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Cartoonist Sabir Nazar

Top Pakistani TV channel gets rid of anti-establishment cartoonist with no explanation

Pakistani channel Samaa TV tells Sabir Nazar, a leading voice in political satire, you are 'put on hold'.
Music band

Junoon’s return to Pakistan is every ’90s kid’s Christmas miracle

Two decades after it was banned in Pakistan, Sufi rock band Junoon is set to perform in Karachi today.
Crystal meth | Commons

Pakistan’s youth are getting hooked to crystal meth and alarm bells are ringing in the govt

Pakistan's Interior Minister Shehryar Afridi raised the issue Tuesday, but even amid doubts on his facts, there is growing concern over the problem.
File image of Amin Haseef | Twitter

This Pakistan journalist chats with goats, interviews buffaloes, and is a viral sensation

Amin Hafeez has won more than a few fans, and critics, with his rather unconventional reportage.
Girls studying in a school in Pakistan

Local tribal council negotiating talks with militants who burnt down schools in Diamer district

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Online petition launched asking Imran Khan to lift ban on release of film ‘Manto’ in Pakistan; Pakistan-Afghanistan border to be completed by December 2019. 
Imran Khan | Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg

Pakistan top court orders Imran Khan’s sister to pay tax and fine on foreign properties

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Imran Khan says Pakistan has arranged peace talks between US and Taliban; journalists in northwestern Pakistani city threaten protest over colleagues' arrest.
Pakistan finance minister Asad Umar

Didn’t cut Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mention from Pak finance minister’s interview, says BBC

Here’s what’s happening across the border: US to ensure Pak doesn't use IMF bailout to repay Chinese debt, and Voice of America’s Urdu and Pashto websites blocked in Pakistan.

Imran Khan’s wife Bushra Maneka most Googled person in Pakistan in 2018

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Human rights minister says US ignoring religious intolerance in India, andanti-graft body puts Shahbaz Sharif’s son on no-fly list.
Mike Pompeo

Pakistan rejects US censure on its religious freedom violations

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Shah Mehmood Qureshi asks for India’s help to end the Afghan war; Balochistan cabinet calls CPEC spending in province so far a “joke”.
Manzoor Pashteen, the leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement

Pashtun activist Manzoor Pashteen, critical of Pak army, denied entry to Balochistan

Here’s what’s happening across the border: PML-N spokesperson says Imran Khan govt stole her party’s projects, and Mahira Khan-Fawad Khan starrer film first in Pakistan to get same-day release in China.

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Actor Vyjayanthimala

Every Bollywood reincarnation story must tip its hat to Bimal Roy’s Madhumati

Of the many things that Bimal Roy’s Madhumati got right, Pran’s antagonistic turn was one.
space laws

When it comes to space activities in India, are no laws better than bad laws?

The government had put the draft Space Activities Bill in the public domain, inviting suggestions. The bill was never introduced in this Lok Sabha. 

Defence

Convoys to Kashmir can’t be stopped even if aircraft are available, top CRPF officers say

CRPF officer says nearly 4,000 personnel needed to be moved from Jammu to Srinagar due to a backlog caused by weather. Not all could’ve gone by aircraft.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.