4 mn read Much awaited, good news for Pakistan; Financial Action Task Force (FATF) gave a green signal to exclude Pakistan from its ‘Gray List’. It is said in the FATF declaration that Pakistan has completed its task against money laundering and terror financing, soon FATF team will visit Pakistan and verify the actions done.
6 mn read The government increased petroleum prices twice last week. Each time the per liter rate was raised by PKR 30, which means, in totality, there was an increase of PKR 60 in one week. This is the highest ever increment in fuel prices since Pakistan got freedom from the British Empire in 1947.
3 mn read Pakistan remained the frontline allied to US and NATO in war on terror for decades; indeed paid a heavy price. A new wave to ruthless terrorist attacks hit the county. At least 57 people have been martyred and 194 injured in an assault during Friday prayers at the main Shia mosque in Risaldar area of the provincial capital Peshawar. According to details an unknown gunman opened fire on the policemen and security guards at the main gate of Shia Muslims Mosque; the bomber successfully entered in prayer hall, and blown himself up where the Friday prayer was going on. Security forces cordon-off the area after the blast. Death toll may increase, as many injured in Leady Reading Hospital (LRH) are critical. Prime Minister Imran Khan summoned the report of the incident.
3 mn read Once again India-China animosity became apparent during the opening ceremony of winter Olympics 2022 in Beijing. Decision to involve People’s Liberation Army soldier as a torchbearer who in 2020 were a part of Galwan conflict with Indian soldiers, that caused several casualties on both the sides. India announced diplomatic boycott of the games right before the opening ceremony. Skier Arif Khan is a single athlete participating in games and representing India in Winter Olympics 2022. Doordarshan, a public service broadcaster announced to not cover opening and closing ceremonies live of the games.
4 mn read Following the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, the social and moral situation is distressing. In only 10 days, Afghanistan is going back 20 years. Women’s emancipation has been burned to the ground. The international community struggles to react effectively for fear of reprisals. Everyone flees. On the media, the chaos resounds internationally and is indignant. Several countries have undertaken solidarity actions to show support and with the hope of encouraging the women in Afghanistan, prisoners of their own government.
3 mn read A few days before the international day of the fight against the violence made to the women (November 25), several French men and women gathered in the streets to protest. Organized by the association “#NousToutes” (“All of us” conjugated in feminine), these demonstrations allowed to gather nearly 50 000 men and women only in Paris.
4 mn read Might you constantly think and have logic that United Nations always protect and promote human rights, civil society activists, human rights defenders, and other peace promoters worldwide? Defiantly, you thought with a firm belief that it is not possible how an un-democratic country China could control and use United Nations to counter human rights defenders.
3 mn read With the echo of the Women’s March 2020, my body has once again started objecting to my will and as a precaution, a man has also filed a writ petition in the court against the Women’s March to stop the Women’s March, which the court has approved for hearing. Last year too, several men went to the High Court to register a case against the organizers of the march. On social media, many men have been calling for a ban on women’s marches and some men have been inventing new abuses for women that women are coming back on March 8.