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گل امید فروزاں رہے تیری خوشبو

گل امید فروزاں رہے تیری خوشبو

تحریر: طاہر احمد بھٹی۔فرینکفرٹ۔جرمنی ایک چھوٹے زمیندار کا پانچ ایکڑ کماد تھا جس میں سور گھس گئے۔ اس نے کوک فریاد کی تو بستی اور ارد گرد کے ڈیروں سے کوئی سو ڈیڑھ سو لٹھ بردار، آٹھ دس بندوقچی ، پچیس تیس کتے اور تماش بین لونڈوں لپاڑیوں کا ایک غول اکٹھا ہوا اور ایک ہڑبونگ مچا کر ایک طرف سے داخل ہوا اور سوروں کو مارنے کی کسی معقول حکمت عملی کے بغیر ان کو … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Jinnah, journalism, Judiciary, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Secterainism, Terrorism, Urdu

‘Civic Duty’ or ‘Civic Responsibility’?

‘Civic Duty’ or ‘Civic Responsibility’?

By Khadija Khan   Meeting deadlines, struggling with organizational bureaucracy, and cold weather as well as absolute agitation over the ‘Signal Free Gulberg’ I snarled my way through the jam-packed traffic of Lahore’s boulevards. In all of the daily chaos, I looked at a frail old man holding a banner ‘’We Need Jinnah’s Pakistan’’. A lone ranger, I could recall having seen him a few times before, at the Liberty Chowk. The combination of the 11oC temperature grappling … Read entire article »

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The Ahmadi issue Part 1: Quaid-e-Azam Jinnah versus Maulana Azad and Allama Iqbal

The Ahmadi issue Part 1: Quaid-e-Azam Jinnah versus Maulana Azad and Allama Iqbal

Pakistan may be too far along on the Ahmadi issue for there to be any meaningful change in our lifetimes. However it is our duty to keep repeating the truth. Quaid-e-Azam Mahomed Ali Jinnah was the only Muslim politician in the history of the subcontinent to have taken a clear stance in favour of Ahmadis by stating that Ahmadis were Muslims because they said so. He said:   “I have been asked a disturbing question, as to who among the … Read entire article »

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Islamists attempting to concoct another fake Jinnah quote

Islamists attempting to concoct another fake Jinnah quote

Some twitter handles are circulating the picture above. I reproduce here the complete discussion by Jinnah on 14 July 1947. As you can see the quote is fake. Q. Could you as governor-general make a brief statement on the minorities problem? A. At present I am only governor-general designate. We will assume for a moment that on August 15 I shall be really the governor-general of Pakistan. On that assumption, let me tell you that I shall … Read entire article »

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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 »

Filed under: Jinnah, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

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 »

Filed under: History, India, Islamism, Pakistan, Partition, Secterainism

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 »

Filed under: History, Pakistan

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 »

Filed under: Islam for Peace, Lahore, minorities, Pakistan, Photos, Religion, secular Pakistan, secularism, Terrorism

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 »

Filed under: Opinion, Pakistan, Politics, Urdu