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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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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 »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Democracy, Judiciary, Justice, Opinion, Pak Tea House, 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

The Pakistani delusion

The Pakistani delusion

By Ali Bhurgri February 29 was a tragic and treacherous day for Pakistan. Sharmeen Obaid had an Oscar, Mumtaz Qadri was hanged. It is painstakingly sad, and like a good Pakistani I shall attempt to explain why. There is a ray of sadness in me, not because of the whole saga of capital punishment of course, but because a conscientious solider of Islamism and pan Islamism was martyred. Some delusional people would argue, he was a cold … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, secular Pakistan, secularism

Mumtaz Qadri’s hanging and the death penalty debate

By Yasser Latif Hamdani Mumtaz Qadri was hanged on 29.02.2016 for having assassinated Governor Salmaan Taseer five years ago.  Qadri was given a fair shake by the courts.  He went through two appeals process and a review.  Ultimately, he forwarded a mercy petition to the President of Pakistan who rejected it. What was unusual were the circumstances –  the Pakistani government against all odds grabbed the bull by the horns and executed a murderer. This death penalty debate that some people have started is utterly useless in the present context. I am someone who stands for the eventual abolition of death penalty. This has to happen in a legal framework.  The framework in this case are Pakistan’s international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (“ICCPR”) which operates as minimum standards to be incorporated in national … 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 »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Urdu

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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ممتاز قادری کی سزائے موت عدلیہ کا جرات مندانہ فیصلہ

ممتاز قادری کی سزائے موت عدلیہ کا جرات مندانہ فیصلہ

عماد ظفر انصاف کسی بھی معاشرے کے پھلنے پھولنے اور بقا کا ضامن ہوتا ہے. بروقت آور فوری انصاف سماجی رویوں پر براہ راست اثر انداز ہوتا ہے جس معاشرے میں انصاف فوری اور سستا ملے اس معاشرے کا باہمی رویہ مثبت ہوتا ہے اور وہاں جرائم کی شرح بھی کم ہوتی ہے اس ضمن میں سکینڈی نیوین ممالک کی مثال دی جا سکتی ہے. ہمارے ہاں انصاف بھی اشیائے صرف کی طرح مہنگا آور لوگوں کی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Judiciary, Justice, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion

ریاست دہشت گردوں کے ساتھ کھڑی ہے

ریاست دہشت گردوں کے ساتھ کھڑی ہے

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل نو مارچ کو اسلام آباد ہائی کورٹ نے ممتاز قادری کی سزائے موت کے خلاف اپیل کا فیصلہ کر دیا۔ تیرہ مارچ کو اسی عدالت نے ممبئی حملوں کے مرکزی ملزم لشکر طیبہ کے مرکزی رہنما ذکی الرحمن لکھوی کی نظر بندی کو بھی غیر قانونی قرار دے کر اسے رہا کرنے کا حکم دیا ہے۔ اس سے پہلے لاہور ہائی کورٹ اور سپریم کورٹ حافظ سعید، جو کہ اپنے عوامی جلسوں میں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islam, Islamabad, Judiciary, Lashkar e Taiba, Religion, Terrorism, Urdu, violence

ممتاز قادری بمقابلہ مُلا عبدالعزیز

ممتاز قادری بمقابلہ مُلا عبدالعزیز

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل پاکستانی سماج میں جس طرح انتہا پسندی سرایت کر چکی ہے اس کا اندازہ پاکستان میں رہنے والے ہی لگا سکتے ہیں۔قرارد ادِ مقاصد سے لے کر 1973کے آئین کو قرآن و سنت کے ماتحت کرنے اور پھر ایک موذی ڈکٹیٹر کی جانب سے آئین کو اسلامائز کرنے کے بعد اب ملٹری کورٹس کے ذریعے انتہا پسندی کو ختم کرنے کی کوششیں کی جارہی ہیں۔اصول پسند سینٹر رضا ربانی نے جب آئینی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Constitution, Islamism, Justice, Law, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Target Killing, Terrorism, Urdu, violence

Drifting to a Martial Abyss?

Drifting to a Martial Abyss?

Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. Award-winning journalist and author of two famous books, Zahid Hussain, recently wrote in his column in Daily Dawn, “It is, however, wrong to compare the proposed military-led special courts to those set up under military rule. These courts would not be working autonomously, but will be under the control of civilian authorities for a limited period of time. The amendment in the Constitution does not give carte blanche to the military to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, Judiciary, Pakistan, Parliament, Terrorism

Who Actually Shot Taseer?

Who Actually Shot Taseer?

Raza Habib Raja I wrote this article one year ago. I am reproducing a modified and updated version as the debate has become even more relevant. It has been four years since Governor Salman Taseer was slain. As some commemorate his bravery, this is also a time for reflecting on why it happened. And more importantly why there were actually people throwing rose petals on the murderer, Mumtaz Qadri and why there was little to no public … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islam, Pakistan

But What About Blasphemy Against Human Decency?

But What About Blasphemy Against Human Decency?

Usmann Rana A five month pregnant woman and her husband beaten up by a mob and burned alive in the very same kiln where they worked. A child with mental challenges (reportedly Down’s Syndrome) jailed for ‘allegedly’ desecrating the Holy Qur’an, the Muslim scripture. A colony set ablaze by self-righteous defenders of the faith which ended up costing the lives of eight Christian men, women and a child and damage to a church. In any society with human decency and compassion such … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Democracy, human rights, Islamism, Justice, Lahore, minorities, Pakistan, Punjab, Religion, Rights, Society, violence

Happy Birthday to Salmaan Taseer Shaheed

By Hassan Naqvi Taseer, a self-made billionaire, one of the bravest voices in favour of marginalized segment of Pakistani society, still stands out for one reason or another even after the four years of his tragic assassination by one member of his security details in Islamabad. As blasphemy cases are being reported frequently, rights activists and the public at large miss Taseer, a Kashmiri descent on his father’s side, for his vocal stand against the misuse of the laws. On the other hand, his self-confessed killer, Mumtaz Qadri, is hailed as a hero to a segment of society. A mosque to his name was constructed in the suburb of Islamabad highlighting the fragmentation of the society. This is not what Taseer envisioned about the Pakistani society. “When I lived abroad he used to try … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anniversery, Blasphemy, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, human rights, Islamism, Justice, liberal Pakistan, Media, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, public policy, Religion, violence