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'Americans created the sharp sectarian divide in Iraq'

‘I personally feel it was a very conscious decision on the part of the Americans to rekindle the Shia-Sunni tensions in the region. It was one of their main aims. The Americans have succeeded......

How Shia-Sunni strife can worsen crisis in Bahrain

Latest reports from Bahrain speak of considerable tension marked by anti-king and anti-government slogans shouted by thousands of Shia mourners. They attended the funerals of seven persons killed......

Pakistan: How politics fuels Shia-Sunni divide

Apart from religious hatred that makes it kosher for the Sunnis to massacre the Shias, the targeting of Shias serves a political objective of the Islamists in destabilising the Pakistani state. As......

Lucknow: Shia woman performs nikah of Sunni couple

Carrying out a nikah might be regarded as the exclusive privilege of only a male qazi. But back in Lucknow -- the city of the Nawabs -- a well educated Muslim woman did the qazi's job to create......

Pakistan: Seven killed in Shia-Sunni clashes

Seven persons were killed and over 10 injured in sectarian clashes in Pakistan's northwestern Kurram tribal area, where skirmishes between Shias and Sunnis continued for the second day on......

10 most dangerous places to work

Children dressed in costume sit together during a party celebrating. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters A recent MBA graduate, Puneet Kohli, got a job offer from a global commodity giant to join their......

Pehle aap, tehzeeb and Bollywood

From Pakeezah to Ishaqzaade, from Shatranj ki Khilari to Umrao Jaan, the great city of Lucknow has made its way to the wonderful world of Hindi films. The tinkle of the ghungroo, bright......

Veena Malik, husband sentenced to 26 years in jail for blasphemy

Controversy queen Veena Malik has landed in the eye of yet another storm.She, along with the owner of Pakistan's biggest media group, Geo TV, and her actor husband Asad Bashir Khan, has been......

'A film one has to live through, not just watch'

'Vishal Bhardwaj, Haider will ensure you a permanent place in the galaxy of filmmakers like Guru Dutt and Satyajit Ray.' Sudarshana Dwivedi salutes the director.I have studied and taught......
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Here's how taking on Islamic State affecting various nations

Provided by Firstpost The past week has seen major developments on the international fight against the world's most notorious terror outfit that... ...
Another war?

As per some media reports, the Shia regime of Iran has committed its ground forces to defend the present-day ruler of Syria against the Sunni... ...
The Middle East and global risk

Among today's geopolitical risks, none is greater than the long arc of instability stretching from the Maghreb to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.... ...
Iran says return of Haj dead delayed

The repatriation of Iranians killed in the Haj stampede in Saudi Arabia has been delayed until at least Wednesday, officials said, citing... ...
A new Afghanistan on Syrian soil

Syria has been in the throes of civil conflict for nearly five years. In this period, a quarter of a million people have lost their lives and over... ...

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