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Living with political Islam

Living with political Islam

by Saad Hafiz As secularists and democrats, we do not want religion applied to politics, as we believe that religion is too divisive. We believe that democratic freedoms are strengthened by the separation of religion from politics. We are sceptical of religion playing a constructive role as an agent of stability and predictability. This does not mean, however, that we should support demands to ban political parties having a religious platform, like the Muslim Brotherhood in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Citizens, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamic Holy Book Quran, Islamism, Middle East, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Religion, secularism, Society

Photo of the Day: Quetta Bombings, Hazara Comunity again Under Attack

Photo of the Day: Quetta Bombings, Hazara Comunity again Under Attack

Malik Omaid Quetta’s Hazara Shia community was again under attack yesterday when a suicide attacker blew himself inside Hazara town, the self maintained Ghetto by the Hazara community. Five people have died and 25 have been injured in the attack (Source)  No one has yet claimed responsibility but in the past Hazara Community has been under attack due to their Shia Identity and this is a fourth attack in the Hazara Town in past two years. … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Democracy, human rights, Islamism, minorities, quetta, Religion, Secterainism, violence

Photo of the Day: Imran Khan’s Jalsa in Lahore and its Political Implications

Photo of the Day: Imran Khan’s Jalsa in Lahore and its Political Implications

Malik Omaid Though by all standards yesterday’s “Jalsa” was of no match to Imran Khan’s first one in Lahore in 2011; still yesterday’s Jalsa was a huge “hit“. This has been said that flop show of PTI in Islamabad may not harm Nawaz Sharif and it can also not be a rehearsal of PNA movement against Z.A. Bhutto as PNA movement was widespread all over the country and continued to be for more than six months. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Elections, Justice, Lahore, Media, movements, Pakistan, Parliament, People's Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Politics, Reviews, Revolution, Rights, Society, Twitter

Dharna Duet not for Democracy says Nasim Zehra

Dharna Duet not for Democracy says Nasim Zehra

Malik Omaid “Nasim Zehra’s excellent tweets on the partisan role of (some) media & the complex web of forces & interests at work. History repeating itself.” Raza Rumi     [View the story "Dharna Duet not for Democracy says Nasim Zehra" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, journalism, Justice, Lahore, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Media, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Raza Rumi, Revolution, Storify, Twitter

Twitter Reaction: Imran Khan’s Civil Disobedience Call

Malik Omaid On Imran khan’s Civil Disobediance (#CD) call, major analysts and twitteraties reacted with their views. Twitter got abuzz during his 17th August speech and there were reactions from both sides. Following is a collection of tweets and reactions by tweeters on PTI’s civil disobedience call. PTH Editor Note: “The twitterati have responded to the call for civil disobedience. We hope Imran Khan notes that he may be losing goodwill, quicker than anticipated. It is time to find a way out of the current politics. “   [View the story "Twitter Reaction: Imran Khan's Civil Disobedience Call" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, Media, Pak Tea House, Politics, Revolution, Storify, Twitter

Our misplaced faith in shortcuts

Our misplaced faith in shortcuts

By Jamal Malik I was about 14 when the ‘Marde Momin, Marde Haq’, General Zia ul Haq toppled Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s government and imposed Martial Law in the country. It was 4th April 1979, when I came out of the examination hall of Abbottabad Public School, after taking my Matric Islamiat exam that my friends and I heard that Z. A. Bhutto had been hanged. Most of my friends were Bhutto sympathizers and it was an … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Economy, Egalitarian Pakistan, human rights, journalism, Judiciary, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Religion, Revolution

Pakistan’s youth: The ideological challenge

Pakistani Leaders have abused religion and Anti-America slogans to achieve political gains for decades. This has created a society where committing barbarities in the name of Religion or using Anti-America sentiment is Kosher. For decades our youth have been in filled with Ideas that Taliban are fighting a “Holy War” against the Imperialist and Anti Islam forces thus their barbarities are overlooked. [View the story "Pakistan’s youth: The ideological challenge" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Drones, ISI, Pakistan, public policy, Raza Rumi, Storify, Twitter, violence, war

India and Pakistan in War Peace

By Ahmad Khan The complexities of South Asia’s political and geostrategic environment drives scholars, experts and practitioners from within subcontinent and the West to share their scholarly views on the dynamics of its major component: the India-Pakistan relationship. A relook or revisit to their scholarly work in form of book, biographies and research papers gives us a broad canvas to draw a holistic picture of the ever fragile relationship since the subcontinent partition in 1947. Most of the scholarly work is about studying the dynamics of relationship that have been changing since the Cold War. Such books and research papers discussed the nature of the conflict and the security competition between India and Pakistan as per the understandings of the authors. J.N. Dixit articulated the nature, history and type of relationship … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, China, India, ISI, Islamabad, Pakistan, Politics, strategy

Jang Group and its Media History

Raza Rumi expresses his views on Geo TV and Jang group; on its media tactics.   [View the story "Jang Group and its Media History" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Blasphemy, journalism, magazines, Media, Pakistan, Politics, public policy, Raza Rumi, Religion, Rights, secular Pakistan, Storify, Twitter

AAP & Not PTI:The power of democracy!

Ahmer Muzammil I am not fascinated or infatuated with India, like some of our Indian readers and mostly for the wrong reasons I might add. I do however acknowledge that it is the land of my forefathers and at a macro level, I am impressed with their dedication to and insistence on democracy. I am under no illusion that indian society is without ills or that democracy has solved all of their issues But compared to Pakistan, they look like rock stars. Compared to Pakistan however, young men and women -some who were wronged and mostly those who are uneducated, impressionable and indoctrinated – aren’t blowing themselves up in cinemas, bazars and places of worship, killing their fellow innocent citizens in cold blood, and to me that alone is a winner every … Read entire article »

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Jamat-e Islami, A Common Inheritance of Pakistan and Bangladesh

By Obaidullah Khan Bangladesh and Pakistan have some common features with respect to their foundation. Both were made for the Muslims of the Subcontinent (not for Islam). A sense of deprivation and desperation played the key role behind their coming into being. And then a common inheritance, Jamat e Islami, with an identical part to play in the formation of these two sovereign and independent states, was another similarity. Unfortunately, for both states that role was antagonistic and in support of the parent unified countries, united India in case of Pakistan and united Pakistan in case of Bangladesh. So in a sense Jamat e Islami in both the cases supported the preexisting scenario and opposed the independence movement of these states. Surely as patriot Pakistanis we are aggrieved in the case … Read entire article »

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Vying for Allah’s Vote

Vying for Allah’s Vote

Author: Haroon K. Ullah What is driving political extremism in Pakistan? In early 2011, the prominent Pakistani politician SalmaanTaseerwas assassinated by a member of his own security team for insulting Islam by expressing views in support of the rights of women and religious minorities. Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister, was killed by gunfire and explosive devices as she left a campaign event in December 2007; strong evidence links members of extremist organizations to her slaying. These … Read entire article »

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Hate Destroys

By Saad Hafiz The sectarian schism, which leads to unending violence, is probably the most deadly of Pakistan’s list of self-inflicted problems. The historic manipulation of religion by the state for political purposes has sowed the seeds of hateful intra-religious sectarian division. Sectarian violence is not only pervasive, it also accentuates divisions within Pakistan and underlines the ineptness of the government and security services in stemming this phenomenon. During the last 35 years, thousands of people, mostly from minority sects, have been killed and thousands more maimed in attacks by zealots from rival sects in Pakistan. For hardline Sunni sectarian groups, Ahmedis, Shias and even fellow Sunnis are fair game. Their lethal attacks on Shia ulema (clerics) and professionals have generated a violent Shia backlash. The French political philosopher, Montesquieu said, … Read entire article »

Filed under: violence

Islam and the West

By Saad Hafiz The Islamic world and the west appear to be caught up in an intensifying phase of political and cultural conflict. Each side views the other with mistrust and suspicion and both have a shopping-list of grievances. Over-zealous punditry on television, in the op-ed pages, on campuses and in strategic studies think tanks reinforce the fear that Islam and the west are on a collision course. Great stress is laid on the political and cultural divide, futility of communication and engagement and cries of hegemony and imperialism. In this cacophony, those who seek dialogue and reconciliation between the faiths struggle to be heard. Muslim self-confidence, which was at its peak some centuries ago, has disappeared. Religious literalism has gained centrality over reason in the Islamic worldview. Long buried is the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Media, Society, south asia, Terrorism, war, World

Brave or Foolhardy?

Brave or Foolhardy?

by: Hafsa Khawaja There are usually, if not always, a certain set of characteristics and qualities that a people expect their leader to have. Amongst the numerous of honesty, integrity and dignity that Pakistanis seek in a leader, is also bravery. With the elections approaching fast, the idea of bravery seems to have been accorded quite a role with populism at play.   A certain notion has been developed in political rhetoric plus social media … Read entire article »

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