Senior Dubai Police Official Compares ‘Criminal’ Pakistanis to ‘Disciplined’ Indians

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — A senior Dubai police official has tweeted that “Indians are disciplined… while sedition, criminality and smuggling in the Pakistani community are rampant.” Head of General Security for Dubai, Dhahi Khalfan, tweeted: “The Pakistanis pose a serious threat to the Gulf communities because they bring drugs to our countries.” The statements were posted on […]

Emergence of 23-Party Grouping Called Pakistan National Alliance (PNA): Party Politics or Pressure Group?

IRSHAD SALIM — Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf is all set to lead a 23-party alliance in the general elections this summer. The alliance would constitute a third force in national politics– it is being considered an equalizer albeit pressure group, several observers say, as the triangular contest between ruling PML-N, PTI and PPP parties […]

Removing Hate from Sermons By Xenophobic Clerics

RAFIA ZAKARIA — It has been nearly 10 years since an angry mob raged through the streets of Gojra in the early morning hours of Aug 1, 2009. The trouble had begun the day before, Friday, when certain xenophobic clerics had incited Muslim villagers, citing rumors about the desecration of religious verses. On that grim […]

Castro’s Successor to Inherit Long-Standing Conflict Between Cuba and the U.S.

PATRICIA GROGG — Cuba’s tense relations with the United States under the administration of Donald Trump reflect a scenario of conflict that is not alien to the generation that will take over the country on April 19, when President Raúl Castro is set to step down. Since the 1960s, Cuba’s nationalist stance has drawn on […]

OIC Condemns New Wave of Violence in Indian Occupied Kashmir (Pics, Videos)

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said heavy weaponry was being used by the Indian forces at the Line of Control (LoC) and continuing ceasefire violations by them could pave way for a major war between the two neighboring countries. (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) General Secretariat has condemned indiscriminate use of force […]

Kashmir Bleeds: 20 Youth Killed by Indian Forces in Himalayan Valley

Security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir opened fire on villagers trying to stop the arrest of suspected armed separatists. (DESPARDES/PKONWEB)— Twenty people were killed in India-held Kashmir in some of the fiercest clashes this year in the region, police said on Sunday, as authorities braced for more violence. Thirteen Kashmiris described by Indian authorities as militants […]

China Hammers US Products With Tariffs as ‘Sparks’ Fly in Trade War

(BE2C2) — China has increased tariffs by up to 25 percent on 128 US products, including certain fruits and nuts, escalating a dispute between the world’s biggest economies in response to US duties on imports of aluminum and steel imposed by the Trump administration. The tariffs, to take effect on Monday, were announced late on […]

Works of 17 Contemporary Pakistani Artists Go on Display in Oman

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — An exhibition displaying the works of 17 contemporary Pakistani artists began yesterday at the Omani Society for Fine Arts (OSFA) in Muscat. The art show titled “Spectrum” is open until April 12 from 10am to 1pm and 5pm to 8pm at OSFA, Al Sarooj, behind Al Shatti Cinema. Spectrum feature a wide range […]

How One American University Penetrated Saudi Arabia’s Financial Elite

JOE McGRATH — Where money meets power in this arid desert monarchy, Stanford University has sway. The U.S. institution laid groundwork decades ago for the deep ties it has constructed in Saudi Arabia. Then the network effect took over. In the kingdom’s business community, Stanford has become the ultimate brand. And as a new generation […]