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Saving a Drowing Country Needs an Ideological Shift

August 17, 2010

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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 […]

Appeal for Flood Relief

August 2, 2010

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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 […]

Hindus are not our enemies

July 25, 2010

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Our foreign policy is India-centric and any policy regarding India is vetted and approved by the Army. Pakistan Army is the real force behind our policy towards India by Mazhar Jadoon Source : Viewpoint Eminent historian and scholar Dr Mubarak Ali traces back the history of sub-continent and tries to find out what ails the […]

Resistance personified

July 24, 2010

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by Farooq Sulehria The News, Saturday, July 24, 2010 Afghan leader Malalai Joya is resistance personified. She is the most vocal critic of both US occupation of Afghanistan and the ruling warlords. At the same time, she speaks dismissively of the Taliban: “Their violence is no resistance”. However, Malalai Joya hardly grabs headlines in the […]

Doctor rapes Christian student nurse, sexual assault and violence adds greatly to minorities vulnerability

July 17, 2010

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by Junaid Qaiser Source:  LUBP A third-year Christian nursing student in the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), Karachi  was found unconscious with a head injury near Doctors’ Backyard Mess after a Medico-Legal Officer (MLO), Dr Jabbar Memon allegedly raped her,  the media reported  on Wednesday. Dr Jabbar was also found  with a fractured femur (hip […]

Contestations of Ijtihad: The Need For Debate

June 28, 2010

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by A.A Khalid In liberal circles of religious scholarship there is a contention that ‘’ijtihad’’ is the epistemic tool which will solve all our grapples and puzzles of establishing a suitable religiosity for our time. Ijtihad is elevated from its formal place as a mere tool of legal reasoning restricted in the classical tradition to […]

The Demand for a State Religion Constitutes Blasphemy

June 13, 2010

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by Nasir Ahmad The concept of State Religion is inherently flawed. Enforcement is essential for state whereas freedom is integral to religion. State has got a separate intitution for the enforcement of Law and the Constitution. If we make religion an integral part of the constitution, the institution for the enforcement of Law and the […]

Religious Basis of the Enlightenment?

June 12, 2010

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by A.A Khalid The calls of liberals and progressives in Pakistan in constructing a model of epistemology suitable for a modern nation state predicated on the notion of a reduced religiosity and a public conscience which adopts a minimalist understanding of religion is false. Historically it is false and from a positivistic point of view […]

Religious Liberalism – Our Greatest Hope?

June 10, 2010

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by A.A Khalid Is religious liberalism an oxymoron, or is it something long established? More to the point is there something known as Islamic Liberalism, or Liberal Islam? Surprisingly, there is indeed something, a discourse known as Liberal Islam. And contrary to popular perception it is not a contradiction in terms. Charles Kurzman a Professor […]

What Clash of Civilizations?

June 9, 2010

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Why religious identity isn’t destiny. By Amartya Sen Slate March 29, 2006 That some barbed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed could generate turmoil in so many countries tells us some rather important things about the contemporary world. Among other issues, it points up the intense sensitivity of many Muslims about representation and derision of the […]

Message from the Mosque

June 7, 2010

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The question regarding the root causes of religious extremism, fundamentalism and Talibanization holds a central position in our contemporary discourse. Is religious extremism, a product of abject poverty and impoverishment? Or is it an outcome of modernity? Is it the struggle of rural poor against the exploitative socio-economic structures? Or it is mainly the disenchantment […]

The Blasphemy Around Us

June 4, 2010

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by Ayaz Amir The News,  Friday, June 04, 2010 If Islam stands for anything, it is for a just society, free from want and oppression. There is, thus, in Islam no blasphemy greater than a child dying of hunger, a child begging for bread, a woman drowning herself and her children, as has frequently happened […]

Faisal Shahzad’s anti-Americanism

May 10, 2010

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Cold War, Holy Warrior

April 27, 2010

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By Robert Dreyfuss Published: Mother Jones – January /February 2006 Issue Ike was president. Washington was desperate for Arab allies. Enter an Islamist ideologue with an invitation to the White House and a plan for global jihad. In the fall of 1953, the Oval Office was the stage for a peculiar encounter between President Dwight […]

Collateral Murder

April 6, 2010

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On 5th April 2010 WikiLeaks released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. […]

‘Burka’ and Intellectual Terrorism

March 23, 2010

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By Awais Masood In an article published in the January 2009 edition of Newsline, prominent Pakistani academic, scientist and social activist Pervez Hoodbhoy outlined the root causes of religious extremism in Pakistan and while doing so pointed out towards deliberate attempts of imposing an Arab culture upon the pluralistic South Asian traditions upheld by the […]

Glory, Piety and Politics

March 14, 2010

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By Nadeem F. Paracha DAWN – Sunday, 14 Mar, 2010 Many young Pakistanis, who in their reactionary worldview cannot relate to the conventional make-up of the long-bearded and mullah-looking hawkers of intransigent ideas, have found their man in the dashing (Che Guevara-meets-Saladin) shape of Zaid Hamid. But this phenomenon does not begin or end with […]