Tag: Pakistan

Poor and Desperate, Pakistani Hindus Accept Islam to Get By

The Hindus performed the prayer rituals awkwardly in supplication to their new, single god, as they prepared to leave their many deities behind them. Their lips stumbled over Arabic phrases that, once recited, would seal their conversion to Islam. The last words uttered, the men and boys were then circumcised. Dozens of Hindu families converted […]

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Abductions, Censorship and Layoffs: Pakistani Critics Are Under Siege

When Prime Minister Imran Khan boasted last year that Pakistan had one of the “freest presses in the world,” journalists were quick to object, saying that intimidation of reporters across the country was intensifying. It has only gotten worse since. Two years into Mr. Khan’s term, censorship is on the rise, journalists and activists say, […]

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Border Clashes With Pakistan Leave 15 Afghan Civilians Dead, Officials Say

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Some of the most intense border clashes between Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent years left at least 15 civilians dead on the Afghan side on Thursday, officials said. Afghanistan accused Pakistani forces of firing heavy artillery into civilian areas after protests by communities on both sides who were demanding the reopening of […]

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American Accused of Blasphemy Is Killed in Pakistan Courtroom

The United States urged Pakistan on Thursday to overhaul the country’s harsh blasphemy laws a day after an American citizen accused of violating them was fatally shot in a courtroom. The brazen killing has brought into sharp focus Pakistan’s much-maligned blasphemy laws, which critics say are often used to persecute and intimidate members of religious […]

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