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Council of Islamic Ideology and its Regressive Recommendations

Council of Islamic Ideology and its Regressive Recommendations

Raza Habib Raja The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) Pakistan is a body whose job is to give recommendations to the government of Pakistan for making the legal framework more in line with Islam and for that purpose it actively reviews several existing as well as the proposed laws. Most recently the CII is in the news for suggesting that men should … Read entire article »

MY RIGHT TO LIBERTY WAS RESTRICTED WITH MY DUPPATTA

MY RIGHT TO LIBERTY WAS RESTRICTED WITH MY DUPPATTA

By SJ There is a fine line between office and work. Offices are never easy and nor do they promise to be.  In our male dominating society, it’s hard for women to breathe amongst sexual predators, assaulters and misogynists.  We do stumble upon sexism and encounter it in all possible forms. Unfortunately, our counterparts are always successful to find a way … Read entire article »

Changing Narrative! Is the State ready to do that?

Changing Narrative! Is the State ready to do that?

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. The cold blooded assassination of Khurram Zaki raises the question that why the agencies are unable or unwilling to protect those intellectual elites who are accepted as custodians of liberal and progressive agendas in any country. Zaki was a journalist, research scholar, blogger, human rights and rights activist, and editor of the Pakistani blog and news website … Read entire article »

Creativity is contagious, pass it on.

Creativity is contagious, pass it on.

by Rukhshan Meer   Albert Einstein said “Creativity is Contagious, pass it on”. Since there is a lack of official platforms to show case our youth’s creativity, we organized an Art exhibition and competition at our university in which students of various institutions participated to show their hidden talent. After seeing their creative work, I was pleasantly surprised that the students, who haven’t … Read entire article »

Domestic violence is an exaggeration

Domestic violence is an exaggeration

By Andaleeb Rizvi   When I mentioned the recent article on Dawn.com ‘These women stayed in abusive marriages because Pakistan failed them’ and quoted HRCP for saying 90% women face some form of domestic violence, I was told it doesn’t happen this much because:   nobody in this room beats their wife: This makes sense to all those who feel they are being held responsible … Read entire article »

Let’s Leave it To God: Why State Does Not Have the Right to Declare Ahmedis As Non Muslims

By Raza Habib Raja First of all, let me make it clear that I am NOT an Ahmadi. This clarification is essential so that my motives are clear to everyone. A few months ago I wrote an article on Huff post in which I criticized the infamous Second Amendment which had declared Ahmadis as Non-Muslims. I got a lot of heated responses on that with some saying that I am myself an Ahmadi (which I am not), and some claiming that I am anti-Islam or at least do not know about it. Further I was told that Ahmadis also hate Muslims and consider all other sects as Non-Muslim and therefore it is “fair” to declare them as Non-Muslims. … Read entire article »

How dare you identify yourself as Muhajir!

How dare you identify yourself as Muhajir!

By  Rafique Ali   ‘How do you identify yourself’ is a question sometimes asked during a discourse. It can either be a political, literary and intellectual or a cause based conversation. There is freshness of liberation in this question. Sometimes this question has been asked with compassion & sometimes in an intimidating, accusatory, mocking & investigative manner. Doesn’t matter how & under … Read entire article »

Why Muslims are Partly Themselves Responsible for the Negative Global Image

Why Muslims are Partly Themselves Responsible for the Negative Global Image

Raza Habib Raja Right now the global spotlight is on extremist Muslims due to a string of incidences from Paris to Belgium.  Due to these barbaric acts perpetuated by these extremists, Muslims in general are also facing a lot of backlash, some of which is excessive. However, whereas we as Muslims are correct to complain that it is unfair to bracket ordinary … Read entire article »

Should I be proud that my country treats women like cattle?

Should I be proud that my country treats women like cattle?

By Syeda Sana Ahmad May 3rd, 2016 – ‘A 13 year old girl was gang raped and then set ablaze in Chiniot’, the Ary news website informs me the next day. I scroll down to see the comments but there are none. I then go to the Pakistan Times website but there aren’t any responses there either. No one has commented, … Read entire article »

The article which was censored in Pakistan: Sex Talk for Muslim Women

The article which was censored in Pakistan: Sex Talk for Muslim Women

Mona Eltahawy This article was originally published on The New York Times and it was removed by the printing partner of New York Times in Pakistan. After I gave a reading in Britain last year, a woman stood in line as I signed books. When it was her turn, the woman, who said she was from a British Muslim family of Arab … Read entire article »

Why Secularism

Why Secularism

By Najeeb Kakar Pakistan has often been experienced the religious orthodoxy since its inception. It has engendered religious narratives among the people who recalls secularism as a non-Islamic ideology. People in Pakistan are spewing detrimental arguments, that secularism is a Western ideology, which is an antipodal to Islam and a planned Western conspiracy against us. Hence, which would lead to destroying … Read entire article »

Societies’ survival impossible with shortcuts like torture & extra-judicial killing

Societies’ survival impossible with shortcuts like torture & extra-judicial killing

By Ayesha Siddiqa This article was originally posted on Ayesha Siddiqa’s blog. A MQM worker was killed in Rangers’ custody – a reminder of the old tradition of lack of accountability of law enforcement and the overall security apparatus of the state. Torture and its most crude form: extra-judicial killing takes place all in the name of providing security. But we are … Read entire article »

3 Dangerous Things Happen When You are not into Critical Reading and Thinking

3 Dangerous Things Happen When You are not into Critical Reading and Thinking

Aslam Kakar In a conversation, the owner of a small restaurant in San Diego tells me that thousands of IS fighters are breaking into the city from Tijuana. A bulky waitress on counter and a guest couple on a side table also make gestures of agreement with him. But, I have no idea what the heck this guy is talking about. I … Read entire article »

Pangs of Conscience

Pangs of Conscience

By Abuzar Wp   The duality of standards in modernized Pakistan can be seen in some walks of life. In my own perspective, every human is a hypocrite. The values that have been hurled at every individual since birth and the degree of his conduct in later life often shows stark differences. The one type of hypocrisy I have noticed lately and cringing on … Read entire article »

Zahra Haider, Sex Ed & It’s Explosive Debate

Zahra Haider, Sex Ed & It’s Explosive Debate

By Maida Sheikh Zahra Haider’s  article on what she learnt on having sex in Pakistan was a small truth, but it doesn’t define the whole of Pakistan or Pakistanis.  She doesn’t claim to define Pakistanis either – which is a relief. I found the article interesting, however nothing she said was explosive or bold to me. I was not surprised by Zahra’s admission … Read entire article »