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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...

Saudi Arabia surrenders great mosque in Brussels

James M Dorsey | Saudi Arabia, in an indication that it is serious about shaving off the sharp edges of its Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism, has...

Is secular fundamentalism the answer to religious extremism?

Sher Ali Tareen | In a relatively recent opinion piece published in the Dawn newspaper, entitled “Textbooks-Kudos to Punjab,” Pervez Hoodbhoy, the self-professed expert on...

UAE condemns state sponsored terrorism after Modi’s visit

News Analysis | India’s Prime Minister Modi visited United Arab Emirates (UAE) on February 10, 2018 and after delegation-level talks between PM Modi and Crown...

BJP leader tells Muslims in India to flee to Pakistan

News Analysis | On February 7, 2018 Vinay Katiyar, member of parliament representing Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) passed a contentious statement, “Muslims should not be...

“Padmaavat” pandemonium highlights India’s serious internal problems

Andrew Korybko | Riots have broken out in India over the release of a controversial film. The Bollywood spectacle “Padmaavat” was scandalously reported to feature...

Davos presents golden opportunity for Pakistan

Ikram Sehgal | The World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland is a major creative force for engaging top leaders from across the...

Chinese county bans school children from mosques

AFP | Authorities in a Muslim-majority county in northwest China have banned schoolchildren from going to mosques during their winter holidays, a state-run daily reported...

Pakistan not interested in war with India

Junaid Ali Malik | The recent statement of Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat is tended towards appeasing the Indian nationalists. BJP hardliners including Modi have...

Ban imposed on religious service at unauthorized churches

News Analysis | On January 15th 2018, the authorities decided to ban service in unauthorized churches in Abbottabad. The security officials stated that this decision...

Is the Saudi Crown Prince really promoting moderate Islam?

James M. Dorsey | Plans to open a Salafi missionary centre in the Yemeni province of Al Mahrah on the border with Oman and Saudi Arabia raise...

Hindu girl bullied for befriending Muslims kills herself

News Analysis | A Hindu woman has killed herself after facing harassment over her friendship with a Muslim man in the southern Indian state of...

Muslims to overtake Jews as second largest religious group in America

News Desk | The Muslim population in America has been growing steadily for the past few years. New research by Pew Research Center reveals that...

58th suspect linked to Mashal Khan’s tragic murder arrested

News Analysis | On Thursday, the Mardan Police arrested another suspect in relation to the brutal murder of Mashal Khan, which now brings the official...

What’s behind the Sharifs’ trip to Saudi?

News Desk | Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif left for Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in the midst of corruption allegations and political turmoil. He is...

APC in Lahore: What will it achieve against the Sharif Family?

GVS News Analysis | At least 12 political parties, including smaller religious entities are set to attend the All Parties Conference (APC) called by Dr....

Turbulence in the Heart of Islam

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

Christian killings near holidays strongly suggests foreign involvement

Malik Muzammil | The bomb blast at a Methodist Church in Quetta on the 17th marked another terrible day for Pakistan during the month of...

Oppression of minorities in India

Aiza Khurram |  India is the world’s largest democracy, with about 1.26 billion people, or about a one-sixth of the total world population. Nearly 80...

Can education be decolonized in Pakistan?

Ikram Sehgal | Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious...

More PML-N lawmakers leaving the party piles the pressure on Sharif...

News Analysis | On Tuesday, five PML-N lawmakers submitted resignations to their respective assembly secretariats in protest over government inaction against Punjab Law Minister Rana...

Fueling religious fires

Ikram Sehgal | The Indian War of Independence (or the 1857 Indian Mutiny as the British call it) did not start as a "War of...

25th anniversary of Babri Mosque demolition still shapes Indian politics

News Analysis | 6th December 2017 marked the 25th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Mosque in India. The quarter century old event was a...

Is the “flag bearer” of Islam losing its influence over the...

 James M. Dorsey | By declaring the Qatar-based International Union of Islamic Scholars (ILUM) a terrorist organization, Saudi Arabia is confronting some of the world’s...

Rouhani declares the end of ISIS. What next now for Iran?

News Analysis | Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday announced the end of the Islamic State (ISIS), a brutal militant organization that proliferated in Iraq...

Pakistan’s Jihadist cauldron: From national asset to national millstone

Adnan Qaiser | National interests of states are often blind-and brutal, yet they call for some rationality considering our interlinked global destinies in the 21st...

Cow Vigilantes terrorize India: Beheading of victim represents brutal new wave

News Analysis | A Muslim man was shot dead by alleged cow vigilantes, and his body was thrown onto railway tracks in Rajasthan’s Alwar on...

The Middle East: It will only get worse

James M. Dorsey | As Saudi Arabia reels from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s frontal assault on the kingdom’s elite, indications are that the Saudi-Iranian proxy...

Pakistan: Fixing religious fault-lines in the age of ISIS..?

Afrah Jamal | Pakistan's Bold Response to Sectarianism? A few days before Muharram, grand proclamations advocating peace and calm that suggested people shun their religious, sectarian...

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...

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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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