By Halima Khan
Suitable boy or even suitable girl is a rather funny concept that our society revolves peoples’ lives around. This rather bizarre situation is made rather amusing when the definition of suitable is explored. However who is doing all this defining is merely annoying. You and I whine about reaping fields of sorrow we sow ourselves for ourselves. Making life difficult and making survival competitive is what we seem to be occupying our mortality with. There is not anything more pressing to do, after all.
Is he educated? Is he employed? Is he independent? Is he ‘shareef’? What all these questions mean is irrelevant, just as irrelevant as most of these questions themselves are. We waste so much time and energy on irrelevance and un-necessities in matters of marriage that the important, the life depending important matters take a backseat.
Courtesy Aman Ittehad
We ask all citizens to sign up on a petition seeking peace for Pakistan, the region and all its people.
Let us through this petition state clearly that we want justice. We deserve democratic governance. And call for accountability.
Let us challenge the old ways
Let us call for change and demand equal opportunity,
Let us respect and involve all citizens,
Let us celebrate diversity, pluralism and peace.
If you want the State to provide for and respond to your needs
If you want the State to ensure justice and the rule of law
If you want the State to provide opportunities to all and prioritize development
Sign on to show that you care and that you are willing to look beyond despair
Sign on to demand a State that nurtures you, its citizen
A State that ensures all its citizens a life of dignity
A State that lives in peace and enables you to do so
A State that keeps your children safe
Safe from terror, from exploitation and insecurities,
Safe from violence
Let us forge a new relationship
Trust must be rebuilt, between peoples and institutions
Citizen and State must now coincide.
Together let us regenerate promise and potential.
Let hope and unity intertwine
Speak out now!
Speak out for your future and your people
The time has come, together we must rise.
Are You Ready?
The Fat Woman Under Attack Is Samina Khawar Hayat
Till General Zia-ul-Haq came to the scene in 1980s, Pakistan had made great strides for the uplift of women. Since the mobilization of women had been instrumental to the creation of Pakistan , especially in All India Muslim League’s election campaigns and the civil disobedience campaign in Punjab and NWFP through out the 1940s (during which no less a religious personage than Pir of Manki in NWFP endorsed women coming out without the veil as perfectly Islamic), the fondest hopes of women politicians like Mumtaz Shahnawaz and Shaista Ikramullah was complete equality regardless of gender and in those first few decades, they had managed to clinch that legally. (Click here to read more about Pakistan’s founding mothers. ) Continue reading
From The New York Times:
By Nadia Naviwala
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts — What do we do about Pakistan? Because I am a Pakistani-American who recently spent several months there, people here are constantly trying to get me to answer that question. One of the most important things I can offer them is a reality check. Continue reading
This is the most interesting documentary on Pakistan’s First Military Ruler and his government. I saw some of it a few months ago but after watching the second part, I feel this ought to be shared with people on PTH for comment and discussion.