image

Pak militants come to the aid of Waziristan displaced

 
For the hundreds of thousands of hapless people displaced from North Waziristan because of the military operation against the anti-state actor, Pakistan Taliban, succour is ...
Full story
image

China bans Ramazan fast in Xinjiang, Pak makes no comment

 
Reports from Urumqi and Beijing say the same thing that the Chinese authorities have asked the Muslims not to observe traditional fasting during the holy ...
Full story
image

TAPI pipeline Officials to finalize contract award in Ashgabat next week

 
This headline in today’s Express Tribune means good days are back for TAPI to the great relief of energy starved Pakistan.  But the irony is ...
Full story
image

Sectarian violence rocks Sri Lanka with the rise of Buddhist Extremism

 
Sectarian violence has resurfaced in Sri Lanka again with the hard-line Buddhist Sinhala groups like Bodu Bala Sena (The Buddhist Power Force, or BBS) targeting ...
Full story

PAKISTAN

image

Attabad flood victims await unfulfilled promises

 
Four and a half years after a landslide and subsequent flooding in Gilgit-Baltistan killed 19 people and displaced around 25,000, a solution to the plight ...
Full story
image

General Raheel Sharif’s Message

 
Right from the days of Gen Kayani, the Army has branded TTP as bad Taliban. The reason is that TTP has always displayed a mind of its own; it does not follow the diktats of its handlers in Rawalpindi, always. More over it is keen to expand its footprint beyond the hills and valleys into the plains....
Full story
image

Pak Offensive in North Waziristan

 
CIA Director's secret visit to Islamabad, General Lloyd Austin (head, US Central Command) talks with Pak Army chief, and Pak Defence Secretary Asif Yasin Malik's visit to Washington last week lend credence to the theory that Pakistan is key to President Obama’s plans for post-withdrawal Kabul. ...
Full story

MYANMAR/CHINA

image

Bad Days For China s Real Estate Sector

 
The average sale price and overall sales of new housing in China's 70 largest cities showed slower month-to-month growth in January, according to official statistics. ...
Full story
image

Another corporate espionage charge against China

 
"The latest hacking charge against the Chinese is an open admission that the high priest of netizens has feet of clay. It brings into question the American assertion that they only snoop around for global security while the Chinese indulge in hacking for economic gain. Who draws this line- the accuser or the accused"....
Full story
image

Vice President Hamid Ansari visits China

 
Vice President Hamid Ansari visited China on June 26 on bilateral visit which coincided with the 60th anniversary of Panchsheel. The Minister for Commerce and ...
Full story
image

Lanka NGOs face ‘gag’ order

 
it is not a new order; it is only a reiteration of an order that was not taken seriously by the NGO. Now they may take the order seriously since Sri Lanka is passing through "a tense" period with the UNHRC appointed international experts are likely to visit the island....
Full story
image

India’s Regional Security Strategy under Modi Government

 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to reach out to India’s neighbours can be seen as India’s Monroe Doctrine. India’s expanding reach in the continental and maritime domains will be welcomed by its neighbours, as well as Australia, Indonesia, Japan and Vietnam....
Full story
image

Unclear path for Sri Lankan war probe

 
Even after the March 27 resolution of the UNHRC in favour of an international probe in Lanka war crimes, there are some advocates in Sri Lana, who are in favor of a domestic probe; their stand is vehemently opposed by some other activists. On its part the government of President Rajapaksa is in no mood to oblige the UNHRC; all this has resulted in an unclear path for the proposed probe, says the analyst....
Full story
image

Radical lslamists threaten Bangladeshi American Writer Avijit Roy

 
The Publisher appears to have taken the threat seriously without much ado and listed Avjit Roy's books under the category "Out of Print”....
Full story
image

Bangladesh moves to ban Jamaat-e-Islami

 
Jamaat has been a long time ally of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by Begum Khaleda Zia. The ban on Jamaat can give a handle to Khaleda to go around the nation as a victim of Hasina politics. It may not get much mileage though, firstly because the BNPis in bad shape, with its leadership embroiled in corruption cases, and secondly because the Jamaat voters are already with the BNP....
Full story
image

China Factor in B’desh

 
The Curtis- Hossain report pitches for greater US naval contact and cooperation with Bangladesh to further counter China. ...
Full story
image

Cross-Border Trade Depressed in Afghan North

 
Hairatan on the river Amu Darya is connected by bridge with the border town of Termez in Uzbekistan. A new railway from Mazar-e Sharif up to the border connects Afghanistan to freight networks via the Central Asia states to Russia and Europe. That should give Hairatan a unique advantage over road-only crossing points into Iran to the west and Pakistan to the south. Instead, trade through Hairatan has fallen away dramatically. Instead, trade through Hairatan has fallen away dramatically...
Full story
image

Hagel visits Kabul, reads the Afghan pulse

 
Within hours of Hagel’s landing in Kabul, two suicide bombings killed nearly 20 Afghans. One was just outside the Ministry of Defense, where 10 people died. Karzai used a televised speech to suggest that the bombings were part of a broader conspiracy to cast his government as powerless in the face of a Taliban offensive without the continued presence of US-led troops....
Full story
image

Enclave Issues Challenge Uzbek, Kyrgyz Leaders

 
Sokh sits in the middle of southern Kyrgyzstan’s Batken region, a sliver of land sandwiched between Uzbekistan to the north and Tajikistan to the south. The main way of travelling between Batken’s eastern and western parts is via Sokh – in other words, foreign territory....
Full story
image

New BRICS Bank -an India perspective

 
India’s worry was never where the bank would be located, and, in fact, it never had a problem with Shanghai as the NDB base....
Full story
image

Strategic Ramifications of New Tensions in Gaza

 
The Gaza strip has become tense once again with the abduction and murder of the three Israeli teenagers. While what considerations drove the members of ...
Full story
image

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's Message as Caliph

 
"[F]ear Allah as he should be feared and do not die except as Muslims.... Go forth, O mujahidin in the path of Allah. Terrify the enemies of Allah and seek death.... for the dunyā [worldly life] will come to an end, and the hereafter will last forever." — Abu Bakr al-Husayni al-Baghdadi, Caliph, "The Islamic State" [aka ISIS]...
Full story
image

Islam doesn’t forbid Friday work, cleric says

 
Contrary to the claims of radical groups, there is nothing in the Qur'an or teachings of the Prophet Muhammad that forbids working on Fridays, according ...
Full story
image

Khusrau, a great pillar of 14th century Persian literature.

 
One of the most prolific genres composed by Khusrau are the pahelis, riddles that children of the subcontinent grow up enjoying. Deeply influenced by the spiritual philosophy of Like his master, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Khusrau believed in tolerance and affection between people of separate faiths. Khusrau loved Hindustan, India, with all its fragrant flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees and animals and likened it to Paradise writing, ‘The heavens said that of all the countries which have come out of the earth, it is Hindustan that has achieved the height of excellence’....
Full story
image

Roshan Chiragh Dilli: Bright Lamp of Delhi

 
Delhi has been traditionally known as ‘Baees khwaja ki chaukhat’, the threshold of 22 Sufi Masters. The Chishti Sufis draw their spiritual lineage from Hasan of Basra, who was initiated by the Prophet’s son-in-law, Imam Ali. ...There is a belief that Prophet Muhammad gifted some of his personal possessions, including a cloak and prayer carpet, to the elders of the Chishti Order. These sacred relics came to the sub-continent with Khwaja Gharib Nawaz of Ajmer,...
Full story
 
pakistan PAK URDU MEDIA
Read / Subscribe
 
bangladesh BANGLA MEDIA REPORT
Read / Subscribe
 
SA window SOUTH ASIA NEWS ANALYSIS
Read / Subscribe
 
INDIA AND ISLAM

Islam came to India in three waves with the Arab traders,invaders and Sufis. India accepted the new religion and helped in enriching Islam in all respects. Visit SACRED SPACE to know the contribution India has made to Islamic thought and Islamic jurisprudence amongst others.

VIDEO

Visit Counter
Copyright©2009   Policy Research Group