An Article by the Asian Human Rights Commission
Physical and sexual violence, honor killings, forced marriages and structural inequalities within the society are constant violations of women’s fundamental rights. The cases in this article were provided by Mister Mohammed Nafees from Karachi, based on news from Daily Dawn.
By Julia Lemétayer
2009 has been another tragic year for women rights in Pakistan. Many cases have been reported, in which women were abducted, assaulted, raped, murdered, forced to marriage or traded to resolve disputes. According to Aurat Foundation, a non-governmental organization working for women empowerment in Pakistan, between January and June last year, a total of 4,514 incidents of violence against women were reported. Victims, if they dare reporting these facts, have to face police obstruction and societal pressure. If some of these facts can be imputed to feudal societies and tribal traditions, the most worrying aspect of women rights violations is that some practices and ideas are simply entrenched in the mindsets. Continue reading
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[This was originally published in DAWN’s blog section and then subsequently also included in the much recommended critical PPP/Let us Build Pakistan site. The link for the latter is http://criticalppp.org/lubp/archives/4072 and for the former is http://blog.dawn.com/2009/12/31/the-scholar-the-sufi-and-the-fanatic/. The critical PPP site is quite refreshing and has taken on both the naysayers as well as been critical of its own party. Even their news reports are more reliable at times than the mainstream media. In reposting the article, critical PPP has accreditted DAWN. – Ali Abbas]
By Nadeem F. Paracha Dawn 31st Dec, 2009
Roughly speaking, the political and social aspects of Islam in Pakistan can be seen as existing in and emerging from three distinct sets and clusters of thought. These clusters represent the three variations of political and social Islam that have evolved in this country: modern, popular and conservative. Continue reading
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Posted by Raza Rumi
A friend sent this piece with an introductory message that ” Ghamdi’s life is under threat by the Taleban as they want to eliminate all who can challenge them. Can they eliminate 168 million of us?” Ghamdi is a beacon of hope and enlightenment in these dark days.
The Taliban say that democracy is a concept alien to Islam. According to them, the ideal method of establishing a government according to Islam is the method adopted by Mullah Omar in Afghanistan. Constitution, parliament and elections are evil innovations of modern times. Islam is not bound by any of these institutions for its enforcement. The Continue reading
By Aasem Bakhshi
The Shari’a is all justice, kindness, common good and wisdom. Any rule that departs from justice to injustice […] or departs from common good (maslaha) to harm (mafsada) […] is not part of Sharia’h, even if it is arrived at by literal interpretation. [Ibn Qayyim]
Philosophically speaking, I tend to identify religion as a subcategory quite down the ladder in the hierarchy of categories we have in our beloved Puristan. Therefore, whatever has gone wrong with how religion had been perceived academically, politically and sociologically in last 62 years has, perhaps, as much to do with a lot of other things as it is with religion itself. Moreover, regardless of whether it was right or wrong, the state has already adopted a religious nomenclature which is not likely to be Continue reading
It’s very important to listen to the interviews of Maulana Sufi Muhammad and Muslim Khan (Spokesman of Taliban Pakistan), because in every interview they enlighten us with their vision for Pakistan and their future plans. While doing this most of the times, they end up exposing themselves with their extremist mindset and making it harder for apologists of Taliban to defend them anymore.
The TTP spokesperson Muslim Khan says that those whose throats were slit deserved it: Continue reading
by Hasan Zaidi
Here’s a short chronology of recent events:
– February 16: The North-West Frontier provincial government led by the Awami National Party and backed by a desperate Pakistan army signs a “peace accord” with the banned Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e
-Mohammadi run by Maulana Sufi Mohammad, who served more than 6 years in jail on terrorism-related charges, so that he can convince his son-in-law, the renegade ‘Maulana’ Fazlullah and his Tehrik-e-Taliban to stop slaughtering people and blowing up things in Swat valley. The accord calls for the enforcement of a more efficient system of local courts in the region but since TNSM and Fazlullah believe it actually enforces Shariah law in the region, most observers believe this is only the thin edge of what these Islamist hardliners actually want to achieve through this agreement. Continue reading
Sometimes truth and compromise cannot be accommodated within a single sentence no matter how hard one tries. In US there is a syndrome known as celebrity journalism (courtesy Ann coulter and Thomas L friedman ), Journalistic showbiz personalities always looking for media spot for right or wrong reasons, this problem is slowly but surely creeping into UK.
In celebrity journalist clan top priority is the pay cheques and bank balances, but this makes the truth and the professional integrity a lesser priority. People like “world is flat” (china India slave sweat shop theory) bandwagon, knowledge gurus (Mr. Copra selling spirituality in a disposable bottle), champions of selling successful business model of WTO free market neo liberalism to people of Africa and India. This model of free market capitalism led to sub prime consumerism into an end product which is hegemonic imperialism. Continue reading
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