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The Short And Sordid History Of Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam

– Subcontinent’s First Islamic Extremist Political Party

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

The role of Majlis-e-Ahrar (truly the real grandfather organization of all Islamic Extremist Parties in the subcontinent and also of all anti-Shia and anti-Ahmadi agitation in Pakistan subsequently) is the most significant when it comes to Militant Islam in the subcontinent. This was a pre-partition body of Nationalist Muslims who had sided with the Congress throughout the independence movement and had been part of satyagraha (this is significant) at the time they believed in secular nationalism and secular India and in 1931 formed itself as a Indian Nationalist Muslim body, separate from the Congress, but always in support of it and in staunch opposition to the Muslim League. Continue reading

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Mullah Ka Tasawar-e-Pakistan

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Courtesy Aaj Kal

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The Blasphemy Law Debate

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

This has been repeated many times – notably by A G Noorani the lawyer and journalist par excellence from India- that when a blasphemy law, to punish those elements who passed remarks to insult religions or prophets, was being introduced in the British India Central Legislature,  Jinnah sounded the following advice on 5th September 1927:

“I thoroughly endorse the principle that while this measure should aim at those undesirable persons who indulge in wanton vilification or attack upon the religion of any particular class or upon the founders and prophets of a religion, we must also secure this very important and fundamental principle that those who are engaged in historical works, those who are engaged in the ascertainment of truth and those who are engaged in bona fide and honest criticisms of a religion shall be protected.” Continue reading

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Spurning Non-Muslim Pakistanis, Celebrating Muslim Non-Pakistanis

By Yasser Latif Hamdani
Raza Rumi,  who is probably the most balanced Pakistani commentator out there, recently made a startling statement which surprised me greatly.  The statement made,  as obiter dicta, suggested that Maulana Azad is spurned in Pakistan because he might have thought that Muslim identity would be better protected in United India.   It is startling because it is untrue.   Every Sunni non-muqalid and Deobandi scholar invariably carries Maulana Azad’s Tafsir of the Quran.  Of all the Congress leaders,  he is the only one who is spared and is even championed. Same is the case with Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madni of Darul-uloom Deoband- another opponent of Jinnah and supporter of the so-called “composite nationalism”.  Many Mullahs in Pakistan continue to take their lead from him and many of them  place him above Jinnah, our secular founding father. Continue reading

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A Non-Muslim Appraisal of Islamic Sharia

By Dost Mittar

A few days back, I read in an Urdu newspaper a report by a journalist of his encounter with a father-son Sikh duo displaced from Swat and staying in an Internally Displaced Persons’ camp. The Sikhs said that they had no problem with the Nizam-e-Adal based on Islamic Sharia; the elder Sikh was particularlyenthusiastic about its application as he had seen it in action during the regime of the Wali of Swat and was quite satisfied with it. Continue reading

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The People’s Hero: Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh

Disturbed to life by the atrocious massacre at Jallianwala Bagh in 1919, disillusioned by the national political leaders who recoiled the promising Non-Cooperation Movement in 1922, alarmed by the rising religious divisions and reactionary rhetoric in the mainstream politics, and motivated by the Bolshevik Revolution of workers and peasants of Russia of 1917, Bhagat Singh and his compatriots entered the political scene of India and became the icon of the aspirations of the people of India in no time. Their aim was to bring a revolution that would not only end the colonial British regime but would also lay the foundations of a system that shall combat all forms of injustices. It was for these crimes that Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev were hanged by the rulers of British colonialism on 23rd of March, 1931, at Lahore Camp Jail. Bhagat Singh was only 23 years old at the time of his hanging. Continue reading

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Taliban drive out Sikhs, demand Jizya

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

Those geniuses who have gone hysterical in a self congratulatory manner over Swat peace deal and Nizam-e-Adl etc should pause and see the handiwork of their great peace won.   The lessons learnt from the failure of appeasement were never taught wherever it was that our policy makers and Ansar Abbasis and Shireen Mazaris went to school. Continue reading

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