On Comfort Blankets And War

Anindya Raychaudhuri | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Anindya Raychaudhuri

Maybe, just maybe, if we stopped worshipping national flags, stopped considering dying in the name of a flag as anything other than a shameful waste - maybe if we instead valued a child's comfort blanket or toy a little bit more - we might finally move beyond the curse of partition. Until then, I, for one, desperately need a comfort blanket of my own.

Poverty Fixation Will Not Solve Global Turmoil - Increasing Opportunity Is Key

Simon O'Connell | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Simon O'Connell

With this knowledge, and with courage and honesty, we must build on the rhetoric of the New York meeting to identify practical solutions. In today's globalised world, where instability in one place can affect stability in another, we must find ways for all individuals to access opportunity, so they can contribute and achieve irrespective of where they were born.

Two Family Members Arrested In Connection With 'Honour Killing' Of Bradford Beauty Therapist

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK

Two male family members have been arrested in connection with the alleged “honour-killing” of a Bradford beauty therapist in Pakistan. Samia Shahi...

The Reality of the Drone War in Pakistan

Mohsin Tanveer | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Mohsin Tanveer

Yes drone attacks violate human rights - but the US has also made it clear that they are in a state of war with terrorists. What this means is that the law of war governs their actions - not the law of peace. It might be a good idea to get a grip on those concepts and develop a legal justification as to why the law of peace operates.

Social Media Star Qandeel Baloch Dead In Apparent 'Honour Killing'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 16.07.2016 | UK

A Pakistani social media star has been strangled in an apparent “honour killing”. Qandeel Baloch was killed in her family home in Multan, a large ...

Don't Shoot the Piano Player, or the Guitar Playe, or the Tabla Player...

Neil Durkin | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

In Francois Truffaut's excellent 1960 film Shoot The Piano Player we see a classical pianist slumming it playing piano in a bar who then gets dragged ...

Pakistani Clerics Declare Transgender Marriages Legal In Islam

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK

Fifty clerics in Pakistan have declared marriage between transgender individuals as permissible in Islam. The group also said transgender people are e...

Mother Burns Teenage Daughter Alive For Marrying The Man She Loved

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK

A Pakistani woman has been arrested after dousing her daughter in kerosene and burning her alive – allegedly because she had defied her family to ma...

The Time Will Come When I Die - But I Pray I Will Live Until My Natural Death

Abdul Basit | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK
Abdul Basit

I am in pain. I have been in pain ever since I became ill with tubercular meningitis in prison in 2010, which left me paralyzed. Ever since then, I have not been able to move from the waist down - I cannot even go to the toilet myself, and need medicine every day. I am dependent on others for everything, and it's very difficult... I have a faith, and believe everything is written in destiny, so when the time will come I will die - nobody can stop it. But I still pray that everything will be alright - I will not be executed, but will live until my natural death.

Teenage Girl Burned In ‘Honour Killing’ For Helping Her Friend Elope

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK

A teenage girl was burned to death on the orders of a local tribal council in Pakistan, in a so-called honour killing as punishment for helping one of...

Brother Murders Sister In ‘Honour Killing’ For Speaking To Man On Her Mobile Phone

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of using a kitchen knife to murder his teenage sister. Hayat Khan is said to have attacked Sumaira in...

George Clooney To Honour World’s Modern-Day Saviours

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK

George Clooney is set to honour some of the world’s modern-day saviours at a ceremony in Armenia on Sunday. The $1,000,000 (£700,000) Aurora Prize ...

Environmental and Religious Extremism: The Raging Fires of our Fragile World

Damir Rafi | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Damir Rafi

There are three factors required for a wildfire to occur. The first is an ignition source coming into contact with vegetation. The second is heat, and...

Mein Lahore Hoon

Salman Shaheen | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK
Salman Shaheen

Having witnessed the aftermath of the London bombings firsthand outside a stricken King's Cross station on July 7, 2005, I certainly understand that fear.

Shahbaz Bhatti: My Hero, My Colleague, My Friend and Brother

Benedict Rogers | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Let us all, in our own ways, continue to work to ensure that the values for which Shahbaz lived, and died, did not die with him but live on, in all of us, and that those values - freedom of religion or belief for all; peace, harmony and respect between people of different faiths...

At Least 19 Dead After Gunmen Storm Pakistan University Campus

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK

At least 19 people have been killed at a university in north west Pakistan after gunmen stormed the Bacha Khan campus, around 21 miles outside the cit...

Going Back to Peshawar's Army Public School

Shaimaa Khalil | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK
Shaimaa Khalil

The attack shocked the nation but it gave the military the popular backing to intensify its operations against the Pakistani Taliban in the Northwest of the country - and while the infrastructure of the militant group was hit hard, the possibility of future attacks is still there.

Women Fight Terror Through Education

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Ideas are what cause nations to collapse or rejuvenate. It is ideas and ideology that help people to overcome the barriers in front of them. But ideas need good leadership to spread them effectively. Over history, we have seen how ideas can change people's thinking and endure throughout time, being handed down from one generation to another.

From Karachi to San Bernadino: In Quest of an Alternative Discourse on Terrorism

Jawad Syed | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
Jawad Syed

In the aftermath of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, the world can no longer afford apologist and politically correct discourses on terrorism.

Polio - Almost History

David Bull | Posted 29.11.2015 | UK
David Bull

The hard-won battle to eradicate polio once and for all is within our grasp but we can't relax yet. We must, maintain and accelerate our efforts. So it is heartening to see Commonwealth countries, including the UK, coming together this weekend at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta to review the results achieved to date and call for renewed global support.

Paris: A Few Home Truths

Robin Lustig | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

Why do we insist on ignoring what stares us in the face? The suicidal fanatics who threaten to kill us in the name of their perverted brand of Islam are not refugees from Syria, or deranged zealots from the mountains of Pakistan: they are, with only very few exceptions, men and women who were born in our hospitals, educated in our schools and who grew up in our cities... Many of the attackers were already known to the police. Some had records as petty criminals. Others had clear links to identifiable terrorist groups. So as we still struggle to comprehend the crime that was committed in Paris last Friday night, perhaps we should start by examining what is going on under our noses.

Woman Dies After Being 'Set Alight After Turning Down Marriage Proposal'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK

A woman has died after a former lover who was furious that she rejected his marriage proposal set her on fire, medics have announced. Sonia Bibi wa...

Imran Khan Has Divorced His Former BBC Weather Presenter Wife After Just 10 Months

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK

Former Pakistan cricket captain turned politician Imran Khan is to divorce his wife of 10 months. Imran married ex-BBC weather presenter Reham Kha...

Imran Khan Divorces Former BBC Weather Presenter Reham After 10 Months Of Marriage

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK

Former Pakistan cricket captain turned politician Imran Khan is to divorce his wife of 10 months. Imran married ex-BBC weather presenter Reham Kha...

Obituary: Dr. Waseem Akhtar

Aamir Aziz | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK
Aamir Aziz

If I collect accounts from all his intimate friends, an extremely arresting plot of a true epic will be in your hands. But that would require a mettle...