I believe in a human right to migration, as fundamental as the right to freedom of expression, or freedom from discrimination on the grounds of gender, race, religion or sexuality. I have come by this belief by migrating myself. (I’m inclined to prefer the terms migrant and migration to immigrant and immigration: the latter two . . . → Read More: Humans should not be bound by borders
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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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