Daily Archives: August 18, 2009

Say No to drone attacks!

Ziyad Faisal has sent this contribution for Pak Tea House with a preamble. We are publishing this to enrich the ongoing debate on drone attacks. Raza Rumi

This is the first piece of writing which I have ever submitted to Pak Tea House. Since PTH upholds the beautiful tradition of free debate nurtured at the original Pak Tea House (a small tea-shop in Lahore), I request the management of this blog to publish my humble response to a recent article on US drone attacks in Pakistan. Before I begin, I wish to assure my dear friends at PTH that whatever decision they might take, I will remain a loyal and regular reader. Since I am writing a response to an article by another writer, I would also like to assure the said writer that I mean no personal offence.

I also owe many thanks to Kathy Kelly, the acclaimed US peace activist who needs no introduction, for providing me with many valuable references on the issue of the drone attacks. As a Pakistani student, I salute her courage in organizing protests against drone attacks carried out by US armed forces against the Pakistani people. Kathy was recently arrested for protesting near a US base in Nevada, which is part of the command-and-control system for the drone attacks against Pakistan. It is a heartening sight to see veteran members of the US peace movement upholding the right of the Pakistani people to live free from NATO aggression. Continue reading

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Jinnah Stood For A Completely Secular Pakistan: Eminent Historian

‘Understanding Pak-India ties key to realising Jinnah’s dream’

* Ayesha Jalal says Jinnah envisioned secular Pakistan
* Khalid Mehmood says India’s initial attitude laid foundation of sour relationship

Staff Report

LAHORE: A better understanding of the strategic perception of India-Pakistan ties is the key to the future of South Asia and the realisation of the dream of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, eminent historian Ayesha Jalal said on Friday.

She was addressing a seminar titled ‘Jinnah’s Vision of Pakistan and Relations with Neighbours’ at the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) head office on Friday. Former federal minister SM Masood, former ambassador Khalid Mehmood and Government College University faculty member Prof Tahir Kamran also spoke on the occasion.

Secular: Jalal said Jinnah had envisioned a secular Pakistan where all citizens had equal rights but later the governments subverted the ideals of the founder of the country. She said it was also a fact that Jinnah had tilted towards religion during his sixties, but the term secular is sometimes confused with atheism and there starts an argument whether Jinnah believed in religion or not. Continue reading

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After Baitullah

By Imtiaz Gul

As the contest for a successor to Baitullah Mehsud, the maverick warlord from South Waziristan who was reportedly killed by a drone strike in early August, remains surrounded by controversy and mystery, one of the major questions rearing its head is  whether the successor will be able to galvanize fighters the way the amir did and continue his lethal campaign against the state of Pakistan with the same vigor. Continue reading

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PAKISTANI Minorities’ Irreducible Minimum: REPEAL THE BLASPHEMY LAW

The repeal of Blasphemy Law or its amendment has become the Pakistani Minorities’ irreducible minimum.  Pakistan owes it to its founding principle i.e. no permanent majority will dominate a permanent minority on sheer numbers alone to repeal this draconian, anti-Jinnah,  un-Pakistani, anti-democratic, unIslamic and inhuman law. 

 

NA echoes with call for amending blasphemy law

ISLAMABAD: At least two members from the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and one from the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Friday called for amendments to the blasphemy law to minimise chances of its misuse.
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Constitution of Pakistan and Minorities

By Anjum James Paul writing in the Pakistan Christian Post

Article 25 (1) of the Constitution of Pakistan describes” All citizens are equal before law and are entitled to equal protection of law.”

Constitution of any state is a sacred book and it is for the entire nation. It is without any bias, prejudice or discrimination against any individual, caste, gender or religion etc. There cannot be discrimination with any citizen on any basis. Unfortunately constitutions in Pakistan have been formulated against the vision of the father of the nation the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The vision that he presented in the First Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947.There was no need of to promote the concept of two nation theory that is why he negated it and promoted nationalism in maiden address. It is sorry that his masterpiece address could not become a blue print for the Pakistani nation by some certain conspiracies. He very clearly said. “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State………Now I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in course of time Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State. “ Continue reading

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Icons of Power

By Maleeha Lodhi,

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court ruled the November 3, 2007, action as unconstitutional, but has, for now, left other issues for the Parliament to address. Continue reading

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