At least a million people are doing today what my Great Grandmother did more than 100 years ago. Others, apparently, are trying a different approach - social media. There is nothing I can do for Ali. Maybe there is nothing anyone can do.
Blasphemy is a crime in Pakistan, the punishment for which can be death. More often than not, it is used to target minority communities, especially the Ahmadiyya, who were declared non-Muslims in 1974, through a constitutional amendment.
December marks two anniversaries in Pakistan's history, one through which more than half of Pakistan's population seceded to form a separate country, and the other marking the most heinous attack on schoolchildren ever in that country.
Even for a country so stricken by terrorism, this was a level of tragedy that could not be countenanced. The massacre unified Pakistanis of all stripes in the somber manner that only heartbreak can.
It has come to the point where laughter is no longer the answer to Trump's stupidity. The rhetoric about Muslims has gotten disgusting, and this filth continues to linger on every social media network, every news channel, every newsfeed, every tweet, and every wall post on Facebook.
Exactly 44 years ago, on 16th December 1971, Pakistani army was defeated and Bangladesh officially became an independent country. This day is cele...
The Modi dream is fading. An Economist report found him widely described as an "authoritarian" and a "megalomaniac" even by supporters. More important, by all accounts, he does not believe in a liberal free market. Rather, like so many Republican politicians who routinely applaud free enterprise, he is more pro-business than pro-market.
If you want to know New York, get to know its street cuisine. I learned it early. Growing up in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, I would get a lunch of two hot dogs in steam-soft rolls from the guy who set up his stainless-steel pushcart on the corner of 17th Street every morning, rain or shine, Saturdays and holidays, summer-fall-winter-spring.
"Our government has failed to denounce the suppression of democracy. Our government has failed to denounce atrocities." Thus began the opening lines ...
In response to the San Bernardino attack, the US House of Representatives passed the visa waiver reform bill by a 407-19 vote. The legislation, amon...
When posed with the possibility of war, in theory, Americans like the idea of invading other countries. In practice -- when lives are actually lost -- they like invading other countries much less. When an invasion seems like it might be costly, Americans often prefer more limited airstrikes or no military involvement at all.
If the United States and NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan, it is very likely that Russia will return to its traditional role as the Afghan government's principal sponsor. Already, the Kabul government has asked Moscow for additional military aid and Moscow has agreed to sell Afghanistan an unknown number of Mi-35 attack helicopters.
A flurry of recent incidents involving Islamic extremists - the latest being the shooting in California involving a couple of Pakistani descent - has ...
It surprises me how we, as Pakistanis, are so concerned about minority rights in distant lands, while ignoring them in our own.
Pakistan has problems, but it is also full of men and women who are strong, courageous and determined to bring about changes. Instead of focusing on tired stereotypes, I urge Americans to learn about the real Pakistan from books and alternative media sources.
In the name of national security, the U.S. government should renew efforts to persuade governments in Muslim majority countries -- including Pakistan, Egypt, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia -- to repeal blasphemy laws, which restrict freedom of religion and freedom of expression and which strengthen the ideologies of violent extremists, like ISIL.