Britain, along with seven other countries. Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sudan, and Trinidad & Tobago are the other six countries added to the red list last Thursday (3). The UK government also announced that as part of a limited…

Pakistan seeks Afghan settlement before foreign troop pullout: Khan

Prime minister Imran Khan said Pakistan is pushing for a political settlement in Afghanistan before foreign troops leave later this year, to reduce the risk of civil war in its western neighbour. The United States has said it will withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan on Sept. 11 after a…

Bangladesh on US’s global vaccine sharing list

THE US will share approximately seven million doses of Covid-19 vaccines with Asian countries, including Bangladesh, it has emerged. The administration of president Joe Biden has unveiled plans to share at least 80 million US vaccine doses globally by the end of June. Initially, it will share 25 million doses…

Imran Khan: Ready for talks if India gives roadmap to…

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan said he will resume talks with India if New Delhi provides a roadmap towards restoring the previous status of Kashmir. India and Pakistan control parts of Kashmir but claim it in full. In 2019, India withdrew Jammu and Kashmir's autonomy, sparking outrage in Pakistan, the…

Pakistan, China, Afghanistan FMs meet virtually to discuss Afghan peace

THE fourth virtual trilateral meeting of Foreign Ministers (FM) of Pakistan, China, and Afghanistan will take place on Thursday (3) to discuss the Afghan peace. The Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said "Pakistan had been making efforts for peace and stability in the region in light of prime minister…

Biden orders internal review of US-Pakistan ties

US PRESIDENT Joe Biden has ordered an internal review on US-Pakistan ties, a media report said. Biden is seeking fresh input to understand where Pakistan-US ties stand at the moment and what is the way forward, The Express Tribune said. He ordered a review to avoid having a biased approach…

Visa boost for non-UK troops

THOUSANDS of non-UK service personnel who have served in the Army, Royal Navy, or Royal Air Force for at least 12 years may soon have their costs of applying to settle in Britain waived off if proposals are approved by ministers. Under a draft policy proposal by the Ministry of…

Pakistan seeks bilateral cooperation from US on trade and business 

PAKISTAN is eyeing a “paradigm shift” in its relationship with the US, according to a local media report. On Sunday (23), Pakistan’s newly appointed national security adviser, Dr Moeed Yusuf, met his US counterpart, Jake Sullivan, in Geneva to present the ‘Pakistani plan’, which will see a shift away from…

Taliban warns Afghan neighbours against allowing US bases

THE TALIBAN warned Afghanistan's neighbours on Wednesday (26) against allowing the United States to operate military bases on their soil, with the insurgents insisting they would thwart any such "heinous and provocative acts". Washington is in the final stages of withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, and a flurry of diplomatic…

Midnight’s Borders: Author reveals tales from India’s disputed lands

by LAUREN CODLING AN AUTHOR has reflected upon her eight-year journey across India’s disputed land borders, meeting individuals affected by the divisions. Described as the “first true people’s history of modern India”, Midnight’s Borders explores the untold stories of those affected by the country’s many contested borders. From Pakistan to…

US security assistance to Pakistan remains suspended, says John Kirby

AMERICAN has not reinstated its security assistance to Pakistan, following its suspension by the administration of previous US president Donald Trump, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby has said on Monday (24). Kirby added that he would not speculate if the decision would change in future. Recently, US defence secretary Lloyd…

Pakistan says no US military base exists on its soil

PAKISTAN has categorically denied the presence of any US military or airbase on its soil. No proposal for a US military base in Pakistan is envisaged, foreign affairs ministry spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudri said, adding that although cooperation in terms of “air and ground lines of communication” has existed between…

China says economic corridor project has no bearing on Kashmir…

CHINA on Monday (24) defended its controversial $60 billion (£42 bn) CPEC project with Pakistan despite India's protests, saying it is an economic initiative and has not affected its principled stand on Kashmir. Chinese and Pakistani leaders have praised the progress of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in recent days…

Rare Persian leopard pair sighted in Pakistan

A pair of rare Persian leopards sighted in Pakistan for the first time last year have been filmed and photographed in the wild, officials said Friday (21). Sharifuddin Baloch, a senior conservation official in Balochistan province, said the pair were first spotted by rangers in the Hazarganji Wildlife Park six…

Explosion kills six in Pakistan’s Balochistan province

A BOMB exploded in Chaman in Pakistan’s Balochistan province on Friday (21), killing at least six people and wounding 14 others. The incident took place during a Palestine solidarity rally organised by the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam - Nazaryati (JUI) at Murghi Bazaar of Chaman near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. JUI leaders Abdul…

India to play extra games in Sri Lanka to ease…

INDIA has agreed to play more games on its tour of Sri Lanka in July to help overcome the national board's financial losses from the coronavirus, a top official said Thursday (20). Sri Lanka will also ask other visiting teams to play extra games to boost television revenues, said Shammi…

Australia hoping for ‘full crowds’ for Ashes series

CRICKET AUSTRALIA is hoping for packed stadiums for this year's Ashes series even if England's "Barmy Army" of travelling fans are unlikely to get into the country, interim chief executive Nick Hockley said on Wednesday (19). The schedule for Australia's 2021-22 home season was confirmed on Wednesday (19) with a…

Blasphemy: 36 arrested in Pakistan for attacking police station

PAKISTANI police have arrested 36 men on charges of attacking a police station in a bid to lynch two brothers held in custody for allegedly desecrating a mosque, officials said. A mob broke into the police station on the outskirts of capital Islamabad on Monday (17), resulting in hours of…

China offers to host Afghan peace talks, backs leading role…

CHINA, which has stepped up its diplomacy between Pakistan and Afghanistan in the wake of the US troops’ withdrawal from the war-torn country, has offered to host peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, who in the last two days held telephone talks…

Pakistan imposes Eid holiday shutdown as virus cases soar

Pakistan on Saturday began a nine-day shutdown affecting travel and tourist hotspots in a bid to prevent a surge in Covid-19 cases during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Already battling a third wave of infections and increasingly nervous about the crisis across the border in India, the government has…

Sadiq Khan: London’s feisty mayor wins second term

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who won re-election on Saturday, has risen from humble roots to spar with prime ministers and presidents since taking charge of the British capital five years ago. The 50-year-old Labour party politician, a former human rights lawyer brought up on a London public housing complex, won…

Pakistan says 4 soldiers killed in ambush by Afghan militants…

FOUR Pakistani soldiers were killed and six others were wounded along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Wednesday (5) in an ambush by militants from Afghanistan, Pakistan's military said, as the soldiers were doing controversial border fencing work. The soldiers were working on fencing along the border in Zhob district, an area…

Delhi go top of IPL, Sunrisers’ Buttler hits maiden T20…

Delhi Capitals climbed to the top of the Indian Premier League with a seven-wicket win over Punjab Kings on Sunday after Rajasthan Royals' Jos Buttler struck his maiden Twenty20 century. Victory took 2020 runners-up Delhi two points above Chennai Super Kings, who have a game in hand. Punjab suffered a…

Ten years after his death, Bin Laden still haunts Pakistan

Children play cricket in a patch of scorched grass and scattered rubble in Abbottabad -- all that remains of the final lair of the man who was once the most wanted person on the planet. It was in this Pakistani city that Osama bin Laden was killed in the clandestine…

‘Scapegoat’: The lonely life of doctor who helped pinpoint Bin…

Dismissed as a traitor in Pakistan but lauded as a hero by the United States, Shakeel Afridi is paying a heavy price for his role in bringing an end to Osama Bin Laden. A decade after the Al-Qaeda chief was gunned down by a team of Navy Seals, there is…

Ex CIA chief Brennan on getting Bin Laden: high doubts,…

On the eve of the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the CIA told president Barack Obama they had the best lead in years to find the mastermind, Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. They had tracked a high-level Al Qaeda courier to a house in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and…

Pakistan Taliban claim deadly blast at luxury hotel

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility on Thursday for a deadly suicide blast at a luxury hotel hosting the Chinese ambassador in the southwest of the country, as officials raised the death toll to five. Beijing said it strongly condemned the attack, although the Taliban said Pakistan security officials were the…

Quitting the Great Game

By Amit Roy NOW that the US and the UK have announced they are to withdraw all their remain­ing troops out of Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, the chances are the Taliban will eventually makes its way back to power. As a consequence, girls will be stopped from going to…

Livin’ on a prayer: Champion Pakistan Koran reader in full…

To master the art of Koran recitation, 21-year-old Hassan Ali Kasi had to follow a strict regime of yoga, hours of rehearsing vocal scales -- and a total ban on biryani. His dedication is paying off, and he was recently named champion of an international online qari competition hosted by…

Queen stands alone as her ‘strength’ Philip is laid to…

QUEEN ELIZABETH and her family paid their last respects to Prince Philip at a funeral on Saturday (17) that celebrated his naval past, his international heritage and seven decades of service in which he helped guide the queen through repeated crises. Elizabeth, dressed in black and in a white trimmed…

Queen to bid farewell to Prince Philip

QUEEN will bid a final farewell to Prince Philip, her husband of more than seven decades, at a ceremonial funeral on Saturday (17), with the nation set to hold a minute's silence to mark the passing of a pivotal figure in the British monarchy. The coffin of Philip, who died…

Removal of US, NATO troops from Afghanistan may cause ‘tremendous…

INDIA could face the possible consequences of a resurgent Taliban after US and NATO troops leave Afghanistan by September, experts have cautioned, as they noted the likelihood of the war-torn country being used as a safe abode by terrorists. US president Joe Biden said on Wednesday (14) that all American…

Biden warns Taliban, presses Pakistan as he announces Afghan exit

US president Joe Biden has said India, Pakistan, Russia, China, and Turkey have a significant stake in the stable future of Afghanistan. Biden added that these regional stakeholders should do more to bring peace in this war-torn country, from where he will withdraw all American troops by September 11. Notably…

UAE is mediating between India and Pakistan, says senior diplomat

THE United Arab Emirates' (UAE) envoy to Washington confirmed the Gulf state is mediating between India and Pakistan to help the nuclear-armed rivals reach a 'healthy and functional' relationship. Top intelligence officers from India and Pakistan held secret talks in Dubai in January in a new effort to calm military…

US blacklists ‘human smuggling’ Abid Ali Khan transnational criminal organization

THE US has imposed sanctions on an alleged Pakistan-based human smuggling organisation, accusing it of being involved in smuggling migrants to the US, including foreign nationals that may pose a national security risk. The move comes as a sharp increase in apprehensions on the US-Mexico border has posed one of…

Middlesex’s diversity plan

County to focus on addressing bias and ensuring inclusion in squad By Sattwik Biswal MIDDLESEX Cricket became one of the first clubs in county cricket to launch a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Activation plan, with an aim to ensure broad diversity of the many communities at the club. The launch…

Musician Baluji Shrivastav reveals the challenges vision-impaired artists face

AN INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed Indian musician has spoken about the difficulties faced by visually impaired artists, revealing his own struggles after he lost his sight when he was an infant. Award-winning performer Baluji Shrivastav has released 12 albums during his extensive career and has become known as one of the world’s…

Pakistan lifts ban on cotton, sugar imports from arch-rival India…

Pakistan lifted a nearly two-year ban on sugar and cotton imports from arch-rival India on Wednesday, the finance minister said, a step towards reviving suspended trade between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. Pakistan's Economic Coordination Council (ECC), a top decision-making body, allowed the private sector to import 0.5 million tonnes of…

Pakistan lifts ban on Indian cotton, sugar imports after two…

PAKISTAN lifted a nearly two-year old ban on Indian sugar and cotton imports, government sources said, a step towards reviving suspended trade between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. Pakistan's Economic Coordination Council, a top decision-making body, on Wednesday (31) allowed the private sector to import 0.5 million tonnes of white sugar…

British-born man convicted and acquitted of Daniel Pearl murder to…

A British-born militant sentenced to death for the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl was ordered to be let out of prison Thursday (25) by Pakistan's Supreme Court in the latest twist to a legal saga spanning nearly two decades. The court said, however, that Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh should…

World Bank rolls out vaccine funds for impoverished Asian nations

THE World Bank has announced financing for Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal to vaccinate their populations against Covid-19. Afghanistan will receive $113 million -- including $60 million from the International Development Association (IDA), part of the Washington-based development lender that helps the world's poorest nations -- to "deploy safe and effective…

Covid-19 may have contributed to 228,000 child deaths in South…

THE coronavirus pandemic may have indirectly contributed to around 228,000 additional child deaths in 2020, 11,000 maternal fatalities and 3.5 million unwanted pregnancies in South Asia, the UN said in a report. The study commissioned by UNICEF blamed 'drastic cuts in the availability and use of essential public health services'…

Imran Khan urges India to reciprocate as his country ‘did…

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan has said that his government, after coming to power in 2018, did everything for better ties with India and it was for India to reciprocate. While delivering the inaugural address at the launch of the two-day Islamabad security dialogue, Khan added that India would reap…

US envoy meets Pakistan army chief to discuss Afghan peace…

The US special envoy for Afghanistan and the commander of NATO forces there met Pakistan's army chief on Monday to discuss the Afghan peace process at a pivotal juncture for the stalled negotiations. Pakistan is the third country that US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has visited in the last week…

India’s two-day win is bad for Test cricket, pundits say

Victorious India and dejected England players took a rest on Friday on what should have been the third day of a key five-day clash, with warnings that the speed of the result had tarnished the Test format. New spin hero Axar Patel took 11 wickets in two innings as India…

US, Pakistan generals discuss Biden’s potential Afghanistan withdrawal

Senior US and Pakistani military officials spoke in Islamabad on Friday about the possibility of postponing the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, a move currently under review by US president Joe Biden's administration. The meeting comes with the US expected to announce in the coming days whether it will…

Pressure grows to end ‘virginity tests’ in Pakistan rape cases

It is two months since Shazia underwent a so-called virginity test during a rape examination at a Karachi hospital, but the Pakistani teenager is still visibly traumatised. She winces as she describes how the doctor carried out the "two-finger test" (TFT), in which a doctor inserts fingers into the vagina,…

Eight overseas players in highest bracket for IPL auction

Eight overseas players and two Indian players have chosen to be slotted in the highest bracket of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction with a base price of two crore rupees ($275,000), India's cricket board (BCCI) said on Thursday. Australia's Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, England's Moeen Ali, Sam Billings,…

WE’RE COMING FOR YOU: Met chief warns Asian drug criminals,…

Exclusive By Barnie Choudhury A senior police chief has warned south Asian drug gangsters “we will get you”. Eastern Eye can exclusively reveal that 1,710 Asians are currently in jail for drug related crimes – an overrepresentation of three times their number in the nation’s population. In an exclusive interview,…

Pakistani activist fears for father after jailing

A prominent Pakistani activist who fled into exile voiced fear on Wednesday for the life of her father, saying he was thrown back in jail in what she sees as retribution for her outspokenness. Gulalai Ismail, who won international recognition for her campaigns for girls before falling afoul with authorities,…

Pakistan coal miners relucant to work after Hazara killings

Thousands of miners have stopped work and many have fled Pakistan's restive Balochistan province since insurgents killed 10 Hazara workers at a colliery last month, officials said Thursday. Labour organisations and government officials said up to 15,000 workers had downed tools since the murder of the Hazara group, forcing around…

‘Reassessing Bose’s legacy must include younger generation of Asians’

By Suhas Khale WHY are we talking about Sub­has Chandra Bose on his 124th birth anniversary? British war-time leader Sir Winston Churchill once fa­mously said history was going to be kind to him as he was go­ing to write it. After the Second World War, history was written by British…

Wants To Know About Weeds and Some Coveted Strains

Do you know there are several types of weeds available in the market? Yes, certain types of weed strains you will get at the online marijuana market or local stores. The various weeds varied in features are due to the type of weed plant they come from. It also shows…

Pakistan’s Amir to play for London Spirit in new Hundred…

Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir will play for Lord's-based London Spirit in this year's debut season of English cricket's Hundred competition, it was announced on Tuesday. He will be joined by Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi, with another overseas all-rounder, South Africa's Chloe Tryon, signing for the Spirit's women's team. The coronavirus forced…

World leaders congratulate US president Biden

World leaders said they were looking forward to working with Joe Biden, the Democrat sworn in as US president on Wednesday (20) after four turbulent years under Donald Trump. - Britain - Prime minister Boris Johnson, who has faced criticism over his close relationship with Trump, said he was looking…

Kusum Foundation continues to provide services in Bihar despite the…

A non government organisation, which provides vocational skills to underprivileged students in India’s Bihar state, has described how it continued to provide services in the community despite the coronavirus pandemic. The Kusum Foundation, founded in 2008 by London-based banking professional Dr Anand Kumar, focuses on empowering the youth who live…

Shiites mourn miners killed in Pakistan attack claimed by Islamic…

Islamic State (Daesh) claimed responsibility for an attack on Sunday (3) that killed 11 miners from Pakistan’s minority Shi’ite Hazaras in Baluchistan province. The attack took place early on Sunday morning in the Mach area of Bolan district around 100 kms southeast of Baluchistan's capital Quetta, killing the miners who…

Pakistan arrests alleged militant group leader on terrorism financing charge

PAKISTAN on Saturday(2) arrested a man accused of being a leader of an Islamist militant group blamed by the US and India for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, a counter-terrorism official said. The arrest is in relation to terrorism financing, the official said, and not a specific militant attack. "Proscribed organisation…

More than 50 countries launch Covid-19 vaccination campaigns

Around 50 countries around the world have already started vaccinating their people against Covid-19, barely a year after the first alert by China signalled the start of the epidemic. A snapshot: - China leads the way - China, where the pandemic first emerged, was also the first to start vaccinations…

Virat Kohli named cricketer of the decade

India captain Virat Kohli was named the ICC's male cricketer of the decade on Monday as Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry swept the top women's awards. Kohli and Perry were the big winners in the International Cricket Council's Awards of the Decade, while Australian batsman Steve Smith was crowned the best…

Pakistan court orders release of mastermind behind Daniel Pearl murder

A court in Pakistan on Thursday (24) ordered the release of a British-born militant convicted of murdering American journalist Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and beheaded in the southern city of Karachi in 2002. The decision by Sindh High Court comes months after it sparked outrage for overturning the murder…

Ishant expects ‘bowler’s captain’ Rahane to fill India’s Kohli void

Ajinkya Rahane is a "bowler's captain" whose calm leadership will come in handy in India's bid to bounce back in the four-test series against Australia, seamer Ishant Sharma said. Regular skipper Virat Kohli left Australia to attend the birth of his first child after India's eight-wicket humiliation in the series-opener…

Johnson will visit India in January to boost trade ties;…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson will travel to India in January, his first bilateral visit since taking office, to try to strengthen trade and investment ties and work together on tackling climate change, his office said on Tuesday(15). He also accepted his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi's invitation to be the…

‘UN sides ‘abrahamic’ religions; fails to acknowledge violence against Buddhism,…

INDIA alleged that the UN general assembly has failed to acknowledge the rising hatred and violence against Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism. Ashish Sharma, first secretary in India's permanent mission to the UN,  said that while India fully agrees that anti-Semitism, Islamaphobia and anti-Christian acts need to be condemned, UN resolutions…

Appeal opens against acquittal of Briton convicted in Daniel Pearl…

An appeal against the controversial acquittal of a British-born militant convicted of murdering American journalist Daniel Pearl opened at a Pakistani court on Tuesday (1). A Karachi court sparked outrage earlier this year when it overturned the 2002 murder conviction of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, and acquitted three other men…

Pakistan court opens appeal against acquittal of British-born militant convicted…

AN appeal against the controversial acquittal of a British-born militant convicted of murdering American journalist Daniel Pearl opened at a Pakistani court on Tuesday (1). A Karachi court sparked outrage earlier this year when it overturned the 2002 murder conviction of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, and acquitted three other men…

Torbaaz trailer: This Sanjay Dutt starrer looks like an interesting…

Murtuza Iqbal Sanjay Dutt and Nargis Fakhri starrer Torbaaz has been in the pipeline for the past couple of years. The film was reportedly slated to release last year. However, now, like many other movies, Torbaaz will be getting a direct-to-digital release on Netflix. Today, the makers have released the…

Barber charts Modi’s journey as leader who inspires millions

  By Amit Roy IN HIS just-published diaries, Lionel Bar­ber, who enjoyed a long stint as editor of the Financial Times from 2005 to 2020, has written about three trips to India and meeting some of the country’s most pow­erful figures, including Narendra Modi. The first time was in 2013…

Pakistan’s ‘university of jihad’ proud of Taliban alumni

Maulana Yousaf Shah cracks a wide smile as he rattles off a list of former students turned Taliban leaders, revelling in their victories over superpowers on Afghanistan's battlefields after graduating from Pakistan's "university of jihad". The Darul Uloom Haqqania seminary has churned out a who's who of Taliban top brass…

‘Biden admin likely to be pragmatic in dealing with Pakistan,…

The Biden administration is likely to be pragmatic in its dealings with Pakistan, pressing Islamabad to act on terrorism related issues and support America's endeavours for peace in Afghanistan, according to a former top Pakistani diplomat. There may be a resumption of the strategic dialogue process with Pakistan, but it…

World leaders congratulate Biden, focus on unity

World leaders rushed to congratulate US president-elect Joe Biden, with many expressing hopes of unity and cooperation following four years of explosive Donald Trump diplomacy. While Trump refused to accept the results of the election, many world leaders made it clear they backed the announcement that Biden had won with…

Imran Khan says he will upgrade status of part of…

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan said on Sunday (1) his government will give provisional provincial status to part of Kashmir, drawing condemnation from India, which has long objected to any such changes by Islamabad. Khan's proposal would apply to Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan's only land link to China, which is the northern…

France’s Macron seeks to calm tensions with Muslims

President Emmanuel Macron sought to calm flaring tensions with Muslims around the world on Saturday (31), telling an Arab TV channel he understood that caricatures of the prophet Mohammed could be shocking while lashing out at "lies" that the French state was behind them. France is on edge after the…

Afghan accused of kidnapping American journalist sent to US for…

An Afghan man accused of kidnapping an American journalist and two Afghan civilians in 2008 was arrested and extradited from Ukraine to the United States for trial, US authorities said on Wednesday (28). Haji Najibullah, 44, "arranged to kidnap at gunpoint an American journalist and two other men, and held…

India, US ask Pakistan not to allow its soil to…

India and the US on Tuesday (27) strongly condemned cross border terrorism in all its forms and asked Pakistan to take "immediate, sustained and irreversible" action to ensure that no territory under its control is used for launching terror attacks. The issue of cross-border terrorism figured in the third edition…

Huge anti-France rally in Bangladesh as Macron backlash widens

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the Bangladesh capital on Tuesday in the biggest anti-France rally since president Emmanuel Macron defended cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed. Muslims across the world have reacted furiously to Macron's robust defence of the right to mock religion following the murder of a French…

Bomb blast at a religious school in Pakistan kills seven

A bomb blast at a religious seminary in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday(27)  killed at least seven people and wounded more than 80, police and hospital officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bomb in the northwestern city, near the border with Afghanistan, which…

At least 11 Afghan women killed in stampede near Pakistan…

At least 11 women were killed Wednesday in a stampede in an Afghan football stadium where thousands had gathered to apply for visas at a nearby Pakistan consulate, officials said. Many people were trampled at the stadium in the city of Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, with 10…

‘EXPECT MORE WARS & MIGRANTS TO UK’

Fears of 650 job losses for Asian and black civil servants in former foreign aid department EXCLUSIVE By Barnie Choudhury THE UK government is “shooting itself in the foot” and is in danger of creating a less stable world. That is the warning from Britain’s former most senior Asian civil…

At least six killed in attack on Pakistan oil workers:…

At least six people were killed on Thursday when a convoy of oil workers was ambushed by gunmen in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province, officials said. The province, bordering Afghanistan and Iran, is the poorest in the country despite being rich with oil and gas, and remains home to Islamist, separatist…

Afghan cricketer Tarakai,29, dies in road accident

Afghanistan top order batsman Najeeb Tarakai has died from injuries following a road accident last week, the country's cricket board said on Tuesday(6). The 29-year-old was critically injured in the accident on Friday(2), the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said without sharing details. "ACB ... mourns the heartbreaking & grievous loss…

Spin hero Khan pays tribute to late mother, his ‘biggest…

An emotional Rashid Khan dedicated his man-of-the-match performance to his mother, who died earlier this year, after he bowled Sunrisers Hyderabad to their first win of the Indian Premier League. The Afghan leg-spinner took 3-14 from his four overs to restrict Delhi Capitals to 147 for seven in their chase…

Afghan official Abdullah in Pakistan for talks on peace bid

Senior Afghan peace official Abdullah Abdullah arrived in Pakistan on Monday (28) for meetings in a country seen as vital to the success of Afghan talks aimed at ending decades of war. During his three-day visit to Islamabad, Abdullah, a former foreign minister and chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for…

Daesh offshoots continue to grow globally even after Syria rout:…

DAESH continues to expand globally with about 20 offshoots, despite being crushed in Syria, a top US counter-terror official has said. The Islamic State group "has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to rebound from severe losses over the past six years by relying on a dedicated cadre of veteran mid-level commanders,…

From King Kohli to Afghan spin wizard: five to watch…

The Indian Premier League starts on Saturday (19), five months late and shifted to the United Arab Emirates because of the coronavirus pandemic. We highlight five players to watch in the 53-day Twenty20 extravaganza. - Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore) - Captain Kohli will be key to Royal Challengers Bangalore's…

Historic Afghan peace talks begin in Doha, 19 years after…

PEACE talks opened between the Taliban and the Afghan government on Saturday (12), with the warring parties meeting face to face in Qatar even as violence continued on the ground in Afghanistan. Abdullah Abdullah, the former chief executive for Afghanistan who is heading the peace process for Kabul, called for…

Trump set to announce US troop withdrawals from Iraq, Afghanistan

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump is expected to announce further troop withdrawals on Wednesday (9) from Afghanistan and from Iraq, where several thousand US troops hunting down jihadist sleeper cells have faced increasing attacks blamed on pro-Iran factions. The deadly bomb and rocket attacks have put additional pressure on Iraqi Prime…

Marble quarry collapse in remote Pakistan kills at least 17

A collapse at a marble quarry in a remote area of Pakistan has killed at least 17 people, and 11 others are missing, police said, adding that the terrain may have been unstable due to the use of heavy explosives used to break apart the stone. Rescue workers, including Pakistani…

Assange extradition hearing resumes in London

Supporters of Julian Assange on Monday(7) protested outside a London courtroom, calling for the WikiLeaks founder not to be extradited to the US for leaking secrets about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many brandished placards reading "Don't Extradite Assange" and "Journalism is not a crime!", as the 49-year-old Australian…

First British South Asian Youth Summit calls for ‘decolonisation’ of…

THE inaugural British South Asian Youth Summit, hosted virtually by lawmaker Virendra Sharma, concluded with a joint declaration calling for the "decolonisation" of education in the UK. The summit, which concluded South Asian Heritage Month in the UK last week, was supported by the Indian High Commission in London and…

Taliban political team in Pakistan to talk Afghan peace push

A Taliban political team arrived in Pakistan on Monday (24) as efforts appear to be ramping up to get negotiations underway between the Afghan government and the insurgents. The start of the talks, envisaged under a US-Taliban peace agreement signed in February, was hampered by a series of delays that…

Pakistan sanctions Taliban to avoid global finance blacklist

PAKISTAN issued sweeping financial sanctions against Afghanistan’s Taliban, just as the militant group is in the midst of US-led peace process in the neighboring country. The orders, which were made public late on Friday (21), identified dozens of individuals, including the Taliban’s chief peace negotiator Abdul Ghani Baradar and several…

BBC’s ‘modern’ Sherlock has royal stamp of approval

By Amit Roy SHERLOCK HOLMES is widely recognised as being a great detective in literary fiction but which actor has been best at representing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation? This question has come up for debate because Royal Mail has brought out a set of 10 new stamps to mark…

Modi enjoys twin triumphs for India’s Hindu nationalists

NARENDRA MODI will on Wednesday (5) lay the foundation for a temple at a flashpoint holy site exactly a year after imposing direct rule on Muslim-majority Kashmir -- twin triumphs for his Hindu nationalist government. The site of Ayodhya and divided Kashmir have been two of the most divisive communal…

UK envoy to India, Sir Philip Barton, named as chief…

SIR Philip Barton, the UK’s High Commissioner to India based in New Delhi, was on Monday (3) promoted as a minister in the newly formed Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. "I am delighted that Sir Philip has been successfully selected as the Permanent Under-Secretary of the new Foreign, Commonwealth and…

India’s greatest movie turns 60

REMARKABLE STORY OF THE MUGHAL-E-AZAM MASTERPIECE AND ITS INCREDIBLE LEGACY by ASJAD NAZIR THIS week marks the 60th anniversary of Bollywood’s greatest film K Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam, which smashed box office records and set new benchmarks when it released to great fanfare on August 5, 1960. The K Asif directed epic…

103-year-old Pakistani man survives COVID-19

A 103-year-old man has recovered from COVID-19 in Pakistan to become one of the oldest survivors of the disease in the world, beating the odds in a country with a weak healthcare system, his relatives and doctors said. Aziz Abdul Alim, a resident of a village in the mountainous northern…

Afghan Sikhs, Hindus arrive in India after deadly attack

Sikh and Hindu Afghans, most reportedly family members of people killed in an attack on a Kabul temple earlier this year, arrived in India Sunday on special visas, the foreign ministry said. At least 25 people died in the mass shooting at a Sikh-Hindu temple in Afghanistan's capital in March…