Monthly Archives: December 2007

Remembering the Dream…

by Yasser Latif Hamdani

Pakistan is mourning. It is not just Benazir Bhutto but the dream of Pakistan itself that is in pieces.Pakistan was envisaged as a modern democratic homeland for the Muslim minority of British India as a last resort by Pakistan’s founding father Mahomed Ali Jinnah, who had fought for it to ensure the political and economic future of his people. As a modern Muslim Jinnah sought to protect the Muslims’ economic and political rights from what he viewed as a devious alliance between the caste Hindu leadership and the Muslim clergy. Failure of Gandhi and the Congress Party to recognize the secular concerns of liberal Muslims like Jinnah deeming the Muslim clergy to represent the Muslims led to Pakistan’s creation. Continue reading


Filed under Citizens, Democracy, History, Pakistan, Politics

Jiye Bhutto

by Lal Salaam

ye jo karbala, is baar barpa ki gai..
vo karbala jo hum ney apni ankhon sey dekhii… Continue reading


Filed under Pakistan, poetry, Politics

Who, What, Where is God, especially when we need Him?

by Mozaffar

When we open many commentaries on the Qur’an, we often see this one same narration. We are told that God says, “I am what My slave makes of me.” Too often, when we read this narration we glide past it without much reflection.

Similarly, if we consider that the word “Allah” or “God” appears in the Qur’an over 2000 times, we may discover that we also glide past the references to God Himself as we read through the Qur’an. We glide past these descriptions of God because we tend to regard these descriptions of God as basic or ‘common sense.’ Many people, as they read through the Qur’an, are seeking the knowledge of rules, even though they know that the Qur’an is itself presenting the knowledge of God.

What is my point here? My point is that if we do not think about what God is telling us about Himself, then we will impose our own vision of God on Him without even realizing it. Continue reading


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Funeral Services for Benazir Bhutto…and a word on the religious tenor of the Bhuttos

Just learnt that a Ghayabana Namaaz-e-Janaza is going to be held for Benazir Bhutto after/with Friday prayers at the Masjid-e-Farooq-e-Azam in Concord, California. I am told it is off the Clayton Exit, across from the Safeway and near the BART Station and there will be a prayer meeting (Du’a) at the BART Station afterwards. Continue reading


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Benazir Bhutto, “Daughter of Pakistan, Daughter of the Muslim World”, RIP

At least a couple of people have wondered why I haven’t posted anything on my blog. Folks have been asking why I haven’t posted anything. Been distracted because my wife and kids were enroute to Karachi. Finally had them rerouted directly to Delhi from Hong Kong, skipping Karachi for now. Continue reading


Filed under Democracy, Islamabad

The vision of Qurratulain Hyder

QQurratulain Hyder wrote Aag ka Darya, which by any measure remains one of the greatest novels in world literature, between August 1956 and December 1997 at Mauripur, Karachi, where she was then living. It is a monumental work, taking in its stride the sweep of history, the rise and fall of civilisations, the eternal human quest for enlightenment, the mystery of life’s transience and the ultimately futile search for happiness. Continue reading


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Tony Wheeler on his visits to Pakistan

Raza Rumi

Tony Wheeler from the famous Lonely Planet family writes:

I’ve returned to Pakistan a number of times over the years and always found it interesting. My most recent visit was a March 2006 visit to the scene of the disastrous earthquake in late 2005 and my travel blog from that trip includes encounters with Buddhas, batters and booze .. Continue reading

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