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Curtailed Hajj compounds Saudi economic woes

Vacant religious sites. Abandoned pilgrim tents. Lifeless hotels. A stunning emptiness — and fears of economic ruin — haunt the usually bustling city of Makkah after Saudi authorities curtailed the…

Covid shatters Hajj dreams of older pilgrims

Samia Ahmed saved up for 16 years, but like many older Muslims she fears that renewed Covid-19 curbs will prevent her from ever making the Hajj pilgrimage. Saudi Arabia has…

Fifth Column: Politicising The Pilgrimage

Fifth column: Politicising the pilgrimage

More than two million devotees from all around the world – from Asia to the farthest corners of Africa, Europe to the Americas, Australia and the Gulf States – are…

What’s actually behind record remittances?

This writer has have been receiving plenty of queries whether the cause of record high remittances to Pakistan are due to Hajj/Umrah restrictions. The answer is an emphatic ‘No’. This…

Two-state solution

The violence in the Palestine region has led to a ceasefire. However, it is a temporary solution, and tensions in the Middle East could flare up again at any time.…

The July 25 vote

Vote is the ultimate voice of the people. Choice of whom you prefer to represent you is the voice that counts. The count of that voice determines the future leadership…

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