Commentary

  • Andaleeb Rizvi

    Bane of ‘Street Jihadists’

    20 Apr 2017   Andaleeb Rizvi

      Pakistan was rattled by a mob lynching incident in a university last week. A student, Mashal Khan was killed by a violent mob of extremists at the campus of Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, Pakistan, on Thursday, April 13, 2017. The extremist students, who also made it a point to record the lynching in a video, alleged that the victim had committed blasphemy.   The blasphemy law has been used countless of times in Pakistan to punish those with a dissenting view. And if we want to know why... read more

  • Feyaza Khan

    Rotherham: A National Shame!

    15 Sep 2014   Feyaza Khan

    Growing up in apartheid South Africa, I never really trusted the police, and I’m sure most people of colour felt this way because it seemed the cops were out to make the life of the average non-white South African as miserable as possible. When I moved to England, however, I realized the police were in place to protect citizens and slowly my attitude changed. Having said this, Professor Alexis Jay’s independent report on children in care in the town of Rotherham in north England has killed whatever trust I... read more

  • Andaleeb Rizvi

    The missing humanitarian element

    11 Aug 2014   Andaleeb Rizvi

    In the wake of airstrikes in North Waziristan on May 21, 2014, and the following Operation Zarb-e-Azbthat started on June 15, at least 995,000 civilians, including more than 450,00 children and 280,00 women – were displaced. There are accusations that the figures are being inflated by the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Disaster Management Authorityto secure funds and donations. However the fact remains that the internally displaced persons (IDPs) are in dire straits and are having their basic human rights violated on a daily basis. Thousands of IDPs are still... read more

  • Rakesh Agrawal

    India’s Refugees of Development

    24 Jul 2014   Rakesh Agrawal

    While lying the foundation of the MW Bhakra-Nangal project, Jawaharlal Nehru had said, “This dam has been built with the unrelenting toil of man for the benefit of mankind and therefore is worthy of worship. May you call it a temple or a gurdwara or a mosque, it inspires our admiration and reverence”. But ironically, 49 years after Nehru’s address, people who gave their lands for the construction of the dam are still running from pillar to post to get their dues. Same is the condition of millions of... read more

  • Feyaza Khan

    Gaza Stripped, Strapped and Forgotten

    21 Jul 2014   Feyaza Khan

    I found myself unable to look away from an extremely disturbing picture last night; it shows a man crying over the body of a child around two years old, lying on a hospital bed, with half his head blown off.  There’s an accompanying video but I couldn’t look at that. It’s just one of hundreds of the horrors to come out of Palestine in the last week and as I write, the death toll of Palestinians has crossed 400, with 20 fatalities on the Israeli side. These targeted attacks... read more

  • Nawied Jabarkhyl

    An Insight into the Afghan elections

    08 Jul 2014   Nawied Jabarkhyl

    On June 14th, Afghans went to the polls for the second time in as many months to choose a successor to Hamid Karzai – the only leader the war-torn country has known since the US-led invasion in 2001. The two candidates – Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai – each failed to secure an outright majority in the April 5th vote. Less than a week has passed since the second round of voting, and already cries of foul play and fraud have dominated discourse. On the 19th June, Abdullah... read more

  • Andaleeb Rizvi

    The Charity of Peace in Pakistan

    07 Jul 2014   Andaleeb Rizvi

    The previous week has been hectic for Pakistan. The country already in the pits of an insurgency in one province, political turf war in the largest metropolitan, and an ever controversial role in the war against terror suffered another ambush. On June 8, Taliban rendered the Pakistani security forces and central, as well as provincial government in Sindh helpless in one after another attack, starting with the Jinnah International Airport, Karachi takeover, followed by an assault at the Airport Security Forces hostel, killing at least 39 people, including 10... read more

  • Rakesh Agrawal

    In the milieu

    05 Jul 2014   Rakesh Agrawal

    Ever since Britain occupied the Indian sub-continent more than two hundred years ago, millions of forest-dependent people have been living in a state of subjugation. That’s because the ruling class always considered them a nuisance as it was impossible to usurp the forest wealth without kicking them out from their abode. The picture didn’t change even after independence in 1947. In order to undo the historic injustice to them and provide them a sustainable base of existence, the government of India passed the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers... read more

  • Feyaza Khan

    Riding the Trojan Horse

    20 Jun 2014   Feyaza Khan

    Over the last two months, the news in the United Kingdom has been dominated by whether hard-line extremists are infiltrating schools by forcing girls to sit at the back of the class, blaring the call to prayer on school grounds and encouraging the stoning of homosexuals. The debate came to a head in the last two weeks, and is a result of a letter – allegedly from Muslim radicals –claiming they will infiltrate state schools in the city of Birmingham with their own brand of extreme Islam. A ‘concerned... read more

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