Pak Army Chief Says Need To Revisit Teachings In Madrassas

New Delhi: Pakistan army chief General QamarJavedBajwahas criticised the role of mushrooming madrassas, which mostly taught only Islamic theology, underlining the need to revisit the religious schools concept in the Muslim majority country.

"I am not against madrassas, but we have lost the essence of madrassas," the powerful general told a youth conference in Quetta, capital of the restive Balochistanprovince, stressing the need to revisit the religious schools concept.

Speaking at a seminar on 'Human resource development - opportunities and challenges' yesterday, he noted that there were more religious seminaries established in Balochistan than the modern and quality schools during the past four decades.


Shoot Down US Drones: Pakistan Air Force Chief

New Delhi: Pakistan Air Force (PAF) chief Sohail Aman has ordered his force to shoot down any drones, including those of the US, if they violate the country's airspace.

The announcement was made public about two weeks after a US drone strike targeted a militant compound in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border, killing three militants.

Pakistan had always condemned drone strikes on its soil but had never said they would shoot down the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). "We will not allow anyone to violate our airspace. I have ordered PAF to shoot down drones, including those of the US, if they enter our airspace, violating the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity," Air Chief Marshal SohailAman told an audience in Islamabad.


US Jerusalem Move Triggers Israeli-Palestinian Clashes

New Delhi: The Islamist group Hamas has called upon Palestinians to abandon peace efforts and launch a new uprising against Israel in response to US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as its capital.

Palestinian factions called for a "Day of Rage" on Friday, and on Thursday a wave of protest in the West Bank and Gaza resulted in clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops. At least 31 people were wounded by Israeli gunfire and rubber bullets, medics said, adding, one of them was in critical condition.


Race For Time 'Person Of The Year' Enters Last Leg

New Delhi: The shortlist of candidates for TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year was unveiled by the magazine in the starting of this week. And on Wednesday, TIME Magazine revealed their reader poll results and ‘short list’ for their Person of the Year 2017 edition.

Since 1927, TIME has identified the Person of the Year, recognizing the person or group of people who most influenced the news during the past year, for better or for worse. In recent years, the title also has been bestowed upon a group of individuals as well as major concepts, such as “the whistleblowers” and “the endangered Earth.”

TIME’s recipient in 2015 was German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The year before that, 2014, the Person of the Year were the Ebola fighters.

Although TIME's list is not an academic or objective study of the past, the list gives a contemporary viewpoint of what was important during each year. Nothing to its surprise, this year as well there was a lot of talk about who might grace the cover of the annual issue.


Iran 'Will Not Tolerate' Trump Jerusalem 'Violation': Says Rouhani

New Delhi: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has taken umbrage at  his US counterpart Donald Trump's plan to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, saying it would not be tolerated.

Rouhani also spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by phone, describing Trump's announcement as "wrong, illegitimate, provocative and very dangerous", according to an account posted on the Iranian government's website.

He also agreed to attend a special summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the main pan-Islamic body, on December 13, which Erdogan called to discuss the issue.