Daily Archives: June 9, 2010

From A Rooftop Restaurant In Lahore

A View ‘Across Another Century’

The GT Road Blog

By Steve Inskeep

NPR correspondents are on the Grand Trunk Road. The team has undertaken this project to hear from “young people along one of the world’s historic highways.”

Today, we get to go along with the team to a restaurant in Lahore that offers much more than just food.

From Coo Coo’s Cafe, you can look back across time. (John Poole/NPR)

There’s no need to get into what we talked about. There’s time for that later, in a few days. Let me just tell you where we talked about it.

First we drove down Mall Road, a main street in Lahore. We passed gorgeous old colonial buildings from when the British ruled this city as part of India. Looking at the buildings from bottom to top, we could see that many start out stolid and British, with foundations made of stone and built to last. Then, as they climbed, we spied frilly archways and high turrets that seemed ready to float into the sky. Continue reading


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From BBC Urdu: The Idiots In Our Religious Parties

Please note that the conference took place at Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam headquarters in Muslim Town Lahore.-YLH

فائل فوٹو، احمدی عبادت گاہ لاہور میں احمدیوں کی دو عبادت گاہوں پر شدت پسندوں کے حملے میں نوے سے زائد افراد ہلاک ہو گئے تھے

لاہور کے علاقے مسلم ٹاؤن میں مجلس احرار اسلام کے دفتر میں ہونے والے اس اجلاس کے بعد مذہبی جماعتوں کے رہنماؤں نے ایک مشترکہ پریس کانفرنس سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ پاکستان میں احمدیوں کے خلاف موجود قوانین پر ایک سازش کے تحت بحث شروع کردی گئی ہے۔ Continue reading


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Two Nation Theory

VIEW: Two Nation Theory —Yasser Latif Hamdani

For Jinnah and the Muslim League, the Two Nation Theory was not an ideological position etched in stone. It was the restatement of the arguments needed to ensure national status for Muslims in a multinational independent India

One of our most persistent national myths — put forward by both the state and its detractors — is that Pakistan was created in the name of Islam.

It is said that Pakistan was created with the use of the slogans “Islam in danger” and “Pakistan ka matlab kya, La illaha ilallah”, both slogans which — ironically — were never used by Quaid-e-Azam himself. Indeed Jinnah ruled out “Pakistan ka matlab kiya, La illaha illallah” when he censured a Leaguer at the last session of the All India Muslim League after partition in these words: “Neither I nor the Muslim League Working Committee ever passed a resolution — Pakistan ka matlab kiya — you may have used it to catch a few votes.” Continue reading


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CJP shows spine – chips at General Zia’s Criminal Conduct

Well done CJP!  Looks like we are finally on the move! – YLH

Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry says deletion of clause on rights of minorities was ‘criminal negligence’ *

Appreciates incumbent parliament for taking notice of removal of clause by Gen Zia’s govt in 1985 By Masood Rehman ISLAMABAD: Heading a 17-member larger bench of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry termed as criminal negligence the deletion of a word about the rights of minorities from the Objectives Resolution during the regime of General Ziaul Haq in 1985. Ziaul Haq had omitted the word “freely” from the Objectives Resolution, which was made substantive part of the 1973 Constitution under the Revival of Constitutional Order No. 14. The clause of Objectives Resolution before deletion of the word ‘freely’ read, “Wherein adequate provision shall be made for the minorities to ‘freely’ profess and practice their religions and develop their culture.” Continue reading


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