Daily Archives: June 7, 2008

Rule of the mob

By Ishtiaq Ahmed

In the wake of viciously gruesome attacks recently by angry mobs on criminals — robbers and thieves — caught recently red-handed on the scene in Karachi and other parts of the country, Gallup Pakistan conducted an opinion survey on May 18 and 19, 2008, of a representative sample of 1,595 men and women chosen from the rural and urban areas of all the four provinces of Pakistan to elicit their views on such treatment of alleged culprits.

Fifty-two percent of the total respondents were of the opinion that beating to death and then burning the bodies of those robbers apprehended on the spot was the “right thing to do” while 42 percent disapproved of such brutal methods. I am pleasantly surprised by the large minority which expressed disapproval of such violent methods, but we all should worry that a majority were in favour of such methods. Continue reading

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Segregation and Purges: An open Letter to Sherry Rehman

We are publishing this open letter by Shaheryar Ali on the plight of these students who happened to be born in the ‘wrong’ families. As Pakistanis, the Constitution and the laws of the land guarantee equal rights to these students; and there is nothing that can prevent them to attend schools and colleges. If anything, the mob mentality and unruly hordes of puritan brigades need to be contained. They are eating into the body politic – who needs external enemies when divisive forces are all set to unravel the Pakistani society – (RR-ed)


Ms. Sherry Rehman

Federal Minister of Information and Health

Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Dear madam minister, Ill like to draw your attention to the alarming situation which is developing in the Industrial hub of Pakistan. According to the reports published in the BBC Urdu website, the Punjab Medical College , Faisalabad has expelled  all its  Ahmedi Students. A total of 15 boys and girls have been expelled from the college, they were studying in different levels ranging from first year to those at the end of their academic carrier in the final year. Continue reading


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