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Wearing a Veil is My Right

Wearing a Veil is My Right

By Sana Ahmad     Can you imagine being made to feel like you do not belong? Can you imagine being made to feel that you are inferior because of a piece of clothing? That your ideals are wrong if they are different from the norm? This is something that people face even today. With time, our society is becoming more and more judgmental and narrow minded. Today, we see various campaigns trying to promote diversity, trying to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Opinion, Religion, secularism, Society, Women

Pakistan Steel or Steal Pakistan?

Pakistan Steel or Steal Pakistan?

By Humna Mehwish Pakistan Steel Mill (PSM) serves as the backbone of industrialization in Pakistan and yet it has been underrated and exploited by both public and private entities. This humongous institution has been in the news often due to its corruption scandals and lack of resources, in such a scenario preventing right to information law from implementation and use is not just alarming but also thought-provoking as to why information is being kept behind locks? Recently, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Pakistan

Top Tweets March 16: Youhanabad Mob Lynching converted Social Media into a Battle Ground

Malik Omaid March 16th Pakistani twitter and facebook looked like a social media battle ground. The Youhanabad Mob lynching enraged many Paksitanis and the incident was given a sectarian and religious color. Many Pakistani showed their contempt to the Christian community and condemned the act in a religious manner. Those who closely watch Pakistani social media will know that the common Pakistani notion on incidents like Joseph colony and Kot Radha Kishan was that the mob does not represent “Muslims” but yesterday the trend almost changed upside down. Raza Habib Raja explained the matter in one of his facebook posts: “Many Pakistanis who never had even the basic morals to condemn countless incidences of mob violence against the Christian community have now suddenly started to show extreme pain for the two lynched … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Rights, Society, Terrorism, Top Tweets, Twitter

Culture of Violence against Minorities and Women

Culture of Violence against Minorities and Women

Saad Lakhani It is no longer uncommon to ‘hear’ of mobs attacking (and burning and lynching) people for alleged blasphemy. Coincidentally enough, these people are quite disproportionately belonging to ‘minority’ groups and sects. That these incidents are sometimes ‘heard of’ does in no way mean that they are being ‘felt’ in any considerable way. Perhaps at least not in the same way that we heard and felt the unbearable soundbites on our screens telling us that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Terrorism, violence, Women

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 1

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 1

By Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. The common question in Pakistan is, “which system of governance Pakistan should adopt which will deliver to people’s demands”? Should it be the democracy, and if democracy should it be parliamentary or presidential. Should there be a military dictator who rules with iron fist with the help of political dynasties and family oligarchs. Should there be a system where the governments are nominated by the powerful military and Judiciary, which governs … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Law, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

No More….

Uzair Khan No more will we allow what has happened to 132 children in Peshawar. Let the date, 16th of December 2014 be seared in our collective memory. There is a limit to what we as a society can bear and choose to ignore. Those limits have been crossed for too long and far too many times. There should be no question in our minds that those who kill and those who misuse their power to misdirect people,  can no longer have the sympathies of the people of Pakistan. No more intolerance. We can no longer afford to allow intolerance to further take roots in our society. No longer can we delay a decision on fighting intolerance in all its forms. Even a day is too late. It has to be now. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Taliban

A clarion call

A clarion call

By Shanzeh Iqbal How far lifting the moratorium on death penalty would be effective in curtailing terrorism is a matter of debate now. The executions seen as an antidote to terrorism are discussed by some analysts as a feeble method. They argue that the real terrorist has a genuine faith and is not afraid of death; rather he or she is willing to embrace it. So the death penalty may not act as a strong deterrent. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Pak Tea House, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Stop using religion for Politics

Raza Rumi’s reaction on the attack on people remembering Salman Taseer at Liberty roundabout, Lahore.   [View the story "Stop using religion for Politics" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, human rights, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Storify, Taliban, Target Killing, Terrorism, Twitter, violence

Peshawar Massacre: A Gaffe

Peshawar Massacre: A Gaffe

Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D.   Iraqi-born expert on Middle East politics and affairs, and the syndicated columnist of Jerusalem Post, Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – in February 2007 — wrote about the miscalculations terrorists commonly make when they plan some significant and spectacular terror attacks. He took a case of 9/11 attack on New York and Washington DC and pointed out some indiscretions which the terrorists committed while planning their gruesome act. He wrote, “The fallout from the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, Pakistan, Peshawar, strategy, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war

Bloody-isms

Bloody-isms

Andaleeb Rizvi I wrote a long time ago that our threshold of feelings- good-bad, happy-sad, elated-depressed- for everything just keeps increasing. One smoked half a joint and moved on to two joints a day, as half lost its kick after some time. There were days when a single bomb blast with no deaths depressed us for days. Then came a time when we continued with our life even after a series of bombs and several deaths. We … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Children, Opinion, Peshawar, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

دہشت گردکامیاب ہورہے ہیں، دس کھلی کھلی نشانیاں!

دہشت گردکامیاب ہورہے ہیں، دس کھلی کھلی نشانیاں!

ملک عمید آپریشن ضرب عضب جاری ہے اور پشاور حملوں کے بعد ہم روز وزیرستان کے دور دراز علاقوں میں بے نام دہشت گردوں کے مرنے کی خبریں سنتے ہیں، ساتھ ہی ساتھ یہ بھی معلوم پڑتا ہے کہ کیسے ہم ان دہشت گردوں کے خلاف کامیابیاں سمیٹ رہے ہیں، مگر یقین جانیے اس آپریشن میں تو ہم کامیابی پا ہی رہے ہوں گے مگر دہشت گردی کی روک تھام میں نہیں بلکہ اس معاملے میں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Islamism, Middle East, Opinion, Peshawar, south asia, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Peshawar: City of flowers to City of Coffins

Peshawar: City of flowers to City of Coffins

Amir Abbas Turi Peshawar: a fabulous and historic city, also known as city of flowers has now been remodeled into the town of coffins, terror and blood. Yesterday’s heart shattering incident – attack on military-run school, Army Public, by heinous monsters – in the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, has had shocked the world. The messages of condolences from all over the world attempted to mend the irreparable injuries Peshawrities had received. Our greatest … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Islam, Peshawar, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, war, Zarb-E-Azb

محض مذمت چھوڑئیے اور کچھ کیجیے!

محض مذمت چھوڑئیے اور کچھ کیجیے!

ملک عمید لکھے ہوئے الفاظ دوبارہ لکھنے میں بڑی اذیت ہے۔ مگر پاکستانیوں کو اس پر کچھ زیادہ توقف نہیں ہوتا، ہم بے حسی سے ایسے مواقع گزار دیتے ہیں۔ پشاور میں سینکڑوں بچوں کا قتل عام ہوتا ہے، جہادی اس پر خوشی کا اظہار کرتے ہیں، ہم روتے پیٹتے ہیں، گالیاں دیتے ہیں، مذمت کرتے ہیں،  فوج کی بہادری پر ناز کرتے ہیں اور ان بھیڑیوں کو قرار واقعی سزا دینے کا مطالبہ بھی کرتے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Peshawar, Religion, Society, state, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu, violence, war, youth, Zarb-E-Azb

On Peshawar’s traumatizing event

On Peshawar’s traumatizing event

By: Sana Ahmad, Today as the death toll in Peshawar was rising, I was at a local theme park, surrounded with cousins the same age as the children who were martyred.Cousins who were riding swings or going down the slide, laughing and playing merrily as they should, while the same aged children of Peshawar were struggling for their lives. Today as I was riding the swing with my 5 year old cousin I had a momentary … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Islam, Pakistan, Peshawar, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Junaid Jamshed: Blasphemy, an act Well-done

Junaid Jamshed: Blasphemy, an act Well-done

by Saira A. Nizami Many would be aware of the recent Junaid Jamshed controversy that rocked Pakistani news channels some time ago. The singer-turned-scholar Jamshed became much too comfortable demonizing women stripping them of their rights, maybe to side with the public male opinion. One would think that in a country where women’s rights need to be handed back and reminded that they exist, that the abuse needs to end, a scholar would give the opposite … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islam, minorities, Pakistan, Religion