Monthly Archive:: January 2013

A pro-establishment fake liberal, Ali Chishti, blames Shias for murder of moderate Sunnis in Karachi: Update: Only within 24 hours of Ali Chishti’s incitement to violence against Shias, at least 25 Shias were killed by Takfiri Deobandi militants of Sipah Sahaba (ASWJ-LeJ) in Hangu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A senior Deobandi cleric from a high profile
Endless paranoia or systematic harassment of critical voices on Twitter?: Related posts: LUBP owes me an apology – by Ravez Junejo On LUBP’s apology to Najam Sethi club: Why can’t we respect free speech even if we disagree? – by Salma Jafar Currently there is a sinister campaign on
Anti-terrorism doctrine: too little, too late? — by Dr Mohammad Taqi: While there is a lot of hullaballoo about course correction and search for an anti-terrorism doctrine, in actuality what is being sought is a shortcut Since General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani made his Yaum-e-Shuhada (Martyrs’ Day) speech on April 30,
Remembering Dr. Abdus Salam -by H. A. Khan: Editors note: We received the following information from social network and would like to publish this. The information is about a documentary project on the great Pakistani muslim scientist, the late Professor Abdus Salam. We encourage all our readers
A poem on Rehman Malik’s utterings about low cost of human life – by Zulfiqar Ali: LIKE THIS If anyone asks you, How the prefect satisfaction, Of all our minorities’ wanting Will look? Lift you gun. And say,   ‘Like this’   When someone mentions the gracefulness, Of education, Show him Malala. Climb upon the
Islamic Ideology: Ashrafi appointed council member: Express Tribune: LAHORE: President Asif Zardari has notified Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman Allama Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi as a member of the Council of Islamic Ideology. The Council’s job is to consider whether any laws conflict with Islam. Ashrafi told The Express
Denying the genocide will not help – by A.Z.: In separate articles we have discussed how the killing of Shias in Pakistan fulfils the preconditions of genocide. Some people have argued that while it meets all the technical requirements of genocide, not ‘enough’ people have yet been killed
Molana Tahir Ashrafi, Beena Sarwar and Ali Abbas Taj: Chief amongst those who engage in Takfir are the militant groups like ASWJ/LeJ and the Taliban – both of whom are composed almost entirely of Deobandi Sunni muslims. However, Takfir as a reductionist worldview even compels these groups to
Tahir Ashrafi: PPP’s another murderous gift to the Shias – by Najmi Dandu: Once again ‘People’s government’ (Awami hakumat) has sent shivers down the spines of the Shias of Pakistan. Who is Tahir Ashrafi? You need not know who is. No one in the world needs to know who is. If a
The slip of Annaji – by Merlin Flower: How fast the messiahs fall down. The holy man Asaram Bapu said on the Delhi gang-rape victim, “She should have called them brothers, fallen at their feet and pleaded for mercy [i].” His platitudes as unsurprising as a hawkish President jaunting
Viewpoint online: an Interview with Nazish Brohi: Recognition of violence is a political act: Nazish Brohi ‘Taliban targeting of Shias occurs the most frequently in parts of Pakistan where Al-Qaeda/Taliban/Sectarian groups nexus at the ground level is the strongest, such as in Quetta, in Parachinar, in
Ataturk: Secularising theocracy -by Waseem Altaf: The Ottoman Empire was ruled by a single family for almost seven centuries (1301-1922). The entire power vested with a single ruler called the Sultan within a highly centralized system of governance. Education was controlled by the state and
Abdul Nishapuri – by Shakeel Arain: Not many would relate to this, they just cannot. Abdul Nishapuri was Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto of the cyber world of Pakistan. He gave us a voice to speak up and made sure we express it more assertively and more
PejaMistri is dead! Death of social media activism in Pakistan: As evident from the title, this is pejamistri’s last post and last activism through social media (twitter, facebook, criticalppp, pkpolitics and many other blogs and websites on Pakistani politics). PejaMistri has died after severe heart attack on account the
Aap kahin Takfiri khariji tau nahi hain – Maulana Sherani: مولانا محمد خان شیرانی جمعیت علماء اسلام بلوچستان کے امیر، سینیٹر اور اسلامی نظریاتی کونسل کے چیئرمین ہیں، دور حاظر میں جہاد کے نام سے فی سبیل اللہ فساد کی تحریکوں کے شدید ناقِد ہونے کے باعث ان پر
Why does Express Tribune continue to obfuscate the truth? – by Ali Taj: ” Again ‘sectarian violence’? Why can’t they just call it violence against Shia Muslims. Since when have the Shia Muslims been violent.” This was a comment by a very disturbed reader of this piece of news in the Express Tribune.
Manufacturing Zombies – by Waseem Altaf: Writing textbooks for students who are in a formative stage is serious business. Errors and omissions on part of the writers due to lethargy, ignorance, or self-complacency are pardonable and can be corrected. However when textbooks are written with
Documents suggest Al-Awlaki booked flights for 9/11 hijackers: The FBI suspected within days of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that the American Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki may have purchased tickets for some of the hijackers for air travel in advance of the attacks, according to newly
ANP wants OBL Commission report in parliament -by Mustajab Tareen: ANP vice president, member national assembly and one of the most outspoken voices among Pakistan political forces Bushra Gohar has demanded that Abbottabad commission report to be presented before the public representatives in the parliament. We appreciate her bold
Pakistan, Quaid and August 11 – By Khursid Khan: Sometimes a word or a sentence “clicks” in the mind and lights up or brighten everything; things that are very confusing become clear in no time. I do remember one such incidence. In early days of President Musharraf, when
Delineating Pakistan’s History of Military Messiahs -by Hissan Hasan Haqqani:   Anyone with even a slight grasp of Pakistan’s political history knows that whenever the political scene starts turning sour, our search for a new face begins. Doubts and ambiguity about our future become a platform for attention-seekers who
Spoiling The Innocence – by H.A Khan: Yesterday I got the news of a new born boy in our relatives.I called and congratulated him and while I was talking with him he told me that his grandfather is giving the azan in his years. After the
Dr A Q Khan appreciates LUBP’s services for sectarian harmony in Pakistan – by Ali Taj: Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, Pakistan’s nuclear scientist and the founder-chairman of the Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz-e-Pakistan (Movement for the Protection of Pakistan), has appreciated LUBP’s services for Sunni-Shia sectarian harmony. Dr. Khan also lauded LUBP’s (Let Us Build Pakistan activism and
LUBP wishes its readers a Happy Eid Milad Nabi – by Ali Taj: Today, hundreds of millions of Muslims all over the world celebrate the Birthday of the Holy Prophet. In the softer strains of Islam that many of us grew up with, the Holy Prophet was a blessing to ALL mankind and not
Shia Genocide is not a Saudi-Iran proxy war – by Ali Taj: A debate that took place on a Facebook forum highlights the nature and reasons of Shia genocide in Pakistan. The conversation was initiated by a repetition of oft-repeated theories that are deeply insensitive to the victims who in this
Pakistan stumbling from sectarianism to Shia genocide – by A.Z.: PROLOGUE: This article attempts to examine the rise of sectarian conflict in Pakistan and how it has assumed genocidal proportions in the extermination of Shias in the country. The attempts to Islamize the state after 1947 reached a high
LUBP: the next phase: It is a great honor and privilege to be taking over as editor-in-chief of Let Us Build Pakistan (LUBP Blog). LUBP has done some fine work in the past and exposed crucial issues which the media has never done.
Abdul Nishapuri’s resignation from LUBP: We have now received formal resignation from Mr. Abdul Nishapuri, founder-editor of LUBP. On his wish we are publishing the same as his last post on this blog. “I am forced to resign from LUBP because of serious threats
LUBP blog and the liberal betrayal – by Asma bint Marwan: In this essay, I have used the conceit that the LUBP, currently under assault from Takfiri `Lawfare’ as well as being the object of faux-liberal ire is the `Gadfly’ and hence deserving of support from all those who hold the
A U.S. citizen’s view on a pro-Taliban cleric’s litigation against a liberal Pakistani blog #LUBP – by Rusty Walker: The head of the Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC, a union of pro-Taliban Deobandi clerics), Tahir Ashrafi, apparently is intent on initiating a Jihad against LUBP blog (Let Us Build Pakistan, For telling the truth? Well, the truth hurts
In Pakistan, a pro-Taliban cleric files law suit against a pro-rights blog #LUBP: Chairman of Pakistan Clerics Council, a conglomerate of pro-Taliban Deobandi clerics, has filed a law suit against LUBP (Let Us Build Pakistan, a liberal blog which is known for human rights advocacy and media watch in the military-mullah
Phone calls that often lead to murder -by Sidrah Roghay: Karachi Although he gets a phone call threatening his life every other day, the man maintains the composure of someone from a military background. “You are a Shia, an infidel. Your doom is nearing,” says an ominous voice from
Express Tribune’s article on Tahir Ashrafi’s law suit against LUBP: Related post: In Pakistan, a pro-Taliban cleric files law suit against a pro-rights blog #LUBP LUBP Editor’s note: We are cross-posting a news report published by Express Tribune on Tahir Ashrafi’s law suit against LUBP blog. While we appreciate
My Remembrances of Martin Luther King Era in the United States – by Rusty Walker: I wish to commemorate Martin Luther King Day by some background that relates to all nations and their oppressed minorities, and then relating a few personal stories. Martin Luther King (MLK) was supported by a wide spectrum of Americans:
Thank you, General Beg, for revealing Pak establishment’s views on #TuQ and Shias – by Ghayyur Hussaini: Former Chief of Army Staff General Mirza Aslam Beg worte an article in daily “The Nation” (Name of the Game) published on 21st January 2013. This article gave his(establishment) opinion of the events that unfolded last week, especially long
What we mean by a Progressive Shia -by Asif Zaidi: Shiism has always been progressive; it is Shias that have not always been so. Progressive Shias are imbued with the spirit of Shia Islam which, from the start, has always been committed to standing up for the downtrodden and
LUBP Archive on National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA): MQM calls for national counterterrorism policy 19 January 2013 Deputy Convener of the Co-ordination Committee of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Dr. Farooq Sattar has said that a national counter terrorism policy should be made as soon as possible as
“LUBP is only there to divide the people who’re antiestablishment”, claims Marvi Sirmed: As if Tahir Ashrafi Deobandi’s harassment campaign and legal action against LUBP was not enough, pseudo-liberals too have straightened their guns at LUBP. The timing of the joint onslaught appears to be well coordinated. Marvi Sirmed, an NGO-style rights
Express Tribune publishes false propaganda about #TahirulQadri’s real name, asylum and return flight to Canada: In the last few days Pakistan’s urban elites, many of whom remain aligned (due to sectarian, economic, political reasons) with the Saudi-sponsored Deobandi-Wahhabi hegemony in Pakistani establishment, have been a part of a sustained propaganda campaign against Dr. Tahir
Why was #TahirulQadri launched? – by Cyril Almeida: NOW that that’s over, let’s try and figure out what it meant. First, the soft option. Qadri was launched to achieve several things. One: activate the non-Wahabis/Deobandis. Battered and bruised by the Wahabi-Deobandi combine, the establishment is looking for