Rohingya still in Myanmar face ‘threat of genocide’: United Nations

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who remain inside Myanmar face systematic persecution and are living under the threat of genocide, a UN fact-finding mission said on Monday, repeating calls for top generals to face trial. Myanmar security forces are accused of killings, gang rape and arson during a crackdown that drove more than 730,000 […]

Modi didn’t ask me to return Zakir Naik: Mahathir Mohamad

MALAYSIAN prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday (17) said that his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi did not request the extradition of Zakir Naik, wanted in India for money laundering and terror-related charges, and his country is looking for a place to send the radical preacher. Naik, a 53-year-old radical television preacher, left India in 2016 […]

Blasphemy accusation in Pakistan sparks ransacking of Hindu temple, school

A CROWD in Pakistan ransacked a school and Hindu temple after a Hindu principal was accused of blasphemy, police said on Monday (16), the latest case to raise concern about the fate of religious minorities in the predominantly Muslim country. The violence erupted in the southern province of Sindh after a student accused the Hindu […]

Malala urges UN to help Kashmiri children go back to school

Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani education rights activist Malala Yousafzai has urged the UN to work towards peace in Kashmir and help children in the Valley to go back to school. Taking to Twitter, Malala, 22, said she was deeply concerned about reports that Kashmiri students “have not been able to attend schools for […]

Pakistan’s Khan calls Modi ‘cowardly’, vows to raise Kashmir at UN

Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan branded his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi “cowardly” on Friday (13) and promised to raise New Delhi’s decision to strip Indian Kashmir of its autonomy at next week’s UN General Assembly session. Khan, speaking to a crowd of around three thousand supporters at a rally in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, warned that Modi’s […]

Bangladesh prime minister blames Myanmar for Rohingya repatriation failure

Bangladesh’s prime minister has blamed Myanmar for the failure of a recent attempt to repatriate Rohingya refugees, saying its neighbouring country did not do enough to win the community’s trust. The comments from Sheikh Hasina came three weeks after a fresh push to return the Muslim minority to Myanmar’s conflict-scarred Rakhine state that fell flat […]

Pakistani court constitutes two-member bench to hear Nawaz Sharif’s conviction

A Pakistani court has constituted a two-member bench to hear an appeal of jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif against his conviction in the Al-Azizia corruption case, a media report said on Tuesday. The bench constituted by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) consists of Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani that will hear […]

Pakistan warns of genocide in Kashmir, expects no talks with India

Pakistan’s foreign minister told the United Nations human rights forum on Tuesday (11) that India’s military presence in the disputed Muslim-majority territory of Kashmir raised the spectre of genocide. India, which stripped Kashmir of its autonomy on August 5th, in response accused Pakistan of “offensive rhetoric..of false allegations and concocted charges” against it. India and […]

Trump reiterates offer to help India, Pakistan ‘if they want’

The relationship between India and Pakistan is “less heated” now than what it was two weeks ago, US president Donald Trump has said, reiterating his offer to help the two South Asian neighbours only if both of them want. The comments by Trump were his first since his meeting with prime minister Narendra Modi on […]

Pakistan denies use of airspace to Indian president

Pakistan on Saturday (7) said it had denied India’s president Ram Nath Kovind permission to fly through its airspace — access to which is usually granted — due to New Delhi’s recent “behaviour”. The decision comes at a time of high tension between the two nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours over the disputed Himalayan region of […]