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Members of the Pakistan Christian Democratic alliance march in Lahore in support of Asia Bibi,  December 2010 (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

‘Religion of peace’ to execute Christian woman for ‘blasphemy’ in Pakistan

20 October 2014 11:43

Not long to go now before a middle-aged Christian woman, Asia Bibi, is hanged in Pakistan for allegedly having said something disparaging about the prophet Mohammed, peace and blessings be… Continue reading

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Happy ‘anti-slavery day’ to Clapham Christians, et al

18 October 2014 17:29

October 18 is ‘anti human-trafficking’ day by 2007 Act of European Parliament; along with ‘anti-slavery day’ by 2010 Act of UK Parliament. So there’s that, for the 29.8 million people worldwide estimated… Continue reading

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Britain’s beheaders – how we came to export jihad

20 August 2014 14:34

It is the now familiar nightmare image. A kneeling prisoner, and behind him a black-hooded man speaking to camera. The standing man denounces the West and claims that his form… Continue reading

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Pakistani journalists hold placards during a protest against the attack on Geo television journalist Hamid Mir by gunmen in Islamabad on April 23, 2014. (Image: AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan’s ISI accused of subverting media freedom

18 June 2014 14:30

Media freedom is under attack in Pakistan, declared Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan’s most prominent journalists. He had six bullets pumped into him by bike riders in Karachi on 19… Continue reading

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Relatives pictured transporting the body of Farzana Iqbal, who was stoned to death by members of her own family. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Farzana Iqbal was murdered by Muslims applying ‘sharia’. Why does the BBC not report these facts?

29 May 2014 9:14

Farzana Iqbal, aged 25, was stoned to death by members of her family in broad daylight on the steps of a courthouse in Lahore, Pakistan, because she had married a… Continue reading

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David Cameron meets Saudi Arabia's Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, who is no liberal. (FAHAD SHADEED/AFP/Getty Images)

The Malala phenomenon – as seen from Pakistan

23 November 2013 9:30

Mixed emotions stirred here in Pakistan when Malala Yousafzai came within kissing distance of the Nobel Prize. The reaction was reminiscent of how we felt when Sharmeen Chinoy’s Saving Face was up… Continue reading

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General Kayani leaves a gulf at the head of the Pakistan army – and Pakistan

13 November 2013 11:16

Pakistan’s Army chief general, Ashfaq Kayani, has announced that he will retire on 29 November. In doing so, he put an end to the rumours running from D.C. to Delhi… Continue reading

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Indian soldiers take cover during fighting in Kashmir in September 2013. (ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Brave, non-denominational freedom fighters

4 November 2013 8:41

Those of you who wonder why the BBC is so politically correct, so craven in its expressions regarding, for example, Islamic terror, may find a partial answer here:  Stephen Whittle Director… Continue reading

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Malala – the girl who hates Britain

25 October 2013 10:38

Before a mob turns up at my house and someone starts dragging up that unfortunate picture of my grandfather with Hitler, the headline is a joke, but I do wonder… Continue reading

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Darkness falls over Dal Lake in Srinigar in Kashmir, scene of much of the non-sporting action of The Great Tamasha by James Astill and Cricket Cauldron by Shaharyar M. Khan. (TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

Two riveting journeys to the heart of India and Pakistan

24 July 2013 9:42

50 summers have passed since C.L.R. James asked, ‘What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?’ James’s belief, that this quaint game reveals profound truths of those who play and… Continue reading

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The importance of Pakistan’s literary festivals

6 March 2013 15:59

For a country often conceived of only in terms of its troubles with terrorism, extremists and bombs, you could easily be forgiven for thinking that, in Pakistan, all forms of… Continue reading

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Action from the 2011 ICC World Cup second Semi-Final between Pakistan and India at Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali, India, on March 30, 2011. Image: Getty

Cricket’s the loser

12 February 2013 19:11

Cricket glorifies some cheats. W.G. Grace often batted on after being clean bowled; such was the public demand to watch him. Douglas Jardine’s bodyline tactics revolutionised fast bowling: eventually making… Continue reading

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William Hague: Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan is where the threat to the British homeland is coming from

3 February 2013 12:29

On the Sunday Politics, William Hague confirmed that the greatest terrorist threat to the British homeland come from Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. But he argued that without intervention, the Sahel… Continue reading

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What can the Pakistani government do about drones?

3 January 2013 15:47

The dilemma over drones continues today with the announcement that a leading Taliban figure, Mullah Nazir, was killed earlier this morning. Public opinion in Pakistan is deeply hostile to such… Continue reading

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Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary speaks to a group of demonstrators. Picture: Getty

Few would shed tears if Britain barred Anjem Choudary from returning

27 November 2012 17:04

Britain’s best known Islamist, Anjem Choudary, is planning to hold a conference in Pakistan on Friday where, among other things, he will issue a fatwa on Malala Yousafzai. She is… Continue reading

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A Pakistani female supporter of Muttahida Quami Movement carries a photograph of gunshot victim, Malala Yousufzai. Picture: Getty

The shooting of Malala Yousufzai

10 October 2012 18:17

The culture of denial is so pervasive and prevalent in Pakistani politics that the government is now unable to govern the tribal areas. That much was clear yesterday when the… Continue reading

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Save the Children and Osama bin Laden

6 September 2012 15:58

Have Pakistani children been the unintended victims of last year’s mission by the United States to kill Osama bin Laden? It might seem a ridiculous question to pose, but it’s… Continue reading

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Pakistan and the Higgs Boson

12 July 2012 14:30

Have you heard about Pakistan’s contribution to last week’s discovery of the Higgs Boson? No, thought not. Remarkably, the reason you probably won’t have is because Pakistan doesn’t want you… Continue reading

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What the Taliban want

2 March 2012 9:04

How go those talks with the Taliban in Doha? Quietly, that’s how — although there’s a report in yesterday’s The Hindu that could reveal some of what’s being said, and… Continue reading

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The Taliban’s peace offering

3 January 2012 17:53

‘Taliban’ and ‘peace mission’ — the words sure don’t fit very well together. But they’re the words that you’ll see in tomorrow’s papers, given that the Taliban have today revealed… Continue reading

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Worrying developments in the Middle East

4 December 2011 15:47

It’s been an eventful , if worrying afternoon in the Middle East. First, the initial Egyptian election results confirm the expectation that Islamist parties would dominate the first round of elections:… Continue reading

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Beyond Gaddafi, America turns its attention to Pakistan

21 October 2011 9:24

It’s hard to recall a more grisly complement of newspaper covers than those this morning. Only the FT refrains from showing either Gaddafi’s stumbling last moments or his corpse, whereas… Continue reading

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Mullen adds to the tension between the US and Pakistan

22 September 2011 17:21

US-Pakistani relations will deteriorate even further following today’s claims by Admiral Mike Mullen, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that the Pakistani ISI aided and abetted the… Continue reading

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Where next for the US and Pakistan?

12 July 2011 8:58

The US-Pakistani relationship is fast deteriorating. In May, I argued that unless President Asif Ali Zardari took decisive action against the ISI, the country’s military would continue to undermine relations… Continue reading

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What will emerge from the ashes in Afghanistan?

29 June 2011 9:03

On Monday, James drew attention to Dexter Filkins’ stark assessment of the situation in Afghanstan and of the strength of the Taliban. Today, the attack on a hotel in Kabul… Continue reading

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