Taj Mahal Could Collapse, Karzai Accuses Pakistan of Taliban Connection | Oct. 3 – 7, 2011

Photo: PBS

Photo: PBS

Life moves fast. News moves faster. The Taj Mahal may be in danger of collapse, Afghanistan’s President blames Pakistan for the Taliban’s reach, the World Bank is loaning Bangladesh some serious cash, and a Pakistani doctor accused of spying in the United States dies.

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal, may no longer be as wonderful if repairs are not made quickly, said a group of activists. Due to rapid population growth in India, a river near the majestic tomb is quickly drying out, and the building’s wooden foundation may soon collapse. Already listed as ‘at risk’ by the World Monuments Fund, the group warns that the Taj Mahal could collapse as quickly as in two years. [1]

In an interview with BBC, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai used strong words to declare neighboring country Pakistan as a co-conspirator of the Taliban. “Definitely, the Taliban will not be able to move a finger without Pakistani support,” Karzai said. Pakistan’s government maintains that it has no connection to the terrorist organization but both Afghan and U.S. leaders deny their claims. [2]

The World Bank is helping Bangladesh in its eco-friendly efforts by loaning the developing nation $172 million dollars to help install solar power systems. The $172 million loan is expected to power up 630,000 homes in remote areas where “grid electricity is not economically feasible or hard to reach,” said a spokesman for the Bank. The nation previously received a $130 million loan in 2009, which brought light to 300,000 families. [3]

A physician in the United States accused as acting as a spy for Pakistan has died. Dr. Zaheer Ahmed was accused of influencing U.S. lawmakers towards giving money to the disputed region of Kashmir, while instead recruiting straw donors for the group. Ahmed was also linked to the case of Dr. Shakil Afridi, who was accused of treason by the U. S. government. Ahmed, who was a dual U.S./Pakistani citizen, died in Islamabad after suffering from a stroke on September 28. [4]

  1. Is the Taj Mahal in Danger of Collapsing?: [Time Newsfeed]
  2. Karzai: Pakistan Props Up Taliban: [Huffington Post]
  3. World Bank lends Bangladesh $172 mln for solar power: [Reuters]
  4. Pakistani accused of spy links in US dies: [Al Jazeera]

Sabeen H. Ahmad is Co-Editor of Divanee. You can follow her updates on her blog: Lafz.