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Wajid Shamsul Hasan and the Punjab Assembly

Wajid Shamsul Hasan and the Punjab Assembly

Pakistan’s ex-envoy to London Wajid Shamsul Hasan spoke last week at the annual Ahmadi Convention. It was a frank talk which hit home certain important points, the gist of which was that declaring Ahmadis Non-Muslims was a huge mistake on part of Pakistan’s National Assembly -which has destroyed the social fabric of the state. Wajid Shamsul Hasan comes from a family which has been committed to Pakistan. His father Syed Shamsul Hasan was a close … Read entire article »

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Fake Quote: Laboratory of Islam

Fake Quote: Laboratory of Islam

This is how history was distorted in Pakistan in General Zia’s brutal dictatorship. The quote here has taken a life of its own; it has even made it to textbooks. Here is the problem: 1. Jinnah was not even in Peshawar on the said date. He was in Karachi on 13 January 1948. 2. Jinnah did not refer to Pakistan as an Islamic laboratory. 3. He spoke at Islamia College Peshawar on 14 April 1948 and the said … Read entire article »

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Jinnah’s Pakistan: Actions speak louder than words

Jinnah’s Pakistan: Actions speak louder than words

By  Mohammad Ali Ilahi A never ending debate that has been raging on between the seculars and conservatives for quite some time is about the nature of the country that the Quaid envisioned Pakistan to be. While the seculars use the 11th August speech of the Quaid as the basis of their argument, their counterparts present the 1st July 1948 speech which Jinnah delievered on the opening ceremony of the State Bank and which called for Pakistan … Read entire article »

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Nisid Hajari on Jinnah

By Yasser Latif Hamdani In a review of Nisid Hajari’s book “Midnight furies” in the Economist called “Searing Split“, a reviewer had this to say:   In particular he focuses, as do most histories of partition, on the troubling character of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founding leader of Pakistan. Mr Hajari has little sympathy for Jinnah, a bitter and uncompromising man, calling him the “most polarising figure in the Partition drama”. Jinnah, more than anyone, was responsible for the creation of Pakistan, yet it remains unclear how much he really wanted it or whether he pursued the idea more as a tactic to increase Muslim clout within a larger India. Mr Hajari judges him to have been “criminally negligent” in his thinking about the human consequences of his demand for Pakistan, calling him “vindictive” in … Read entire article »

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Jinnah and the Rohingyas

By Yasser Latif Hamdani A number of ill-informed articles have appeared in the national press recently which have taken a rather strange line:   Jinnah is responsible for the plight of Rohingyas in Burma. Jinnah – who died in 1948- is supposed to be responsible for the plight of Burmese Muslims in 2015 because in 1948 the Muslims of Arakan i.e. Burma appealed to him to help them secede (the Mayu region) from Burma and join East Pakistan.  Jinnah refused stating that such an event would be tantamount to interference in Burmese affairs. He further advised the Burmese Muslims to work for their rights as citizens of Burma.  Rohingyas as such constituted a very small percentage of the Burmese population and the idea that they could claim territory on that basis was preposterous. Ultimately a number of … Read entire article »

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Inspiration Ataturk

Inspiration Ataturk

By Yasser Latif Hamdani Last week I was fortunate to visit Kemal Ataturk’s Marine Mansion in Florya Istanbul, located on the Marmara Sea. Ataturk had spent his last days in this mansion. As I walked through the beautiful mansion by the sea filled with Ataturk’s belongings and personal effects, it hit me as to how much modernists in the Muslim world derive inspiration from the great father of the Turks and his regeneration of the Turkish nation. My … Read entire article »

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Jinnah & Pakistan debate: Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmed’s remarks on the Ahmadi Community

By Yasser Latif Hamdani It seems to be that Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmed, who writes for the Daily Times, is not open to the idea of an engaged academic debate. His latest article in the Daily Times which I will link below proves it. Let us however first recap as to what transpired before Ishtiaq Ahmed’s latest article. I had written in my article “Congress’ use of Ulema”: The Congress backed ulema, including Maulana Madni, the great proponent of composite nationalism, attacked Jinnah for being a Shia and having Ahmedis in the Muslim League. In Lucknow, Maulana Mazhar Ali Azhar used the Madh-e-Sahaba to divide the Muslim vote along sectarian Shia and Sunni lines. Time and again the Congress backed ulema used the sectarian card to create dissentions between Muslims. While on the one side Congress criticised … Read entire article »

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Distorting Pakistan’s history and identity

Distorting Pakistan’s history and identity

By Umer Ali Ever since Pakistan came into being, it has faced different challenges of various magnitudes. Right after its creation, Pakistan lost its father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. With his body, the hope for a better, progressive Pakistan was gone as well. After the death of Jinnah, a campaign started which led Pakistan to where it is now – radicalized, intolerant and on the verge of destruction. Pakistanis are living through lies and myths presented to them. … Read entire article »

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A future foretold

A future foretold

By Saad Hafiz Another Pakistan Day or Pakistan Resolution Day has come and gone, this time with a grand military parade put off for several years due to terrorism fears. On March 23, 1940, the All-India Muslim League moved a resolution in its annual session in Lahore that demanded autonomous states for the Muslims of British India. This resolution was a change in strategy from the Muslim League’s earlier demand for constitutional guarantees for Muslims in … Read entire article »

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The Christians who mourned for the lynched Muslims

The Christians who mourned for the lynched Muslims

By Mohammad Ali Ilahi This week, a group of students from LUMS lead by the Democratic Students Alliance and as part of the Hum-Aahang initiative (Human Shield for Our Christian Community) went to a Sunday mass to form a human chain outside the Nawlakha Presbyterian Church near the Lahore Railway Station. This was in reaction to the twin suicide blasts that had taken place a week ago in Youhanabad targeting the largest and perhaps one of … Read entire article »

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پاکستانی سیاست کے مینار

پاکستانی سیاست کے مینار

تحریر: تنویر آرائیں پاکستان میں سیاست کرنے لئے عقلمندی، رواداری، اخلاقیات، شرم وحیا یا غیرت ضروری نہیں ہے اور صرف ان چیزوں کے سہارے آپ سیاست میں کامیاب نہیں ہو سکتے اور نہ ہی اعلیٰ تعلیم، پالیسی سازی میں مہارت، مسائل سے نمٹنے کے تجربے یا حکمت کی ضرورت ہے. پاکستان میں سیاست میں کامیابی حاصل کرنے کے لئے آپ کو فقط بیچنے کا سلیقہ ہونا چاہیے، غلط سمجھنے کی ضرورت نہیں میں تجارت کی بات … Read entire article »

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The Parallel Universe: Do We Live in World # 1?

Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. Driving on the express way, we come across different exits which we may or may not take, depending upon the destination requirements, traffic densities, breaks for food, gas or other human needs. Now let us consider a scenario. You are driving on the road and there was an exit. You are debating whether to go out on it and stop by some restaurant to eat or for a cup of coffee or tea. Due to some deliberation you decide to keep driving for some more time before taking a break for coffee. After some time you drive, you see a car which overtook you minutes ago gets into an accident. You stop your car, come out and call the emergency. Then you approach the wrecked car and … Read entire article »

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Tufail Ahmad’s rape of history continues

By Yasser Latif Hamdani I had earlier exposed Indian Express’ oped columnist Tufail Ahmad’s shameless distortions in my blog post http://pakteahouse.net/2014/06/28/what-passes-for-history-these-days-tufail-ahmad-of-indian-express/. He had then with great fanfare declared that he would prove me wrong by producing the Chattan newspaper from the dates I had mentioned. It has been more than 6 months and he has failed. But it has not stopped him from distorting the facts of history on Jinnah however. In his recent article, named “Jinnah of Modern India” http://www.newindianexpress.com/columns/Jinnah-of-Modern-India/2015/02/09/article2658963.ece  where he desperately wants to conflate Asaduddin Owaisi with Jinnah,  he ascribes these fake quotes to Jinnah: “The goal of Pakistan is not only to get freedom and autonomy but the Islamic concept of life” “It is Prophet Muhammad’s spiritual blessing that Pakistan came into being. Now it is Pakistanis’ responsibility to turn it into the model (state) of the Righteous … Read entire article »

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Gandhi, Nehru, Jinnah and Partition

By Yasser Latif Hamdani Lately the news coming out of India is not good. Other than Modi’s unfathomable pronouncements about there being genetic science and plastic surgery in ancient India, there have begun mass “re-conversions” of Muslims to Hindus under the “Purkhon ki wapsi” events. Meanwhile one minister of the Modi government has gone on the offensive and declared non-Hindus to be bastards and another minister has declared Bhagwad Gita to be the “national scripture” of India which is constitutionally a secular state. The space for Non-Hindus in India is shrinking amidst protests by Indian liberals and those who have always argued in favour of India’s model of democracy and secularism that it is against the very ethos of India. Through this post I want to forward a couple of arguments which are as … Read entire article »

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Idiotic autocrats

Idiotic autocrats

by Saad Hafiz A Turkish government spokesman summarised the reaction to the outcome of the 2007 Turkish parliamentary elections in other Muslim countries as: “What the hell did the Turks do right that we did not do? How come they can manage a predominantly Muslim population, negotiate [for membership] with the EU [European Union], and have a workable democracy while we are stuck with these idiotic autocrats?” The spokesman may have lacked tact but he cut … Read entire article »

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