Tag: Equality

  • منٹو کے جنم دن پہ فلم ڈائریکٹر نندتا داس کا خط منٹو کے نام- نندتا داس

    منٹو کے جنم دن پہ فلم ڈائریکٹر نندتا داس کا خط منٹو کے نام- نندتا داس

    ڈئیر منٹو صاحب، جنم دن مبارک ! شوٹنگ کے پاگل پن ، چیلنج کی کثرت کے درمیان ،تم مجھے پرسکون رہنے کی طاقت دیتے ہو۔اور پختہ عزم کے ساتھ چیزیں جیسے وہ ہیں اور ان کے بارے میں ویسا ردعمل دینے کے لئے جیسا ہونا بنتا ہے مجھے تم سے ہی حوصلہ ملتا ہے۔تم ہی […]

  • Will CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry take notice of desecration of Ahmadi mosque in Lahore?

    Extremist Sunni clerics (mullahs) in Lahore’s Sultanpura area who complained that an Ahmadi mosque looked too much like a non-Ahmadi mosque are unsatisfied with changes made to the building’s facade and are demanding that the building’s dome be demolished. The administration of Baitul Hamd, the Ahmadiyya Muslim mosque, covered the chhatri (flattened dome) at the entrance by installing […]

  • Equality of citizens: Common sense that’s not so common! – by Dur-e-Aden

    A bomb explodes in a market, some 80 people die and 100s get injured. Can anyone tell me the identity of those who lost their lives? Do bombs differentiate when they explode that I am only going to hurt the person belonging to this faith, this ethnicity or the one who speaks this language? Energy […]

  • Ahmadis are….. – by Dur-e-Aden

    Oh calm the heck down!!!! I am not using the M word, you know, the same word that can be used by killers, murderers, liars, cheaters, and by every type of “ghairatmand”  but Ahmadis (because all the “Real Muslims” agreed on this, do you really know more than our ulema???) And since they are not M******, […]

  • Salmaan Taseer, the last man who stood against the injustice of the State – by Naeem Shamim

    Source: Al Ufaq I could hardly believe my senses as the news was unfolding itself in the most atrocious manner possible but sadly, it was. It started with a red ticker reporting an incident of loud gunfire in Islamabad. It then turned out that a VVIP was being targeted in the capital. Later it was […]

  • How gay is being ‘gay’ in city? – by Andaleeb Rizvi

    As Karachi continues to resonate with sparring political parties, sanctimonious religious outfits and bloodcurdling acts of terrorism in the post-Zia Pakistan, there is only one place where those who are ‘different’ could really be their own selves and get some respite without being judged by all and sundry. This place is a private party for […]

  • Parliamentary Theocracy – By Yasser Latif Hamdani

    Source Daily Times The 18th Amendment reintroduces the requirement for the prime minister of the country to be a Muslim. Pakistan’s slide down the slippery pole of religiosity is quite clear Frederick Douglass — the great 18th century American statesman and abolitionist — once described democracy as a way to take turns. He was a […]

  • Balochistan: Pakistan’s broken mirror – by Madiha Tahir

    Source: The National – via Raza Rumi Baloch children hold up nationalist posters. Photographs by Asim Hafeez for The National Islamabad’s brutal attempts to crush ethnic Baloch nationalism have met with fierce, escalating resistance – and have laid bare the strains that threaten the founding idea of Pakistan. Madiha R Tahir reports from the rallies, homes […]

  • Views on the constitutional review — by Peter Jacob

    The review process has to foresee and incorporate a framework for social, legal and economic reforms. The part that seems to be missing as yet is, in fact, of immense importance for common Pakistanis. It concerns human rights Ever since the passage of the Eighth Amendment in 1985, the constitution ceased to enjoy the status […]

  • Justice Khawaja Sharif speaks once again, this time against Hindus – by Abdul Nishapuri

    Chief Justice of Lahore High Court, Justice Khawaja Sharif, has spoken once again, with the hate speech and prejudice which are his usual characteristics. Justice Sharif is notorious for his unflinching support for PML-N and Taliban and for his hostility towards liberal and secular sections of Pakistani society. His latest remarks against our Hindu brothers and […]

  • A Pakistan you never knew! Being gay in the Islamic Republic – by Shaheryar Ali and Nuwas Manto

    First published at Sherryx’s Weblog “Invisibility” and “Silence” are the hallmark of  fascist societies. A national stereotype is built and than implemented through ideological and coercive apparatuses  of the state. Gender is an important battle ground in these “nation-building” projects. A section of Pakistan’s founding fathers was already obsessed with “Super-man”, it was recycled as […]

  • Adolescent girls’ plight in Pakistan — by Mehr Qureshi

    There is no specific provision on incest in the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and police, prosecutors and judges often have dismissive and condemning attitudes towards the victims Today is International Women’s Day. This day is a global celebration of the political, social and economic achievements of women. This year we are also marking 15 years […]

  • Sky is the limit for Pakistan’s women fighter pilots

    In a country where extended family is important and most middle-class women rely on servants for household work and child-minding, Ambreen and Nadia may be saved some of the problems faced by women in the West. —AFP Photo ISLAMABAD: Ambreen made Pakistani history by becoming one of the country’s first female fighter pilots, but on […]

  • The real ‘National’ languages – by NAD Pukhtunyar

    The Pukhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, while observing the following: 1 Pakistan is a state comprising five different ethnicities/nations; 2 The national, economic and cultural rights of all the nationalities are invoilable; 3 All institutions of the state such as the Parliament, Executive, Law enforcement and other essential organs should have the due

  • Back towards tolerance in Pakistani society – by Charles Ferndale and Kamila Hayat

    Here are two articles highlighting the importance of re-discovering and re-inculcating the seeds of tolerance in Pakistani society and the region in general. The path to freedom Monday, February 22, 2010 Charles Ferndale Kamila Hyat, in a typically lucid, well-reasoned article, published in The News on February 11, laments the present ubiquity of intolerance in […]

  • Shame on political parties, especially our own PPP

    Women’s disenfranchisement Election observers have reported that thousands of women from Lakki Marwat were denied their right to vote during Wednesday’s by-election for PF-75, which was also marked by procedural irregularities and illegal campaigning. Having visited the majority of polling stations, the Free and Fair Election Network (Fafen) found that negligible numbers of female voters […]

  • The Rise of Religious Fundamentalism in Pakistan – by Hamza Alvi

    Thanks: Hamza Alavi Internet Archive Religious fundamentalism has become a powerful and dangerous force in Pakistan, due mainly to the opportunism of successive political leadership that has pandered to it. Militant sectarian religious groups and parties, led by half-educated and bigoted mullahs,many of them armed to the teeth, are holding our civil society and the […]

  • A war that remains unreported: The Saudi Arabian war against the Houthis of Yemen

    A war that remains unreported: The Saudi Arabian war against the Houthis of Yemen

    Here is an extensive archive on a war that remains either unreported or misreported in Pakistani and Western media. Ironically, it is a war in which four different players, namely Saudi Arabia, Ali Abdullah Saleh, Al Qaeda and the USA, seem to be united against the Houthi ‘rebels’ of Yemen. Here are two snapshots from […]

  • At Afghan women’s cost – by Sahar Saba

    The US attempts to broker a deal with the Taliban have neither surprised nor upset Afghan women. The Afghan woman is not like naive liberals across the world who are deeply frustrated over this US betrayal. The liberals had pinned their hopes on the US to rid Af-Pak of the Taliban. Hence, they are most […]

  • What is it to be a ‘true’ Pakistani? — by Zaair Hussain

    The new Pakistani In a country where a Senator has stood before the House and declared, with a gall that must surely have blotted out the sun, that the respectable tradition of burying women alive should not be unduly interfered with, it is the trappings of westernisation that are still the object of venomous ire […]

  • Situation of Minorities in Pakistan – by Junaid Qaiser

    After the tragic events of 9/11, Pakistani establishment finally had to set aside its traditional ideological hangovers, and instead raised a different slogan, “Pakistan First”. It was a matter of coercion or choice one can’t say with a degree of confidence; nevertheless it was a visible policy shift from the ideologically loaded past. This changed […]

  • The Christian Cross: A Fading Symbol in Pakistan – by Zeresh John

    A fading symbol By Zeresh John Monday, 04 Jan, 2010 The cross is the most widely recognised religious symbol of Christianity. Down the years, the emblem has faded from the public eye, rarely seen in the humdrum of everyday life in Pakistan. Born and raised a devout Protestant Christian and a part of the country’s […]

  • Oppression of women and other ordinary citizens by Taliban and army in Swat – by Hamid Mir

    Swat – valley of horror and terror Tuesday, January 13, 2009 by Hamid Mir The home of Hameedullah Khan in Shakardra village of Swat was destroyed by dynamite last week. He knows who the people who did this to him but he can turn to no one for justice. He has been a journalist from […]