Pakistan police move to end anti-blasphemy riot

Pakistan police move to end anti-blasphemy riot

Since early October, Muslims in Pakistan have been rioting to hinder the softening of the Law sanctioning Blasphemy against Islam. The protests had erupted after the Pakistani parliament approved an amendment to the dreadful Blasphemy Law on October 2. Activists from Tehreek-e-Labaik on Sunday 26/11 clashed with security forces for a... Continua »
Meeting Pakistan’s “last Jew” Fishel Benkhald

Meeting Pakistan’s “last Jew” Fishel Benkhald

Fishel Benkhald tells DW he has faced immense social discrimination in Pakistan following his registration of Jewish faith, but he will continue to raise voice for the rights of religious minorities in the country. Nicknamed “Pakistan’s last Jew,” Fishel Benkhald, a resident of the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, was... Continua »
The North Korean dream in Pakistan

The North Korean dream in Pakistan

Neighbors say when three men kicked down the doors and burgled the home of a North Korean diplomat in Islamabad last month, it took them more than three hours to lug out their booty: thousands of bottles of Scotch whisky, beer and French wine. The robbers came prepared. Police and... Continua »
Bacha Khan: the “Frontier Gandhi”

Bacha Khan: the “Frontier Gandhi”

Perhaps the great proponent of non-violence, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (1890–1988) is needed today by the Pakhtuns, who have been victims of extreme violence for the last thirty seven years. He started a secular non-violent movement in 1929 by establishing a movement called ‘Khudai Khidmatgaar’ (Servants of God). That earned... Continua »
Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day at a glance (with a bit of India)

Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day at a glance (with a bit of India)

When British rulers divided the subcontinent into two nations, it prompted the greatest mass migration of people in history and unleashed a wave of violence that claimed more than a million lives. From the elderly survivors who endured the violent aftermath of the partition to the military commanders and angry... Continua »
A Bangladeshi view of ’47 partition

A Bangladeshi view of ’47 partition

In Bangladesh, 1947 is a distant memory, forgotten by most as if it were ancestral prehistory, erased by the bloody 1971 liberation war against Pakistan. It was June 16, 1971 when soldiers from the Pakistan army rounded up all the Hindu men in Jogisu village in the Rajshahi district, about... Continua »
Jinnah’s Pakistan

Jinnah’s Pakistan

In a couple of days, India and Pakistan will celebrate their independence from the British Raj three scores and ten years back. In some paradoxical way, Bangladesh may also join in that celebration as that was also the precursor to its own independence some 24 years later on 26 March... Continua »