Pakistan’s hidden IS

Speaking to the Jamaat-e-Islami’s (JI’s) three-day convention in Lahore, the ameer (chief) of the party, Sirajul Haq, told his followers that UK agents in Pakistan were trying to spread the propaganda that Jinnah had envisaged Pakistan to be a secular state. He went on to claim Jinnah had written a letter to Maulana Maududi promising . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s hidden IS

Don’t weep for me, Mama

By Halima Islam

“Mama, I sat there alone, trembling with fear that the men in the heavy black boots were coming for me next. Mama, I wanted to scream, cry, do everything in my control for you to come and save me but I knew they would turn their weapons on me. I wanted to save . . . → Read More: Don’t weep for me, Mama

Taliban – The origins

Taliban militants stormed an army public school in the northern city of Peshawar, killing over 100, including many young students. It is believed up to 10 militants took part in the attack, dressed as soldiers to first infiltrate the school’s grounds before beginning the attack.

While the details of the attack are forthcoming, the background . . . → Read More: Taliban – The origins

The cruelest man in American politics

As many of us wade through the horror of the Senate torture report, it’s hard not to think back to a time when the man who ran the country explained to us in plain language what he was doing. I’m talking about Vice President Dick Cheney, of course, the official who smoothly seized the reins . . . → Read More: The cruelest man in American politics

Pakistan Army – Our last hope

As I write this piece . I write this with a heavy heart that today as a Pakistani. My belief in the current political set up has been reduced to almost Zero. They continue fighting each other on seats, ministries , rigging, money , power and the post of Prime Minister Ship. What they are . . . → Read More: Pakistan Army – Our last hope

A failure from all sides

There are moments in life when everything loses its meaning and words become shallow. Today is that day when over 130 children, in a Peshawar school, were sacrificed for the political agenda of terrorists. It is not failure of just the state or intelligence agencies it is failure of all of us as . . . → Read More: A failure from all sides

Forced conversions to Hinduism in India – banned on Christmas?

Police in India’s Uttar Pradesh state have said they will not allow Hindu nationalist groups to hold a religious conversion ceremony on Christmas Day.

Mohit Agarwal, senior police official in Aligarh town where the ceremony is planned, said “strict action” would be taken against the organisers.

Conversions are legal if they do not . . . → Read More: Forced conversions to Hinduism in India – banned on Christmas?

The battle over women’s bodies and lives in Chechnya

Chechen women have to be very careful about what they wear because of Ramzan Kadyrov’s ‘virtue campaign.’

Don’t wear too little but don’t wear too much’ is how one could sum up Chechen women’s situation in terms of clothing. They are now obliged to wear a headscarf in official buildings but forbidden to wear a . . . → Read More: The battle over women’s bodies and lives in Chechnya

History of American torture

Torture American-Style

George Bush: Governor Death now the Torture President. Photo (right) has become the harrowing symbol of imperialist occupation of Iraq. The prisoner at the U.S.’ Abu Ghraib concentration camp is being subjected to sleep deprivation torture, threatened with execution if he falls off the box.Photos: (left) Morry Gash/AP, (right) courtesy of The . . . → Read More: History of American torture

Couple’s lynching case – SC court asked to do justice

Against the backdrop of the Nov 6 incident in which a mob lynched a Christian couple in Kot Radha Kishan, Punjab, for allegedly committing blasphemy, the Pakistan Catholic Bishops Conference (PCBC) and the Major Superiors Leadership Conference of Pakistan (MSLCP) have requested the Supreme Court to hold accountable for the killings the clerics who had . . . → Read More: Couple’s lynching case – SC court asked to do justice