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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

Selective Protest of Pakistanis on Gaza

Raza Rumi points out the selective outrage of Pakistanis on Gaza under attack by Israel while remained silent on the killing by Taliban in Pakistan.   [View the story "Selective Protest of Pakistanis on Gaza" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Palestine, Palestine-israel, public policy, Raza Rumi, Storify, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, violence, war, World

How to donate for IDPs of North Waziristan

How to donate for IDPs of North Waziristan

By Husham Ahmed Pakistan Army: Karachi & Hyderabad: Collection points at COD Karachi, DHA Golf club, Malir Cantt gate. At Hyderabad and Pano Aqil, donation collection points have been established at respective cantonment gates. Contact numbers for further details are 03212532699, 03006420542, and 03213789526. Lahore: Collection points at Fortress Stadium Lahore, Masjid Chowk E-Block DHA Phase I, Beacon House School Z Block DHA Phase 3, Wateen Chowk DHA Phase5. More details can be obtained from following contacts 042-66993281, 042-37017375, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, FATA, human rights, IDPs, Islam, Lahore, Love, North-West Frontier Province, Northern Areas, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Society, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war

Military operation alone is no solution, it must accompany pragmatic policy changes

By Kashif Shaikh Placed between the devil and the deep blue sea, Pakistan has finally ended its prolong fickle to launch a military operation in North Waziristan. Especially after the unfortunate siege of Karachi airport which resulted in loss of many innocent lives, there has been a proverbial consensus among many Pakistanis in support of military operation. However, there are still many, flooding on social media – not so happy with this war, labeling their counter-parts as utterly wrong. Let me just say for them that sometimes war is a necessity. More importantly, the government’s decision to declare war against terrorists is consistent with the principles of just war: it is being fought to save Pakistan and Pakistanis from Taliban attacks, it is being undertaken by a legitimate authority and above … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, FATA, human rights, ISI, NATTO, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan, Terrorism, war

Afghan singer Gulnaz shot dead in Peshawar

Afghan singer Gulnaz shot dead in Peshawar

Afghan singer Gulnaz has been killed by unknown gunmen in Peshawer area Gulberg. This is not the first time that singers from Pushtoon origin has been targeted. Pushtoon singers especially female singers have been systematically target killed in recent years. In the past another renowned singer Ghazala Javed was killed allegedly by her husband. The detailed report by Raza Rumi on that event is posted for our readers. The Music Doesn’t Stop in Peshawar   On June 18 (2012), … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Arts and Crafts, culture, Dance, Honor Killing, human rights, Islamism, Music, Pakistan, Society, violence, Women

Zarb-e-Azb: A Decisive Battle?

Zarb-e-Azb: A Decisive Battle?

By Syed Ali Zia Jaffery Clausewitz defined war as an act of violence aimed at compelling the enemy to submit to our will. While theorizing war, the Prussian military strategist agreed to the fact that the concept of “absolute war” was impossible in the real world. It is erroneous to mix “absolute war” with “total war”. The former imagine a utopia where war and warriors are unbridled. No account is taken of political and social objectives. Total … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, Citizens, human rights, Islamism, North-West Frontier Province, Northern Areas, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

Tackling TTP, Lessons from History

by Fazal Abbas How should we tackle the menace of terrorism plaguing ‘The Land of Pure’? Confusion surrounds us when we try to look for an answer to it. First we have un-ending list of conspiracy theories of Taliban being Indian, American and Israeli agents. Then we have mainstream right wing parties i.e. Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN), Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and Jamat-e-Islami (JI) who are ardent supporters of negotiating with the terrorists and going to extent of even providing offices to them. On the other hand we have mainstream left wing parties i.e. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP) and Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) who have historically supported operations against terrorists but exhibiting confused politics on the issue for last one year or so. Although a firm understanding of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Drones, human rights, ISI, Pakistan, Politics, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

Reporting in Pakistan- Protecting Journalists in One of the World’s Most Dangerous Countries

Raza Rumi spoke at the New America Foundation with Kati Marton, Peter Bergen and Joel Simon on the dangers of reporting freely in Pakistan. It was a robust discussion and Raza tried his best to add some nuance to the discussion. As he says “Horrible to be the ‘news’ yourself!”. Reporting in Pakistan- Protecting Journalists… by razarumi1 See More … Read entire article »

Filed under: human rights, ISI, Islam, Islamism, journalism, Lahore, liberal Pakistan, Media, Raza Rumi, secular Pakistan, Terrorism, USA, video, violence

GEO TV admits that it ignored other journalists

Malik Omaid GEO TV admitted in their program “Aaj Kamran Khan Ke Sath” 23rd April 2014 that they ignored attack on other journalists including Raza Rumi and continued attacks on Express TV. GEO TV admits that it ignored other journalists by razarumi1 Just to remind many analyst showed their anger on twitter about this shameful trend of avoiding and the attack on rival media group. “@NadeemfParacha: Not a single word on most channels on the cowardly attack on @Razarumi.” SHAME on these channels! — Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) March 28, 2014   … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism, Lahore, Media, Pakistan, Punjab, Raza Rumi, Twitter, video, violence

Detailed Report on Raza Rumi Case by Punjab Police

Detailed Report on Raza Rumi Case by Punjab Police

ملک عمید گزشتہ ماہ معروف تجزیہ نگار اور اینکر پرسن ایکسپریس ٹی وی رضا رومی کو گھر جاتے ہوئے لشکر جھنگوی کے ایک گروہ نے قاتلانہ حملے کا نشانہ بنایا .پنجاب پولیس کے مطابق جس گروہ نے رضا رومی کو طالبان کی مخالفت کرنے پر ٹارگٹ کیا ہے اس کی تفصیلات قارئین کے لئے پیش کی جا رہی ہیں. Last month renowned journalist and anchor person Express TV Raza Rumi was attacked while heading towards home after … Read entire article »

Filed under: human rights, Islamism, journalism, Lahore, liberal Pakistan, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, secular Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

Shaken

Mohammad Shahzad The attack on Raza Rumi raises important questions about free speech and tolerance in Pakistan Columnist, anchor and author Raza Rumi escaped a terrifying assassination attempt last month in Lahore. His car was sprayed with bullets by six assailants. His driver was killed and his guard was seriously injured. Raza remained unscathed miraculously. His killers thought that they had achieved their objective but Raza was showed presence of mind by ducking at the sound of … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism, Lahore, liberal Pakistan, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, secularism, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

Almost a martyr

Almost a martyr

Shahzad Raza An assassination attempt on Raza Rumi raises questions about safety of journalists Raza Rumi is among few of those foolhardy who challenge the extremists in fourth most dangerous country for the journalists. It was only a miracle that he evaded bullets in a brazen assassination attempt. Otherwise, God forbid, there would have been an addition to a specific list of martyrs. Statistics of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) show more than 70 journalists were assassinated … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, liberal Pakistan, Media, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Punjab, Raza Rumi, Religion, Rights, secular Pakistan, secularism, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

Imran Khan’s USA Conundrum

Gohar Qureshi Having read Mr. Imran Khan’s recent statement about TTP, that they do not seek to enforce Shariah in Pakistan rather liberate it from the US war. I might be the only one who supports PTI manifesto for what it is and NOT because Imran Khan leads the party. Being a law abiding Pakistani American it is offensive to come across anti American narrative that Mr. Khan leads his followers with. Has he ever attempted to educate his followers on what led the US war on terror. The youth of today who must have been very young when 9/11 happened have no awareness whatsoever on how tolerant US was and still is. That we could travel domestically in the US without body scans which we were always subjected to flying … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Politics, secular Pakistan, Society, Taliban, Terrorism, USA

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

Come on Pakistan! Culture isn’t a static thing

By Raja Arsalan Khan Pakistani intelligentsia cannot challenge the Taliban through a comprehensive narrative because of the confusion it is suffering from. We are unique; we are supreme; we are here to tell people how to live; we are destined to change the whole world; only the Muslims have contributed to the human progress; everything should must Islamized; everyone except Muslims are our enemies. It is the executive summary of education imparted to our students while we seek an answer to the question: how to root out militancy from society. And unfortunately, media (now a 24/7 business) is complicating the problem by constantly bashing the West and reminding people about so-called negative influence of non-Muslim world and unending conspiracies designed by Jews, Hindus and Christians to consume us. Even a cursory look at the extremism … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Islam, Pakistan, Religion