Afghan envoy’s daughter abducted, tortured before being freed in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD/KABUL: Silsila Alikhil, the daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan Najibullah Alikhil, was abducted and tortured for several hours by unidentified assailants, the Afghan government claimed Saturday. Reports in local news quoting the Afghan Foreign Office said that the daughter of the Afghan envoy to Pakistan was abducted for several hours on Friday while she was on her way home.

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Hamdam – First dating app rolled out by Iran Govt for a reason

TEHRAN: In a bid to provide the much-needed boost to marriages amid low birth rate, the Islamic Republic of Iran rolled out a maiden state-approved Islamic dating platform named Hamdam. Reports in international media quoting Iranian state-owned broadcaster cited that the matchmaking platform aimed at facilitating ‘lasting and informed marriage’ for youth. Tebyan Cultural Institute, which works under Iran’s Islamic

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Hindu ultra-nationalists put up scores of Muslim women for online sale at fake India ‘auction’

NEW DEHLI: The largest minority group in the second most populous state has been treated as second-class citizens who faced severe discrimination and repression and digital harassment is the latest dilemma in the South Asian country amid the rise of Hindutva. An online application that goes by the name of ‘Sulli Deals’ uploaded pictures of hundreds of Muslim women [without

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US forces shy away in midnight from the ‘infamous’ Bagram base without intimation

KABUL: The Unites States left Afghanistan’s main military base, Bagram Airfield, after nearly 2 decades by just shutting off the power and slipping away in the middle of the night without notifying the Afghan officials who discovered the stealthy departure hours after they left. Reports quoting the US Department of Defence said that they had completely vacated their biggest airfield,

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Pakistan’s largest newspaper Dawn censors name of a Student Union on banners in NLE protest

LAHORE: In another censorship in Pakistani media, Dawn newspaper, ‘Pakistan’s only news outlet with editorial policy’, blurred the banners of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba students who joined flocks of medical students against the cancellation of the NLE exam in Pakistan. Country’s oldest yet most prestigious newspaper, which cited that freedom of expression in the South Asian country has shrunk, censored the name

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Pakistan sacrifices watching favourite Sport Cricket till Revocation of Article 370 in Occupied Kashmir

LAHORE: Cricket fans in the South Asian country won’t be able to watch the Pakistan-England series as Pakistan rejected a proposal to liaise with an Indian broadcaster for a live telecast of the upcoming cricket series following the revocation of Article 370 in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the incumbent government dismissed the

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Mufti Sardar Haqqani detained for hurling ‘suicide attack’ threat at Malala Yousafzai

PESHAWAR: Police in the northwestern region of Pakistan Wednesday arrested an extremist cleric after a clip of him went viral on social media, in which he can be seen hurling threats at Pakistani Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai over her comments about marriage in a Vogue interview. The FIR against Mufti Sardar Haqqani has been registered under 16 MPO and Anti

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Man who slapped French president turns out to be a ‘Hitler-fan’

DROME: French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped across the face by a man during his meet and greet with members in Tain-l’Hermitage town on Tuesday. In the viral clip of the incident, the attacker can be seen grabbing his arm in a bid to hold him. The man, Damien Tarel, who slapped the 43-year-old French leader turned out to be

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‘Partnership not Marriage’ – Malala opens up about love and family in Vogue interview

LONDON: Pakistani social activist and noble laureate Malala Yousufzai who just made the native country more proud after getting featured on the cover page of British fashion magazine Vogue also drews criticism with her purported comment about marriage that in a short time went viral on social media. Expressing her thoughts with British women’s rights journalist Sirin Kale about getting

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Simon Cowell cancels ‘X Factor Israel’ appearance amid recent atrocities in Gaza

TEL AVIV: English media mogul Simon Cowell has called off his scheduled gig as a judge on the upcoming season of X Factor Israel – a TV music competition. The move comes days after the Jewish state intensified its airstrikes in Gaza following a conflict of forceful eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of the strip. According

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