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Pakistan: A State in Turmoil

Pakistan celebrated its 70th birthday in mid-August. The celebrations took place in circumstances that did not augur well for this Islamic republic in the coming days. The country is infested very deeply with corruption, malfunction of its various organs, poor governance, extremism and terrorism, foreign interference in its internal affairs because of its ill-defined foreign policy. A political party known after the name of its head, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and nothing to do with the party of the founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s Muslim League, has been in…

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Naz Shah Leads Call on Kashmir PM to Expand Diaspora Support to the UK

A group of more than 35 cross party British Parliamentarians led by Bradford West MP  Naz Shah, have today co-signed a letter asking for the Prime minister of Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) – Farooq Haider Khan – to complete and expand the diaspora support initiative that he has been working on in Kashmir. The government of Azad Kashmir have recently legislated for a “Commission for Overseas Kashmiri’s” based in Azad Kashmir. Ministers will report directly to the PM, who will personally chair the Commission. It has been designed specifically to…

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Kashmir’s High Price for Demanding Independence

by Maryam Ansar With rising tensions between Pakistan and India in recent days over the Uri attacks, it comes as no surprise that Kashmiri civilians have been caught in the middle of a tug of war between both countries. Whilst the two nuclear powers battle out their differences in stalemate over the security and future of Kashmir on either side of the Line of Control; the human right abuses towards its people have been brushed under the carpet – such disregard is catastrophic. Attempts to bring the Kashmir conflict to…

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Panama Papers: Pakistan PM Facing Political Quandary

Nearly four weeks of my holidays in the village of my birth in the part of Pakistan held Kashmir, the weather has been expectedly fabulous with moderate sunshine and rain. The second week of my stay here in an environment full of natural beauty including a man-made lake was blessed with the company of my close friends and colleagues both locally and from Mirpur and Islamabad. The hide and seek game played by the unpredictable supply of electricity, in this part of the world, has been quite irksome and disturbing,…

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Narendra Modi – A fool trying to make a fool out of the masses

by Mohammed Ajeeb, CBE “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” – Abraham Lincoln The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Damodardas Modi’s recent visit to Britain was marked by cheerful greetings, noisy and angry demonstrations, contempt, and some unfavourable and critical media reports. However, Mr David Cameron, our Prime Minister, received him on the rolling red carpet and showered him with factitious words of praise and admiration with the…

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Imran Hussain MP calls for debate on Kashmir in Parliament

Commemorating Kashmir Martyrs Day, Labour MP, Imran Hussain said that the only solution is self-determination for the sons and daughters of Kashmir, and he pledged to ensure that the UK Parliament does not ignore Kashmir. Marking the anniversary of the events of 13 July 1931 where 22 men were shot and killed by Dogra Forces outside Srinagar Jail in the Kashmir Valley, Kashmir Martyrs Day commemorates the sacrifice of those who laid down their lives for the right to self-determination for Kashmiris. Attending a meeting to commemorate Kashmir Martyrs Day,…

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What drove three sisters into the heart of darkness?

The three sisters with their nine young children from Bradford who travelled to war-torn Syria, last month, generated massive publicity both in the national and international media, has left many observers dumbfounded. Many columnists and analysts have theorised a number of reasons these families’ leaving a safe and secure living place in Britain for a country unsafe and insecure to the extremes of one’s imagination. Over the years, both Syria and Iraq have become a magnet for youngsters of the Muslim communities the world over and a breeding ground for…

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Galloway demands action on MQM leader Hussain

George Galloway has once more demanded that the police and the British government take action against the leader of the extremist Pakistan party the MQM, who is now holed-up in London. The Bradford West MP has today written to the Home Secretary and to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan police over Altaf Hussain’s alleged involvement in an arson attack on a garment factory in Karachi. Two hundred and fifty-nine workers died in the fire in September 2012. A joint investigation team comprising Pakistan’s police and secret services submitted a report…

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Comment: Hypocrisy and the freedom of speech

By Maryam Ansar The recent attack on a French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, which resulted in the death of eleven individuals, including one Muslim policeman, has been succeeded by countless debates on freedom of speech and its limitations. The magazine in question, drew cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in order to be amusing it seems, seeing as that is the entire point of their publications. That in itself is a huge mistake; making a mockery out of religion, let alone making a mockery out of Islam and the Prophet…

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WHY?

After last month’s attack by the Taliban on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, Urban Echo’s Naz Shah asked the simple question… Why? By Naz Shah Having just returned from a candle lit vigil held for the 132 children who have been killed in Peshawar earlier this week, emotionally I feel numb. Since the incident, all I have witnessed is an outpouring of grief and mass media coverage. ‘Terrorist’, ‘Taliban’, ‘Responsibility’, ‘Massacre’… words circling around me, verbally, written and even shouted. Raw emotions of anger and disbelief. For me however, my first…

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