India’s massacre of Sikhs

(By Sajjad Shaukat) Operation Blue Star was an Indian military operation which occurred between 3–8 June 1984, ordered by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to control over the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) complex, the holiest shrine of the Sikhs in Amritsar, Punjab, and to arrest Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his armed followers from the complex buildings. . . . → Read More: India’s massacre of Sikhs

A series of unfortunate fatwa’s

Just like our political leaders have mastered the art of condemning each and every unfortunate event that takes place in this country, our so-called religious leaders seem to belch out a fatwa after every ‘halal’ meal (Lays chips) they devour. One would conveniently turn a blind eye to the intoxicated ramblings of these . . . → Read More: A series of unfortunate fatwa’s

Mr Tarek Fatah on sale!

This person called Tarek Fatah never ceases to amaze me. He has an uncanny ability to tailor his writings and utterances to suit the desires of the audience he is addressing. No wonder then that he has been given residence and citizenship in a western country that should know better. Not content with . . . → Read More: Mr Tarek Fatah on sale!

A call for introspection

Jinnah’s speech on August 11, 1947 that is often quoted, widely circulated on social media and sometimes even naively used to argue that the Islamic State of Pakistan in fact endorses religious diversity and does not have an inherent bias in terms of its ideology and its policies is an outright negation of . . . → Read More: A call for introspection

How not to be a Muslim

Muslims have largely brought their present pathetic position on themselves by falling into traps laid by prejudiced provocateurs

Let’s talk of the most degrading and damaging issue, the sheer stupidity of those who claim to be Muslims but commit heinous un-Islamic crimes in the name of Islam contrary to the injunctions of God and fuel . . . → Read More: How not to be a Muslim

‘Ghar waapsi’: the rejectionist project

Dating back to independence currents of religious nationalism were on a rise and Pakistan’s creation based on this ideology took the spotlight. However, what lay in the back shadows and was given little significance was the rise of the Hindu right, despite the Indian state’s secularist nature. The Hindu Right comprises of several . . . → Read More: ‘Ghar waapsi’: the rejectionist project

I am not yet born

I am not yet born; provide me With water to dandle me, grass to grow for me, trees to talk to me, sky to sing to me, birds and a white light in the back of my mind to guide me.

I could sense sheer terror for the first time: hiding in a small room . . . → Read More: I am not yet born

Stand up for Pakistan

There has been an unending stream of propaganda against Pakistan ever since she decided to go nuclear. She is variously described as a violent country, failed and most dangerous state, hub of terrorism where women are mercilessly abused, etc. etc. Given the repetition, over time, such depictions are bound to make unsuspecting people accept these . . . → Read More: Stand up for Pakistan

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

Placing one tragedy over another; the dehumanization of society

As Muslims mark the end of yet another Ramadan, one which has brought with it heightened tragedies across many regions; Eid has commenced with what seems like burdened grief; even though many have released photos of the Gazans celebrating Eid amidst the crushing invasion. With this inhuman invasion in Gaza, the on-going carnage in Syria, . . . → Read More: Placing one tragedy over another; the dehumanization of society