How is Bangladesh doing

I wrote almost a year ago in another Pakistani journal about what I like to call “The Bangladesh Paradox.” The paradox is that, in traditional development theory, Bangladesh should have become, over the past 25 years, a modernized democracy, knocking on the door of entry into the middle income category of developing countries. Its economy . . . → Read More: How is Bangladesh doing

Breaking the vicious cycle

Concerns regarding the kind of expenditure that Eid demands start as soon as Ramadan begins. For daily wage workers and households that are able to save little, Eid is more so dreaded. With little opportunity to find employment during the three days that Eid stretches for most households struggle with putting food on the table. . . . → Read More: Breaking the vicious cycle

Murder report – when the law fails to protect the minorities

Pakistan, a state built for Muslims but very much inclusive of other ‘minorities’ has on many occasions breached this notion which has led to the society now becoming increasingly intolerant of the ethno and religio-ethnic minorities present within Pakistan. News have been infiltrated with the wave of Shi’i genocides of the Hazara in Baluchistan, Shi’i . . . → Read More: Murder report – when the law fails to protect the minorities

The ‘other’ martyrs

This week, Rashid Rehman joined the ranks of Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti. A brave and courageous man, Rehman was the only lawyer in south Punjab brave enough to defend Junaid Hafeez, a visiting professor at Bahauddin Zakriya University now called a blasphemy accused. And he was murdered for it.

Rehman’s legacy . . . → Read More: The ‘other’ martyrs

UN General Assembly passes resolution condemning drone strikes

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has adopted a resolution, calling on States using drone strikes as a counter terrorism measure to comply with international law as the 193-member body acted on a range of issues relating mainly to human rights.

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A dream of pure Hindu India

By Brig Asif Haroon Raja 

While India brags about democracy, secularism and human rights, in reality Hindu Brahmans aspire for Hindu Raj. They consider themselves to be pure and superior and all other communities impure and inferior. Four-fold caste system was conceived by the Brahmans to maintain their unchallenged supremacy. Brahmans insist that castes are . . . → Read More: A dream of pure Hindu India

Let Pakistan be secular

By Saeed Qureshi   The rigid and myopic application of constitution’s articles 62 and 63 to determine the suitability of candidates for contesting this year’s elections has gone too far. While Pakistan is awash with endemic violence, unremitting abuse and infringement of every moral, social and religious injunction, paradoxically a strict religious, unrealistic and fanciful . . . → Read More: Let Pakistan be secular

Conversations with Badami Bagh residents

Badami Bagh is no less than a ravaged town awaiting life once again. Along the sides of the roads are little yellow tents set up for the Christian families who lost their homes when an angry mob set fire to the entire residential area.

These little tents are filled with people. It is as if . . . → Read More: Conversations with Badami Bagh residents

A tiny silver in the population

By Sanaa Jatoi

I come from a family with no male head of household. After my father’s passing in 2005, it has been my mother, my sisters and me. I have been privileged enough to make my own choices about how to live my life, but I have to admit that living in Pakistan in . . . → Read More: A tiny silver in the population

Billy Bob’s got to move out

By Fred Reed

TSA I bet this won’t surprise you.

The United States is the most hated country in the world, followed closely by Israel, and then by nobody. Wny? Why not Ecuador? China? Russia? East Timor? The hostility puzzles many Americans, who genuinely believe their country to be a force for good, a pillar of democracy, . . . → Read More: Billy Bob’s got to move out