Turning grief into action: How Pakistan’s citizens face off the state’s demons

Death visited Peshawar on Tuesday, the 16th of December, 2014. It brought one of the gravest tragedies that the city had seen so far. The school massacre may have ended 141 lives, but it put a halt also to a far larger number of dreams. As opposed to the routine and custom condemnations that came . . . → Read More: Turning grief into action: How Pakistan’s citizens face off the state’s demons

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

JI Chief on polio, education and politics in Pakistan

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq on Sunday said the greatest harm to polio campaign in Pakistan has been done by the United States by using it as a war tool.

Addressing the all-Pakistan inter-madaris declamation contest arranged by Majlis Sautul Islam, Siraj said that it was Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) which had done the most . . . → Read More: JI Chief on polio, education and politics in Pakistan

Role of religious parties in Pakistani politics

After independence, a number of religious scholars and parties / groups began clamoring for establishment of ‘Islamic’ or ‘shari’ah state in Pakistan. Inside the Constituent Assembly Maulana Shabbir Ahmed Usmani, founder of the Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam (JUI), and outside the Constituent Assembly Maulana Syed Abul A’la Maudoodi founder of the Jama’at-e-Islami (JI) were two powerful voices demanding . . . → Read More: Role of religious parties in Pakistani politics

Pakistan Info Minister supports ISPR statement

Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed,  stated that the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement directed at the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief  Munawar Hassan was not an interference in politics, Express News reported on Tuesday.

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Terrorists, Traitors and the Coward Maulvis

By Ghalib Sultan

So it has started to happen… we knew that one day it would happen. We used to think that it would take longer than this but I guess we were wrong. Like a giant skyscraper on fire which looks as if it will survive the intense heat of roaring flames engulfing it from . . . → Read More: Terrorists, Traitors and the Coward Maulvis

SHEEPISH SHEEP

As the day of sacrifice approaches the numbers of bovine creatures become more and more visible. They await their fate helplessly as religious fervor increases by the day. Looking at these animals one wonders if the vast majority of those who live in this land are any different from them—except, of course, for the obvious . . . → Read More: SHEEPISH SHEEP

Violence in Karachi leaves 15 dead

By Salis bin Perwaiz

KARACHI: Fifteen people, including workers of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), were killed in separate incidents reported in the city on Monday. Syed Manzoor Hussain Abidi, 40, was shot dead in Surjani Town police limits. The incident took place on Monday night in Sector-7D, North Karachi, Surjani Town.

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The tsunami needs taming

Ever since Imran Khan gave his political quest the name “Tsunami” I have pleaded with the PTI to please change the name to, say, “clean sweep” or “landslide victory” or whatever, for tsunamis are hugely destructive storms that can devastate whole towns and cities, even countries, and kill hundreds of thousands of people, animals, trees: whichever and . . . → Read More: The tsunami needs taming

Impaired Justice in Bangladesh’s war crimes case

By DAVID BERGMAN

Instead of the death penalty, the protesters at Shahbag should be demanding fair trials for those accused of war crimes in 1971

A peaceful mass secular protest involving people from all walks of life, spearheaded by a tech savvy young generation, apparently independent from political parties, seeking accountability for war . . . → Read More: Impaired Justice in Bangladesh’s war crimes case