8 youths jailed in Iran for FB posts

TEHRAN: A revolutionary court in Iran has jailed eight young people for a total of 127 years for anti-regime posts on Facebook, media reported on Monday.

The eight, whose names were not given, were jailed for “acting against national security, anti-regime propaganda and insulting religious values and Iranian leaders”, the reports said, without elaborating.

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High time to outlaw domestic violence

By Bina Shah

So the opposition have raised an objection to the Domestic Violence Bill (DVB) that was supposed to go through in Parliament.

This has delayed the passage of the bill, which was formulated by women’s rights activists in the National Assembly to make it a criminal act to enact violence upon women and children. . . . → Read More: High time to outlaw domestic violence

Jinnah and the religious right

Recent events have brought to the forefront the death grip that the religious right has over the ideology and direction of the state. However, what is seldom discussed is the inherent contradictions in the politics and ideas of the religious right from pre-Partition days to the present.

At the time when Jinnah was spearheading the . . . → Read More: Jinnah and the religious right

Implementation of blasphemy law on Asia Bibi is un-Islamic

Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC expressed concerns over statement of Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, President of Tanzeem-ul-Mardars Ahle-Sunnat Pakistan on visit of Governor Punjab Salman Taseer to Asia Bibi, a Christian mother sentenced to death on accusations of blasphemy in Sheikhupura jail. . . . → Read More: Implementation of blasphemy law on Asia Bibi is un-Islamic