Pakistan

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto: on art, queer Muslims and masculinity

LAHORE (Aqsa Sajjad) - The third generation of the Bhutto family has diverged far and wide from their ancestors and from each other. While Bilawal and Bakhtawar are politically active in Pakistan, with the former being lauded as the leader of the PPP, Famita Bhutto is a literary artist striving to portray her father and grandfather’s ideologies through her writing and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Jr. is an artist and performer, focusing on queer identities of the colored community. Sharing the same name as his paternal grandfather, and the patriarchal heir of the Bhutto name, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Jr. spoke to…
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Juma-tul-Wida: Lahore on high alert after Quetta explosion

(Web Desk) - Strict security measures have been undertaken on the occasion of Juma-tul-Wida across the city of Lahore. A security high alert has been issued and more than 7000 security personnel are present at major roads, mosques, and sensitive locations. Police have established check posts in areas where there is a possible threat and are carrying out snapchecking at these points. Police Response Units and Dolphin Force have been ordered to perform constant patrolling of these areas. DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf has said that SPs and DSPs will be on the roads till the Jumma prayer. Moreover, additional…
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Separate category for transgenders added to the Pakistani passport

(Web Desk) - TransAction Alliance Pakistan announced on Friday that the Government of Pakistan is now issuing the Pakistani passport to the transgender community in a separate category. Along with ‘female’ and ‘male’, another option ‘X’ is now available in the ‘sex’ category of the Pakistani passport. The president of TransAction Alliance, Farzana Jan, is the first amongst the transgender community to carry a transgender identity on her passport.
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SC to indict Nehal Hashmi on July 10

ISLAMABAD ) - Supreme Court (SC) on Friday has decided to indict the beleaguered leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on July 10 in a suo moto case filed following his verbal onslaught against the judiciary and Panama JIT members. During the hearing of the case, SC expressed displeasure over Nehal Hashmi’s absence from the hearing. The court rejected plea to halt military action against Hashmi and termed his behaviour ‘inappropriate’. Nehal Hashmi’s lawyer Advocate Hashmat Habib told court that his client has departed to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah and a reply has been submitted on his behalf. Justice…
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Rehman Malik appears before Panama JIT

ISLAMABAD  - Former interior minister and senior Pakistan Peoples Party leader Senator ehman Malik appeared before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed to investigate Panama case today (Friday). According to the sources, the PPP senator is expected to inform the JIT about the Sharif family’s involvement in the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case while he has also brought all the documents relevant to the Panamagate. Talking to media before the hearing at Federal Judicial Academy, Rehman Malik said, “People said that I won’t return Pakistan, but I am here with all the evidence.” He revealed that as many as 10 officers…
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Salman Khan’s latest Eid release hits screens

MUMBAI (AFP) - Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan’s latest movie opened in Indian cinemas Friday but film analysts are sceptical it will have the same box office success as his previous Eid blockbusters. It is something of a tradition in the Hindi film industry for Khan to star in the big release of the Eid holiday to mark the end of Ramadan, which this year is expected to fall on Monday. Last year’s "Sultan" broke opening weekend records and currently sits fifth in the all-time list of highest-grossing Hindi language films worldwide, two places behind his 2015 Eid release "Bajrangi…
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Kulbhushan Jadhav appeals to army chief for clemency

(Web Desk) – Convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav has made an appeal to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa for clemency. He issued an apology on Thursday in which he appealed for mercy from army chief for his indulgence in terrorist activities. He asked for clemency from the Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa. President Mamnoon Hussain and COAS Bajwa hold the right to acquit him of his charges.
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Street crimes unacceptable, warns IG Sindh

  KARACHI – A meeting held in Karachi being chaired by IG Sindh A D Khawaja was attended by all the DIGs, SSPs, DSPs, and SHOs of Karachi police range. During the meeting, IG Sindh let it be known that the street crimes are totally unacceptable and that a crackdown should be lauched against street crimes, betting and drug centres, and Iranian petrol. A D Khawaja warned by letting it be known that the action would be taken against officers who do not perform despite the issuance of warning against them. IG Sindh also expressed that those who do not…
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Presser confrontations: Uzma Kardar interrupts Marriyum Aurangzeb

(Web Desk) – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have been going at it since General Elections 2013 and what it has really come down to is ‘dais claims’ and ‘nudged-pressers’. Uzma Kardar of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) interrupted state minister Marriyum Aurangzeb’s media briefing over Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif’s Joint Investigation Team (JIT) hearing among leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), for “being too long.” Kardar among PTI representatives was waiting in the sun and cited hot weather for the interruption. “We are standing under the hot sun for a long time now but have been unable…
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ISPR releases second confessional video of Kulbhushan Jadhav

(Web Desk) - A second confessional video of the serving Indian Navy officer and convicted spy, Kulbhushan Jadhav, has been revealed by Pakistan Army today. Inter-Services Public Relations DG Major General Asif Ghafoor posted the confessional video of Kulbhushan Jadhav today in which he reaffirmed his confession to the charges of espionage and terrorism in Pakistan. The video was posted on Facebook and captioned, "Commander Kulbushan Sudhir Jadhav, the serving Indian Naval Officer who has been sentenced to death on charges of espionage, sabotage and terrorism has made a mercy petition to the Chief of Army Staff."
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