Student unions were banned in the country in the 1980s but now Imran Khan's government is at a crossroads between lifting the curbs or facing fresh opposition in the form of campus activism.
Officials say mortars fired by Indian troops into Pakistan-administered Kashmir targeted civilians and damaged nearly a dozen homes. Meanwhile, Pakistanis in capital Islamabad rally in support of the people of Kashmir.
Kashmir is one of the most militarised regions in the world. As it holds elections in three phases to avoid potential clashes, some soldier-guarded polling stations are recording as few as 25 people turning up to vote.
At least 86 percent of eligible voters in the Kashmir valley abstained from voting, although in the southern Jammu belt, where Muslims and a sizeable Hindu population doesn't shy away from casting votes, a 70 percent turnout was recorded.
Court finds fugitives 'guilty of serial abuses' during the country's 1971 war of independence. Critics say the so-called International Crimes Tribunal, which has no international oversight, is politically motivated and used to target the opposition.
The ruling BJP has given a free hand to the police and army in disputed Kashmir and locals say the latest custodial death of a young teacher is one of the tragic results of that muscular policy.
Another man has been killed in police custody in Kashmir, this time a school teacher. Where do Kashmiris go for justice?
The highly militarised region has seen a spike in confrontation between locals and Indian forces, which are accused of human rights violations.
Indian police detain more than 100 Kashmiri activists and pro-independence leaders in raids amid tensions with Pakistan, and ahead of court ruling over Kashmir's special status with India that could stoke further violence in disputed region.
While opposition parties have cried foul over transparency concerns, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, seeking a third straight term and a record fourth in all, shrugs off the complaints.
International observers found the last general elections in Bangladesh flawed as they were marred by an opposition boycott, low voter turnout, and deadly violence. Will the next polls be any different?
The traditional religious groups faced a setback in recent elections from a new breed of militant clerics who espouse a different future for Pakistan.
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