Stories about South Asia from May, 2013
A popular cricket-star turned politician, Imran Khan, has irked some supporters by distancing himself from a persecuted minority group, the Ahmadis, to defend himself from fatwas forbidding Pakistanis to vote for him.
Siromani Dhungana at United We Blog! for a Democratic Nepal highlights rising cruelty to animals in the Nepali capital Kathmandu and questions how long it will continue.
Members of a radical Islamist party in Bangladesh attacked female journalists on assignment as the group marched in the country's capital to demand strict Islamic law, including a ban on free mixing of the sexes. Until its demands are met, the party has promised to cut off the city of Dhaka from the rest of the country on May 5, 2013 by stationing its activists at all six entry points into the city.
A new online game packs humorous punches at Pakistan's new batch of young and rich voters who say they will bravely dodge bombs to take part in Pakistan's upcoming historic elections. The weeks leading up to the May 11 elections have been rigged with violence.
A long and difficult rescue operation has been going on since the factory building collapse on April 24, 2013 in Savar, Bangladesh. 397 people have died, and 2834 workers have been rescued alive so far from the rubble. This post tells the stories of the ordinary people who came forward to rescue the victims along with the professionals.