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Why King Amanullah is one of my heroes?
A PEEK INTO HISTORY
03.04.20 - Markandey Katju

I have written this article in view of recent events in Afghanistan, and my high regard for the Afghan people, who have suffered so much. 

King Amanullah (1892-1960) of Afghanistan is one of my heroes. Although he failed in his effort to modernize Afghanistan (where Kemal ...
  


Coronavirus could kill as many as 200,000 Americans, warns US government infectious disease expert
30.03.20 - Team PT

Dr Anthony Fauci, the leading US government infectious disease expert, offered a grim prediction on Sunday: the coronavirus could kill as many as 200,000 Americans.

 "I mean, looking at what we’re seeing now, I would say between 100,000 and 200,000 … deaths,” Fauci told CNN’s State ...
  


Abu Khalid al-Hindi carried out the attack on Kabul Gurdwara: ISIS-K
27.03.20 - Team PT

The offshoot of the Islamic State terror group, ISIS Khurasan, claimed that the attack on Sikh temple in Kabul was carried out by Abu Khalild al-Hindi.

The Amaq News Agency, affiliated with the terror group released the photo of the suicide bomber who stormed the Sikh ...
  


NYT hails Modi's lockdown, says Trump should do same
25.03.20 - PT Foreign Desk

AS NARENDRA MODI went ahead boldly where Imran Khan prevaricated and hesitated, India's move to clamp a nationwide lockdown to keep 1.3 billon people inside their homes today elicted praise from the New York Times which argued that President Donald Trump must do the same ...
  


Aurat March vs Haya March
AURAT MARCH MOVEMENT
08.03.20 - Markandey Katju

"Imaan mujhe roke hai, jo khenche hai mujhe kufr
  Kaaba merey peeche hai, kaleesa merey age"
                                              - Mirza Ghalib

We in the Indian subcontinent ...
  


The slogan 'Mera Jism Meri Marzi' is doing more harm than good
AURAT MARCH MOVEMENT
07.03.20 - Markandey Katju

I am fully in support of the Aurat March to be held in many cities in Pakistan on 8th March.

I am very modern minded and pro-women. Nevertheless, I must also say that the slogan ‘Mera jism meri marzi’ which some of the organisers/participants have advanced, ...
  


Reflections from Across the Border
01.03.20 - Saba Pervaiz Kiyani

Recently, before the visit of American President Donald Trump to India, the Modi government got a seven feet high wall built to hide the slums and Kutcha houses in the city of Ahmedabad where a task of prettification was undertaken to welcome US President Donald ...
  


The man exonerated after serving 25 years for rape he did not commit
21.02.20 - Team PT

A man who was wrongfully convicted in a 1985 New York City sexual assault case has been cleared of all charges against him.

The Supreme Court of the State of New York granted a joint motion to vacate the conviction of Rafael Ruiz due to newly ...
  


Coronavirus: Director of Wuhan Hospital Dies From Virus
18.02.20 - Team PT

Dr. Liu Zhiming, a physician on the front line of the outbreak, is the most senior of the more than 1,700 medical workers who have contracted the virus.

Newly released data finds the new coronavirus is roughly 20 times deadlier than the seasonal flu.
 
The director of ...
  


CAA: European Union to move resolution against ‘dangerously divisive’ Act
27.01.20 - Team PT

In a scathing denouncement of the Citizenship Amendment Act, a powerful group of 154 European Union lawmakers proposed a resolution that terms contentious law "discriminatory” and "dangerously divisive” and may lead to the "largest statelessness crisis in the world and cause widespread human suffering”.
 
The lawmakers ...
  


A Sikh in Lahore
The bonds of blood, language and culture
26.01.20 - Sarbpreet Singh

"Asalaamualaikum”, the young immigration officer mumbles, as he slides into his chair. I am the first traveller at the Atari border crossing that day. The immigration counter is deserted and my elderly porter has to knock on the door behind the counter to roust the ...
  


Vandalism at Nankana Sahib and its 'between the lines' nuance
SINISTER DESIGNS?
07.01.20 - Bir Devinder Singh*

The vandalism at Gurdwara Janam Asthan, Nankana Sahib in Pakistan is seemingly the covert operation of Indian intelligence agencies, because of their nervousness over the growing bonhomie among the Sikhs and Muslims after the opening of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor.
 
Intelligent people in the Sikh ...
  


China's economy: How close is it to a crisis?
GROUND SITUATION
04.01.20 - Markandey Katju

I HAD A long talk today with a middle aged Chinese who is presently in Toronto, Canada, where I am presently staying too. He lives and works in mainland China (for the sake of his security I will not mention his name or the name ...
  


A Bhutto, who was not that 'Benazir'
REMEMBRANCE
28.12.19 - Markandey Katju

IN THE VIDEO on YouTube titled ‘Remembering Benazir Bhutto’ Raza Rumi, whom I otherwise respect for his liberal and secular views,  and his colleague in Ailia Zehra made wholly inane comments on the 12th death anniversary of late Benazir Bhutto which I did not expect ...
  


The barbaric persecution of Ahmadiyas in Pakistan
THE PROSECUTED MINORITY
23.12.19 - Markandey Katju

AHMADIYAS are a tiny peaceful community of about 5 million in Pakistan,(which has a total population of over 200 million) who have been treated barbarically by religious extremists since long, the way Jews were treated in Nazi Germany.

The whole world celebrated Human Rights Day on ...
  


The death sentence to General Pervez Musharraf
PAKISTAN ARMY & JUDICIARY
21.12.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

PAKISTANI army officers and Pakistani Ministers seem enraged and are shouting themselves hoarse against the recent verdict of a 3 member Special Court in Pakistan sentencing former army chief General Pervez Musharraf to death for high treason.

To my mind there can be no manner of ...
  


So, Will It Not End With a Bang But a Whimper?
The Students Solidarity March
29.11.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

The Students Solidarity March in Pakistan has whipped up a lot of hoopla and brouhaha not only in Pakistan but also in the Indian subcontinent.
 
The sight of the leather jacketed Arooj Aurangzeb singing ‘Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai’ has created great ...
  


Salute to the Judges of the Pakistan Supreme Court
Jurists Foundation vs Federal Government
28.11.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

I AM STILL marveling at what the Pakistan Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Khosa has done by its order dated 28.11.2019 in the case of Jurists Foundation vs Federal Government.
 
I confess I simply could not believe they had the guts to do it, ...
  


A deeply philosophical observation: From ‘severe’ to ‘very poor’
THE INTRIGUING METAPHOR OF IMPROVEMENT
19.11.19 - Jawed Naqvi

SPURRED by an unexpected breeze, the quality of air in Delhi ‘improved’ from ‘severe’ to ‘very poor’. Some improvement, you would say, but do tarry a little.

The Delhi Met Bureau may have actually made a deeply philosophical observation with its imagery applicable to several facets ...
  


Conspiracy, vested interests behind low footfall at Kartarpur Corridor, alleges Bir Devinder Singh
THROWING A SPANNER IN THE WORKS
14.11.19 - Team PT

An obnoxious effort is currently underway to negate and nullify the very concept, purpose and viability of the Kartarpur Corridor, with entrenched elements in the Government of India, deliberately sabotaging the venture and doing everything to suppress the footfall of Sikh Sangat, senior Punjab politician ...
  



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