Pakistan condemns recent spree of violence against Indian Muslims

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan strongly condemned the campaign of violence and targeted attacks against Muslims by fanatic Hindu mobs in various Indian states. The Foreign Office said the recent despicable attempt to hoist the saffron flag at Jahangirpuri’s Jamia Masjid in New

Why do PEMRA rules allow domestic violence but prohibit hugging scenes?

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, last week, advised television channels not to air content that was against common ‘standards of decency’. According to PEMRA, such scenes are highly disturbing and against the commonly accepted standards of decency. After its

Why is violence against women increasing in Pakistan?

Pakistan has recently witnessed horrifying incidents in the month of July in which mostly women were subjected to assault; whether physical abuse, sexual assault or harassment, or being brutally murdered.  Recent incidents have sparked outrage that women in Pakistan are

This cycle needs to be broken: Rihanna condemns Israel-Palestine violence

As tensions escalate between Israel and Palestine with rising incidents of violence, many celebrities have raised their voice and condemned the situation. Singer Rihanna took to Instagram to share a statement about Israel-Palestine violence and said that she stands with

First 7 minutes of movie ‘Mortal Kombat’ released online ahead of release

LOS ANGELES: Warner Bros and New Line have released the first seven minutes of the upcoming martial arts fantasy film Mortal Kombat online. The film’s opening sequence features Hanzo Hasashi/Scorpion (Hiroyuki Sanada), whose family comes under attack from Bi-Han/Sub-Zero (Joe

In Pictures: TLP holds violent protests, attack policemen across Pakistan

Protests erupted in several cities across Pakistan this week after police took into custody the leader of the far-right religious party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP). Several major intercity highways were closed by police as protests broke out in Karachi, Lahore, outside

Biden announces steps to tackle US gun violence ‘epidemic’

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden branded US gun violence an “epidemic” and an “international embarrassment” at a White House ceremony to unveil his first attempt at getting the problem under control. “This is an epidemic, for God’s sake, and it has

1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence: UN

NEW YORK: Nearly one in three women worldwide is subjected to physical or sexual violence during her lifetime as the pervasive criminal behaviour increased during the coronavirus pandemic. This was stated in a new report by the World Health Organization

Pope Francis calls for end to violence, extremism in Iraq

BAGHDAD: Pope Francis began his most risky foreign trip flying into Iraq amid the tightest security ever seen for a papal visit to appeal to the country’s leaders and people to end violence and religious strife. The country has deployed

YouTube to lift ban on Trump when ‘risk of violence’ falls: CEO

SAN FR ANCISO: Former US president Donald Trump will be allowed back on YouTube but only when the threat of his inciting violence abates, the head of the popular online video sharing platform said. In late January, YouTube suspended Trump’s

Violent lawyers

A dark day was witnessed when a group of rogue lawyers stormed the premises of the Islamabad High Court protesting against the demolition of their chambers during an anti-encroachment drive. We have seen numerous incidents of violence by lawyers but

Violence erupts in Gilgit-Baltistan over election results

GILGIT: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) activists clashed with police clashed against the unofficial results of Gilgit-Baltistan constituency. According to DIG Gilgit Waqas Ahmed, violence erupted soon after the clash when around 20-25 protesters torched a government building and four vehicles.

Accomplices, not partners

There has been a steady rise in the number of sexual assault and rape cases in the country. Whether it’s Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi or any remote area in the country, deranged human beings have unleashed their worst desires. Incidents of

Violence does not solve violence: Shaniera Akram

KARACHI: Shaniera Akram, a wife of former cricketer Wasim Akram, has said that the public hanging is not the way forward. Taking to Twitter, Shaniera Akram wrote that if we really want to change as a nation we need to

Victimizing women

There have been innumerable cases of violence against women regularly. However, the incident on the Lahore motorway has shaken our conscience and has given a reckoning of the moral decay that has permeated our society. The horrific incident occurred on

Physical violence

One of the main reasons why legislation against domestic abuse and violence is difficult to implement is because it is widely prevalent in our society. Physical violence is common in many relationships including spouses, children and even parents. The case

Protecting innocent children against aggression

Whenever an arms conflict breaks out, it is mostly children who are most affected. These vulnerable members of the society are recruited in wars, their schools are attacked, and are often sexually exploited, abducted, killed or denied humanitarian access. In

Taylor Swift calls out Trump for threatening violence against protesters

NEW YORK: Singer Taylor Swift has called out President Donald Trump after he threatened a harsh crackdown on protesters in Minneapolis against the death of an unarmed black man. After the president sent a tweet that Twitter itself flagged as

Violence against women, children doubled in three months

ISLAMABAD: There has been an alarming rise in cases of violence against women and children in Pakistan during the past three months. A periodical report released by an NGO revealed an alarming 200 percent increase in the cases of violence against

US cuts Afghan aid

While the world is in the midst of a coronavirus crisis, the peace process in Afghanistan has come to halt and violence is gradually returning to the country. The United States has said it is determined to adhere to the

Delhi violence: Indian police arrest over 500 people

NEW DELHI: Indian police have arrested 514 people today (Friday) for deadly Hindu-Muslim violence broke out in New Delhi, India, the government said. The police informed that the death toll from days of blood-letting was increased to 35; however local

UN rights chief concerned by India violence, Kashmir situation

GENEVA: UN high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday raised concerns over the failure of Indian authorities to stop attacks against Muslims in the country. The UN’s top human rights official was giving an update at the 43rd

India on the brink

India has reached a tipping point as violence has spilled over the streets against the contentious citizenship law and the fascist Hindutva policies. As widely predicted but largely ignored, Muslims have been worst victims and faced the biggest brunt of

Corporal Punishment

It is disheartening to know that corporal punishment is still being practiced in schools and homes to disciple children. Corporal punishment has a historical precedent and has spawned old proverbs such as “spare the rod and spoil the child” but

Modi’s temple plan

The Modi government is moving ahead with its scheme to build a grand temple at the site of the Babri mosque which was razed by Hindu radicals over thirty years ago. This will be a step towards implementing the fascist

No respite from Afghan violence

US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad was in Pakistan to discuss the fragile Afghan peace process amid increasing violence in the war-ravaged country. The Trump administration wants to secure a peace deal before the presidential elections later this year. There has

Indian Citizenship law: violence, clashes in Delhi university

NEW DELHI: Police fired tear-gas and struck demonstrators with batons on Sunday in Delhi University, against Muslims and undermines the secular foundations of  India. The third day of what had been a peaceful demonstration against the law, passed by India’s

NA Speaker calls for ending violence against women

ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser on Wednesday said that gender equality is not possible without ending violence against women and girls in the society. Addressing a ceremony arranged by UN Women Pakistan in collaboration with the Women Parlimenatary Caucus

Reviving student unions

General Zia’s dictatorship imposed a ban on student unions in all universities and colleges in 1984, strongly affecting the development of campuses and the personal growth of students.  The ban has continued ever since, but now gradual efforts are being

Hong Kong after weekend clashes braces for protests

HONG KONG: Two people in critical condition in Hong Kong, police said, after a weekend of chaotic clashes with anti-government protesters. China has called for a “firm” stance to end months of unrest that have roiled the Asian financial hub.