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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 »

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The Legacy We Live With

The Legacy We Live With

By Sadaf Alvi The treatment of minorities in the judicial system, under the blasphemy law, has become the most profound human rights crisis facing Pakistan in 2016. SC’s failure to hold the pressure of religious fanatics and refusal to Asia Bibi’s final appeal hearing not only undermines any progress that we have made in ensuring NAP but also calls into doubt our faith in the rule of law. In practice, the blasphemy law has become an instrument … Read entire article »

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Blasphemy Ordeal in Pakistan

Blasphemy Ordeal in Pakistan

  Here are 16 tweets by Reema Omar who is ICJ’s International Legal Advisor for South Asia that tell the blasphemy ordeal in Pakistan as it is. Editor One year ago, @ICJ_org published a detailed study on fair trial violations in #blasphemy cases in #Pakistan https://t.co/1WaPO5jCBC — Reema Omer (@reema_omer) October 5, 2016 1. ICJ found Most #blasphemy offences in Pakistan, incl. 295-C, are non-bailable. Police may also arrest accused without a judicial warrant — Reema Omer (@reema_omer) October 5, 2016 2. … Read entire article »

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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 »

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Book Review; The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan

Book Review; The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan

By Najeeb Kakar   Saadia Toor is an Associate Professor of Sociology at City University of New York, College of Staten Island. Her latest book The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan, is a fascinating piece of literature on the modern learnings of Pakistani state – post partition immediate politics and the role of the military establishment. Toor explains the significance of cultural elements as part of the political evolution of Pakistan. From … Read entire article »

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پاکستان میں انتہا پسندی کی کہانی

پاکستان میں انتہا پسندی کی کہانی

تحریر اجمل شبیر ہر مذہب کے ابتدائی زمانے کے بارے میں عام طور پر یہی کہا جاتا ہے کہ اس مذہب کو الہی رہنمائی حاصل ہے ۔دنیا کا کوئی بھی مذہب اٹھا کر دیکھ لیں ،اس کا ابتدائی زمانہ الہی قصے کہانیوں سے بھرپور ہوتا ہے۔ہر مذہب کے ابتدائی زمانے کی تعلیمات انتہاتی سادہ بھی ہوتی ہیں ۔عام و خاص ان تعلیمات کو آسانی کے ساتھ سمجھتے ہیں۔ابتدائی زمانے کے مذہب میں بہت زیادہ مسائل بھی … Read entire article »

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A Leap for Pakistan

A Leap for Pakistan

By Huzaifa Ali Ahfaz The 182 million people of Pakistan slept on the night of 28th February of 2016, not knowing what astonishments the leap day would bring. Some of them didn’t even notice that the day after was the leap day. The sun peeked over the horizon once again the next morning, and the populace of Pakistan stirred, only to know that Mumtaz Qadri – the guard who killed the ex-governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer – … Read entire article »

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Qadri’s Pakistan or Taseer’s Pakistan?

Qadri’s Pakistan or Taseer’s Pakistan?

By Imran Ahmad Khan A radicalized Pakistan’s long-drawn struggle to de-radicalize itself took a key turn when the law of the land took its due course, resulting in Mumtaz Qadri’s hanging. However, it is what happens next that will define the narrative around Qadri and whether his hanging will help Pakistan on its way to de-radicalization. The country has been at the cross-roads of an impending ideological shift for a long time now. In a slow move towards … Read entire article »

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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 »

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آسکر یا پھانسی فیصلہ آپ کیجئے

آسکر یا پھانسی فیصلہ آپ کیجئے

تحریر: عماد ظفر انتیس فروری سوموار کی صبح پاکستان میں دو اہم خبریں زیر بحث رہیں۔ شرمید عبید چنائے کا آسکر ایوارڈ جیتنا اور گورنر پنجاب کے قاتل ممتاز قادری کی اڈیالہ جیل میں پھانسی۔ یہ دو مختلف خبریں دو مختلف نظریات، اور دو مختلف پاکستان کی تصاویر پیش کرتی ہیں۔ شرمین نے دوسری مرتبہ آسکر کا ایوارڈ جیتا اور دنیا بھر میں پاکستان اور پاکستانیوں کا سر فخر سے بلند کر دیا۔ دوسری جانب ممتازقادری … Read entire article »

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حفیظ سنٹر میں ریاست ’پی کے‘ بن گئی

حفیظ سنٹر میں ریاست ’پی کے‘ بن گئی

تحریر: ملک عمید گزشتہ ہفتے احمدیوں کی مخالفت میں لگائے گئے ایک اسٹیکر نے حفیظ سنٹر کی دھوم ساری دنیا تک پہنچا دی۔ یوں حفیظ سنٹر بین الاقوامی شہرت یافتہ ہوگیا۔ بدنام اگر ہوں گے تو کیا نام نہ ہوگا؟ ایک تاجر کی دکان سے احمدی مخالف اسٹیکر اتارنے کی خبر پنجاب حکومت نے ٹویٹر پر برادرم رضا رومی صاحب کو دی۔ ساری دنیا میں واہ واہ ہوگئی۔ ایسے لگا کہ ملک بدلنے لگا ہے۔ تاجروں … Read entire article »

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In Pakistan not only laws are made to discriminate against its citizens but laws are also applied discriminately

In Pakistan not only laws are made to discriminate against its citizens but laws are also applied discriminately

By Shehla Ahmad On November 20th, on the false and ungrounded plea of Blasphemy of the Holy Quran, a factory in Jhelum which was owned by an Ahmadi Muslim was burnt, while Police was present on the scene. Thank God no one was hurt although the mob which set the factory on fire appeared to have obnoxious plan to burn alive those Ahmadi Muslims who were residing in the premises of factory along with their families. Army … Read entire article »

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The Problem of Religious Intolerance and Bigotry in Pakistan

The Problem of Religious Intolerance and Bigotry in Pakistan

Raza Habib Raja In a recent incident in Pakistan, an Ahmadi mosque has been burnt and members of their community have been arrested on charges of blasphemy. This by stretch of imagination is not a new incident as Pakistan has witnessed a flurry of such incidents in the near past. In the last few years, Christian colonies have been attacked, people have been lynched and burnt and many a times cases have been registered against some members … Read entire article »

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In The Name of Religion

In The Name of Religion

By Awais Rabbani Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, a name that never ceases to amaze me. Pakistan’s much loved ‘vigilante’ has made headlines again with his latest demand; that he will commit suicide if he is not allowed to meet his family. Qadri, who has been hailed as a hero by the supporters of Pakistan’s contentious blasphemy laws, was convicted of murdering his employer Salman Taseer, former governor of Punjab Taseer’s crime was to seek justice for Asia Bibi, … Read entire article »

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In Search Of Quaid’s Pakistan

In Search Of Quaid’s Pakistan

By Haseeb Ahmad ….You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in the State of Pakistan. Muhammad Ali Jinnah 11 August 1947 In the heart of every minority residing in Pakistan lives the tightly coiled nightmare of persecution. Every time a minority is attacked or their rights abused, the above often quoted and considered Charter of Pakistan stands mocking … Read entire article »

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