We assess that Flight MH17 was likely downed by a SA-11 surface-to-air missile from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine. We base this judgment on several factors.

Letting Farzana die

Yasmeen Aftab Ali

Farzana did not die on 27th May, 2014, as claimed, for marrying a man of her choice and allegedly being stoned to death outside the Lahore High Court by her family. She has died over and over again. Farzana survived an attempted attack on her when her father, brother and some family members shot her, stuffed her in a sack and threw her in a canal near Hafizabad. Only she was called Saba Maqsood then. An 18-year-old whose crime was that she wanted to marry a man she loved.

Ambassador Olson’s speech, delivered at the Leaders Summit in Islamabad

It is a great honor to be with you for this exciting event. This morning I would like to address the theme of this gathering – leadership – through my lens as a career public servant. I will discuss how the private sector can bolster the state, how the state has responsibilities to the private sector, and how both can work in tandem for mutual gain.


Khalid Zaheer - A RECENT recommendation by the Council of Islamic Ideology to allow child marriage in Pakistan has invited a new debate on whether Islam allows marriage of minors. At the very heart of the CII’s recommendation is the understanding of our traditional religious scholars that since the Prophet (PBUH), according to interpretations of some ahadith, married Hazrat Ayesha when she was six years old and nine years old at the time of consummation of marriage, no law that ignores this historical reality can be deemed to be valid from an Islamic point of view.


Muhammad Aamir Rana - Missing person’s case in Pakistan has aggravated because it is fetching attention of many inside and outside of Pakistan. Wife of Zahid Baloch chairperson of Baloch Student Organization– Azad (BSO-A) has issued a letter in the media in which she has said that “He was abducted by some unknown persons at gun point. A friend Banuk Karima, vice chairperson of BSO-A, witnessed the abduction. She writes, We are deeply concerned about his safety and feel that his life is under serious threat.

Honoring Aitzaz Hasan: Fighting the Demons of Sectarianism

By Sehar Tariq -
On the morning of January 6th, Aitzaz Hasan lost his life while preventing a suicide bomber from entering his school. The only thing standing between the 2000 children enrolled in the local Government High School Ibrahimzai in Hangu and a suicide bomber sent to kill them was the courage of this teenager.

Mandela is dead - Why hide the truth about Apartheid?

---By: Fidel Castro ---
Maybe the empire thought that we would not honor our word when, during days of uncertainty in the past century, we affirmed that even if the USSR were to disappear Cuba would continue struggling.

World War II broke out on September 1, 1939 when Nazi-fascist troops invaded Poland and struck like a lightning over the heroic people of the USSR, who contributed 27 million lives to preserve mankind from that brutal massacre that ended the lives of 50 million persons.

Role of Media Communication in Disaster Management

Salman Khalid-In the wake of sufferings caused by natural and man-made disasters in the last couple of decades, a new realization is taking place in the contemporary world. There prevails a general comprehension to minimize the losses both to life and property to maximum possible level through effective communication utilizing technology based systems.

Baku Forum: Lessons for Pakistan

Muhammad Asif Noor-
Two-day Baku International Humanitarian Forum in October 2013 attracted world's attention and brought galaxy of dignitaries from around of the world including former Presidents, Nobel Laureates, Diplomats, prominent figures of science and culture elite of different countries, academicians, journalists, heads of international influential organizations, parliamentarians from more than 100 countries.

Long march by Baloch Missing Persons

 Muhammad Aamir Rana - The Long Marchers have completed 700 km and entered Karachi after travelling 27 days on foot.Before reaching Karachi a car tried to ram the walkers on three occasions and the marchers are receiving death threat messages on their cell phones

Dispute over Drone

(Greg Miller) American and Pakistani officials sharply disagreed Thursday about whether an Islamic school was struck by a US drone, in an unusual attack that inflamed tensions over the CIA drone campaign. According to Pakistani officials, three missiles were fired into a compound in Khyber ­Pakhtunkhwa province about 5 a.m. local time Thursday, a rare strike outside the Pakistani tribal areas near the Afghan border that are usually targeted by US drones.

Armenian Foreign Policy U-Turn

Ansar Mahmood Bhatti--
On 28-29 November, the European Union’s Lithuanian presidency will host the Eastern Partnership Summit, where association agreements with Moldova, Georgia and Armenia are expected to be initialed, and where an EU-Ukraine association agreement is expected to be signed. These agreements are accompanied by Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements (DCFTA) with the EU, which are making Moscow nervous.

Joint Statement

Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Thursday released joint statement of meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Obama. Here is the full text of the statement.

Transit Passage of the Eurasion Countries

Giresun University
Giresun / TURKEY