A widow’s right to live

By Farah S Kamal 

It was a yellow morning – a pale, sickly yellow. I looked around to find that most of the furniture had been pushed against the walls and stark, white sheets covered the floor. Tables from all over the house had been brought to this room and were laden with copies of the . . . → Read More: A widow’s right to live

Ramadan 2013 celebrations in pictures

The Ramadan celebrations have officially begun, and Muslims all over the world are joining in the festivities.

Though some specific practices may differ from country to country, and there was widespread disagreement about the start date of Ramadan, the global community is united in its observance of the holy month.

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Mob stones DSP, blasphemy suspect

Eight people were injured when a mob stoned police and a blasphemy accused in Talwandi Bhindran village in Niddoke police precincts on Monday. Village residents besieged the house of Shahzad Ahmad (22), a resident of the same village, and tried to stone him to death for allegedly burning a copy of the Holy Quran. Large . . . → Read More: Mob stones DSP, blasphemy suspect

Prisoners of ideas shame ‘alleged’ Quran-defiler

“Other women prisoners say that I deserve to die because I’m a blasphemer,” a woman, accused of defiling two copies of the Holy Quran, told the Additional District and Sessions court on Wednesday.

“Why are people saying I should be killed while the court has not declared me guilty of blasphemy yet?” she said.

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Does Muslim=Terrorist?

Last time I checked, terrorism had no nationality or religion. It was defined as the senseless slaughter of innocents by perpetrators of violence.

No matter what causes these terrorists claim to endorse, the damage they inflicted was not supposed to represent the teachings of the religion they identified with or the country they hailed from.

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Mob vandalizes school over blasphemy allegations

By Aroosa Shaukat / Ali Usman

LAHORE: The police arrested a teacher and the owner of a high school on blasphemy charges on Wednesday evening, following a day of clashes with enraged protesters outside the school in Karim Park.

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‘Blasphemer’ granted bail after four months

The Lahore High Court on Thursday granted bail to a man accused of blasphemy who had been in jail for four months. Justice Muhammad Anwarul Haq ordered the man to furnish surety bonds worth Rs200,000 for concession of bail.

The accused, Shahid Hassan Sheikh, a resident of Batapur, submitted that he was implicated in the . . . → Read More: ‘Blasphemer’ granted bail after four months

Sherry did not agree to ‘withdraw’ her bill’

MNA Sherry Rehman has rejected Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s statement that he had discussed her proposed amendments in the blasphemy laws with her and asked her to withdraw the bill, saying that neither had she been consulted nor had she agreed to “withdraw” her bill. . . . → Read More: Sherry did not agree to ‘withdraw’ her bill’

FSC declares Protection of Women Act un-Islamic

The Federal Shariat Court (FSC) on Wednesday declared amendments incorporated in the Hudood Ordinance by the previous regime through Protection of Women Act (PWA) 2006 un-Islamic and unconstitutional and directed the federal government to take necessary steps to amend the impugned laws in conformity with the holy Quran and the Sunnah.

Directs federal government to . . . → Read More: FSC declares Protection of Women Act un-Islamic