Academics have criticised the British government for creating a “climate of fear” after the British Library declined to store the world’s biggest collection of Taliban-related documents over concerns it could be prosecuted under terrorism laws. A group of international researchers spent years putting together a trove of documents related to …Read More »
Acclaimed ‘Haider’ director Vishal Bhardwaj has spoken out against India’s controversial film censor, comparing it to the Taliban. The Central Board of Film Certification has come under intense attack in recent months particularly under the leadership of its newly-elected chairman Pahlaj Nihalani. Bhardwaj said that the Board itself should be …Read More »
At least 126 people, most of them children, were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen stormed a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, taking hundreds of students hostage in the bloodiest insurgent attack in the country in years. Troops surrounded the building and an operation was underway to rescue …Read More »
A sharp increase in the number of Polio cases in Pakistan has caused widespread concern among health authorities around the world.
85 percent of all global cases of the crippling disease this year were recorded in Pakistan with the World Health Organization blaming Islamic extremists - who believe that medical teams carrying out vaccinations are western agents sent to "sterilize" the country's children - as well as government ineptitude.
Health authorities however, have now received support from a rather unlikely source, the 'Burka Avenger', Pakistan's first animated female superhero, whose previous foes have included (animated versions) of Taliban insurgents.
The cartoon - created by Pakistani pop star Aaron Haroon Rashid - features 'Jiya', school teacher by day who dons a full-body Burka by night to fight extremists trying to shut down girl's schools.
Her main foes are a corrupt politician and Baba Bandook, an evil magician with a bushy black beard meant to look like a Taliban commander and who raises the question, "What business do women have with education?"
After the Taliban, animators have turned their attention to polio, a disease that is endemic in Pakistan and mainly affects children under the age of five.
It is transmitted through contaminated food and water and infects patient's central nervous system, causing paralysis and often, death.
Haroon Rashid said: "We always have a social issue or a social message that is the centerpiece of each show. And of course, with the rising number of polio cases…the situation is alarming."Read More »
Days after winning Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize, Viji Alles tracked down the BBC Urdu Service journalist who first brought the teenager to the world’s attention. Malala Yousafzai nearly didn’t win the Nobel Peace Prize; nearly wasn’t nominated for the prize in 2013; didn’t almost address the United …Read More »
Five Afghan cricketers have been shot and killed by a gunman in the country’s northeast, reports say. The attacker opened fire on a group of men during a game in the Alinghar district in Laghman province on Thursday.No one has yet come forward to claim responsibility for the killings. Police …Read More »
One of the things that marked Sachin Tendulkar’s recent retirement was the extraordinary outpouring of affection towards the ‘Little Master’ from people right across the globe and cut across from the social and cultural spectrum. One group however, might be the exception to the rule. A banner splinter group of …Read More »
The Pakistani Taliban Thursday chose a hardline cleric suspected of links to the attack on Malala Yousafzai as their new chief, following the death of the previous leader in a US drone strike. Maulana Fazlullah, elected by the Taliban ruling council, led the militants’ brutal two-year rule in Pakistan’s northwest …Read More »
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says it will be “difficult to move forward” on peace talks with the Taliban as the death toll from twin suicide bombings at a church in Peshawar topped 81. “Such incidents do not augur well for negotiations,” he told reporters in London on his way …Read More »
Bengali author and diarist Sushmita Banerjee has been shot dead in Afghanistan. Banerjee, who was married to an Afghan business she had first met in Kolkatta, was reportedly shot after militants had barged into her home in Paktika in the south east of the country. Reports say the attackers had …Read More »