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Flood Relief Chronicles – I – Kot Addu and Taunsa Barrage

August 31, 2010 by


by Awais Masood As an attempt to assess the situation after the devastating Pakistani floods, I along with two of my fellows visited Kot Addu on August 22nd. Kot Addu is a tehsil of Muzaffargarh district in Southern Punjab that has been heavily affected by the recent floods. The city, which lies quite close to […]

Why is CJP Afraid of Secularism?

August 20, 2010 by


The Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Ifthakar Chaudhary, who was reinstated to his top position after rigorous anti-dictatorship efforts of champions of democracy and pluralism, has stunned everyone with his recent remarks against the Parliament and secularism. The Chief Justice, who surely is able enough to grasp the real meaning of legal and constitutional […]

National Disaster Management Commission or a politically motivated parallel body? – by Aley

August 19, 2010 by


Background Pakistan is exposed to a multifaceted hazard situation, a perilous combination of geographical and socio-political factors. Physically it is exposed to vulnerabilities ranging from earthquakes, floods, droughts, cyclones, landslides etc. The physical milieu is entwined with an awful labyrinth of political instability, bursting population, poverty, sporadic religious and ethnic conflicts, terrorism, unbridled urbanization, and […]

Saving a Drowing Country Needs an Ideological Shift

August 17, 2010 by


by Nasima Zehra Awan Source: Pak Tea House “You are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques……..Religion is not the business of the State”.   Thus spoke Jinnah, whilst addressing the Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947. Sixty three yearslater, this is what our “honorable” Chief Justice has to say: “Parliament […]

Why Muslims reject modernity- by Khaled Ahmed

August 15, 2010 by


It is often said that Muslims in the 21st century have rejected modernity. What they are in fact rejecting is the process of suiting themselves to changing circumstances. There are two kinds of thinking: one that seeks to change in order to relate to times and one that seeks to change the world to suit […]

Floods Opening The Floodgates For Pakistan’s Extremists- By Daud Khattak

August 7, 2010 by


Devastating flooding in northwestern Pakistan has now taken more than 1,400 lives and a left about 1 million people homeless. Although the government has announced it is stepping up relief efforts, it has been widely criticized for its slow and poorly coordinated response. The perceived failure of the government has opened new vistas for pro-Taliban […]

Learning Secularism from Bangladesh

August 4, 2010 by


By Yasser Latif Hamdani First published in the Daily Times, August 2, 2010 Bravo. Bangladesh has done it. It has successfully reversed the cynical Islamisation of its local General Zia. Not only is one fortified by their action that a Muslim majority nation state is capable of rolling back the Islamist project but as a […]

Appeal for Flood Relief

August 2, 2010 by


As per today’s news more than 1100 1500 people have died so far in the floods that have devastated Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces of Pakistan. More than 1.5 million 14 million people have been affected by this flood. Relief and rehabilitation would require extensive effort and monetary support. As Pakistan ruling elite seems more […]