Turkey had been experiencing blasts before, which were all shoved onto Kurd separatists, but the one at the Kurdish wedding in Gaziantep, in Southern Turkey, nearly the border with Syria, which killed 78, was blamed on the Islamic State by the Turkish government. It had previously been blaming various blasts on Kurd nationalists, but now that it was almost overthrown in a coup, it seemed to have realised that militants are responsible for everything.

Well, not quite everything. MQM supremo Altaf Hussain’s outburst against Pakistan not only caused the indefatigable Dr Farooq Sattar to break with him, it also caused him to speak of his mental disturbance, and his alleged RAW links. It did not cause him to ascribe Bhai’s speech to the militants. In fact, there seem to have been no questions asked about the demolition of various MQM offices all over Karachi, supposedly illegally built on municipal land. The Government of Pakistan asked the UK government to close the MQM’s London office. The UK government is still laughing.

Still, there’s militancy, or rather its effects, in not just UK, but also the whole of Europe. In the Netherlands, for example, the far-right politician Gert Wilders has said he will ban mosques and copies of the Holy Quran. It’s not so much what he says, but the fact that the next elections, due next March, might see him in power, that matters.

There’s the whole burkini controversy in France showing this. Look, the burkini is not an Islamic symbol. It doesn’t exist in the Muslim world, and seems to be an expression of some Muslim women wanting to observe hijab while bathing in the sea. How exactly it symbolizes terrorism, I don’t know. But it symbolizes Muslims in the West. And some French mayors banned it, though the ban has been overturned.

Is the burkini an Islamic symbol? It’s been left to French judges to decide. The reason why disbelieving judges should not be left to decide Muslim issues might well be illustrated by the judge of the Bombay High Court who decided that women must be admitted to the Dargah Ali sanctum. It was a certain Mr Justice V.M. Kanade, who is third on the seniority list, and who should become Chief Justice. He is a former law officer, and has been accused of heading a ‘coterie of officials and judges who are corrupt and communalist. Does that mean he is actually a Shiv Sena loyalist? Is it like leaving Narendra Modi to decide if Muslims face discrimination in today’s India?

It should be noted that both the French Constitutional Court, which ruled on the burkini ban, did so on whether the ban contravened the French constitution, not on whether it contravened Islam or not. Similarly, Mr Justice Kanade decided on the basis of what the Indian Constitution said, not of what Islam said. In fact, his decision may have been some kind of riposte against the Indian court decisions ending the prohibition on women entering certain Hindu temples.

Of course, Indian women are intent on entering the sanctums of both temples and dargahs. But another portrait of the plight of women in India was afforded by how the body of Amang Dei was treated after she died of TB in hospital in Kalahandi in Odisha state. Her husband Dana Manjhi couldn’t afford the transport to his village, so he tried to carry the body the 50 miles back to their village. Their 12-year-old daughter cried on the way as she accompanied her father.

Pakistanis, however, didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry, after they reached the top of the Test rankings for the first time ever. This is an opportunity to make the most of, because India is about to take top spot, by beating Sri Lanka in their upcoming series. Sri Lanka will comply. That’s what they got Test status for, remember? In fact, some of that Test-status ranking has been knocked out of them by the ODIs, where England is very much on top.

Still, the Pakistan team has not disgraced itself as much as US swimmer Justin Lochte, who apparently thought his sport was boxing, because he tried to fight a gas station attendant in Rio de Janeiro, where he had gone for the Olympics. The Olympics are now over, with Pakistan’s only consolation for not having won any medals is that none of their athletes were caught as drunk as Lochte, who apparently tried to cover up his drunken brawl by claiming to have been robbed.

The drunken brawl occurred under cover of night, but not darkness. The WAPDA chief has been changed, not because the outgoing man had ever been drunk, nor because of the darkness of loadshedding. Loadshedding was not the issue for the resignation, nor the new appointment.

It’s worth noting that the Afghan government promptly blamed the attack on the American University in Kabul, in which 16 were killed, on Pakistan. Well, Pakistan and militants. I wonder why Italy is not blaming militants for the quake that left 250 dead. I mean, militants are responsible for the racism which Hilary accuses Donald Trump. Aren’t they?