An explosion near a shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday killed at least 100 and wounded several dozens of people in the latest in a string of blasts this week, according to police. The blast went off near the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan in Sindh province, Pakistan’s Samaa television and Geo TV reported. According to reports, Islamic State’s Khorasan Province group claimed responsibility for the attack.,,,,
Blast At Pakistan Sufi Shrine, Islamic State Claims Responsibility
At Least 70 Killed in Suicide Blast aT Pakistan’s Sufi Shrine, Islamic State Claims Attack
Thomas L. Friedman
First you were tested by a rival — Russia — and utterly failed to
appreciate the corrosive impact on our democracy of your indulgence of Russia’s
hacking our election. And on Wednesday you’re going to be tested by a friend —
Israel — and its prime minister, Bibi Netanyahu. Can you appreciate the
corrosive impact on Israel’s democracy of what it’s now doing in the West Bank?
I ask because you may be the last man standing between Israel and a complete,
self-inflicted disaster for the Jewish state and the Jewish people....
Many students are focusing on universal human rights, international
law, and specific policies to get their messages across. Palestinians are
systematically denied their rights to travel, live in their homes, access
water, fair trials, and much more. What’s more, international community has
stated many times that building homes on occupied land is a violation of
international law. However, without an international governing body, Israel is
allowed to persist its settlement building and deny Palestinians their human
France in its modern history has worn out five monarchies, five
republics and 16 constitutions — and two of this year’s presidential hopefuls
are demanding a 17th. Its people are still more ready than most to go into the
streets. It was, and is, a country in which rhetoric and visions play a
prominent part in politics....
It is worth considering whether this recent clampdown on JuD can be
connected to pressures and sanctions being exerted on Pakistan from the United
States, as well as the change in military guard within our country, indicating
a possible shift in policies pertaining to the likes of Hafiz Saeed, and
attempts at civilising deteriorating relations with India since Pathankot. They
remind us of the civil-military tussle in Pakistan not too long ago, with the
former allegedly advising the latter to act on militants....
Nina Renata Aron
In a radio interview, a former student describes the climate of fear
that was quick to develop among students, “rumours on top of rumours.” Trust
between students, even those who’d been friends, were quick to erode. The heavy
emphasis on “unity” was undercut by the atmosphere of suspicion that Jones’s
expectations had created....
The Gulf region’s relation with India has multiple aspects that are
related to geography, history, cultural influences and travels on both sides.
Above all that, economy on both sides has governed a relationship which no
other country could replicate. Our grandparents were right when they said:
“India is yours if you have lost most of your possessions.” India is a country
of partnership through drought and riches and the pleasant and the unpleasant.
This is the ancient civilization called India....
The vital importance of the visit to the UAE was readily apparent in
the crowd of dignitaries that were watching the event. Although I was unable to
see the entire delegation - as I had found myself stuck behind a scrum of
photographers and cameramen - I did manage to catch a glimpse of some of the
UAE's most prominent figures, such as Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Sheikh Abdullah
bin Zayed Al Nayan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International
Pakistan’s ruling elite, especially its all-powerful military, tends to
see other nations as close to India or as friends of Pakistan. The Pakistani
narrative often ignores economics and sees international relations in binary
terms, emphasising religion and ideology. Some Pakistani commentators have
already started taking pot-shots at “fellow Muslims” embracing “Hindu India” at
the expense of Pakistan. Ironically, UAE is not the first Gulf Arab Muslim
country affirming friendship with India as chief guest at India’s Republic Day
parade. Former Saudi King Abdullah was the chief guest at the 2006 parade and
proudly declared India his “second home.”...
And if he doesn't, the enormous blowback won't merely affect him; it
will keep America in the same horrific bind it's been in for a long, long time:
war is money; war floats a basically bereft economy; war destroys lives; war
kills hope; war keeps putting the lie to "America, the bastion of freedom
for every person on Earth"...
India and the UAE are natural business partners: While India is a
global economic powerhouse; the UAE has a diversified economy and is a global
centre for trade, logistical connections, tourism and finance. It is also the
major supplier of oil to India, is an important trade partner and the premier
destination for India’s exports....
“The fault of the deceased was only that he belonged to another
religion. I consider this factor in favour of the applicant/accused. Moreover,
the applicants/accused do not have criminal record and it appears in the name
of religion, they were provoked and have committed murder,” observed Justice
Mridula Bhatkar in her six-page order while granting bail to three main accused
in the killing of Mohsin Sheikh, an innocent young IT professional of Pune, who
was returning after dinner on June 2, 2014 and was wearing what the judge has
recorded as “pastel green colour shirt and had sported a beard”. With this
order, India cannot anymore complain against the hate crimes committed against
Indians in Australia and America....
Obama always made clear he was a Christian, but never distanced himself
from Muslims in response to spurious rumours about his faith. His first major
interview was given to Al-Arabiya in 2009. A few months after becoming
president, he gave a speech at Cairo University, intended to repair and restart
relations with Muslim-majority communities reeling from the reckless,
unnecessary wars in Afghanistan and Iraq...
Musa Khan Jalalzai
The Unity Government is not lessoning to the Chinese and Russian leader
that Taliban should be accommodated in the political set up to bolster the
fight against the ISIS terrorist group. The United States and its allies are
increasingly worried that any deepening of ties between Russia, China and their
own Taliban group, their supply of modern weapons, and the deployment of their
intelligence units across Afghanistan may cause further intensification of
civil war in the country....
Bangladesh has to renew its ethos, the image of a secular democratic
country. Organisations like the Jamaat-e-Islamia would drag it to
fundamentalism. But that was not in the mind of Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman, father
of the nation, who wanted to establish a country which would not discriminate
against the minorities. Sheikh Hasina, to her credit, wants to follow his
footprints. But she has become authoritarian but her action does not reflect
that. This is the tragedy of Bangladesh....
For generations of military history students, the story of how the
humble pig defeated the Indian elephants of the King of Macedonia, Antigonos II
Gonatas, has had a simple lesson: in war, it’s often the smarter side, not the
stronger one that wins.....
insist the number of Indians leaning towards the terrorist group is miniscule
in proportion to the Muslim population and much less when compared with
countries such as France, the U.K, Russia and even China....
under pressure in Syria and Iraq, is openly attempting to take its fight to the
“enemy” in Europe’s heartlands. And Europe cannot expect much help from an inwardly
focused Donald Trump. It is uncertain whether Europe can cope....
like the Jamaat-e-Islamia would drag it to fundamentalism. But that was not in
the mind of Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman, father of the nation, who wanted to
establish a country which would not discriminate against the minorities. Sheikh
Hasina, to her credit, wants to follow in his footsteps. But she has become
authoritarian and her actions do not reflect that. This is the tragedy of
No group has
claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place at an art gallery in
the Turkish capital where Mr. Karlov was speaking. The gunman, who was killed
at the scene by security forces, shouted “God is great” in Arabic and later
said in Turkish: “Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria.”....
Syed Ata Hasnain
citizens continue to believe that India has not accepted the creation of
Pakistan and is working towards dismembering it. That belief is often
reinforced by strong Indian statements during strategic debates on the
viability of weakening Pakistan. It is unfortunate that Pakistanis hardly read
or believe in the writings of some of their own columnists, who profess that
Pakistan’s obsession with attempting to weaken India and playing strategic
games is weakening its own edifice....
The site today
houses the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam. Control
over the site has been a persistent source of friction between Israel and the
Palestinians, and has sparked violence between the two sides....
Syed Ata Hasnain
There is no
solution to Pakistan’s aggressive intent and strategy except to hurt it more
than we get hurt. Days of gentlemanly soldiering are perhaps over. Hybrid war
is a dirty game and the more we muddy our hands the more we will secure
Dileep Padgaonkar—A Thinker Journalist
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, New Age Islam
have unanimously observed that he was a strict follower of principle. In this
respect he has left behind an example for those who come after him. By
profession DileepPadgaonkar was a journalist, but he was a different kind of
journalist. We can say that he was a man with a difference, and a writer has
very appropriately said that difference is beautiful. ...
needs to open up to cricket. Its cricketers are remarkably talented. The PCB
must persuade the world of cricket that it is safe to visit Pakistan. Sadly,
the non-cricket-playing world of politics isn’t happy about how Pakistan has
dealt with its home-grown enemy, with a global al Qaeda and Islamic State