What’s Happening in Kashmir?

Fareeha Javed

It has been reported that the Indian Prime-Minister, Narendra Modi has proposed to revoke Article 370 of India’s constitution which has been a long-standing right since the time of Independence.

What is Article 370?

“The law dates to 1927, when an order by the administration of the-then princely state of Jammu and Kashmir gave the state’s subjects exclusive hereditary rights.”

The Indian Government is claiming that the rights were temporary and that the government can rightfully abolish them.  Al Jazeera says that this decree has to be “the most far-reaching political move on the disputed region in nearly seven decades.”

To make matters worse, the Indian government has placed the former chief ministers of Indian-Occupied Kashmir, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, under house arrest on Sunday night. The region is under strict curfew and the government has also imposed restrictions on television services, internet and even phone networks.

To maintain law and order or any counter-attacks, additional 35,000 Indian army troops have been deployed in IoK who are seizing control colleges and schools; even public gatherings have been banned.


#standwithKashmir is the number 1 trend on Twitter right now and Pakistanis are using social media platforms to raise their voice against Modi and his unjust actions.

People are changing their displays to #red to show solidarity with Kashmir.

Pakistan’s prime-minister Imran Khan also criticised Indian forces’ use of aggression and advocated for Kashmir’s rights to exercise their freedom.

The current situation in Kashmir is extremely sensitive right now which also significantly affects the political relations between Pakistan and India. The global community online, specially Pakistanis are using social media platforms to attract more attention towards the Kashmir issue which might help in diffusing the tensions to a certain extent.

What do you think about the situation in Kashmir? Let us know!




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Massive outrage over Kathua rape case

Jaziha Syed

Muslim rape-murder case in India disrupted by Hindu groups

Image result for asifa rape case

On 17th January, Muhammad Yusuf Pujwala was informed by one of his neighbours that they had found his eight-year-old daughter, Asifa Bano. Her body lay in bushes in the forest, a few hundred metres away.

In early January, Asifa Bano, was grazing her horses in a meadow in Kashmir when a man grabbed her by the neck and forced her to take sleeping pills. With the help of a friend, they say, he dragged her to a nearby temple and locked her inside.

For the next three days, police say, the two men and at least one other raped her, again and again. Suspects told investigators that their motive had been to drive Asifa’s nomadic community out of the area. In the end, she was strangled, after one of the men allegedly insisted on raping her one last time.

Days later, Asifa’s crumpled body was found in the forest, in the same purple dress, now smeared with blood.

The eight men accused in connection to the rape and murder are Hindu. Asifa was a Muslim nomad, part of the Bakarwal tribe. Asifa’s father, Mohammad Yusuf Pujwala, told the New York Times that he believes his daughter was killed by the Hindu men. For the sole purpose of driving her people away. To add to the volatility of Asifa’s case, police say she was killed in a Hindu temple. Also, the temple’s custodian plotted her death as a way to torment the Bakarwals.

Attempts to dismay the case

When police in northern India went to court to lodge a charge sheet on Monday, they were confronted by dozens of lawyers determined to keep them out.

The lawyers were Hindus. The charges, which police managed to lodge only after calling backup, implicated eight men in the rape and murder of a Muslim child.

Bollywood demands justice in Unnao, Kathua rape cases

Angry, ashamed and heartbroken is how the Indian film industry personalities demanded swift action against the perpetrators.

Celebrities such as Javed Akhtar, Abhishek Bachchan, Swara Bhaskar and Hansal Mehta took to social media to condemn the two brutal incidents that have shocked the nation.

‘Punish a Muslim day’ generates anger and fear in Britain

Jaziha Syed

Hundreds of people are expected to gather in response to a vile letter labeling April 3, 2018 “Punish a Muslim Day.”

The letter, pictured, was sent to people in London, the Midlands, and West Yorkshire and declared April 3 the 'Punish A Muslim Day'. PHOTO: Daily Mail

Ahead of ‘Punish a Muslim Day’, women in the UK are  warned against wearing their hijabs and also going alone for whatever reason.

WhatsApp message containging warning are being circulated among muslims about going outside and to lock their doors properly.

WhatsApp messages circulating in the Islamic community are warning Muslim women to avoid leaving their homes as sick 'Punish A Muslim Day on April 3. PHOTO: Daily Mail

Last month police in the UK began an investigation after people across the country reported receiving an anonymous letter advocating violence against Muslims.

One WhatsApp message explained the shocking propaganda letter, including details about the ‘points system,’ encouraging torture, acid attacks, arson of mosques and assaults.

“This is not a joke its sick plan they have a pointing system where they will be giving points and reporting on a site with videos etc punishments include taking off hijabs…beating up and even acid throwing,” the message read.

Other sickening acts included 50 points for throwing acid in a Muslim’s face and 1000 points for bombing or burning a mosque

The full letter details rewards based on a points system which ranged from 10 points for verbal abuse to 2,500 for 'nuking Mecca'. One of the messages circulating warned women to cover their hijab with a hat or coat. PHOTO: Daily Mail

It further read, “even though police say they are acting on it.. leaflets have been posted through doors in east London and kids have heard about it.”

Other WhatsApp messages advising muslim women  to walk in groups  when taking their children to school are being circulated.

Malala Yousafzai returns to Pakistan for first time since shooting

Jaziha Syed

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has returned to Pakistan for the first time since being shot by Taliban militants.

Ms Yousafzai, now aged 20 and a vocal human rights activist, was shot in the head by a gunman for campaigning for female education in 2012.

In an emotional speech at the prime minister’s office, she said it had been her dream to return “without any fear”.

Details of the surprise trip are being kept secret for security reasons.

Pakistani television broadcast video showing her arriving with her parents at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport under tight security.

“Always it has been my dream that I should go to Pakistan and there, in peace and without any fear, I can move on streets, I can meet people, I can talk to people,” Ms Yousafzai said in a televised address from the PM’s house in Islamabad.

“And I think that it’s my old home again… so it is actually happening, and I am grateful to all of you.”

The trip is expected to last four days. Officials from her Malala Fund group are traveling with her.

Pakistanis that made it to this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30

Jaziha Syed

Forbes has just released its annual ’30 Under 30′ Asia list and nine Pakistanis have made it to the list. Nine Pakistanis have made it to Forbes Asia’s 30 Under 30. The 2018 list features 30 game changers, young innovators, and disruptors across 10 categories “who are re-inventing industries and driving change” across the continent.

Forbes stated, “Despite a challenging environment, young Pakistanis are increasingly looking to make a difference in their country. And they’re likely to be successful, too. More than 60% of the country’s booming population (the sixth-largest population in the world) is made up of young people. That amounts to a workforce that’s youthful, energetic and just maybe the generation to bring the positive changes needed.”

The singer championing women’s rights 

Musician and social activist Momina Mustehsan shot to overnight success after her debut performance on Pakistani TV show Coke Studio. Her rendition of “Afreen Afreen” became the most viewed YouTube video of Pakistani origin ever, and since then this talented musician has used her fame and social media clout (she’s one of Pakistan’s biggest social media influencers) to speak candidly about issues like cyberbullying and depression. She is i the list of Forbes 30 under 30.

Muhammad Asad Raza and Abrahim Ali Shah

Muhammad Asad Raza and Abrahim Ali Shah are the CEOs and the CTO respectively, of Neurotic, a healthcare startup that uses technology to improve healthcare services and products for the developing world. Among their tech-enhanced services are clinical decision support, fitness and healthcare monitoring and data analytics. They have also developed affordable prosthetic limbs for amputees in developing countries such as Pakistan. Raza won a gold award at Asia Pacific ICT Awards and third place at the international finals of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) in 2017.


Hamza Farrukh, 24 (Bondh-E-Shams)
Social Entrepreneurs

Hamza Farrukh, listed in the Social Entrepreneurs category, founded Bondh-e-Shams-The Solar Water Project. He has developed a solar-powered water extraction and filtration system. Costing $8,000, the system has a 25-year lifespan and can serve nearly 5,000 people daily.

Sadia Bashir, 29 (PixelArt Games Academy)

Pakistani entrepreneur Sadia Bashir found she had a passion for video games, and while female education was not a priority at home, she fought for and funded her own education. After working for established gaming companies she cofounded Pixel Art Games Academy. The mission is to bridge the gap between industry demand and education by providing training in video game development and recruitment opportunities. Her success has inspired women in Pakistan to dream bigger. She has been awarded by “Women Can Do” and the U.S. Embassy at the Women Entrepreneurs Summit in 2016 for her accomplishments.


Muhammad Shaheer Niazi, 17, Scientist

17-year-old Muhammad Shaheer Niazi found a way to photograph the movement of ions forming a honeycomb-like shape when electrically-charged particles try to pass through a pool of oil. Niazi has been included in the Healthcare and Science category. He has had his research published in the Royal Open Science Journal and aspires to win the Nobel in physics one day.

Syed Faizan Hussain, 24, Founder Perihelion Systems

The 24-year-old entrepreneur is a solution-driven social activist. His non-profit, Perihelion Systems aims to better the lives of many using technology. Some of Perihelion’s products include; Edu-Aid, an American Sign Language translating software; One Health, a disease surveillance and tracking system used to predict outbreaks and alert health institutions to expedite intervention; and Glove Gauge, wearable technology to facilitate professional production processes such as measurements.

Adnan and Adeel Shaffi of Price Oye lists under Forbes 30 under 30

The Shaffi brothers, 28 and 30 respectively, made it to the list in the Retail and E-commerce category. They founded PriceOye, an online price comparison engine for mobile phones in second and third-tier cities Pakistani cities. The site enjoys over a million views per month.


Family remembers Mashal Khan on 24th birthday

Jaziha Syed

The family of Mashal Khan, a student of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan who was lynched by an angry mob in the university’s premises over false allegations of posting blasphemous content online, celebrated his birthday on Tuesday.

On February 7, an anti-terrorism court in Haripur announced its verdict in the lynching case, handing one person death sentence, five life imprisonments, 25 others to three years in jail, and acquitting 26 others.

Brother of Mashal Khan, Aman Aimal Mashal, posted a video on Facebook in which Mashal’s father Iqbal Khan and mother Syeda Bibi could be seen cutting a cake. The pictures of Mashal’s grave lighted with candles were also posted on the social media


Aman wrote: “We are not celebrating but ensuring that we still feel you are among us. You are alive for us. We all love you very much.”

Khan completed his college in the Institute of Computer and Management Sciences on a scholarship and received good marks.

He then received a scholarship to study at a university in Russia where he studied engineering for one year. He then returned to Pakistan without completing his studies due to the family’s limited financial resources.

His father told that Mashal was devoted to his studies and would study for 15 hours a day. He believed education was essential for a full life and encouraged his brothers and sister to study as well. His father added that Mashal was a “peaceful, tolerant person” and that he wrote poetry in Pashto. Khan had one brother and two sisters and was 23 years old at the time of his murder.

Mashal’s teacher told a local media outlet that “Mashal was a humanist, he was into socialism and Sufism”. A teacher described Khan as an engaged and thoughtful student. “He was brilliant and inquisitive, always complaining about the political system of the country, but I never heard him saying anything controversial against the religion.”

Here is the video of Mashal Khan celebrating his last birthday

However Mashal’s death is still unavenged, 25 individuals who were convicted were released on bail, whereas, another 26 were acquitted altogether.

Emma Gonzále’s Powerful Protest on Stage

Jaziha Syed

Emma González is an American activist and advocate for gun control. As a high school senior she survived the February 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, and in response co-founded the gun-control advocacy group Never Again MSD. She first drew national attention after a speech she gave at a rally against gun violence went viral.

Emma González, one of the leaders of the #NeverAgain movement, stood in silence for minutes onstage at the March for Our Lives protest in Washington, DC, tears streaming down her face.

González, who has been one of the most public faces of the movement that grew out of the Parkland massacre and was an organizer of Saturday’s march, first read the names of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.

“Six minutes and 20 seconds with an AR-15 and my friend, Carmen, would never complain to me about piano practice. Aaron Feis would never call Kyra ‘Miss Sunshine.’ Alex Schachter would never walk into school with his brother, Ryan. Scott Beigel would never joke around with Cameron at camp. Helena Ramsay would never hang out after school with Max. Gina Montalto would never wave to her friend Liam at lunch. Joaquin Oliver would never play basketball with Sam or Dylan. Alaina Petty would never. Cara Loughran would never. Chris Hixon would never. Luke Hoyer would never. Martin Duque Anguiano would never. Peter Wang would never. Alyssa Alhadeff would never. Jamie Guttenberg would never. Meadow Pollack would never,” read González.

She then stared straight ahead and didn’t speak for four minutes.

Tears fell down her face. The crowd occasionally clapped and chanted “Emma.”

Finally, a timer sounded.

“Since the time that I came out here, it has been 6 minutes and 20 seconds,” said González.

The shooting in Parkland lasted that period of time.

“The shooter has ceased shooting and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students as they escape and walk free for an hour before the arrest. Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job,” declared González, before walking offstage to huge cheers.

Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, dies aged 45.

Kainat Hussain Khanzada

Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, has died in Kenya at the age of 45 after becoming a symbol of efforts to save his subspecies from extinction, a fate that only science can now prevent.

Sudan lived out his final years on a 90,000-acre reserve of savannah and woodlands in central Kenya, along with the two remaining females, under armed guard to protect them from poachers.

Ironically, Sudan’s death comes as hundreds of scientists and government envoys gather in Colombia at a biodiversity crisis summit for a global appraisal of mass species extinction.

Rhinos have few predators in the wild due to their size.

In this May 3, 2017, photo, a ranger takes care of Sudan. ─ APSudan, the last male Rhino.

However, demand for rhino horn in traditional Chinese medicine and dagger handles in Yemen fuelled a poaching crisis in the 1970s and 1980s that largely wiped out the northern white rhino population in Uganda, Central African Republic, Sudan and Chad.

He did manage to sire two females while at the Czech zoo. His daughter Najin, 28, and her daughter Fatu, 17 are the two females left alive at Ol Pejeta.

In this file photo taken on April 28, 2016, British actress Liz Hurley poses next to Sudan at the Ol Pejeta Sanctuary during the Giants Club Summit conservation meeting in Laikipia. ─ AFP