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UN blacklists Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza, seen as likely successor to al Qaida chief al-Zawahiri

The blacklisting imposes a travel ban, freezing of assets, and an arms embargo on al Qaida’s Hamza bin Laden.
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Reaction to India’s military action on Pakistan shows how important it is to the world now

The uncomfortable truth for Islamabad is that not one country spoke out in its favour after India sent in its Mirages.
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International media does balancing act between India and Pakistan on airstrike

As tensions escalate between the two nuclear states, ThePrint takes a look at what the international media said of Tuesday’s air strike.

If US can carry out an operation to kill Osama bin Laden, India can too: Arun Jaitley

Arun Jaitley's remarks came after the Indian Air Force pounded terror camps in Pakistan.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan

Imran Khan says no mention of Jesus Christ in history

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Pakistan foreign secretary lodges protest with US official over Trump’s tirade; Bohemian Rhapsody plays to empty theatres in Lahore. Imran Khan draws flak for making wrong claims about Jesus Christ Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was subject to considerable flak from his own country’s netizens after a video clip of him making controversial remarks about Jesus Christ went viral on the internet, reported Pakistan Today. “Moses got some mention but Jesus Christ has no mention in history,” he said at the inauguration ceremony of a conference in Islamabad. After Khan's comment, several people took to Twitter to criticise the prime minister. Gul Bukhari, Lahore-based human rights defender, shared the video captioning it with the word “What?”. https://twitter.com/GulBukhari/status/1064856924074721280 Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader, called the claim a “crazy statement” clarifying that the Quran has several references to Jesus Christ. https://twitter.com/betterpakistan/status/1064879895359221760 Pak foreign secretary raises Donald Trump’s tirade with US official Pakistan’s foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua Tuesday summoned...
Pakistan PM Imran Khan

$20-bn US aid is nothing compared to the price Pakistan paid during ‘war on terror’: Imran Khan

Here’s what’s happening across the border: US senator Rand Paul insists no aid to Pakistan until Asia Bibi is freed, Pak Hindu senator figures in BBC 100 Women list.

Osama’s son ‘marries daughter of 9/11 attacker’, and one less woman CEO

Front page Guess who just got married: Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden's son Hamza, 29, has married the daughter of Mohammad Atta, the leader of the 9/11 hijackers, The Times of India reports. The marriage, the report adds, was confirmed by two of bin Laden's half-brothers in an interview with the British daily The Guardian. ToI carries the exclusive interview on an inside page. The brothers were quoted as saying that they believed Hamza was aiming to avenge his father's 2011 killing by the US Navy Seals. Government justifies Supreme Court seniority 'mishap': According to a report in Hindustan Times, a government functionary said "it would have been 'completely improper, unreasonable and unfair' to have made Justice K.M. Joseph senior to justices Indira Banerjee and Vineet Saran because they are both two-and-a-half years his senior as high court judges". The statement came after a row erupted over the notification of the three judicial appointments, as questions...
Hafiz Saeed

What an unlikely collaboration between former India, Pakistan spy chiefs looks like

‘The Spy Chronicles: Raw, ISI and the Illusion of Peace’ is an intriguing read end-to-end just for what the former Pakistani spy chief reveals and doesn’t.

Osama bin Laden’s greatest strategic success wasn’t just 9/11, it was re-energising disparate Islamist groups in South Asia

In their second essay, Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark, authors of the new book “The Exile: The Flight of Osama bin Laden”, explain how Osama helped stitch together and re-focus the scattered jihad front groups in South Asia. (You can read the first part here)  ADRIAN LEVY & CATHY SCOTT-CLARK A popular line drawing of Osama bin Laden, one advanced by himself, was of a messianic desert dweller, an ascetic who also was content to live in caves, and who was as impoverished as he was miraculous in beating the odds and winning against the West. However, he was also an extraordinary networker, a gifted snake-oil salesman, who calculated the impact of his reputation upon every relationship he sought to cement. Work on Osama bin Laden’s least talked about, and most brilliant project, began eight years before 9/11. Then Masood Azhar, a plump cleric from Bahalwalpur, in the Pakistan Punjab, started agitating in...

Before being killed, here are 8 times Osama bin Laden came really close to getting caught

In the first of the two-part essay, Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark, authors of the new book “The Exile: The Flight of Osama bin Laden”, list the number of close shaves that the al-Qaeda emir had with the authorities.

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Shoppers walk through South City Mall in Kolkata | Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Wrong to raise alarm over slowdown in India’s consumption

Consumption cannot bail out an ailing economy. It is the consequence of a good or bad economic environment, no matter which way we calculate GDP.
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Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.

Defence

A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA

Break-in at IAF’s Paris office handling Rafale procurement, cops probe espionage angle

The IAF's office in Paris houses the team that coordinates with Dassault Aviation on manufacture of Rafale jets and the weapons package onboard the aircraft.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.