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A look-back at times when a pall was cast over Hajj

Saudi Arabia on Monday announced it would hold a “very limited” Hajj this year due to the coronavirus pandemic with only pilgrims of different nationalities already in the Kingdom allowed to take part. However, this is not the first time a shadow has been cast over the annual pilgrimage which …

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Iran marks National Day of Saadi Shirazi, the Master of Speech

TEHRAN: Today is the National Commemoration Day of the renowned Persian poet Saadi Shirazi, born in Shiraz around 1200 and died around 1292. Abu-Muhammad Muslih al-Din bin Abdallah Shirazi, known by his pen-name Saadi, was one of the major Persian poets of the medieval period. Saadi is known as a mystic and …

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How can we b sustainable post-covid 19?

By Chloe Berge 16 April 2020 As a travel journalist and someone who cares deeply about the future of our planet, the moral dilemma of air travel is something I constantly grapple with. I’ve reduced the number of trips I take, buy carbon offsets when I travel and focus my …

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Here’s how you can get checked for coronavirus in Pakistan

The threat of coronavirus is growing globally and the cases in Pakistan increased to 28 on March 14. Here’s what you need to know: A patient suspecting they are manifesting symptoms of coronavirus should visit a government designated public or private hospital. According to National Institute of Health (NIH) official …

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Villages in Sindh light up with solar power

Sabhagi Dablo rushes me to the courtyard of her mud brick home. There, she proudly points towards a large blue and white panel that sticks out rather awkwardly from its surrounding. “I sold my goat and bought a solar panel,” the mother of six explains enthusiastically, “Now, I can light …

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Another Bhutto at the helm

By I. A. Rehman BENAZIR Bhutto occupies a unique place in the political history of Pakistan. Twice elected prime minister of the country and the first woman head of government in any Muslim-majority state, she inspired the hope that she could put democracy back on the rails. Inability to fulfil …

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