Browsing Archives of Author »Awais Masood«

A Chance to Promote Peace on Our Roads

August 30, 2014

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 Pakistani electronic and print media has played no positive role in countering the hate, xenophobia and bigotry that has permeated into our society. The public space in Pakistan, specially Punjab, has been taken over by the right-wing organizations. It has been filled with callas for jihad, social and monetary boycott of religious minorities, incitement to […]

Amrika Chalo! –Really?

January 5, 2012

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by Awais Masood While going to watch Ajoka Theatre’s new play ‘Amrika Chalo’, I had in mind the pleasant memories from last year when I watched its play ‘Dara’, a beautiful ensemble of colours, costumes, music and dance that brought to life the historical tragedy of Dara Shikoh.  Keeping in context, the history of Ajoka […]

Pakistan ki Tareef

December 24, 2011

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by Haseeb Asif Originally published at Kafila Islami Jamhooriya Pakistan ki tareekh Hindustan se bohut purani hai. Balkay Islam se bhi purani hai. Jab aathveen sadi mein Muhammad Bin Qasim Islam phelane bar-e-sagheer tashreef laye tau ye jaan ker sharminda huwe ke yahan tau pehle hi Islami riyasat maujood hai. Yahan kufr ka janam tau […]

Islamic fundamentalism, post-modernism and science

November 23, 2011

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by Awais Masood Published Daily Times – November 23, 2011 The recent killing of Yemeni-American Imam, Anwar al-Awlaki, in a drone attack has brought to front the significance of Islamist propaganda in cyberspace and its effects on terror recruitment. Hundreds of sermons by Awlaki were available on the internet. He operated a Facebook page, ran […]

Haspataal puhancha day yar, mujhay haspataal tau puhancha day’

June 12, 2011

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Sarfaraz Shah, a youth died in hope for mercy. by Sonia Wahab These are the last words of Sarfaraz Shah, murdered in cold blood by six paramilitary rangers in Karachi. There is very little known to us that how this video was shot so closely and how it got a chance to spread so quickly […]

Let’s talk about it…

April 14, 2011

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by Samina Naseem Yesterday I read in the State News online here in East Lansing, Michigan that Michigan State University (MSU) is celebrating “Pride Week” to celebrate and appreciate the presence of diverse population at MSU. It is mainly about celebrating LBGTA (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender & ally) community and their contribution to the university […]

Because I am an Idol Worshiper

January 26, 2011

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by Samina Naseem Interesting claim that han! Well, born in an orthodox Christian family, brought up in a very traditional system, going church regularly and o yes! Singing in choir and participating in Christmas and Easter programs as well. My parents were blessed Christians and wanted their children to be like them too. They struggled […]

No Country for Sane Men

January 26, 2011

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by Lone Liberal Kohsar market seems to be flickering back to life, but an unmistakable aura of dread and apprehension persists. This was the site of the tragic assassination that took place on the 4th of January. I visited the market yesterday, and it is no longer the place I recall. According to an employee at […]

Submission and Obedience in the name of ‘sharm’ and ‘ghairat’

January 26, 2011

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Pakistani Media representation and Veena Malik (Part II) by Nadia Siddiqui When I wrote my previous article on Veena Malik, I never thought that the controversy would become such a serious national issue of honor and representation. It is really strange that under such critical circumstances of war against terrorism, we are confused to adopt […]

Pakistan’s Atticus Finch:Salman Taseer

January 7, 2011

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by Usmann Rana In Harper Lee’s much celebrated novel ‘To Kill A Mocking Bird’ , my favorite character is not that of the children but of  their father, Atticus. Atticus Finch, the brutally honest, highly moral, an extremely opinionated tireless crusader for good causes (even hopeless ones). Today I can say that at least a […]

I am a woman and I enjoy being myself

December 28, 2010

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Pakistani Media representation of Veena Malik by Nadia Siddiqui Veena Malik is a popular name in our show biz world. Her recent success is a famous Indian reality show, Big Boss. Veena’s has quite explicitly discussed her love affair on the show and chose to be very western in her selection of dresses. As the […]

What is Enlightenment?

December 8, 2010

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By Humayun Nosheerwan They say that there is no such thing as ideal in this world, and to look for one is an unavailing pursuit. But contrary to this popular notion, ideals do exist and they sustain their existence in the minds of the “idealists”. For some it must be quite surprising to know that […]

The Enemy Within

December 3, 2010

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by Humayun Nosheerwan Who is responsible for this dismal and depressingly dark fate of Pakistani nation? And who is to blame for the fear of impending disaster and catastrophic future which now occupies the hearts and minds of people living in this part of the South Asia and in entire Muslim world? WHO is the […]

A Murder by a Theocratic State

November 30, 2010

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by Danish Khan   The state of Pakistan has been in the news again, and unfortunately it is for all the wrong reasons again. This time it is not about any suicide bombing, in fact it is even far more worst than a suicidal bomb blast. In a suicide bombing a single individual kills innocent […]

Blasphemy Laws

November 22, 2010

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by Nadia Siddiqui   Q: What is Blasphemy? A: Saying something what you don’t believe in. The laws against blasphemy are so apparent to give power in the hands of ruling authorities who can exercise their control in the name of religion. It is so evident from the case of Aasia Bibi, a Christian by […]

Is it That Easy? The Laws of Polygamy in Pakistan

November 7, 2010

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by Nadia Siddiqui A 24-year-old-man in Multan married two women in 24 hours. This incident happened in Multan and the media presented it as spicy news for the viewers. We are living in an age where reality shows provide us entertainment. There is no surprise why as an audience we were not enraged by this […]

Extension of Hypocrisy

October 22, 2010

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by Awais Masood It was such a tragedy to see a news item mentioning that the Vice Chancellor (VC) of University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore who has been ‘ruling’ the institute for last twelve years has been granted another (fourth) term.[1] There is almost everything wrong with Mr. Akram and the extension of […]

Hailing the ‘Muslim Citizen’: State Nationalism and the Social Construction of the “Heretic” in Pakistan

October 17, 2010

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Sadia Saeed Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, New York, New York City, Aug 11, 2007 ABSTRACT In this paper, I revisit the debate on the relationship between nationalism and state-formation through a focus on the Pakistani state’s historically varying relationship with its Islamic politico-religious identity. Specifically, I look at […]

Secular Knowledge Versus Islamic Knowledge and Uncritical Intellectuality : The Work of Ziauddin Sardar

October 4, 2010

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Saeed Ur-Rehman Published in Cultural Dynamics 2002 14: 65 DOI: 10.1177/09213740020140010501 ABSTRACT This article examines the politics of Islamic postcolonial Occidentalism as a response to the secularizing influence of western modernity. By taking the  work of Ziauddin Sardar, a Pakistani-British intellectual, as an example of Occidentalist Islamic thought, I have attempted to problematize the binaristic […]

Flood Relief Chronicles – I – Kot Addu and Taunsa Barrage

August 31, 2010

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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 […]