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Why It Happened?

Why It Happened?

Raza Habib Raja Right now Pakistan is once again in the news related to its controversial anti-blasphemy law. Shaan Taseer, the son of late Salman Taseer is in hot water after posting a video message in which he condemned Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and tried to show solidarity to its oppressed Christian minority. After seeing the message the religious community is calling for his arrest. Some have gone even further and have started to incite violence against him. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Pakistan

Junaid Jamshed and the “Born Again Muslim” Phenomenon

Junaid Jamshed and the “Born Again Muslim” Phenomenon

By Raza Habib Raja. Junaid Jamshed’s untimely death has saddened us all but at the same time also revealed deep schisms in our society. Many are mourning the singer Junaid Jamshed and among them  some are also explicitly mentioning that they do not approve of his misogynist and regressive comments, he made when he turned religious. Many on the other hand are mourning the religious Junaid Jamshed and applauding his decision to quit music and dedicate his … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Pakistan

Military Regimes in Pakistan

Military Regimes in Pakistan

Shahid Raja It is one of the ironies of fate that Pakistan which owes its creation to a democratic struggle has to live half of its post-independence existence under military regimes. Every military dictator who took over the reins of the country on the pretext of ridding the political system of corrupt practices and putting country on the trajectory of high growth rates, left it economically ruined and democratically exhausted. One left it truncated into two … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Pakistan

Islam and Modern Times

Raza Habib Raja It was a day in 1994. I picked up the Daily Jang to have my daily dosage of information and news. In those PTV dominated pre internet days newspapers were the chief source for somewhat objective and independent coverage of the events. The front page was full of news about ongoing political battle between PPP and PML(N). The decade of 1990s was characterized by constant political tussle between the two major political parties. While glancing down, my eyes suddenly caught hold of a two column new article. It described an incidence which had taken place in Gujranwala. According to the article a mob in Gujranwala , had burnt a Hafiz Quran, Hafiz Sajjad alive on suspicion of desecrating the Holy Quran. According to the details, Hafiz had burnt Quran … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam

Who is a Muslim?

Who is a Muslim?

Raza Habib Raja Pakistan unfortunately is not a very tolerant country for minorities. We all know that Christian colonies have been attacked whenever a member of their faith was accused of blasphemy. Likewise, there have been forcible conversions in Sindh of some Hindus. Yes, there is no doubt that minorities suffer a lot in Pakistan but there is a category (which has various sub-categories) which has suffered even more in Pakistan. This category is not a fixed … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion

I like Raheel Sharif But He Should Retire on Time

I like Raheel Sharif But He Should Retire on Time

Raza Habib Raja Despite considering myself a critic of Pakistan army, I really like Raheel Sharif. He is perhaps Pakistan’s most popular person right now. But why is an army officer so popular? The reasons are several. First , he is responsible for the military action against the Taliban. This is a huge achievement. Since 2001, almost 50,000 people have died due to terrorism and yet literally all the governments showed complete impotence to do anything. Unfortunately over … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Pakistan, Taliban

Shameful Attack on Marvi Sirmid and Even More Shameful Reaction on Social Media

Shameful Attack on Marvi Sirmid and Even More Shameful Reaction on Social Media

Raza Habib Raja The fact that Pakistan has a dismal record with respect to gender is not a new thing. But it seems that now we are hell bent on achieving new lows.  Marvi Sirmid, was attacked and abused on live TV by a Mullah. He started to obstruct the moment she tried to speak and used language which is shameful. We are pasting the link of the video so that all of you can see … Read entire article »

Filed under: Media, Pakistan, Women

I Guess, it’s Gonna Be Trump!!!!

I Guess, it’s Gonna Be Trump!!!!

   PTH is grateful to Abhinav Pandya for this post. We do not endorse Trump and nor  do we essentially agree with the points made in this article By Abhinav Pandya                                                     Just about six months back Donald Trump was hardly taken as a serious contender for American Presidency. A New Yorker, who … Read entire article »

Filed under: Left, USA

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 be allowed to beat their wives. Before that CII made international headlines because of actually rejecting … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Law, secularism, Women

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. Of course I have been told a number of times that they are “against” Pakistan. Some … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Pakistan

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 Muslims with the extremists, but at the same time we need to understand that our … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islam, Islam for Peace

The Crimson Girl

PTH is grateful to Mr. Kashif Khuhro for contributing this short story which throws light on an important aspect of our society By Kashif Khuhro Everyone called her Rosie William Masih. Thin arms, long black hair, and dark complexion. A cute little girl of nine years she was. But she was older at her head than she looked. Rosie was very curious about everything. She probably never learnt to settle on a single answer for anything. She always wanted to be a pilot. She loved airplanes though she had never seen an airport in her life. Like most children, Rosie hated going to school. But she couldn’t help it. She had to go every day otherwise her father would get angry with her. But Sundays were fortunate exceptions. It was Saturday that morning … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Egalitarian Pakistan, minorities

Zulfi Bhutto and Pakistan

Zulfi Bhutto and Pakistan

  Raza Habib Raja Today is Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s 37th death anniversary. It is time to look back and try to make sense of the enigma that was Bhutto. This article does not try to tread the familiar theme of praising or lamenting Bhutto, but tries to evaluate his impact whether positive of negative( depending how positives or negatives are interpreted by the reader) on the course of history in Pakistan. Impact, can be intended or unintended … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Pakistan

Hanging of Mumtaz Qadri: Justice Has Been Served

Hanging of Mumtaz Qadri: Justice Has Been Served

By Babur Ali Mumtaz Qadri, the man who shot PPP leader and ex-governor of Punjab Salman Taseer 28 times in public, was executed on Monday early in the morning at Adiyala Jail Rawalpindi. His death has created a very strange situation in the country which is already polarized. Govt. has played a remarkable role in all this scenario. Discussion over the legal perspective and scenarios created before and after Qadri’s Execution is given below :   MUMTAZ QADRI … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islam, Islam for Peace, minorities, Pakistan

Left, Right and Center: Dilemmas of an  Intellectual Orphan

Left, Right and Center: Dilemmas of an  Intellectual Orphan

PTH is extremely grateful to Abhinav Pandya for contributing this article. PTH does not essentially agree with every point made by the author Abhinav Pandya With the social media on fire, it seems that the governments have vanished, bureaucracies have become phantoms and the nations with eternal sovereignties have dwindled, and it’s all about netizens (all humans are netizens but not all netizens are humans) and their status updates. And netizens are nothing but just left, right … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, Identity, India