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Is she 18? How Pakistan’s forced conversion of minors gets legal cover

If your kidnapper-husband says you are 18, or have had your first period, no more questions are asked in Pakistan about abduction-conversions of young girls.
File photo | Pakistan PM Imran Khan with Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa | Facebook/ImranKhanOfficial

Mocking Pakistan army can land you in jail for 2 yrs. What about Imran Khan’s old speeches?

A Pakistani journalist’s book was recently seized from shelves because it had a cartoon on its cover — of Imran Khan playing at Gen Bajwa’s feet.

Asim Bajwa’s dirty money is RAW saazish in Imran Khan’s Pakistan

Before coming to power, Imran Khan used to ask Nawaz Sharif to produce receipts of his investment. Rules have changed now that he is PM.
Imran Khan

Someone in Imran Khan government is clearly angry with left-swipes on Tinder

Pakistan banned 5 dating apps: Tinder, Tagged, Skout, Grindr and SayHi for being ‘immoral’. But can it stop men sending ‘hello fraandship’ texts on LinkedIn?

Pakistanis know a lot about Dawood Ibrahim. The don lives in White House, drives a black taxi

Javed Miandad, the don’s relative, has announced his intentions to join politics. He might one day become the prime minister, but of a Dawood-less Pakistan.
File photo | Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa | Facebook/ImranKhanOfficial

Pakistan’s enemy number one is Israel now. India can wait

Now that Israel and UAE have reached a deal, Pakistan is in a quandary again. Will friendship with it help it check India or will it betray Palestine?

What’s Pakistan without Saudi loan, oil and free royal jet rides for Imran Khan?

Pakistan was asked to repay $1bn of the Saudi loan, which it did by borrowing from China, but Qureshi called it an economic favour to the Arab nation in Covid-19.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Who needs a Google Map? Naya Pakistan is Naya Mapistan

A map, a highway, a song and a minute of silence — that’s the ingredient Pakistanis came up with, and Kashmir ban gya Pakistan.
Tahir Hussain was shot dead inside a courtroom during his blasphemy trial | Twitter

How to become an instant hero in Pakistani social media — shoot someone to save Islam

Khalid Khan shot dead an American citizen accused in a blasphemy case in a Peshawar court this week. The murderer became an instant hero on Pakistani social media.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan

The cost of speaking truth to power in Imran Khan’s Naya Pakistan — you might not return home

Since 1992, 61 journalists, including the likes of The Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Pearl have been killed in Pakistan while performing their duties.

On Camera

File image of a sign outside the Income Tax office | Photo: Brent Lewin | Bloomberg

Govt extends deadline for filing income tax return till 31 December

Earlier in May, the govt had extended the date for filing ITR for FY2019-20 from 31 July to 30 November to give compliance relief to taxpayers.

Defence

Representational image | A flying drone

Army shoots down surveillance drone after it crosses the LoC in north Kashmir

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone, fitted with cameras, was spotted by the alert troops in the Keran sector. The drone was seized and further investigation is on.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.