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Saudi women register to vote for the first time

RIYADH: Women in Saudi Arabia are registering to vote in elections for the first time in the country’s history.According to a CNN report, women were allowed to register as voters in the kingdom starting August 22, when official voter registration in the country began. Women will also be able to register as candidates once candidate registration begins on August 30.The move to permit women to vote and run as candidates, first announced by the now-deceased King Abdullah in a 2011 order, will allow women to participate in the upcoming municipalRead More

British Muslim drag queen takes a step to inspire gay community

LONDON: Threats are nothing new for Asif Quaraishi, but the gay Muslim hopes that a documentary about Muslim drag queens will encourage gay British Asians to come out of the closet rather than provoke a backlash against Britain’s “hidden” community.The film “Muslim Drag Queens” follows the lives of Quaraishi and two other performers and explores the clandestine nature of Britain’s gay Asian – or “Gaysian” – community.The police have promised to protect the drag queens and their families amid fears that the film, which airs in Britain on Monday, couldRead More

No terrorist network left capable of operating in Pakistan: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday laid out an elaborate progress report on the National Action Plan (NAP), saying that terrorism in the country had been brought down by 70 per cent, adding that no militant network could now operate in Pakistan.Nisar said the civil-military relationship in the country had never been better, and credited the civil-military cooperation for the achievement of the feat. He went on to say that no one should discuss civil-military relationship in public, “nor should anyone give out reckless opinions onRead More

After talks with govt, MQM agrees to review resignations: Fazl

ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-i-Ismal – F (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, flanked by MQM leader Farooq Sattar, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Information Minister Pervez Rashid and other senior government and MQM officials, announced that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement had agreed to review its decision to resign from Parliament after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he will form a committee to address their grievances.Fazl said an MQM delegation had detailed its grievances in talks with the government on Monday, adding that the premier heard all their reservations and assured the party theyRead More

Dean’s Rodolfo Martin Saravia’s discrimination

Dear Readers, Many diplomats particularly those who are either leaving Pakistan after completing their tenure or those who come in to take charge of their new responsibilities, often complain to us that their farewell or welcome receptions hosted by the Dean are not covered and published in the Centreline. For the information of those in particular and our readers in general, we wish to clarify that we do not cover these events because regretfully we are not extended an invitation to such functions. Although, we have offered individual clarification to selectedRead More