Category Archives: South Asia

The day I declared my best friend kafir just so I could get a passport – Dawn – 01.Jun 16

If you are a conscientious Pakistani, or if you don’t live under a rock, it is hard to ever forget or ignore the kind of infuriating discrimination and shameful persecution that members of the Ahmadiyya community suffer in our country. … Continue reading

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‘No Muslims allowed’: how nationalism is rising in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Myanmar

At the entrance to Thaungtan village there’s a brand-new sign, bright yellow, that bears the message: “No Muslims allowed to stay overnight. No Muslims allowed to rent houses. No marriage with Muslims.” The post was erected in late March by … Continue reading

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The Mangled Political Landscape of Jammu & Kashmir – by NYLA ALI KHAN

The conception of a representative government that would enable the devolution of administrative responsibilities to districts and villages; a socialist system in which the state would control the means of production so as to ensure the fairest distribution of goods, power, … Continue reading

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What’s happening to Afghanistan’s natural resources – Antony Loewenstein – The Nation

Before its failed occupation of Afghanistan, the Soviet Union discovered that the country was rich in natural resources. In the 1980s, Soviet mining experts drafted maps and collected data that would lay dormant in the Afghan Geological Survey in Kabul … Continue reading

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India ‘covering up abuses’ in Kashmir: report – Al Jazeera – 10 Sep.15

The Indian government has covered up hundreds of cases of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, torture and enforced disappearances in the disputed territory of Kashmir, a new report has alleged. Khurram Parvez, programme coordinator of Jammu Kashmir Coalition of … Continue reading

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India’s UNSC Endgame

On the surface, India’s policy arc towards Pakistan is puzzling. Every episode of domestic terrorism, like Gurdaspur, is followed by sharp rebukes but little proof. The Indian government always promises a “disproportionate and unpredictable” response, whips up war hysteria, but … Continue reading

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In Karachi, a Fatal Mix of Heat and Piety – MOHAMMED HANIF – JUNE 26, 2015

KARACHI, Pakistan — WHEN I go to buy my drinking water, I don’t ask for water. I ask for Nestlé. Then I drive home with five 20-liter plastic bottles and make sure that we make every cup of tea, and … Continue reading

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