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Is the Koran a constitution?

May 31, 2010 by


By Dr. Abbas Zaidi Now that Fauzia Wahab has apologized in the face of Islamofascism at its worst (or best, if you may), it is only appropriate that someone should try to put her remark in its context. Unfortunately, no one—either liberals or the PPP leadership—has come to support her claim that during the time […]

Conspiracy Culture and reaction to the attacks on Ahmedi Mosques: Why our news outlets spread hatred?

May 30, 2010 by


Recently, NYT in a column expressed reservations over the conspiracy culture in Pakistan. The column pointed out the massive fan following of super-conspiracy theorists and the wide acceptance of these mega theories as legitimate. Any sane Pakistani who has studied history beyond what he was taught through the doctored textbooks or what he was indoctrinated […]

Terrorism, Shameless Religious Bigotry and Pakistan

May 29, 2010 by


by Raza Habib Raja First published at the Pak Tea House As I write these sentences, the details of the most shameful attack on the religious sites of Ahmedis in Lahore are unfolding. However, this is not new as Pakistan has been the victim of this brazen behavior repeatedly. The thirty years of state sponsored […]

No More…. by Chauhdry Ahmad Khan

May 29, 2010 by


Pakistan is reeling from the murder of 70 of its own citizens-massacred due to their faith by the self-appointed guardians of faith. Anyone with a shred of conscience left in Pakistan should declare themselves as Ahmadi – “I am an Ahmadi” should be the call of the day. Just as they should have declared themselves […]

Pakistan attacked again – Ahmedis targeted – Will we stop discriminating?

May 29, 2010 by


I have had my fair share of accusations of apostasy and qadiyaniat for being a secular Pakistani citizen and demanding that there should be no further discrimination against our fellow patriotic countrymen, the Ahmedis. The anti-Ahmediyya movement of ’53 was perhaps an attempt by the JI to gain political ground in Pakistan, for it did […]

Qutiing Facebook is like Hijrat?

May 27, 2010 by


It is no shocker that Pakistan’s youth has been indoctrinated with uber-conservative, jingoistic and intolerant religious dogmas but the loss of rationality among the newer generation becomes evident day after day upon us. While the Muslims across the world do not hold our Pan-Islamist ambitions and they never have resonated our feelings for a united […]

Jihadi Public Schools

May 26, 2010 by


by Ali K Chishti Published Daily Times Ali K Chishti in his article on the flaws and misleading notions of  our education system has pointed out that unnecessary and often misplaced emphasis on religious education is nothing more than a clever ruse to deflect attention from the real issue: the general state of education in […]

The Death of Jinnah, The New York Times Obituary

May 25, 2010 by


First published at the Pak Tea House In this post, we take a trip down the memory lane. Below we are reproducing the obituary of Quaid Muhammad Ali Jinnah that was published in the New York Times on September 13, 1948. In a first glance, there is nothing in this obituary that we don’t know […]

Who’s afraid of Dara Shikoh’s ghost?

May 24, 2010 by


by Raza Rumi First published at the Pak Tea House It is now a given that the Pakistani state is a playground for Islamism and extremism under various guises and forms. Since the passage of the Objectives Resolution in 1949, the state by design and sometimes by default has surrendered to the phantoms of the […]

Secularism is necessary for a prosperous and peaceful Pakistan

May 16, 2010 by


Different perspective The Baloch and Sindhis certainly believe that Pakistan should be more than an Islamic monoculture By Raza Ahmed The News, May 16th, 2010 Pervez Hoodbhoy is a familiar name among critics who see Pakistani society in the context of extremism and terrorism. A distinctively fierce critic of nuclear weapons and technology, Hoodbhoy is […]

Rant of the day: The dead parrot

May 14, 2010 by


By Dr. Omar Ali Communications from well meaning leftist friends indicate that some of them misunderstand my criticism of Islamism. They seem to think that my objection is primarily moral. That I somehow think orthodox Islam is very uniquely evil and that I don’t know that capitalism and imperialism and Christian evangelicals and Sarah Palin […]

Faisal Shahzad’s anti-Americanism

May 10, 2010 by


by Pervez Hoodbhoy DAWN – May 8, 2010 The man who tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square was a Pakistani. Why is this unsurprising? Because when you hold a burning match to a gasoline tank, the laws of chemistry demand combustion. As anti-US lava spews from the fiery volcanoes of Pakistan’s […]

Nothing Left?

May 9, 2010 by


by Salman Tarik Kureshi Daily Times – May 8, 2010 The Left, whether united or otherwise, remains ignorant of and utterly irrelevant to these historical mega-phenomena. This is in spite of the fact that left-wing philosophers of the order of Gramsci and Foucault have written at great length on precisely such issues In a recent […]

Allama Iqbal in Favour of Ataturk’s Secularism

May 3, 2010 by


By Tarek Fatah Excerpted with gratitude from his book  Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic lllusion of an Islamic State’. Available for download at Let Us Build Pakistan The movement to restore the Ottoman caliphate was strong in India, under the leadership of none other than Indian nationalist Mahatma Gandhi. As in Egypt, Muslims in India […]

Discriminatory Laws of Pakistan for Non-Muslims

May 2, 2010 by


by Dr. Mehwish Ghazanfer Blitz – April 30, 2010 There was sudden silence when she entered the company cafeteria. All that could be heard was the sound of spoons on plates. She greeted everyone with ‘hello’ and a friendly smile, but after noticing the cold faces around her, she rapidly took a seat, totally embarrassed […]