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“Bring Back Jinnah’s Pakistan” II

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Secular And Nationalist Jinnah (Cover of a book by Dr. Ajeet Jawed, published JNU Press)

Ardeshir Cowasjee writing in Dawn:

There has to be something seriously wrong with a country in which many of its citizens are still arguing as to whether it should or should not have been made, or debating as to whether it came into being by accident, intent, design or even intrigue. All possible accusations have been levied against the logic of Pakistan’s making.

The fact is that Pakistan exists and has existed for 62 years — in what shape is quite another matter. Arguments on that score will never cease, and they should not as it failed initially to take off in the right direction. Continue reading

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Fighting for Jinnah’s Pakistan

 

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From DAWN

 

By Ashfak Bokhari

 

There has never been so great a need to revisit Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s legacy as now, under the changed circumstances, to renew our resolve to adhere to his ideals, his principles and his vision of Pakistan. Nor has there been so much urgency to disseminate and popularise the political philosophy of Mr Jinnah — the Quaid-i-Azam to most of us — which has now largely been either ignored by the political community or hijacked by obscurantist forces and even distorted by Islamists to suit their designs.

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14 years for Text Messages against the President

We at PTH have been Zardari supporters and have stood by his government in its war against terrorism and against instability.   It is therefore disappointing for us, his ardent supporters in face of the kind of criticism that is out there,  to see the PPP government doing the exact opposite of what its manifesto and liberal ideology holds up. -YLH

ISLAMABAD: It would seem that in Pakistan, there is nothing you need to watch out for more than making a joke about President Asif Ali Zardari by

Asif Ali Zardari

Zardari has been a subject of criticism since he became president. (TOI Photo)
 
 

SMS (Short Messaging Service).

If you mistakenly, or just for fun, share with a friend one of the hundreds of derisory jokes about the leader floating around electronically, you could get a 14-year prison sentence.

Pakistan’s interior minister Rehman Malik announced last week that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)  Continue reading

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Pakistan Sets Tree-Planting World Record

_46068611_treeplantNow here is something else to be proud about our Republic.   We’ve set the all time record for tree planting in the world.  My appeal to everyone reading this is to plant atleast 10 trees this year.  Remember we have a very bad de-forestation problem in Pakistan and must work on all fronts to leave a Pakistan that is  worth having for our children and our children’s children.  From the BBC:

A team of volunteers in Pakistan has set a new world record by planting more than half a million trees in one day.

Guinness World Records confirmed that 541,176 trees had been planted in the southern province of Sindh on 15 July.

Some 300 volunteers, working in groups, planted mangrove saplings in the 750 acres of the Indus river delta region. Continue reading

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Cricket and Islam

Is Pakistan winning this year’s Twenty20 a symptom of the receding influence of the Tableeghi Jammat in the team, asks Nadeem F. Paracha.

In 1996 when the underdog Sri Lankan cricket team created one upset after another to finally win that year’s prestigious Cricket World Cup, the then decade long Civil War on the island between the Sinhalese-dominated government and the Tamil Tigers took a subtle but definitive turn. [1] Continue reading

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Whither Local Government?

By Ahmad Rafay Aam

The prime minister has announced that the local government elections have been postponed indefinitely because of the security situation. Not content with using the security situation as the excuse to deprive citizens of their rightful public spaces, the government has employed it to adjourn, sine die, the democratic process.

It is ironic that a democratically elected government has chosen to postpone an election. Is Democracy no longer The Best Revenge? Continue reading

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Lahore Resolution revisited

Draft Lahore Resolution- with proposed changes by Jinnah and Barkat Ali

Draft Lahore Resolution- with proposed changes by Jinnah and Barkat Ali

 

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

 

 

For us 23rd March commemorates two events 1. passing of the Lahore Resolution in 1940  2. the declaration of a republic in Pakistan in 1956.   The Lahore Resolution is perhaps the most venerated and yet the most unimplemented document in the state that lays claim to it.  Here I reproduce the document in full. Continue reading

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