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Posts tagged "Pakistan"

15/9/2014: Mr Rehman Malik kept PK-370 delayed for 2 hours for himself while the rest of the 220 passengers waiting. At first the PIA staff lied to the passengers citing “technical reasons” but eventually one passenger made them spill the beans. The passengers refused to let Rehman Malik on the plane along with his entourage. 

Pakistan clashes: 7 killed,450 injured as anti-government protests continue in Islamabad

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan called on his supporters on Sunday to take to the streets across the country after at least three people were killed in clashes between protesters and police in the capital overnight.

The violence erupted late on Saturday after thousands of protesters tried to march on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s residence, prompting police to fire tear gas to stop them.

Demonstrators demanding his resignation have camped outside government offices for more than two weeks but it was the first time violence broke out as protesters, some armed with sticks and wearing gas masks, tried to break through police lines.

The eruption of violence has unnerved many in the coup-prone country, with Sharif looking increasingly cornered amid relentless calls by the opposition for him to step down.

Small skirmishes continued into Sunday and protesters were also expected to rally in the streets of Karachi later in the day but no major acts of violence were reported on Sunday.

Khan, an outspoken cricketer-turned-politician, told his supporters on Sunday he would not back down from his demand for Sharif to resign and called on more protesters to join him.

"I am prepared to die here. I have learnt that government plans a major crackdown against us tonight," he said. "I am here till my last breath."

Gay Pakistan: Where sex is available and relationships are difficult

By Mobeen Azhar

Pakistan is not the kind of place that most people would associate with gay liberation. But some say the country is a great place to be gay - even describing the port city of Karachi as “a gay man’s paradise”.

Underground parties, group sex at shrines and “marriages of convenience” to members of the opposite sex are just some of the surprises that gay Pakistan has to offer. Under its veneer of strict social conformity, the country is bustling with same-sex activity.

Pakistani society is fiercely patriarchal. Pakistanis are expected to marry a member of the opposite sex, and the vast majority do.

The result is a culture of dishonesty and double lives, says researcher Qasim Iqbal.

"Gay men will make every effort to stop any investment in a same-sex relationship because they know that one day they will have to get married to a woman," he says.

"After getting married they will treat their wives well but they will continue to have sex with other men."

Gay Pakistan: Where sex is available and relationships are difficult

India hits out at Pakistan for calling separatists ‘stakeholders’

India on Wednesday strongly hit out at Pakistan for describing Kashmiri separatists as “stakeholders” in the resolution of Kashmir problem, saying as per Simla Agreement it was a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and any other approach will “not yield results”.

It also criticised Pakistan for making assurances that “had no meanings”, be it on not allowing the country or territories under its control to be used for anti-India terrorism or investigations and trials of Mumbai terror attacks, which were conspired, hatched and carried out by Pak-based terror outfits.

Asked about Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit’s remarks justifying his meeting with Kashmiri separatists, spokesperson in the external affairs ministry Syed Akbaruddinsaid, “After 1972 and the signing of the Simla Agreement by the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan, there are only two ‘stakeholders’ on the issue of Jammu & Kashmir—the Union of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
“This is a principle which is the bedrock of our bilateral relations. This was reaffirmed in the Lahore Declaration of 1999 between Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif and prime minister Vajpayee”. Earlier, Basit told foreign journalists “We strongly believe that our interaction (with Kashmiri separatists) is helpful to the process itself. It is helpful to find peaceful solution to the problem. It is important to engage with all stakeholders. So that is the bottomline for us.

“We need to engage with all stakeholders. It is not a question of either, or as far as we are concerned. We are engaging with India to find peaceful ways,” Basit said while reacting to India’s stand that Pakistan should either choose dialogue with separatists or Indian government.

India had called off the talks between foreign secretaries slated for 25 August, telling Pakistan bluntly to choose between an Indo-Pak dialogue or hobnobbing with the separatists.

Asked why did India permit meetings between Pakistan and the Hurriyat in the past, the MEA spokesperson said,“Pakistan assured us, at the highest level, that they were committed to a peaceful dialogue on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and would not allow Pakistan or territories under its control to be used for terrorism against us.

“We know now, particularly after the Mumbai terror attacks and the manner in which Pakistan has pursued subsequent investigations and trials, that this assurance had no meaning and that an approach that is different to the one laid down by the Simla Agreement and Lahore Declaration does not yield results”.

AIB: When India Spoke to Pakistan

On Independence Day, AIB tried to get strangers from India and Pakistan to speak to each other over the phone. We found out why Indians and Pakistanis should never talk to each other.