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Is religious extremism on the rise in Bangladesh?


There has been an increase in the religious extremism in #Bangladesh. This trend saw a rise in the aftermath of the #CharlieHebdo related killings in France in the last couple of months when wide stage protests rocked the country. More in our latest video analysis:

#SouthAsiaPress Talk: Pashtuns under attack?


South Asia Press organized an online talk titled “Pashtuns under attack?” We discussed the issue of recent persecution of Pashtuns in Pakistan, with a focus on the history of #Pashtun resistance, and current movements in Pakistan. There was also a live Q and A with our online audience.

Guests: Afrasiab Khattak, Bushra Gohar, and Gulalai Ismail
Moderator: Taha Siddiqui.

Is Pakistan behind the #Khalistan movement?

South Asia Press analyzes recent research paper by journalist Terry Milewski for a Canadian think-tank that talks about Khalistan movement being a project of Pakistan. “A closer look suggests that it’s Pakistanis, not Khalistanis, who are driving the campaign — and their motives are not necessarily pure,” he writes. Western countries like Canada and UK have unwittingly found themselves home to several proponents of the pro-Khalistan movement. We also look at how Sikhs are treated in Pakistan and why the West should be vary of this global partnership between such fringe Sikh violent separatist groups and Pakistan.

Online Talk: Will Pakistan ban social media?


South Asia Press organizes a talk to discuss Pakistan government’s move to introduce changes to Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 (PECA) by adding ‘Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards) Rules 2020’. With these changes, will the government now have legal cover to issue blanket bans on digital content?

Guests: Usama Khilji of Bolobhi and Rabia Mehmood, independent journalist. Moderated by Taha Siddiqui, Editor-in-chief South Asia Press.

Is Pakistan Army doomed under General Bajwa?

The current Pakistan Army chief General Bajwa has been a centre of attention in the political and media circles. Are Pakistanis finally rising against the military’s absolute control in the country? Is General Bajwa, in pursuit of staying in power, destroying the very institution he heads? Taha Siddiqui investigates in his latest for South Asia Press:

South Asia Press Talk: Pakistan under General Bajwa

This week, South Asia Press organized its first online talk with renowned scholar, defence analyst and author of Military Inc. Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa about Pakistan and Pakistan Army under Bajwa, the civil-military relations and the so-called Bajwa Doctrine. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for more updates!


Pakistan and Saudi Arabia no longer friends?


Is Pakistan foreign minister @SMQureshiPTI responsible for creating rifts between Riyadh & Islamabad? Are Saudis no longer friends of Pakistan? Can the cash-strapped Pakistani economy afford to lose Saudi support? @TahaSSiddiqui analyzes in our latest video report:

Are Pakistani militants making a comeback?


ALARMING to see Pakistani banned militants regrouping across the country once again. Sunni extremist groups, Kashmiri militants & Pakistani Taliban make a comeback as Islamabad turns a blind eye towards such proliferation. 

Pakistani Islamists including banned militants, join anti-France & Charlie Hebdo protests


Tens of thousands of people across Pakistan are protesting against the french magazine Charlie Hebdo, for reprinting cartoons that mock the Prophet Mohammad. South Asia Press reports: 

Why Pakistan’s Kashmir policy is failing?


Is Pakistan a friend of Kashmir? Here is why it is not and how it continues to worsen the conflict it initiated in 1947 by invading the valley: