Armed Groups in Libya Torturing Migrants, Selling Slaves, U.N. Says

Seven years after the U.S. and NATO-led effort to remove Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, armed groups are committing human rights abuses and people are being sold in slave markets, according to United Nations officials. Andrew Gilmour, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, said the situation in Libya has not improved since Gaddafi was toppled […]

Biennale Festival 2018 Aims to Revive Lahore’s Reputation as a Cultural Capital

Pakistan’s first-ever Biennale festival is in full swing at seven major avenues that engage with the city’s Mughal, colonial, and modern layers. The festival started on March 18th in Punjab capital Lahore with the support of the provincial government and other sponsors. Over 50 artists and collectives are participating in the biennale, including those based […]

‘Staged Encounter Specialist’ Rao Anwar’s Arrest and the Killing Fields of Karachi

1. Who was hiding Rao Anwar? 2. How he got to the Supreme Court? 3. Why no handcuffs were put on him? 4. Will case be limited to Naqeebullah’s murder or all encounters will be investigated? Former rogue Sindh Police official Rao Anwar, who is being investigated for his suspected involvement in the extrajudicial killing […]

South Indian Leader Wants Separation From India, Welcomes Demands for ‘Dravida Nadu’

NEWS ANALYSIS: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president M. K. Stalin on Friday said he would welcome demands for the southern States to come together for ‘Dravida Nadu’. The statement by the leader has raised the specter of Southern India secessionism in the minds of many northerners. At a press conference addressed by Mr. Stalin […]

FBI Catches Students Selling Drugs in Bitcoins on Silk Road, the Underground Marketplace on Dark Web

Five Manchester University students are facing jail after the FBI caught them selling $1million in Ecstasy, ketamine and LSD to dark web users in New Zealand and across the globe. The group, led by a former grammar school pupil, sold the drugs in Bitcoin in a bid to cover their tracks and make it harder […]

Clean Belt and Road: China Establishes New Super Anti-Graft Agency

IRSHAD SALIM: China’s National People’s Congress on Tuesday wrapped up a historic legislative session that voted to amend the constitution, scrap presidential term limits and grant President Xi Jinping a mandate to rule indefinitely– his new term ends in 2023. The two-week annual session also paved the way for Xi to become China’s most powerful […]

The U.S., Turkey Alliance: Elephants in the Room

If the United States and Turkey part ways, Tehran, Moscow, and Beijing will not be the culprits but will certainly be the beneficiaries. The temptation is strong in Washington to simply jettison the foundering alliance with Turkey — as was recently done with Pakistan — and even to impose sanctions on Ankara for its actions. […]

Supreme Court Imposes Three-Month Ban on Dr Shahid Masood TV Show

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a three-month ban on Dr Shahid Masood’s popular current affairs TV talk show and asked him to submit a written apology also to the court. The ban was announced by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar hearing case pertaining to allegations made […]

PSL 2018: Peshawar Zalmi Beat Quetta Gladiators in Last-Ball Thriller

Peshawar Zalmi survive Quetta all-rounder Anwar Ali’s onslaught to scrape home by one run in PSL Eliminator Peshawar Zalmi defeated Quetta Gladiators by just one run in a tense Eliminator of the Pakistan Super League to inch closer to a spot in the final at Karachi on March 25. Quetta all-rounder Anwar Ali launched a […]

Pakistan Is Racing to Combat the World’s First Extensively Drug-Resistant Typhoid Outbreak

Infectious disease experts say Pakistan is in the grip of the world’s first outbreak of XDR typhoid, and they suspect the country’s abysmal sewage and water systems are the root cause for its spread. Pakistan is one of the few places where typhoid– the bacterial infection, remains endemic. Just over half a million people a […]

Scientists Studied 1,825 Trump Supporters and Found Something Disturbing

A groundbreaking new study has confirmed that Donald Trump supporters are, in fact, supporters of Trump and everything he stands for. In other words, they seek power over others, have little interest in altruism and are motivated by wealth. Despite Trump dismissing journalists criticizing him as “fake news”, despite him mocking a disabled reporter, despite his apparent obsession with money, […]

Funeral Procession Over Sewage Water: Chief Justice Takes Suo Motu Notice

ISLAMABAD: The Chief Justice of Pakistan on Tuesday took suo motu notice of a photograph circulating on social media which shows a funeral procession passing over sewage water inundated in a narrow street. The picture shows a funeral procession passing through a street overflowing with sewage. Four men are seen carrying the body while others […]

Pak Rupee Weakens Sharply in 2nd Likely Devaluation in 3 Months

KARACHI: Pakistan’s rupee weakened sharply against the dollar on Tuesday in what appeared to be a currency devaluation by the central bank, traders said, the second such intervention in the last three months. The rupee plunged to about 115.5 per dollar in early interbank trading from 110.5 at Monday’s close, traders said. The State Bank […]

Brian Lara Reveals Which Bowler Made Him ‘Feel Stupid’

Legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara has revealed that Pakistan left-arm seamer Wasim Akram “always made me feel stupid”. Lara is without a doubt one of the best batsmen to have ever played the game and currently holds the record for the highest Test score of 400 not out. However, while the 48-year-old played against […]

‘CPEC is a Loan to Pakistan, Not a Giveaway From China’

The money being poured in the 62 billion-dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is “a loan not a giveaway from China” to Pakistan. “It is a loan to Pakistan and Pakistan is using it to increase its infrastructure and address its energy issues. This is something that is (also) misunderstood abroad that China is somehow […]

Saudi Arabia Opens Foreign Investment for Domestic Workers Recruitment Agencies

The Saudi General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development said on Friday foreign investors are allowed to set up domestic workers’ recruitment agencies in Saudi Arabia. The move aims to raise competitiveness level in the recruitment sector, offer wide-ranging options that fit customers, develop the sector through benefiting from international […]

Bajwa Doctrine and Democracy’s Responsibility Matrix

DR. FARRUKH SALEEM: ‘Horror vacui’ – ‘nature abhors a vacuum’. Aristotle, the father of Western philosophy, postulated that wherever vacuums would occur, ‘denser surrounding material would immediately fill the vacuum’. Nawaz Sharif, not the man but the phenomenon, represents a vacuum (a space entirely devoid of matter). Asif Ali Zardari, not the man but the […]

Sugar ‘Mafia’ Gobble Up $407 Million (Rs.45 Billion) in Govt Subsidies

The country’s powerful sugar lobby, dominated by influential political families, cornered big subsidies at the expense of sugarcane growers F M SHAKIL: Pakistan’s powerful sugar mafia – dominated by political heavyweights – gobbled up subsidies worth Rs.45 billion (US$407 million) during the crushing season in November and December last year, while declining to buy sugarcane […]

Trump Knew of Kim’s Invitation Long Before it Was Received

The paper trail leading to the North Korea-US summit is longer than thought, but some Americans worry that Trump may be played by the wily Kim ROBERT E. McCOY: Media around the world have reacted with astonishment at how quickly the summit between North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and American President Donald Trump appears to […]