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A Dysfunctional State

by Saad Hafiz Pakistan’s societal, economic and political travails place it in a category of deeply dysfunctional and nearly ungovernable states. Generally speaking, dysfunctional states exhibit high degrees of institutional inconsistency, social malaise, ideological confusion, political malfunction and national paranoia. As a consequence, such states are unable to leverage their people’s histories and traditions to construct effective formal institutions with wide legitimacy; nor can they draw on the social capital embedded in cohesive groups to facilitate economic, political, and social intercourse; neither are they able to employ the established governing capacities of their citizens to run the affairs of state. Moreover, national development is much dependent upon the quality of a nation’s human capital. Dysfunctional states do not invest in human capital—such as better schools and hospitals. They tend to discourage people … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, Egalitarian Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pakistan, Society

Raza Rumi: Voice by Heart

Amir Abbas Turi These are the ruthless terrorists who are heartless and do not spare even the humanity lovers and peace-preachers such as Raza Rumi. Callous inhumane terrorists are taking lives of innocent people in this Land of Pure – Pakistan – and Mustafa, Rumi’s martyred driver, is the latest addition to this episode. On the eve of Friday, merciless culprits showered bullets on this non-violent team in the streets of ‘Takht-e-Lahore’. These murderers, who committed a slaughter in the name of Islam, forgot or ignored the teachings of this religion – which emphasises that killing a single human being is akin to killing the whole humanity, and that a single person or institution is not qualified to prosecute, judge and persecute even the most atrocious criminal. Whether an alleged sinner can … Read entire article »

Filed under: Raza Rumi, Religion, Society, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

Raza Rumi: I’m Proud of You!

Kasim Osmani It is nothing but a stroke of luck when you happen to meet and start working with your most favorite personality. The very idea that you are going to work with country’s prominent political analyst excites the imagination. It fills you with high spirits and you feel like the luckiest person on planet. I felt so, when I met and started working with Raza Rumi. A day after I shared my profile, I found myself sitting across Raza Rumi, having kehwa and discussing how I could contribute to his bulging workload. Staring at him with almost static eyeballs, I expressed my earnest gratitude and determination for the given responsibilities. Raza Rumi entirely changed my views about a boss and people working in “private sector”. Now, I had a smiling boss who … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism, Terrorism

Black Hands

Black Hands

By Haider Rifaat Today “Black Magic” is considered to be a common trend in many areas of Pakistan and it seems quite evident that the practitioners of this dark art, target specific people for their own benefits. The practice of black magic or as some call it, “kaala jadu”, often takes place during the night, especially at the cemeteries. It is not only practiced in Muslim countries but is ubiquitous in the western world as well. However, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islamism

A conversation with a constitutional Kaafir

Balal Haider Ahmadis are constitutional Kaafirs in Pakistan. The best part is Pakistan is the only country in the world which proudly presents us with such a Politico-Religious categorization of its people. Below is a conversation from a daily life of a constitutional Kaafir (CK) and Radicalized Constitutional Muslim (RCM)… CK: “Asalam o Alikum my dear friend” RCM: ” Yala Harama, you go to jail, how dare you speak the words which sends peace to me, you!!, let me call the police station.” CK: “I am so sorry my friend I am just used to spreading peace and teachings of love. I am sorry to have offended you, Let me do some Astagfar.” RCM: ” Toba Toba, you are using an Arabic word, how dare you act like a muslim” CK: ” I am sorry, I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Short Story

Our Terrorism Policy: Treating Cancer with Palliatives.

Balal Haider Finally our government has got a road map to solve all problems and that is to talk to the people who are killing so many Pakistanis and if the talks fail the army has planned to take a full scale war to Waziristan. Brilliant. That means either way the problem will be solved forever? The fact remains both options leave minimal chance of victory. Either you fight them or you talk to them nothing is being done to cure the cancer of terrorism. To tackle any problem the root causes have to be addressed. How are terrorists produced? How can blow oneself up in pieces? How can be such a dangerous ideology be engraved into such young children. Waziristan or Karachi, pulling up a barrell and passing a 9 mm … Read entire article »

Filed under: Terrorism

Free Karim – NOW!

By Madiha Tahir On New Year’s Eve 2009, Karim Khan’s family was blown to pieces. A brother, a son and a house guest –a laborer working at a nearby mosque– were all torn to shreds, ripped up in an American drone attack. Since then, Karim has been working with the Islamabad-based lawyer, Shahzad Akbar to file cases in the Pakistani courts demanding justice. At every step of the way, the demands by Pakistanis for democratic, legal solutions have been met with intimidation, harassment and secrecy both by the Pakistani state and the US. Now, Karim has been disappeared. On Feb 5th, 15-20 men, some of them in police uniform, picked up Karim from his home in Rawalpindi, according to witnesses. They took him in front of his wife and children, and his whereabouts … Read entire article »

Filed under: Drones, Pak Tea House

Begin by Wailing

By Ahmer Muzammil The perpetrators should at least apologize to this unfortunate nation! TTP for killing our 60,000 human beings! Security Establishment for creating the Frankenstein so they can prosper financially, Rishtay karanay wali Khala who got unkil ejaz ul haq’ dada and dadi hooked up Musharaf for slaughtering the constitution (and for ahmed raza qusoori) Taher Shah for eye to eye Nawaz Sharif for absconding and looting. Shaheed bibi for Asif! Asif Ali Zardari for Asim Hussein! Iftikhar Chaudhry for Arsalan dada PTI for Shireen Mazari’ hairdo MQM for bhai’ singing. Jamat-e-islami for being themselves Religious fundoos like fazloo and hafiz saeed for egging us on for jihad while they are not able to do istinja (translation kurkay sawab-a-darayn hasil karein) properly (due to girth)! But I digress. Joking aside, the least this nation deserves is a sincere apology. Call it truth and reconciliation … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Politics

We want every child in School, Every teacher in Class and a school in every village

We want every child in School, Every teacher in Class and a school in every village

by Hazrat Wali Kakar (PSO) “We want every child in School, Every teacher in Class and a school in every village” “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”- Nelson Mandela Education is the only tool which can ensure the progress, prosperity and development of a nation. It is the need of the today’s digital world in order to compete with the developed countries of the world. Education regardless of gender is … Read entire article »

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What Muslims Should Remember….

Raza Habib Raja It is often claimed by my fellow Muslims that the world is unfair to us and harbors misperceptions about Islam. What Muslims often overlook is that world’s perception about them as well as Islam is shaped by their actions. So this is what they should remember before complaining. If you endorse terrorism, either openly or through apologetic defense, and that too on religious grounds, then please do not expect the world to consider Islam as a religion of peace, because it simply won’t. It is hard to imagine it doing so when some of the followers are ready to blow themselves in the middle of crowded places which contain even little children on the pretext that Israel has been unfair to Palestinians! Or West has been unfair to Islam. It is even … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, minorities

What’s your story, Glory?

What’s your story, Glory?

By Jehan Naseem Without a doubt every year is full of experiences that are filled with; struggle, survival of the fittest, strength and an outcome most people feel that is life-changing.  This year was no less, for me or anyone else that I knew. Making changes is never easy, never and they always happen when you least expect it. However, there were certain changes I made this year with the knowledge that, I was taking a complete … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Atheism and Faith

Atheism and Faith

Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi I am a believer in one God. But I am always fascinated by atheist because it seems fantastic that they could reject the idea of God despite the inadequacy of science to explain physical world around us with certainty. To understand their argument I am always eager to meet an atheist with a hope that some new information will be revealed to shake foundation of my faith. But most of the time … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Religion, secularism

Remembering Salman Taseer (Shaheed)

Remembering Salman Taseer (Shaheed)

By Amir Abbas Turi Salman Taseer, the late Governor Punjab, became the first non-American who has been honoured with the Martin Luther King Junior Peace Award for his efforts in promoting human rights and peace. This prestigious Award is given to Taseer at a time when the Pakistani nation is deeply divided in its opinion about the question of martyrdom. While the United States has honoured him for his courage, unfortunately, Taseer remains one of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Justice, Media, Terrorism

Uzbekistan: A Traveller’s Diary

Uzbekistan: A Traveller’s Diary

By Amir Abbas Turi A splendid call from ‘The Diplomatic Insight’ that I had made it for a five-day cultural tour to Uzbekistan, was really something extremely fabulous which beggars description. However, I will try to give shape of words to the marvelous feelings I had had. ‘Evacuate the plane immediately,’ was the call from an air hostess upon reaching to Tashkent as I was gone in the world of imaginations – during the flight. The first panorama … Read entire article »

Filed under: Travel

The Partition debate

by Saad Hafiz The intense debate over the Partition of India in 1947 continues six decades later. Some commentators have described the partition as neither inherently desirable nor necessary feasible but tragically inevitable. They attribute this to the Congress and Muslim League’s incompatible visions for India, which led to deadlock in talks forcing the British to impose a solution. Others suggest that the partition was a crude and unthinking form of gerrymandering with tragic consequences leading to a permanent poisoning of Hindu-Muslim relations. They dismiss it as a socio-religious experiment, a failure of leadership that the worst possible alternative was chosen. Messrs Gandhi, Jinnah, Nehru and Mountbatten, the main players in the partition saga have been praised or vilified as strong-willed visionaries or mediocre statesmen. It has been suggested that they … Read entire article »

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