Tag: civil society

  • The threats and abuse outspoken Pakistani women receive

    The threats and abuse outspoken Pakistani women receive

      The apparent “honour killing” of Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch has led to renewed debate over women’s rights in the country, including the freedom to speak out online. Ms Baloch, 26, was frequently abused in cyberspace and had received death threats for her outspoken and controversial posts. But Pakistani women, including journalists, often […]

  • Qandeel baloch – A victim of hypocrisy and male dominance – by Muhammad Faisal Younus

    Qandeel baloch – A victim of hypocrisy and male dominance – by Muhammad Faisal Younus

    What we dreaded from a long time has actually come true.  One more daughter of the nation has sacrificed her life in the name of so called honor. Ms. Qandeel Baloch, a famous Pakistani celebrity was strangled to death by her own brother Muhammad Waseem in the name of honor killing on July 15, 2016. […]

  • The killing of Khurram Zaki

    The killing of Khurram Zaki

    We have all heard about Shaykh Nimr al-Nimr. Western media was rife with articles about him and how he stood up against Saudi tyranny and fought for the rights of minorities, and specifically Shias, in the kingdom. Similarly, we also hear much about Shaykh al-Zakzaki, a renowned scholar in Nigeria, who is incarcerated as a […]

  • Followers of murdered Pakistani activist say they will not be silenced

    Followers of murdered Pakistani activist say they will not be silenced

        The followers of a Pakistani rights activist murdered for his daring campaigns against extremists say they are determined to continue risking open confrontation with some of the country’s most feared Islamist and sectarian groups. Khurram Zaki was shot dead by unknown gunmen on a motorbike on 7 May while eating with fellow activists […]

  • Civil society takes to streets against terrorism

    Civil society takes to streets against terrorism

      KARACHI: A peaceful protest under the banner of ‘Global Campaign of Peace for Pakistan’ was organised in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, and parts of United States and United Kingdom on Sunday evening. Fifty citizens, including men, women and young people, participated in the protest in the port city organised by Patriotic Pakistanis at Do Talwar, Clifton. […]

  • کراچی ایکسپو میں شہید خرم زکی کے دوستوں کی جانب سے مستحق افراد میں راشن کی تقسیم

    کراچی ایکسپو میں شہید خرم زکی کے دوستوں کی جانب سے مستحق افراد میں راشن کی تقسیم

      کراچی ایکسپو میں شہید خرم زکی کے دوستوں کی جانب سے مستحق افراد میں راشن تقسیم کیا گیا – آمد رمضان کے سلسلے میں مستحق افراد میں آٹے کے پانچ سو تھیلے تقسیم کیے گیے اور ضروری استعمال کی چیزیں بھی مستحق افراد میں تقسیم کی گیں شہید خرم زکی کے دوستوں کا کہنا […]

  • شہید خرم زکی کی یاد میں اسلام آباد ، کراچی اور لاہور میں چراغاں

    شہید خرم زکی کی یاد میں اسلام آباد ، کراچی اور لاہور میں چراغاں

    یہ تصاویر لاہور ، اسلام آباد اور کراچی مظاہروں کی ہیں کل پاکستان سمیت دنیا بھر میں سول سوسایٹی کی جانب سے شہید خرم زکی کی مظلومانہ شہادت اور ان کے نامزد قاتلوں کی عدم گرفتاری کے خلاف احتجاج کیا گیا – اس موقعہ پر شمعیں روشن کر کے خرم زکی اور ان کی جد […]

  • تکفیری دہشت گردوں کے ٹھکانے کے باہر سول سوسائٹی کا پر امن مظاہرہ

    تکفیری دہشت گردوں کے ٹھکانے کے باہر سول سوسائٹی کا پر امن مظاہرہ

      کل رات جب کالعدم تکفیری دہشتگرد گروہ اہل سنت والجماعت (المعروف کالعدم انجمن سپاہ صحابہ) کے دہشتگرد اپنےمرکز، واقع ناگن چورنگی کراچی، کے اندر، نیشنل ایکشن پلان، انسداد دہشتگردی ایکٹ اور تحفظ پاکستان ایکٹ کی دھجیاں اڑاتے ہوۓ، غیر قانونی اجتماع کر رہے تھے تو میں اپنے سول سوسائٹی کے دوستوں اور ارکان کے […]

  • مولانا عبدالعزیز کے خلاف مقدمہ درج نہ کرنے پر پولیس کو نوٹس

    مولانا عبدالعزیز کے خلاف مقدمہ درج نہ کرنے پر پولیس کو نوٹس

    اسلام آباد کی ایک مقامی عدالت نے لال مسجد کے سابق خطیب مولانا عبدالعزیز کے خلاف سوشل میڈیا پر پاکستان کے خفیہ ادارے انٹر سروسز انٹیلیجنس (آئی ایس آئی) کے خلاف ویڈیو شیئر کرنے پر مقدمہ درج نہ کرنے کی درخواست پر اسلام آباد پولیس حکام کو نوٹس جاری کر دیا ہے۔ مقامی عدالت میں […]

  • Video lands Lal Masjid cleric in hot water

    Video lands Lal Masjid cleric in hot water

      ISLAMABAD: A district court issued a notice to the capital police on an application seeking registration of a case against firebrand Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Aziz for allegedly spreading hate against Pakistan’s security forces on sectarian basis through the social media. Additional District and Sessions Judge Raja Asif Mehmood issued the Aabpara SHO a notice […]

  • Lal Masjid becomes divided house?

    Lal Masjid becomes divided house?

      ISLAMABAD: High drama unfolded in the Maulana Abdul Aziz case on Thursday, as two factions emerged from within the ranks of Lal Masjid supporters, even as lawyers and civil society activists moved the district courts against the cleric for inciting violence and rebelling against the state. For the first time ever, Lal Masjid issued […]

  • باشعور شہری کا بہترین اقدام – سید خرم زکی

    باشعور شہری کا بہترین اقدام – سید خرم زکی

    آج پاکستان سمیت دنیا بھر کے ممالک میں سوشل میڈیا اپنے خیالات، تفریح اور آگاہی کا مقبول تریں زریعہ ہے۔ ہم سب ہی تقریباً سماجی ویب سائٹس کا استعمال کرتے ہیں، روزانہ فیس بک ٹوئٹر پر کوئی نہ خبر شئیر کرتے ہیں، تصاویر لائک کرتے ہیں۔ اس کے علاوہ فیس بک پر کچھ علامہ نما […]

  • SHO suspended, SSP served notice over arrest of civil society members outside Lal Masjid

    SHO suspended, SSP served notice over arrest of civil society members outside Lal Masjid

      ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday took strict notice over arrest and manhandling of protesting civil society representatives outside Lal Masjid, Dunya News reported. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that use of force on peaceful protestors is unjustified and unacceptable. On the directives of the Ministry of Interior, […]

  • Protest outside Lal Masjid disrupted by police

    Protest outside Lal Masjid disrupted by police

    islamabad – The law-enforcing agencies yesterday briefly held six persons in front of Lal Masjid (mosque) as soon as they reached there to stage a protest against, what they believed, the mosque’s chief cleric’s role in fanning intolerance in the society, leading to the incidents like Peshawar school massacre last year. Around a dozen protestors […]

  • Civil society members ‘arrested’ for protesting at Lal Masjid

    Civil society members ‘arrested’ for protesting at Lal Masjid

      ISLAMABAD: Civil society representatives were picked up by police from Lal Masjid, where they were staging a protest, and shifted to a police station to avoid a standoff situation with the mosque’s clerics that occurred last year, officials said. Last year’s standoff led to the registration of two cases, one against Maulana Abdul Aziz […]

  • Peaceful demonstration held In Islamabad for Zaid Hamid’s release

    Peaceful demonstration held In Islamabad for Zaid Hamid’s release

    Islamabad – Members of civil society gathered in front of National Press Club Islamabad for a peaceful demonstration in support of defence analyst Zaid Hamid who has been illegally detained in Saudi Arabia for the last two months. It is still not clear why Zaid Hamid was arrested in KSA as he had gone for […]

  • ویمن ایکشن فورم کی محترمہ انیس ہارون سے خصوصی انٹرویو

    ویمن ایکشن فورم کی محترمہ انیس ہارون سے خصوصی انٹرویو

    ویمن ایکشن فورم کی انیس ہارون کالعدم تکفیری دہشتگرد گروہ اہل سنت والجماعت (سابقہ کالعدم انجمن سپاہ صحابہ) اور اس کے دہشتگرد سرغنہ فاروقی کو بے نقاب کرتی ہیں اور عوام سے اپیل کرتی ہیں کہ 16 مارچ کو شام 6 بجے گرو مندر کراچی پر ہونے والے احتجاج میں شرکت کریں  پاکستان میں تکفیری […]

  • کالعدم دہشت گرد تنظیم سپاہ صحابہ لشکر جھنگوی اور مسجد ضرار لال مسجد کے خلاف سول سوسایٹی کا احتجاج

    کالعدم دہشت گرد تنظیم سپاہ صحابہ لشکر جھنگوی اور مسجد ضرار لال مسجد کے خلاف سول سوسایٹی کا احتجاج

      16 مارچ شام 6 بجے پاکستان میں جاری مذہب کے نام پر کالعدم دہشتگرد گروہوں @ASWJPak اور تحریک طالبان کی جانب سے برپا کی جانے والی دہشتگردی کے خلاف سول سوسائٹی گرو مندر کراچی پر احتجاجی مظاہرہ کرے گی۔ سول سوسائٹی کے روح رواں محمد جبران ناصر کا پیغام کراچی کے شہریوں کے لیئے۔ […]

  • سولہ مارچ : سول سوسایٹی کا کالعدم دہشت گرد تنظیموں اور مولوی عبدلعزیز کے خلاف احتجاج

    سولہ مارچ : سول سوسایٹی کا کالعدم دہشت گرد تنظیموں اور مولوی عبدلعزیز کے خلاف احتجاج

          16 مارچ: کالعدم تکفیری دہشتگرد گروہ اہل سنت والجماعت (سابقہ کالعدم انجمن سپاہ صحابہ)، تحریک طالبان اور داعش کے ترجمان ملا عبد العزیز کے خلاف، شیعہ نسل کشی کے خلاف، بریلوی سنی مسلمانوں کے قتل عام کے خلاف، ملک میں جاری دہشتگردی کے خلاف، مذہبی انتہاپسندی اور جنونیت کے خلاف، پشاور میں […]

  • The protest against the ASWJ, Sipah-e-Sahaba, created a lot of awareness about banned takfiri outfits and the state’s patronage towards them – Jibran Nasir

    The protest against the ASWJ, Sipah-e-Sahaba, created a lot of awareness about banned takfiri outfits and the state’s patronage towards them – Jibran Nasir

      Social activist, politician and lawyer, Mohammad Jibran Nasir first entered the political arena when he contested the 2013 elections as an independent candidate for NA-250 in Karachi. However, it is his recent standoff against the controversial Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Aziz — who openly defended the deadly attack on Army Public School, Peshawar, in […]

  • Are Jibran Nasir and his friends game changers in today’s Pakistan?

    Are Jibran Nasir and his friends game changers in today’s Pakistan?

    One cold Karachi night On the night of February 1st, Jibran Nasir – Pakistan’s leading activist – and a handful of peaceful protesters sat on a road in Karachi near the Sindh chief minister’s house for more than 24 hours, demanding the arrest of terrorists responsible for the January 30th, 2015, Shikarpur attack which killed 65 Shias during Friday […]

  • Congrats to Bilawal, Sharmila and Zardari: PPP govt in Sindh registers case against Jibran Nasir, Khurram Zaki and other members of civil society

    Congrats to Bilawal, Sharmila and Zardari: PPP govt in Sindh registers case against Jibran Nasir, Khurram Zaki and other members of civil society

    Another Shameful act of Karachi Police , case regisrered against Khurram Zaki and Jibran Nasir under PPC 154 on application of Head of deobandi terrorist organization ASWJ . Before two days Molvi Ourang Zaib Farouqi gave a application to Karachi Police in which he nominated Jibran Nasir and Khurram Zaki as master mind and main […]

  • دیوبندی تکفیری فاشزم والے اصحاب الفیل اور طیوران ابابیل – عامر حسینی

    دیوبندی تکفیری فاشزم والے اصحاب الفیل اور طیوران ابابیل – عامر حسینی

    کل دیوبندی تکفیری فاشزم کے اصحاب الفیل جن کے سامنے سندھ پولیس کی ٹانگیں کانپ رہی تھیں اور اصحاب الفیل کے ابرہہ جو نام نہاد فاروقی کہلاتا ہے کے حضور لیٹ گئی تھی تو ایسے میں یہ 25 عدد نحیف و نزار ، دھان پان سے لڑکے لڑکیاں مثل ابابیل نمودار ہوئے اور انہوں نے […]

  • سولہ فروری کو تکفیری دیوبندی گروہ کے خلاف ہونے والا سول سوسایٹی کا احتجاج

    سولہ فروری کو تکفیری دیوبندی گروہ کے خلاف ہونے والا سول سوسایٹی کا احتجاج

      سولہ  فروری کو تین تلوار کلفٹن پر سول سوسائٹی کے زیر اہتمام کالعدم تکفیری دہشتگرد گروہ اہل سنت والجماعت  کے خلاف شام 6 سے 9 احتجاجی مظاہرہ ہے. حکومت نے ہمارے سابقہ مظاہرے سے گھبرا کر نیکٹا کی سرکاری ویب سائٹ سے کالعدم دہشتگرد تنظیموں کی فہرست ہٹا لی ہے. ہم ان دہشتگردوں کو […]

  • ہم پاکستانی کتنے گندے لوگ ہیں

    ہم پاکستانی کتنے گندے لوگ ہیں

    مجھے نہیں پتا تھا کہ ہم پاکستانی کتنے گندے لوگ ہیں. جب دوسری دنیا کے لوگوں کو دیکھا تو پتا چلا کہ ہم اچھے لوگ نہیں. یہ بات نہیں کہ ہم جبلتی طور پر گندے لوگ ہیں. ہمیں گندے بننے کی تربیت دی جاتی ہے اچھی دنیا کے اچھے لوگ دوسروں کو مذہب کی بنیاد […]

  • Making Democracy Work – by Mustafa Kamal

    The citizens of third world countries lurk between despair and hope. Their shattered hopes have made them more indifferent to the state affairs. In 21st century, when the developed world is benefitting from the tested wisdom of democracy, people in the developing countries are either looking towards military dictatorship or a narrow fundamentalist version of […]

  • Pakistan’s Crony Supreme Court obstructs corruption investigations against Chief Justice’s Son

    In yet another controversial decision smacking of extreme bias, prejudice and cronyism, the Supreme Court stopped the National Accoutability Bureau (NAB) from investigating massive corruption charges against Arsalan Iftikhar, the son of the Chief Justice.  With a pathetic track record of supporting and justifying military dictatorships, the current Judiciary has also been deeply compromised due the […]

  • ‘Crimes’ of Asif Zardari – by Shiraz Paracha

    The military eliminated all Bhuttos because Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto, Murtaza and Shah Nawaz Bhutto did not accept dictation but Asif Zardari, a non-Bhutto, is no different than Bhuttos and this is the reason of generals’ annoyance with Zardari. Generals are desperate to remove President Zardari through the Supreme Court as they believe that independent civilians […]

  • Enough is enough – by Shiraz Paracha

    You have ruled us enough You have ruined us enough You have raped our beloved country enough You have destroyed our future and shattered our dreams Enough is enough. Your concepts are weird, your plans are insane You are devious and deceitful You are cowards and timid You are cruel and ruthless You are cunning […]

  • I am a Pakistani – by Shiraz Paracha

    I am member of a society that has turned into a weird society during the last 35 years. Now, I level accusations without checking facts and understanding context of actions, decisions and events. Spreading and believing in rumours is my habit. Often my judgements and conclusions are based on unauthentic and unsubstantiated claims. I easily get panicked and trivial issues […]

  • Resistance and Law: Land Mark Decision by Indian Supreme Court – by Shaheryar Ali

    “…people do not take arms, in an organized fashion, against the might of the state, or against fellow human beings without rhyme or reason. Guided by an instinct for survival, and according to Thomas Hobbes, a fear of lawlessness that is encoded in our collective conscience, we seek an order. However, when that order comes […]

  • EU Council conclusions on Pakistan

    Summary: 18 July 2011, Brussels – Council of the European Union 3106th FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council meeting conclusions on Pakistan The Council adopted the following conclusions: 1. The EU reaffirms its commitment to building a strong long-term partnership with Pakistan, and to supporting Pakistan’s democratic institutions and civilian government, as well as civil society. The EU […]

  • Bullets of Intolerance – by Farhad Jarral

    The apparent lull following the daylight slayings in recent months of two of Pakistan’s most prominent liberal politicians raises even more questions about a nation unwilling to confront the propagators of fear and destruction. They took less than 60 seconds to complete. Each cold blooded murder was carried out in a public place, and within […]

  • Balochistan’s burden of slavery – by Dr. Zaffar Baloch

    Editor’s note:  The following was sent to us by our valued contriber, Imtiaz Baloch.  In Pakistan, the chattering elites who supported the restoration of a compromised bureaucrat thought he might do something to address the missing person’s case. So far, that Islamist judge has not done anything.  This note highlights the grave situation in Balochistan.  […]

  • On ‘civil society’ and its engagement with political society – by Ahmad Nadeem Gehla

    There has been a lengthy debate on role and formation of civil society in electronic media of Pakistan. Raza Rumi, a very respected and insightful Pakistani scholar and writer, recently stressed on close cooperation and engagement between ‘Civil Society’ and moderate political parties. In order to further his thesis, we need to understand the formation and character of […]

  • 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 also present, Farzana Bari and a couple of others used the solemn occasion to take petty shots at […]

  • This is not a clash of civilizations but an internal conflict between moderates and extremists

    A recent report in Time explains the huge significance of Salman Taseer’s killing. “The manner of his murder reveals a truth that many Muslims still deny: This is not a clash of civilisations between Islam and the West but an internal conflict between moderates who advocate inclusiveness and extremists who preach hatred,” says the report, […]

  • Fake Civil Society must stop blaming the PPP: A rebuttal to Naveen Naqvi and Sana Saleem

    Related posts: The blaming the victim brigade and Shahbaz Bhatti’s murder Three musketeers and the “PPP abandoned Salmaan Taseer” narrative An open letter to President Zardari — by Shahid Saeed We, at LUBP, have been exposing the shenanigans of the fake “civil society” of Pakistan for a long time. The civil society is a term […]

  • Scared of mullahs? Civil Society needs to ally with the PPP for survival – by Ahmed Iqbalabadi

    Related articles: Taseer’s murder and the call for a ‘broad-based alliance’ between PPP and the ‘civil society’ – by Ahmad Nadeem Gehla Some myths and realities about the self-labelled civil society – by Shahid Khan To say that we are a spineless nation, reactionary to the core and ready to be cowed down by ghundas […]

  • Fake Civil Society (FCS) – by Shahid Khan

    Related article: Taseer’s murder and the call for a ‘broad-based alliance’ between PPP and the ‘civil society’ – by Ahmad Nadeem Gehla 1. Civil Society, Real or Fake? The current phenomenon of ‘civil society’ did exist in Pakistan during 1970s. It comprised of trade unions, lawyers, journalists, students organisations and rights groups. During General Zia’s […]