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Jinnah Was The Most Secular Statesman Produced By The Muslim World

Liaqat Ali Khan with Mahomed Ali Jinnah

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

It is amazing that given the confusion created about the word “secular” in Pakistan by both the right and the left has so thoroughly disoriented the thought process of our intelligentisia, especially that which is christened by the state,  that it has failed to capitalize on the fact that Pakistan’s founding father was not just unambiguously secular but was the most secular statesman in the history of the greater Muslim world,  even more so than the great Kemal Ataturk, who is justifiably hailed as the father of secularism in the Muslim world.   Even Kemal Ataturk through an amendment to the constitution of the Republic of Turkey in 1923 instituted Islam as the state religion [1], which remained in the constitution till 1928 when Ataturk had it removed.   Jinnah never instituted a state religion and blocked every resolution or move whether in the Pakistani Constituent Assembly or the All India Muslim League Central Working Committee [2].  Continue reading


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Obama echoed Benazir Bhutto in his Cairo Speech


President Barack Obama’s historic address of Thursday 04 June-09 from Cairo is certainly talk-of-the-town now.  A great speaker that he certainly is, he was surely able to leave some good impressions especially in the Muslim world and the results are showing already. The elections results of Lebanon, where a pro-West coalition has been able to trounce the Hezbollah-led coalition, and those in Iran, where street protests go on with full fervor, may be termed as the testimony to the same. His speech continues to resonate all over and is already winning praises from his foes and friends alike. The pundits say, in his 55-minute address he was able to connect to the Muslim world largely because of the fact that he was bold enough to speak the truth. Continue reading


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A Pakistani view of Obama’s Speech

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

President Obama’s landmark speech was extraordinary and unprecedented.  It marks a paradigm shift in US’ relationship with the Muslim world and is a recognition that our common earth needs to be saved from destruction and mindless violence.  President Obama is proving himself to be the change that he promised.  Yet  as a Pakistani I feel that the speech was delivered at the wrong forum in the wrong city. Continue reading


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All Eyes on Obama

US President Obama with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan

US President Obama with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan

From Al Jazeera


It’s very much an invited audience, security is extremely tight and one of the opposition newspapers today, in its front page said that Obama is arriving in Egypt but Egypt has been evacuated.

“Parts of the city have been closed down and other parts have been given a major facelift. They have been washing and painting and cleaning all the routes in which the president will travel as he moves to the various events across Cairo and then to the pyramids,” Bays said. Continue reading


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Confronting the Taliban


By Michael Kessler

President Obama heralded an encouraging new tone when he told Turkey’s Parliament on Monday that the United States “is not and will never be at war with Islam…America’s relationship with the Muslim community, the Muslim world, cannot and will not just be based upon opposition to terrorism…We seek broader engagement based upon mutual interest and mutual respect.” Continue reading


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The Tragedy of Musharraf

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

Reform in a constitutional democratic process is slow but permanent. Reform under absolute rule maybe quick but is always superficial. Continue reading


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