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For frogs in the well, the world is a big hole

November 25, 2011 by

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  A well is a perfect place for frogs, especially when they are born there and have no idea about a bigger world out of the dark hole. It is a comfort zone to live a short life, reproduce and die. What a peaceful life and painless death they live! I wish I was a […]

Islamic fundamentalism, post-modernism and science

November 23, 2011 by

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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 […]

To Aliaa Elmahdy

November 22, 2011 by

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by Sonia Wahab I will not hide and I will not cover Let the world face my truth I am the life and I am the lover I am living and that’s the truth No god, no rules and no fear Fake is your world, Of honour, respect and dignity Let my body feel the […]

Haspataal puhancha day yar, mujhay haspataal tau puhancha day’

June 12, 2011 by

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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 […]

Because I am an Idol Worshiper

January 26, 2011 by

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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 by

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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 […]

Pakistan’s Atticus Finch:Salman Taseer

January 7, 2011 by

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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 […]

What is Enlightenment?

December 8, 2010 by

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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 […]

A Murder by a Theocratic State

November 30, 2010 by

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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 by

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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 by

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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 by

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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 by

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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 […]

Taliban, Jamaat-i-Islami and post-Islamism

October 16, 2010 by

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By Ali Arqam The killing spree of the Taliban in Pakistan is not limited to combatants, notwithstanding the propaganda of their Pakistani apologists. It extends to non-combatant civilians, minority sects, tribal elders, journalists, educationists, members of parliament, clergy and intellectuals. Even shrines and mosques have not been spared. The Taliban feel that by stifling every […]

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

October 4, 2010 by

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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 […]

Interview with Ziauddin Sardar

September 19, 2010 by

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Ziauddin Sardar is a writer, broadcaster, public intellectual and cultural-critic who specialises in Islamic Studies First published in The News on Sunday, August 29, 2010 The News on Sunday: The Chief Justice has questioned the power of the parliament if it takes the ‘drastic’ decision of declaring Pakistan a secular state. You have talked about […]

Effect of Qisas and Diyat Laws on Criminal Justice

September 18, 2010 by

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by Shahid Saeed Published first in the Daily Times with minor changes After the violent mob lynching in Sialkot, much has been written on inherent violence in our society, breakdown of the rule of law, police and judicial corruption and acceptance of mob justice. However, one factor that remains to be highlighted is how the […]

Why is CJP Afraid of Secularism?

August 20, 2010 by

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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 […]

Saving a Drowing Country Needs an Ideological Shift

August 17, 2010 by

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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 […]

Why Muslims reject modernity- by Khaled Ahmed

August 15, 2010 by

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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 […]