Increasing number of Afghan refugees in Pakistan

Despite the continuing process of voluntary repatriation of Afghans, the number of registered refugees in Pakistan is growing steadily as approximately 50,000 children are born to refugee families every year.

The UN refugee agency said that the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) would register some 150,000 children born to the registered parents in past . . . → Read More: Increasing number of Afghan refugees in Pakistan

Cry not for Gaza but yourself

By Humayun Gauhar

Callous, brutalised, dehumanised. This is what Muslim rulers have become. Muslims tooare culpable for electing and tolerating such rulers. “Choose the best amongst you”forsooth, we have declared war on God by choosing the worst amongst us. This, myfriends, is abdication of intellect, arrest of free will. Still wonder why fire and brimstone areraining down upon Muslims?

Any wonder then that only self-serving pathetic squeaks have come from a few of thegovernments of the 57 Muslim majority states over the latest ongoing genocide ofPalestinians by Israel in Gaza? While Pakistan tries to fool God by hypocritically callingitself an Islamic state it can only make a symbolic statement for the Palestinians, declare aday of mourning and lower its flag to half-mast. Yet it can send detachments of its armyand air force (for a price, of course) to protect fat, doddering Arab potentates from their ownpeople’s coming wrath. And we are expected to believe that impotence has become potent.Yet when a political party protests peacefully against Israel, Pakistani police thrashes andarrests its people. Are they trying to beat Israel at its own game? Shame andshamelessness born of fright over losing the legless throne.

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USA – Can’t stay out of other country’s affairs

Ukraine. Gaza. Syria. Yemen. Pakistan. If it feels like the United States is always at war somewhere, that’s because it is. Not just Iraq and Afghanistan – the two wars we all know about. And, granted, we’re not only talking boots on the ground. It’s our money, our weapons and – more often in recent . . . → Read More: USA – Can’t stay out of other country’s affairs

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

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

Slipping down slippery tongue slips

Pakistan might lack a million sensible things but the one thing it has never run out of is political drama. As a nation we sure love our dramas – whether they be Turkish or home-grown, the murkier the better.

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Sharif’s holy voyage

You’re not sorry to go, of course—the head of a state, by virtue of his work and the kind of commitment it requires, seldom finds the time to make a holy voyage. Much of what the opposition calls constructive and legitimate criticism has its roots in jealous resentment. It has been over a year since . . . → Read More: Sharif’s holy voyage

The impracticalities of an “Islamic Army” in Gaza

With Gaza entering its second week of the Israeli operation “Protective Edge”- the third of its kind in three years- worldwide protests in support of the Gazans have erupted calling for Israel to halt the operation immediately. Netanyahu in his increasingly childish ways, adamant on the stance that Israel has the right to defend herself, . . . → Read More: The impracticalities of an “Islamic Army” in Gaza