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Saudi cleric endorses Valentine’s Day as ‘positive event’

AFP | A prominent Saudi cleric on Wednesday endorsed Valentine's Day, long forbidden in the ultra-conservative kingdom, calling it a "positive social event" that was...

Bollywood’s ‘Pad Man’ targets South Asian taboo towards menstruation

AFP | A Bollywood movie about an inventor who created a revolutionary machine that makes cheap sanitary pads hits screens this week, challenging taboos surrounding...

How to tackle radical madrassas in Pakistan

James M Dorsey | This is an edited version of remarks by James M. Dorsey at the launch in Islamabad on 30 January 2018 of...

Saudi government to tighten fundraising laws to promote moderate Islam

James M Dorsey | A Saudi draft law could constitute a first indication that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s vow to return the kingdom to...

What changes will the Iran protests lead to?

Nader Habibi | A series of urban uprisings in Iran that began on Dec. 28 in its second-largest city shocked the country’s Islamic regime, as well...

Khan responds to wedding rumours with fiery tweets

News Desk | Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's chairman Imran Khan gave a befitting reply to all the gossipmongers on Tuesday regarding his ‘alleged third marriage' in a...

Protests in Iran posing threats to Saudi and US policymakers

James M. Dorsey | If Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s chequered foreign policy track record is anything to go by, Iran could tempt him...

Morality police in Iran taking softer line on Islamic codes: chief

AFP | Iranian police are taking a softer approach to breaches of Islamic rules, opting for education over punishment, Tehran's police chief said on Wednesday.  "According...

Unprecedented power grab could come to haunt Mohammed bin Salman

James M. Dorsey | Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has won the first round of what could prove to be an unprecedented power grab...

Will re-branding Islam work for Saudi Arabia?

News Analysis | This week, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) vowed to transform the Ultra Conservative country into a hub of ‘moderate Islam.' It seeks...

Unbelievable! why did a Saudi Groom walk out, minutes before his...

News Desk | In a bizarre turn of the events, a significant day in the life of a Saudi family, suddenly turned into a rather...

Ahsan Iqbal regrets Safdar’s hate speech but will the PML-N take...

News Analysis | Interior Minister, Ahsan Iqbal has expressed his indignation at the hate speech delivered by PML-N's lawmaker, Captain Safdar in the National Assembly...

Will India accept a communist government in Nepal?

M K Bhadrakumar | The Communist Party of Nepal-UML led by KP Oli, Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) led by Prachanda and the breakaway...

Nawaz versus Shahbaz: A battle for influence within PML-N

News Analysis | Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif advised his brother and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to seek the advice of party workers rather...

Pakistani university bans ‘western’ clothing for females

News Analysis | Authorities at a private university in Islamabad, FAST-NU, has announced that women cannot wear westernized dresses while attending university. It has promulgated...

Oldest or Youngest in your family? See how this determines your...

Your older sibling takes on the role of your parents too often, or your friend, who is an only child thinks the world revolves...

The only solution to america’s healthcare woes

Jacob G. Hornberger | When President Franklin Roosevelt revolutionized America’s economic system by enacting Social Security, he knew that it would be a permanent change....

Imran Khan: The icon of liberal nationalism in Pakistan

Nauman Sadiq l Although people often conflate democracy and liberalism, but there is a fine distinction between politics and culture; a democratic system of governance...

All you need to know about the 2017 UK elections

Theresa May, after replacing David Cameroon as Prime Minister, called this election in order to get a bigger majority in the parliament which would...

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Do We need to Worry about Pakistan’s Planned Troop Deployment in...

News Desk | On Friday, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi approved the decision to send Pakistani troops to Saudi Arabia under a longstanding defense cooperation between...

PadMan’s director upset that Pakistan not showing movie

PadMan director Balki says he is planning a special screening of a movie for Pakistani human rights activist Malala Yousafzai. He says that the...

Emma Watson welcomes new guidelines to tackle harassment

News Desk | On Wednesday, Feminist and Hollywood actress Emma Watson stood in support of the new guidelines developed to tackle harassment and bullying in...

Is PTI facing an existential crisis?

News Desk | Senior Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Fauzia Kasuri claims that her party, PTI, is facing an existential threat. She said this while addressing...

Government sets in motion PIA privatization process

News Desk | The government of Pakistan has decided to start the long-awaited privatization of the national flag carrier Pakistan International Airline (PIA). Prime Minister...

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