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  • Putting genies back in the bottle – Murtaza Haider

    Putting genies back in the bottle – Murtaza Haider

    It is the pot calling the kettle black. For decades India has accused Pakistan-based fundamentalists of exporting religious extremism to India. The fountainhead of Islamic fundamentalism in South Asia, however, is not Akora Khattak, but Deoband in India. India has long accused Pakistan-based religious seminaries of radicalising the youth and sending them over the border […]

  • Have Bangladeshis overtaken Pakistanis in Britain? – Murtaza Haider

    Have Bangladeshis overtaken Pakistanis in Britain? – Murtaza Haider

    At home and in diaspora, Bangladeshis are leaving Pakistanis behind in human development and prosperity. Recent research from Britain revealed that children born to Bangladeshi parents achieve higher grades than those born to Pakistani parents. Furthermore, the average household income of Bangladeshis in Britain is now higher than that of Pakistanis. In a short span […]

  • A game-changer for the Pakistani public – Murtaza Haider

    A game-changer for the Pakistani public – Murtaza Haider

    The Metro bus projects in Lahore and Rawalpindi have been criticised by politicians and the news media. Some question their high capital costs, others question if we needed such transit in the first place, and still others would like to have the same funds diverted instead to education and health. Efficient and reliable public transit […]

  • 33% stronger: A Pakistan without terrorism – Murtaza Haider

    33% stronger: A Pakistan without terrorism – Murtaza Haider

    If incompetence and corruption of the ruling elite were not enough to derail the economy, Pakistan’s sustained bout with terrorism did the rest. Recent research shows that in the absence of terrorist violence, Pakistan’s economy would have grown much faster than it actually did. A paper by Sultan Mehmood in Defence and Peace Economics tabulated […]

  • Fanaticism: From Peshawar to Paris – Murtaza Haider

    Fanaticism: From Peshawar to Paris – Murtaza Haider

    If their agenda is to put a wedge between Muslims and the rest, the Jihadists are doing a pretty fine job. The attack in Paris that killed 12 journalists and police at the office of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo occurred only a day after thousands of ordinary Germans marched in support of Muslims in Berlin […]

  • Say hello to iJihad – Murtaza Haider

    Say hello to iJihad – Murtaza Haider

        Not to be outdone by the rest in the Internet age, the Jihadists have readily embraced modern communication technologies. From their recruitment videos on YouTube to timely tweets of their vicious attacks on civilians, the Jihadists are out and about preaching online to whoever is willing to listen to their diatribe. It started […]

  • How deep-rooted are jihadists in Canada? – Murtaza Haider

    How deep-rooted are jihadists in Canada? – Murtaza Haider

    We have dreaded this, but knew it may happen one day. An armed assailant attacked the Canadian Parliament and other sites in Ottawa, Canada’s capital. Killing one soldier; and injuring at least three others. The attacker, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, was a “high risk” suspect whose passport had been confiscated. He was also a Canadian convert […]

  • Lynched in Pakistan – Murtaza Haider

    Lynched in Pakistan – Murtaza Haider

    The lynching of a Christian couple in Kot Radha Kishan near Lahore has shocked Pakistanis and the rest of the world. The despicable act is shocking indeed, yet hardly surprising in Pakistan where, like several other Muslim countries, mob violence has turned into a spectator sport. A large mob numbering hundreds bludgeoned a Christian couple […]

  • The ‘halal’ curriculum – Murtaza Haider

    The ‘halal’ curriculum – Murtaza Haider

      There is no limit to folly when ideology takes over. Radicalised middle-aged men will again determine the curriculum of primary schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). These men are not informed by training in early childhood education or children psychology, but instead are motivated by their rural-religious beliefs, which they would like to impose on […]

  • Why is happiness a crime in Iran? – Murtaza Haider

    Why is happiness a crime in Iran? – Murtaza Haider

    ‘It might seem crazy what I’m about to say;’ dancing with joy is a crime in Iran. Seven Iranian students have recently received a suspended sentence of up to 12 months and 91 lashes each. Their crime: they recorded a video singing Pharrell Williams’ song, Happy. The video came to the attention of Iranian authorities […]

  • We’re dying from apathy, not terrorism – Murtaza Haider

    We’re dying from apathy, not terrorism – Murtaza Haider

      Thousands have been targeted, but only a few have lived to tell the tale. Sitting in the semi-lit lounge at the Washington Plaza Hotel, Raza Rumi narrated the details of the fateful Friday in March when his driver died in an attack that targeted Rumi. Raza’s driver, Mustafa, could have survived, had a good […]

  • The IS behemoth, yet another Western project gone wrong – Murtaza Haider

    The IS behemoth, yet another Western project gone wrong – Murtaza Haider

      It is a typical summer flick, but it holds a great lesson for the global power politics. Hercules, released earlier in the summer, shows how the son of Zeus fights against tyrants only to realise later that he has been tricked into fighting against the good guys. President Barak Obama must also feel very […]

  • We’re not moving towards civil war, we’re in it – Murtaza Haider

    We’re not moving towards civil war, we’re in it – Murtaza Haider

      Being a Shia is not a crime, but in Pakistan it now carries a death sentence. The 24 Shias from Kohat and Orakzai agency, who were summarily executed by the militants near the Pak-Iran border, have now been added to the list of thousands already murdered for their beliefs by their fellow Muslims. As […]

  • Sectarianism in Iraq — is Pakistan watching? – Murtaza Haider

    Sectarianism in Iraq — is Pakistan watching? – Murtaza Haider

    Iraq has descended into a full-blown civil war. The Jihadists have captured three towns and are marching on to Baghdad. They claim to have killed 1,700 prisoners in violation of Islamic and other laws governing warfare. They have also released gruesome pictures of mass execution of the captured Iraqi soldiers. Underlying this conflict is reportedly […]

  • Rs400,000, or hand over your son to the madrassa – Murtaza Haider

    Rs400,000, or hand over your son to the madrassa – Murtaza Haider

    It is one of the weirdest school enrolment drives ever: Surrender a son to the madrassa (religious seminary), or pay 400,000 rupees (US$4,000) instead. The militants in Pakistan’s tribal areas are openly coercing families to hand over their sons, or buy out their freedom. Only a few miles from Peshawar, posters have appeared on walls […]

  • There is a mini Boko Haram thriving in every Muslim society – Murtaza Haider

    There is a mini Boko Haram thriving in every Muslim society – Murtaza Haider

    We know them as al Qaeda, Boko Haram, and the Taliban. Their branding may differ, but their misogynist ideologies do not. These so-called Islamists have promoted discrimination against women for centuries. Now, they abduct young women and threaten to kill them. Permitting these militants to pursue their misguided agendas will destroy whatever goodwill is left […]

  • The continued abuse of the Pashtun woman – Murtaza Haider

    The continued abuse of the Pashtun woman – Murtaza Haider

    They all suffer in silence, but compared to the rest of Pakistan, women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) suffer domestic violence in greater proportions. While terror-stricken Pakistan is focused on North Waziristan for a breakthrough with the violence sponsoring Taliban, domestic violence against women in general, and Pashtun women in particular, has been pushed on the […]

  • Fasaad Fi sabilillah? – Murtaza Haider

    Fasaad Fi sabilillah? – Murtaza Haider

      It could have been just another ordinary patient arriving at an eye clinic for treatment. Abdul Rauf, a 20-something resident of Badami Bagh Lahore, took his father to Dr. Ali Haider’s clinic. A delay at the clinic ticked him off to such an extent that he planned to kill Dr Ali Haider. A few […]

  • European Parliament identifies Wahabi and Salafi roots of global terrorism

    European Parliament identifies Wahabi and Salafi roots of global terrorism

    Source: Dawn Author: Murtaza Haider It is not merely the faith or oil that flows out of Saudi Arabia. The oil-rich Arab state and its neighbours are busy financing Wahabi and Salafi militants across the globe. [In Pakistan and Afghanistan, Wahhabi-Salafi ideology has been able to recruit Deobandi (semi-Wahhabi) militants to implement its Jihadist and […]

  • Shias under attack across the globe – by Murtaza Haider

    Shias under attack across the globe – by Murtaza Haider

    From Cairo to Peshawar, Shias are under attack by Sunni militants. The sectarian warfare targeting Shias has left thousands dead. The rest of the world watches silently as Muslims self-destruct in sectarian wars. Earlier on Sunday, a lynch mob near Cairo (Zawyat Abu Musalam), Egypt, murdered four Shias who had taken refuge in a house. […]

  • Turning Shia homes into graves – by Murtaza Haider

    This is new even for Pakistan. The sectarian attack in a predominantly Shia neighbourhood in Karachi, which left 48 dead and several more injured, deliberately targeted the homes of Shias. In the past, mostly Shias and others were attacked on roads or at places of worship. They had felt safe at least in their homes. […]

  • From Quetta to Lahore, you’re condemned to suffer, and suffer heavily, for being a Shia – by Dr. Murtaza Haider

    He was only 12-years old, full of life and promise. But that was on Sunday. Monday morning Murtaza Haider and his father, Dr Syed Ali Haider, were shot dead in a targeted attack by militants in an elite neighbourhood of Lahore. Dr Ali Haider was a professor and the chair of the Ophthalmology Department at […]

  • Don’t question my loyalty, Mr. Chief Justice -by Murtaza Haider

    Dual citizens can help restore the Chief Justice to his office, but they are not permitted to question the makeup of Pakistan’s election commission. While hearing a petition by Dr. Tahirul Qadri, who is a dual citizen of Canada and Pakistan, the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Honourable Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, questioned the very loyalty of […]

  • #ShiaGenocide: After yet another massacre in Quetta, this is time for Shias to leave Pakistan – by Dr Murtaza Haider

    Related posts:  Resistance to #ShiaGenocide in Pakistan is a human right, in fact a moral duty! Two-nation theory 2.0: It is Sunni vs Shia this time around – by Kunwar Khuldune Shahid (Pakistan Today) Sunni and Shia are two different nations: We demand Hussainistan for Pakistan’s 30 million Shia Muslims It is a massacre alright. Takfiri […]

  • The year belonged to the Taliban -by Murtaza Haider

    If it were a boxing bout, the year 2012 would belong to the Taliban and the militants. In the ongoing civil war in Pakistan that left almost 6,000 dead this year, 1,100 more civilians and members of the security forces have died in violence than the militants. 2012 is the second year in a row […]

  • Shahid Javed Burki continues to provide intellectual cover to General Zia’s sectarian policies – by Murtaza Haider

    Source: Adapted with minor edits from Dawn If it were not for The Economist and The New York Times, Shahid Javed Burki may never have noticed the on going massacre of Shias and other religious minorities in Pakistan. [First and foremost this Sunni vs Shia sectarianism discourse is not only dishonest but also misleading. Same Takfiri Deobandi militants […]

  • Pakistan imploding under anti-Shia violence – by Murtaza Haider

    After decades of waging the propaganda war against India for its highhanded treatment of Kashmiris, Pakistan is now the subject of a similar campaign by India who has highlighted the plight of Shias being murdered by sectarian terrorists in Gilgit-Baltistan. The Asian News International reported recently that “in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan’s only Shia dominated province, ethnic […]

  • Sectarian target killing of Shia Muslims thrive under legal system in Pakistan – by Murtaza Haider

    The bloodbath of Shia Muslims at the hands of fundamentalist Sunnis continues along the streets and roads in Pakistan. The Shia victims of sectarian violence have little hope for justice since three out of every four terrorism cases end up in an acquittal on technicalities. Yesterday, Shias en route to their homes in Gilgit were […]

  • Investing in Balochistan’s human capital -by Murtaza Haider

    The armed struggle in Balochistan is between the haves and have-nots of Pakistan. On one hand are the Baloch tribesmen who belong to the most impoverished parts of Pakistan and on the other hand are the Pakistan’s armed forces that come from the most developed parts of Pakistan. The contrast between the Baloch tribesmen and […]

  • The killing fields and fault lines of Pakistan – by Murtaza Haider

    The killing fields of Pakistan The bloodbath in Karachi continues. The death toll in the last week alone has reached over 100. A glance at the online tally of dead bodies in Karachi leaves not much room for hope in Pakistan’s largest city. The citizens appear helpless, the government looks impotent, and the future looks grimmer by […]

  • The identity crisis of the urban middle classes – by Murtaza Haider

    From the banks of river Nile to the sand dunes of Kashgar Prefecture, Muslims were perceived as one people by the poet philosopher Muhammad Iqbal. All other manifestations of a person’s identity were deemed irrelevant. The unity in faith (madhab) was considered sufficient to define a people overriding all differences in race, colour, and creed. […]

  • The misguided priorities of Pakistani academics – by Murtaza Haider

    A recent public opinion poll revealed that the top-most research priority areas identified by Pakistanis included Chemistry, Urdu literature, Islamic studies, Arabic, Botany and Zoology. Those who responded to the survey asked of Pakistani academics to devote their energies on the above-mentioned research areas and requested the governments to fund additional research in Chemistry and […]

  • Memogate, plagiarism and ghost writers – by Murtaza Haider

    While we may never know who indeed authored the ever so memorable memo, which has cost former ambassador Husain Haqqani his day job, we do know that President Asif Zardari has been a prolific writer who has contributed several op-ed pieces to fine publications, such as the Washington Post and the New York Times. Within days of Benazir Bhutto’s […]

  • Not all deaths are mourned the same – by Murtaza Haider

    Pakistanis of all political and religious persuasions are equally enraged by the tragic death of their soldiers caused by an indiscriminate air attack by the Nato forces. Pakistani soldiers, stationed at a border post in Mohmand region, were attacked by Nato planes and helicopters killing 24 and injuring several more. Several politicians and citizens in […]

  • Madrassa graduates and labour market mismatches -by Murtaza Haider

    The proliferation of madrassa education in Pakistan has contributed to labour market mismatches. According to the Pakistan government’s own statistics in 2008 alone twice as many students were enrolled in the 12,500 madrassas than in the 124-odd universities. Given the curriculum taught in madrassas, most graduates are ill-equipped for gainful employment in a knowledge-based economy. […]

  • Shia killings in Pakistan: An incurable disease? – by Murtaza Haider

    Related articles: Intellectual dishonesty in misrepresenting Shia massacres in Pakistan Pakistani Shias and other rights activists protest the misrepresentation of Shia massacres by Human Rights Cartel Given the brutal violence against the Shias in Pakistan over the past three decades, Shias have started to wonder if there is a future for them in Pakistan. While […]