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Pakistan arrests 1 for helping to abduct 2 Hindu girls; more arrests likely

Lahore, Mar 25: A man suspected to have assisted in solemnising the wedding of two Pakistani Hindu minor girls, who were reportedly abducted and forcefully converted to Islam, was arrested on Sunday, as the teenagers approached a court in Pakistan's Punjab province seeking protection, according to a media report....

New Zealand PM orders independent inquiry into massacre of Muslims

Wellington, Mar 25: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today ordered an independent judicial inquiry into the Christchurch mosque attacks, asking whether police and intelligence services could have prevented the March 15 attack.

Ardern said a royal commission — the most powerful judicial probe available under New Zealand law...

Imran Khan orders probe into forced conversion, marriages of 2 Hindu girls

Islamabad, Mar 24: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered a probe into reports of abduction, forced conversion and underage marriages of two teenage Hindu girls in Sindh province and to take immediate steps for their recovery, information minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Sunday.

Meanwhile, external affairs minister Sushma...

Viewing Us with Pre-Partition Eye is India's 'Mistake', Says Pakistan President

Islamabad, Mar 23: It would be a "mistake" for India to view Pakistan with the eye of pre-partition and its desire for peace should not be misconstrued as a sign of weakness, President Arif Alvi said on Saturday as Islamabad displayed its military might on the National Day.

Arif...

Muslims urge fight on Islamaphobia, slam West after carnage

"The terrorist attack in New Zealand represents a very dangerous tide in the West that is Islamaphobia," he said in Istanbul where the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held an emergency meeting Friday.

Certain Western officials and institutions, he said, are aiding and abetting crimes against Muslims with their...

‘New Zealand is unbreakable’: Al Noor Masjid imam

Christchurch/New Zealand, Mar 22: The Imam of Masjid Al Noor has led the first Jummah prayer in Christchurch since the mosque shootings last Friday.

The Friday Prayer was held at Hagley Park, directly across the road and about 100 meters from the mosque where a terrorist killed 42 worshippers....

India-US relationship flourished under PM Modi, says Trump administration

Washington, Mar 22: The relationship between India and the US flourished under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an official in the Donald Trump administration has said, adding it expects the ties to improve after the Lok Sabha elections.

The senior official also said the first ever India-US two-plus-two dialogue, held...

India one of fastest-growing large economies: IMF

Washington, Mar 22: India has been one of the fastest-growing large economies in the world, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said, asserting that the country has carried out several key reforms in the last five years, but more needs to be done.

Responding to a question on India's...

Entire New Zealand observes 2 minutes silence as Friday prayer call echoes across country

Christchurch, Mar 22: The Muslim call to prayer rang out across New Zealand on Friday followed by two minutes of silence nationwide to mark a week since a white supremacist gunned down 50 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

As the call was broadcast around the...

200,000 people in Zimbabwe affected by floods, cyclone: UN

Geneva, Mar 21: The number of people in Zimbabwe affected by a devastating cyclone and flooding has jumped to 200,000, with most of the damage occurring near the Mozambique border, the UN said Thursday.

The initial estimate of those hit in Zimbabwe was 15,000 but World Food Programme (WFP)...