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People attend a protest in Karachi, Pakistan, on June 6, 2022, in response to derogatory references to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad by a spokesperson of India’s governing party. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws continue to cause violence

Pakistan’s laws against blasphemy have been used to bring cases against numerous people over the years, and in particular, the country’s religious minorities.
On June 11, 1963, Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk, burns himself to death on a Saigon street to protest persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government. (AP/Malcolm Browne)

Self-immolation and other ‘spectacular’ protests: How impactful are they?

Aaron Bushnell’s self-immolation is an example of ‘spectacular agency,’ a form of attention-grabbing but costly protest. And, it is uncertain how the public will perceive such protests.
Supporters of imprisoned former prime minister Imran Khan’s party chant slogans during a protest in Pakistan against delaying the result of the general election by the Pakistan Election Commission in Karachi on Feb. 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

No party won a majority in Pakistan’s contentious election. What happens now?

With a hung parliament and uncertain election results, further political instability and a scramble to attain power is in full force in Pakistan.
Supporters of Muttahida Qaumi Movement of Pakistan — a secular, socially liberal political party in Pakistan — attend an election campaign rally in Karachi, Pakistan on Jan. 21, 2024, ahead of the country’s Feb. 8 elections. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

As Pakistani election looms, the military maintains its grip on the country’s politics

Sustained political stability in Pakistan is imperative but remains elusive until the military restrains itself within its constitutional role and refrains from unwarranted interference in politics.
This image provided by the U.S. Navy shows an aircraft launching from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Red Sea on Jan. 22, 2024. American and British forces bombed targets in eight locations used by the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen, the second time the two allies have done so. (Kaitlin Watt/U.S. Navy via AP)

Western strikes against Houthis risk igniting a powderkeg in the Middle East

Since the outset of Israel’s invasion of Gaza, the West has aimed to prevent the conflict from escalating regionally. But strikes on the Houthis in Yemen by the U.S. and the U.K. may ensure it will.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes delegates to the G20 leaders summit in front of a placard reading ‘Bharat,’ the Hindi word for ‘India.’ Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Why some Indians want to change the country’s name to ‘Bharat’

The government’s use of the Hindi word for ‘India’ revives debates over whether Hindi should be the national language – and reopens some old wounds.

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