Monthly Archive:: January 2011

Civil versus political society – by Raza Rumi: Several self-styled analysts on ‘civil society’ have articulated contrarian views about the kind of choices they face, particularly with respect to forging alliances with political parties and avoiding the vigilantism that is the preserve of the extremists. The lawyers’
The tale of ‘general’ Usmani – By Ayesha Siddiqa: This is not the story of Lt-General (retd) Muzaffar Usmani of the 1999 martial law fame, but that of an ordinary travel agent from Bahawalpur, Waqar Usmani, who eventually came to be known as ‘general’ Usmani due to his
Where is the Justice Mr. Chief?: Source: Raasth It was the March of 2007 when the Pakistani nation witnessed an abrupt hike in Black coat prices. The protests for the restoration of deposed judges heartened a many to alter them as lawyers. The Pakistani economy
Motives behind Sectarianism and Extremism – Mujahid Hussain:
Putting prisoners to work – by Ali Wahab: Express Tribune Published: January 31, 2011 Pakistan has a large number of offenders in jails who can be put to good use. DESIGN: S.JAMAL When I was in university nearly a decade ago, we could use China in a
Think ahead – Save the future! by Pakeezah Saadat: A better future is what we all aim for.  It can only be obtained with the help of education for everyone regardless of anyone’s social/financial status in a society. Education can spark up the minds of our 60% youth-based
Lahore shooting by Raymond Davis and “the legal issues to settle”: Some questions for Ejaz Haider: Once again, Ejaz Haider’s choice of topic and narrative is strikingly similar to the topic and narrative chosen by Ansar Abbasi, Hamid Mir etc, something which has forced me to write this post. First of all, I must thank
Comment moderation at LUBP and elsewhere – by Ahmed Iqbalabadi: The LUBP editors and authors come under some sort of slack over the last few weeks for allegedly “character assassinating potential allies” (who we consider as back-stabbers) and “inciting killing civil society members” (who we consider as Fake Civil
Islami media committee – by Ahmed Iqbalabadi: In light of the recent attitude of the media which has been trying to play the role of wakeel-e-shaitaan by bringing the momineen and various other ahl-e-kitab into direct confrontation over various deeni and muashrati masail, there is need
Day of prayer for the release of Asia Bibi: Tomorrow is an international day of prayer for the release of a Pakistani woman sentenced to death for blaspheming Islam’s prophet, Muhammad. Dominant Muslim nations such as Pakistan (“Land of the pure”) have instituted blasphemy laws which punish, often
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Altaf Hussain: From the ‘Martial Law Revolution’ to the ‘Soldier No 2542671 Explanation’: In today’s Jang, MQM’s informal spokesman Hasan Nisar has published a letter by the MQM’s chief Altaf Hussain in which he explains the ‘reasons’ behind his desire for a ‘martial law revolution’ in Pakistan. آپ کو یاد ہوگا پچھلے
The PPP vs the holy nexus of Punjab and the establishment – by Ayaz Amir: بھٹو پر ایوب کی پرچھائیاں زیادہ گہری نہیں تھیں ، وہ ذہین اور کچھ کر دکھانے کی لگن لیے تاریخ سے بھی شُد بُد رکھتے تھے ۔۔۔ اُنھوں نے نپولین اور ہٹلر کا مطالعہ کیا تھا لیکن برِ صغیر
Let’s agitate for regime change in Pakistan: Tunisia and Egypt style – by Ahmed Iqbalabadi: Related article: Lets have a revolution: Yeh, Yeh, Yeh! – by Razzak Memon Context: An FCS Meeting In a recent kitty party lunch held at Karachi’s famous Korean Restaurant near the KPT Underpass in Clifton, it was resolved by
26 target killers shook Karachi: Pulse Exclusive Report: Related Articles: Eerie silence on the 26 target killers Last week a few sections of our press covered parts of the JIT report on target killers in Karachi. That itself was startling telling us where the killers belonged to.
On Gaza, Darfur and our hypocritical activism – by Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi: Cross-posted from Plastic Tears Reactionary activism (and sudden burst of resentment fading away with time) defines our ideological advancement into the 21st century. There is a glaring difference between uproar in Muslim countries, when we compare Gaza to Darfur.
Ripe for revolution? by Mahreen Khan: A Muslim nation has overthrown its corrupt, incompetent and arrogant government. Most Pakistanis would love to be that nation, hoping that Tunisia’s revolutionary ripples, already rocking Egypt and nudging Yemen, will reach Pakistan too. Enduring raging inflation, malignant corruption,
Renowned poet, Hamd and Naat Khuwan, Muzaffar Warsi is no more: Those who remember the grand old days of PTV, would remember a very distinguished gentleman reciting Naats and Hamd-e-Bari Taala in his riveting voice. His famous hamd, “Koie to hai jo nizam-i-hasti chala raha hai” is one of the
Allama Iqbal, a genuine poet or preacher? – by Muhammad Asghar Butt: Allama Iqbal is neither a genuine poet nor a genuine philosopher but a genuine preacher of the Muslim World. Definition of a poet: A writer of poems. Definition of a poem: “A piece of creative writing in verse, esp
Pakistan’s intelligence agencies and human rights: An interview with Asma Jahangir: Q. Intelligence agencies in Pakistan are functioning without any law supporting their creation and functioning. Do you think that this a major reason for the involvement of intelligence agencies in human rights violations? A.Well, yes, this is one of the
The liberal fiasco in Pakistan – by Suleman Akhtar: "Mocking the religious beliefs of others is not necessarily the emblem of liberalism. To assert on the liquidation of all pluralistic cultural as well as social traits cannot escalate an individual from braggart to liberal. To castigate the nasty
Pakistan: 2010 disastrous year for rights, HRW: The Taliban and other religious extremists in Pakistan increased their deadly attacks against civilians and public spaces during 2010, while the Pakistani government response was marred by serious human rights violations, Human Rights Watch maintained in its World Report
How Shias, Pakistan’s largest religious minority, have come under siege – by Omar Waraich: We are cross-posting Omar Waraich’s recent article on Shia genocide in Pakistan which remains in the main ignored or discounted in Pakistani and international media. While we commend Mr Waraich for writing on this much ignored topic and community,
To fake civil society: Roshan khayal magar namak halal – by Ahsan Abbas Shah:
Halal contracts and haram contracts: An open letter to CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry: Related article: Contract employees: Something the FCS wallas will never write on Asma Jahangir vs Justice Ramday – by Khalid Wasti I have just read the headline “Jobs for retired officers on contract violation of law: SC”, in The
Hundreds of women die for “honour” each year: Did 22-year-old Saima Bibi scream out as she was electrocuted at her parents’ home in their village near the southern Punjab city of Bahawalpur in Pakistan? Did she plead with her family for her life? Did she seek mercy?
Contract employees: Something the FCS wallas will never write on: Here is an example of a topic which will never worry the Fake Civil Society activists (Twitter Opportunists Club) because it goes against their hero, the saviour of Pakistan, CJ Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Intellectual and moral honesty are two
International Minorities Conference III: International Minorities Alliance demands Pakistan to be run according to the vision of its founder. International Minorities’ Conference 2011 was organized by International Minorities Alliance on “Equal Citizenship, Equal Rights” at Avari Hotel, Lahore, Pakistan on Jan 23, 2011.
Updated: Death of an eminent educationist: Mrs. Deena Mistry: Pakistan’s eminent educationist, Presidential Pride of Performance recipient and former Principal of Karachi’s second oldest school, BVS Parsi High School, Mrs. Deena Mistry passed away on Thursday, January 27, 2011. Known for her strict disciplinarian ways, she will be
The concept of “More Civilized Civil Society” – by Hussain Bux Mallah: “More civilized civil society” (MCCS) of Pakistan had won a battle when the CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry was restored by street and general’s powers. The electronic media had sponsored many unknown personalities and a majority of simply civilized people of
Not everyone who criticizes the PPP is pro-establishment – by European: Editor’s note: There are some very valuable points in the following article, which deserve to be considered and openly debated. The LUBP is open to criticism; while some of us may disagree with some of the arguments presented in
Badshah Khan: the frontier’s grand old man – by Dr Mohammad Taqi: A columnist friend recently asked me to do a write-up on what he described as the Pashtun political dynasties and, specifically, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan’s family. At the time it did not appear to be a difficult proposition to
Muhammad bin Qasim, Ghaznavi, Aurangzeb, Ilamd Din, AQ Khan, Mumtaz Qadri: Heroes of doom as role models – by Waseem Altaf: There is hardly any sector of Islamabad left where so called scientist A Q Khan does not have a plot or a palatial house, including the illegally built palace at Bani Gala. Last time he was in the news
Pakistan’s ‘India-centric’ foreign policy and so-called ‘national’ interests -by Arshad Mahmood: Source: Aaj Kal
Can’t wait for Muharram? – by Imran Khan: Cross-posted from I Opyne The Taliban strike again, while Peshawar and other cities in Pakhtunkhwa had been targeted frequently, this time they decided to hit the big cities, i.e. Karachi and Lahore. 11 people have died so far with more
Three musketeers and the “PPP abandoned Salmaan Taseer” narrative: Related posts: The blaming the victim brigade and Shahbaz Bhatti’s murder An open letter to President Zardari — by Shahid Saeed “Civil” Society must stop blaming the PPP: A rebuttal to Naveen Naqvi and the ‘Twitter Opportunists Club’ The
To fake sympathizers of the PPP, thanks but no thanks – by Shahid Khan Khakwani: “We are sympathizers of the PPP. The party has compromised with the establishment and abandoned its workers. It abandoned shaheed Salman Taseer. Where are ‘korray khanay walay’ today?” Have you heard what urban middle class activists of Fake Civil
Blaming the victim – by Sana Jokhio: It has come to our attention that a certain section of (fake) civil society (FCS) is using the martyrdom of Governor Taseer to malign the remaining PPP leadership. At a recent candle light vigil in Islamabad, where PPP supporters were
On the Lahore attack: Qaumi hero, ghazi nahin shaheed – by Ahsan Abbas Shah:
A specimen of how Imran Khan condemns the Taliban’s attacks on Shias in Lahore and Karachi – by Zalaan: پاکستان میں لاہور اور کراچی میں ہونے والے دو خودکش حملوں میں کم از کم پندرہ افراد ہلاک اور پچاس سے زائد زخمی ہوگئے ہیں۔ پہلا دھماکہ صوبہ پنجاب کے دارالحکومت لاہور میں چہلمِ امام حسین کے جلوس کے