Pakistan

Pakistan's Sect Free Mosque

ISLAMABAD – For any Pakistani Muslim, Islamabad’s Qutuba Mosque is no different from other houses of worship as far as the structure, style, and operation.

Yet, a small white banner placed right on the entrance of the mosque makes it unique.

The banner reads “This Mosque is meant for all the Muslims irrespective of their sects,” with two verses of Pakistan’s national Poet Allama Mohammad  Iqbal  reminding Muslims about the true spirit of prayer and urging them to shun their differences and get united.

Muslim parents kill daughter for being too westernised

The parents of Cheshire schoolgirl Shafilea Ahmed, the victim of a so-called honour killing, have been charged with her murder.

The sister of the Cheshire schoolgirl who went missing in 2003 saw their parents kill her, a court has heard.

At the start of their trial at Chester Crown Court, the jury heard Alesha Ahmed witnessed the killing.

Mr Edis said she drank bleach on the trip as her parents tried to bully her into an arranged marriage.

"She was a thoroughly Westernised young British girl of Pakistani origin. Her parents had standards which she was reluctant to follow."

The court heard Shafilea was taken to Pakistan by her family in 2003 in an attempt to force her into a marriage

Qasas and Diyat fitna Lahore police hunt 'blood money' suspect

Pakistani police have launched a murder hunt after the widow and mother-in-law of a man shot dead by CIA contractor Raymond Davis last year were killed.

Police suspect Zohra Haider's father of killing her and her mother.

It is thought he was upset at her plans to re-marry, fearing either dishonour or that he might lose out financially.

The acquittal came when relatives of the dead men pardoned him in court in return for receiving compensation estimated to be about 200 million rupees ($2.34m, £1.1m), known as "blood money". Under Pakistani Sharia law, relatives of a murder victim can pardon the killer.

Imran Khan: The man who can do no right

The winds of change appear to be blowing through Pakistan and Imran Khan is the force behind them. He has a vision - a vision that seeks to bring about stability, a cleaner political landscape and much-needed social reforms. But he has not yet been in power and so has no record to defend. All he can do at this stage is outline his vision and ask the country to trust him. But judging from criticisms of Khan, he is incapable of doing anything right because he is undemocratic, pro-Taliban, and leads only a cult of personality.

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