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Understanding Pakistani “Delight” on Modi’s Victory

Understanding Pakistani “Delight” on Modi’s Victory

 Raza Habib Raja A few days ago, my friend Abhinav Pandya wrote a detailed article on my request examining Modi’s spectacular victory. The article was also a defense of Modi with respect to the assertions made by liberal/left ( or pseudo seculars in the opinion of Modi’s supporters) that Modi’s win would actually tantamount to the rise of communalism or rather death of Indian secularism. I have shared Abhinav’s article and also my own articles on my … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Pakistan, secularism

Should I be blamed for the murder of the girl outside Lahore high court?

Wahab Tariq Butt They are blaming me for murder of the young pregnant girl outside Lahore High Court. They say I am an accomplice. How dare I stand there and watch those men murder that poor girl? Why didn’t I stop them? They say I should be punished. I don’t have an iota of shame and am a disgrace to men, I am being told. I would normally ignore such people and carry on with my life. But the poor girl who was murdered by her own father and brother asks me the same questions when she haunts my dreams. I can feel for that poor soul. Killed by her own kith and kin for an action not classified as a crime under the laws of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the girl’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Honor Killing, human rights, Islam, Justice, Lahore, Pakistan, Religion, violence

Raza Rumi: Don’t Come Back!

Saira Nizami I was horrified to know that Pakistan’s well known militant leader and a self-confessed killer has been acquitted by a court-once again. This is not surprising as the courts,police and politicians are all complicit in protecting terrorists and groups that kill human rights defenders. Raza Rumi, you were lucky to escape death but you may not be lucky again. God forbid. Stay away!   [View the story “Raza Rumi: Don’t Come Back” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Democracy, human rights, journalism, Justice, Lashkar e Taiba, Media, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Religion, Storify, Terrorism, Twitter, violence

A Prayer for the Dying: Environmental Injustice in Pakistan

A Prayer for the Dying: Environmental Injustice in Pakistan

by Imran Khalid   News stories about environmental catastrophes in Pakistan are fleeting in that they make the news and then are resigned to the dustbins of afterthought. Such is the case, it seems, with the death of ten people including a child near a Sugar Mill in Dera Ismail Khan. It was reported that a girl child fell unconscious due to the toxic fumes emanating from a drain and fell into it.  Her mother and immediate … Read entire article »

Filed under: Climate Change, Economy, Environment, Nature, Pakistan, poverty, Regulatory Affairs, water

کس سے منصفی چاھیں !!!

کس سے منصفی چاھیں !!!

مقصود عاصی پچھلے دنوں ملتان میں ہیومن رائٹس پاکستان کے ایک ایڈووکیٹ راشد رحمان کو جان سے ہاتھ دھونے پڑے تو کچھ خبر کُھلی کہ امریکہ کے پڑھے گولڈ میڈیلسٹ اور بہاؤالدین زکریا یونیورسٹی میں انگلش کے لیکچرار جنید حفیظ توہینِ رسالت کے مرتکب ہوئے ہیں ( یاد رہے کہ یہ ابھی الزام ہے،جُرم نہیں) اور ملتان بھر میں کوئی بھی وکیل ان کا کیس لینے کو تیار نہیں تھا اور ایسے میں راشد رحمان نے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Democracy, human rights, Islam, Islamic Holy Book Quran, Islamism, Pakistan, public policy, Religion, Society, violence

Social Media outrage on Lahore Honor Killing

Malik Omaid Farzana Iqbal, 25 was killed by two dozen men including her father and brother in front of Lahore High court with passerbyes watching her being stoned to death. Her crime was that she married without the consent of her family. Last year 869 women died in so-called “honor killings”. Social media showed huge outrage on this barbaric event and many prominent tweeters showed their anger and anguish through demanding justice from the responsible institutions and condemning justification of “Honor killing” by hiding under any religious or cultural excuse. Below are some selected tweets from prominent tweeters highlighting this horrific issue: [View the story “Social Media outrage on Lahore Honor Killing” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Citizens, Honor Killing, human rights, Justice, Lahore, Pakistan, Rights, Society, Storify, Twitter, Women

Don’t worry Braadir!

by Quratul Ain Haider Zaider I don’t care if Latif Johar is on hunger strike till death! Yeah I know he’s not eating anything from the last 35 days. It’s his choice after all. To hell with those people who are demanding their rights by indulging in novel techniques of protests in Balochistan. You know most of them are involved in anti state activities, and what is happening with them is what they deserve. Our agencies know better about the issue and we should not create any hurdle in their work due to our own naivety. Balochis are basically trying to gain the sympathy by these subterfuge acts. I laugh at the people who try to compare the situation of Balochistan with East Pakistan. They don’t know anything actually. Long Live … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Blasphemy, Doctors, human rights, Islam, Islamism, liberal Pakistan, minorities, peace, Religion, Society, Taliban, violence

Twitter Diplomacy

PTH Admin Indian PM Narendra Modi made clever use of social media to describe his interaction with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He avoided politics and focused on emotional ties that resonate with the masses in India and Pakistan. Mothers are revered, almost worshiped in the popular culture of the region. Modi scored a few points by telling the world how open-minded he is about Pakistan and also avoided making a tough statement just as he became India’s PM. We wish Modi and Sharif the best to take this region out of the constant war-mongering. Peace the only way forward.   [View the story “Twitter Diplomacy!” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, India, liberal Pakistan, Media, Pak Tea House, Pakistan-India Peace Process, peace, secularism, Storify, Twitter

Eating kosher-grasshopper to feed Pakistan’s poor

Fishel Benkhald Locust generally known as grasshopper (Acrididae / Orthoptera), can be a good and cheap source of protein for the undernourished 33%(percentage from SDPI 2012 report page 15) poor (58.7 million) Pakistani population challenged with multidimensional poverty. Our 40% children under five years of age are underweight as per UN FAO. Rising fuel cost, corruption and terrorism are indirectly affecting cost of food, on top of that Pakistan metrological department has already acknowledged that we are headed toward acute water crisis. Shortage of water and electricity increase the overall cost of livestock faming and fishing. Comparing to cow Locust is 73%+( FAO report 2006 5.1 Feed conversion page 06) more efficient in converting feed into body mass while Locust farming also exceptionally eco-friendly in low greenhouse gases emission. UN FAO fearing the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Food Crisis, liberal Pakistan, Nature, Pakistan, People's Pakistan, public policy, Religion, Society

Welcome NaMo!

by Saad Hafiz Exit polls had it right.  India, the world’s most diverse democracy with numerous ethnic, linguistic, religious, and caste communities delivered a resounding verdict for change.  The Narendra Modi (NaMo) led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and allies are set to take power drubbing the ineffective Congress led-UPA government.  The elections showcased the maturity, inherent vitality and dynamism of India’s democracy.  The electoral focus was on jobs and development. The ruling party paid for the low growth, high inflation and claims of official corruption on their watch. The electorate clearly favoured the BJP to tackle the nation’s great problems of poverty, inequality, violence and oppression. Voters in the recent elections bucked a recent trend by giving a national mandate to a single party, the BJP.  Over the past two decades, India … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Economy, Hinduism, human rights, India, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, peace, Politics, public policy, Rights, secular Pakistan

Abki Baar, Modi Sarkar

By Waqas Rafique Though it wasn’t a Pakistan-India cricket match, but the Indian election this year evoked a lot of interest in Pakistan. Radio, television, print media and, of course, the ever-important social media was following steadfast, carrying headlines and analyses. No surprises on the now prime minister-designate Narendra Modi’s thoughts on Pakistan that he has been voicing recently, but for the unprecedented attention here at home, credit goes to the statements laden with anti-Pakistan sentiments that Mr. Modi had been making during the remarkable and impressive election process in India. Mr. Modi’s sleepless nights have paid off and he will, according to experts, not have to face the pressure of coalition politics while being in government but that challenges to govern India are greater than ever before. One of these challenges is to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Economy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Gandhi, Hinduism, human rights, India, Lashkar e Taiba, liberal Pakistan, Media, minorities, Pakistan, peace, public policy

Ostrich’s Syndrome

by Ahsan Fraz The Pakistan Protection Ordinance was passed by the National Assembly of the country on 7th April this year with a heavy majority and now the bill is ready to be presented in the Senate for their approval. The bill, if passed by the senate, will give more powers to police and other security forces. They can kill, arrest and search anybody without warrant who may appear suspicious on any of the many grounds stated in the ordinance. There is much hue and cry over this bill in opposition and debates are going on in media about the austerity of the bill. The nub of the hitch is overlooked once more as the bill is not even close to what is indispensable. It looks like that the government is avoiding … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Democracy, ISI, Islam, Islamism, Law, Pakistan, peace, Politics, public policy, Religion, Society, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

How Will Modi’s Rise Impact India-Pakistan Ties?

How Will Modi’s Rise Impact India-Pakistan Ties?

The views expressed in this article are entirely of the author. PTH does not essentially agree with these.  By Riaz Haq BJP leader Narendra Modi has made history as the first low-caste Hindu to be elected prime minister of India. Modi’s spectacular rise from being a chai-walla to a major world leader is sure to inspire the world’s largest population of poor who call India home.  Before discussing how Modi’s rise will impact India-Pakistan ties, let’s briefly examine the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, History, India

Some thoughts on Modi’s invite to SAARC leaders at his swearing in Ceremony

By AC The more I think about this “invite SAARC leaders” move, the more layered, complex, and shrewd I realize it is. It’s kind of a small event, not a huge deal. But it’s a sign of Modi’s ability to think fresh and keep people on their toes. To jot some quick reactions about the various things that it signals all at once: Wins Modi brownie points because the gesture is being lauded by peaceniks and even some hawks across the region as unexpected and conciliatory Pakistan is the big fish here, not Maldives. But using the SAARC framework lets the new PM get off on a small relationship-building step with Sharif without signaling to his base that Pakistan specifically is being rewarded — instead, let’s make it about good neighborly relations! The more of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bangladesh, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, India, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, peace, Politics, south asia

If You Have an Enemy in Pakistan….

RHR If you have an enemy in Pakistan and you want him to be killed in such a way that no one blames you then the solution is simple. Just accuse him of blasphemy with respect to either remarks against Holy Prophet ( Peace be Upon Him) or desecration of the Holy Quran.. If more than ten people believe your accusation ( and needless to say that they will believe you even without a proof), you will be aided in your objective by three “stakeholders”. First, a “peace” loving mob will assemble and try to kill your enemy by beating and lynching him. If it is in a “right” mood then it may even opt for stoning followed by burning the accused alive. The examples of this stakeholder providing “instant” justice are several. One … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, minorities