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A Chance to Promote Peace on Our Roads

August 30, 2014 by

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Enemy Within

December 3, 2010 by

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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 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 […]

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 […]

Contrary evidence on Secularism

November 7, 2010 by

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By Pervez Hoodbhoy First published in The News on Sunday. November 7, 2010. Though some Muslim scholars see no contradiction between secularism and Islam, a secular state is possible only if there are enough thoughtful people who can make it happen Decades from now Pakistan will cease to discriminate between citizens of different religious faiths; […]

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 […]

Remembering Dr Abdus Salam

October 21, 2010 by

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Last week, it was 31 years since Dr Salam was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. Three weeks from now would be his death anniversary. It was, and still is because of state religion, political role of religion and intolerance and bigotry in society that Dr Salam remains uncelebrated as a hero in Pakistan. His […]

Land Reforms – History, Legal challenges and how Shariat Courts abolished them

September 23, 2010 by

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by Shahid Saeed Khan The politics of land reform have always been tenuous in this country, the populist rhetoric very much opposed to the reality. It has the support of a large segment of the public who view abolition of large land holdings as a big step towards social progress. Land Reform has always been […]

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 […]

The building of an exclusionist society tried to purge culture of its non-Muslim sources

September 19, 2010 by

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By Sarwat Ali First published in The News on Sunday, August 29, 2010 Culture has many dimensions to it, the most important being rituals and traditions and behavioural patterns as expressed in day-to-day living. And then it finds a rarified expression in the fine arts where music, literature, painting, dance, drama and film drill deep […]

Case for a Secular Pakistan and The price paid by Pakistan for rejecting secularism

September 19, 2010 by

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By I. A. Rehman First published in The News on Sunday, August 29, 2010 Perhaps the greatest injustice done to the Quaid-e-Azam in the state founded under his leadership is that his August 11, 1947 address to the Constituent Assembly is treated as a charter of non-Muslim citizens’ rights only, whereas in reality it lays […]

Flood Relief Chronicles – I – Kot Addu and Taunsa Barrage

August 31, 2010 by

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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 […]

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 […]

Why Pakistan is not a nation and how it could be one

July 20, 2010 by

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By: Pervez Hoodbhoy First published for Himal Southasian, June 2010 Pakistan has been a state since 1947, but is still not a nation. More precisely, Pakistan is the name of a land and a people inside a certain geographical boundary that is still lacking the crucial components needed for nationhood: a strong common identity, mental […]

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

July 17, 2010 by

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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 […]