Chinese ‘reeducation camps’ in spotlight at Kazakh trial

Chinese ‘reeducation camps’ in spotlight at Kazakh trial

Secretive “re-education camps” allegedly holding hundreds of thousands of people in a Muslim-majority region in western China are the focus of an explosive court case in Kazakhstan, testing the country’s ties with Beijing. On trial is Sayragul Sauytbay, an ethnic Kazakh Chinese national who is accused of illegally crossing the border to join her husband […]

Saudi Arabia bans 47 video games including Witcher and GTA

Saudi Arabia bans 47 video games including Witcher and GTA

Saudi Arabia says it’s banning a long list of popular video games after allegations surfaced that two children killed themselves after being encouraged to do so in an online game. The Saudi General Commission for Audio-Visual Media said Monday it was banning 47 games, including Grand Theft Auto V, Assassins Creed 2 and Witcher, for unspecified violations of rules […]

‘Shameful’: US lawmakers blast Trump over Putin summit

‘Shameful’: US lawmakers blast Trump over Putin summit

Donald Trump returned late on Monday from his European tour to face ire in Washington, where US intelligence officials and senior Republicans were denouncing the president as “shameful” and “disgraceful” after he refused to challenge Russian leaderVladimir Putin over interference in American elections. Republican Senator John McCain said Trump’s seeming acceptance of Putin’s denial was a […]

Bloodbath in the run-up to polls

Bloodbath in the run-up to polls

IF there were any doubts that Pakistan still remains vulnerable to terrorism, the past week has put an end to them. Three separate attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan and around 150 people killed — including ANP leader Haroon Bilour and Balochistan Awami Party candidate Siraj Raisani — and over 250 injured. Claims of responsibility […]

On uncertain ground

On uncertain ground

“We could have grown the economy by 6.2 per cent instead of 5.8pc – the highest in 12 years – had a political crisis not hit us (because of the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif in a corruption enquiry at the beginning of the last fiscal year as well as sit-ins and protests later on),” the […]

Nurturing electables

Nurturing electables

HISTORICALLY, Pak­istan’s private sector, projecting a neutral image, preferred to watch electoral politics from a safe distance. This is not the case anymore. In these changing times, as the country prepares for general elections next week, the business class, much like other segments of society, is engaged in the process. “From calling democracy ‘a farce’ […]

ANP leader Dawood Achakzai injured in Balochistan gun attack

ANP leader Dawood Achakzai injured in Balochistan gun attack

Former senator and Awami National Party (ANP) leader Dawood Achakzai was injured in an incident of firing in Balochistan’s Killa Abdullah district early on Monday. Assailants opened fire on Achakzai as he was sleeping at his guest house in Killi Pir Alizai, Levies sources said. Central ANP leader Zamarak Khan Achakzai said that timely retaliation […]

Fardeen Khan claps back at trolls with weight loss transformation

Fardeen Khan claps back at trolls with weight loss transformation

Two years ago Fardeen Khan was trolled for having gained weight to the point that he was unrecognisable. He wrote that he’s “living the happiest chapter thus far with lbs to show for it.” And added, “Happy to have been the weekends entertainment for all you trollers. If you have had enough fun please take the time […]

Muslims in China’s ‘Little Mecca’ fear eradication of Islam

Muslims in China’s ‘Little Mecca’ fear eradication of Islam

Green-domed mosques still dominate the skyline of China’s “Little Mecca”, but they have undergone a profound change — no longer do boys flit through their stone courtyards en route to classes and prayers. In what locals told AP they fear is a deliberate move to eradicate Islam, the atheist ruling Communist Party has banned minors […]

Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar file appeals against Avenfield verdict

Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar file appeals against Avenfield verdict

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz, and son-in-law retired Captain Mohammad Safdar challenged their convictions by an accountability court in the Avenfield corruption reference in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday. The court on July 6 had sentenced Nawaz to 10 years in prison for owning assets beyond known income, along […]

My role in Jackpot didn’t contribute as much to the film as I would’ve liked it to: Sanam Chaudhry

My role in Jackpot didn’t contribute as much to the film as I would’ve liked it to: Sanam Chaudhry

  It is in complete contrast to her twirly-whirly blond hair extensions while playing the devious home-breaker Anji of Ghar Titli Ka Par (GTKP), or the tearful and vulnerable Hania of the recently concluded Baydardi Saiyyan. Or the tomboy Ayaan in her ongoing TV serial Rubaru Tha Ishq. She turns up sporting black wire-rimmed glasses, an oversized checkered top […]

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