Tag Archives: India and Pakistan

Dhaka in disarray

It is the same old sequence of hartals, the same old exhibition of hooliganism and the same old relentless oppression by the state. Indeed, much of this sense of similarity has characterised the story ofBangladeshsince it won independence in 1971. You may begin or end the story from whichever point you want to.

15 May 2012

Taliban teen bomber kills 20 in Pakistan

A teenage suicide bomber has targeted police in a bustlingPakistantown square, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens in the tribal area near the Afghan border, officials said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted the local chief and deputy of a tribal police force who were recruited by the government to help defeat an Islamist insurgency in the northwest.

Lal Masjid: keeping the hornets inside the nest

The honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan says he is losing patience with the Capital Development Authority (CDA). In a court-initiated (suo motu) action, he wants a quick rebuilding of the Jamia Hafsa madrassa, flattened by bulldozers in 2007, after it became the centre of an insurgency. A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by the Chief Justice, is now dragging procrastinators over the coals by issuing notices to the CDA chairman, Islamabad’s chief commissioner and the interior secretary. The Court has also expressed its ‘displeasure’ over the status of police cases against the Lal Masjid clerics and ordered the deputy attorney general to appear before it next week.

Anti-Ahmadi laws: police act as place of worship ‘looks like a mosque’

Pakistani police have scratched out Qur’anic verses written on the walls of an Ahmadi place of worship and ordered them to cover up short minarets at the entrance, as they made the place look like a mosque.

30 April 2012

Breivik takes stand in Norway massacre trial

The man accused of killing 77 people in bomb and gun attacks inNorwaylast July has defended his actions during his trial inOslo.

‘I have carried out the most spectacular and sophisticated attack on Europe since World War II,’ Anders Behring Breivik told the court, adding that he would ‘do it all again’.