Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistan’s secular humanitarian

Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistan’s secular humanitarian

By Jon Boone/The Guardian In a country increasingly riven by extremism, Abdul Sattar Edhi, the founder of a vast public welfare organization that spans Pakistan, was a symbol of the country’s shriveled secular tradition. Edhi, who died in July last year aged 90, never turned anyone away from his hospitals, homeless shelters, rehab centers and orphanages. His determination to ignore considerations...

Pakistan’s colorful Christmas Train shows the country as a multi-cultural one

Islamabad ,December 25 (Dawn): Minister for Railways Khuwaja Saad Rafique last Thursday inaugurated a special purpose 'Xmas Peace Train' ahead of Christmas festivities in the country highlighting the multi-religious and multi-cultural character of the country. The minister, while addressing the inauguration ceremony, hailed the role of minority groups, especially Christians, in the development and prosperity of Pakistan. "The white color...

Indian doctors remove 40 knives from man’s stomach

Indian doctors remove 40 knives from man’s stomach

Amritsar, August 25 (AP): Doctors in Amritsar in the state of Punjab in Northern India have surgically removed 40 knives from the stomach of a man who had swallowed them over the past two months, one of the physicians said today. The 42-year-old man is recovering in a hospital in Punjab state after undergoing surgery Friday in which doctors removed...

Nepal’s unending cycle of migration keeps the country stagnant

Nepal’s unending cycle of migration keeps the country stagnant

Om Astha Rai/Nepali Times Kathmandu, August 23: Man Bahadur Limbu went to Malaysia in 2002, hoping to escape poverty and war. He worked in a factory for four years and was allowed to visit his family only once, in 2004. He endured the burden of the loan, inhuman working conditions and separation from the family. Bahadur, a fifth-grade dropout, ploughed...

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