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Mustafa Qadri

When Two Tribes Go to War

Mustafa Qadri finds out for himself during a night patrol with members of an anti-Taliban militia in Pakistan that sometimes, it’s kill or be killed. On the boundary between Pakistan-controlled Peshawar and insurgency-hit regions of the tribal areas, the global fight against the Taliban has turned former neighbours in this once sleepy rural setting into…

The business of torture goes on as usual

Pervez Musharraf’s talk of ‘tacit approval’ reminds us of the trail linking distant torture chambers to the heart of our governments. he admission by Pervez Musharraf, the former Pakistan president, of British complicity in torture on BBC2’s The Secret War on Terror should not surprise anyone. What is more disheartening is the prospect that authorities…

Pakistan’s Taliban battles for power in Peshawar

 Audio: [audio:http://www.thepakistanforum.net-content/uploads/2011/03/PRiworld11.mp3|titles=PRiworld] It has been a relatively quiet winter in Peshawar with few bombings. There’s a sense that life is slowly returning to normal. But take a short drive north of the city and the situation is quite different. The village of Adezai marks the boundary between Peshawar city and the tribal areas and…

Shahbaz Bhatti: a victim of mob rule

In Pakistan, violence is crudely justified as defence of Islam. The government must defend human rights and the rule of law. Despite repeated climbdowns by the Pakistan government to appease extremists over the blasphemy laws, the minorities minister’s assassination proves there is no room for compromise. It is time for Pakistan authorities to bring perpetrators of…

Blasphemy Heals Old Wounds

(From Mustafaqadri.net) Blasphemy is the one thing that Pakistani Islamists agree on. The murder of a secular liberal politician has prompted a worrying union of Islamists and the Taliban. Pakistan’s blasphemy laws make it a crime to defile the Quran or to defame Prophet Mohammad, punishable by life imprisonment and death respectively. But the laws…

Pakistani Journalists: Chatam House, 2010

Pakistan has faced a myriad of crises over the last decade. No one has had a better perspective on them than its journalists. Join Chatham as we meet experienced journalists from Pakistan talk about the country they know and report on every day. 30 minutes of panel discussion introduced by Mustafa Qadri and chaired by…

Pakistan’s Deadly Blasphemy-Seeking Vigilantes

The blasphemy laws that led to the murder of Salmaan Taseer are as serious a threat as the Taliban. Mustafa Qadri, guardian.co.uk, Thursday 3 February 2011 18:43 GMT The murder of Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer by his own guardhas prompted an ever growing witch-hunt, driven by religious groups but controlled by no one. The threat of this…

Pakistan’s Hurt Locker

(From mustafaqadri.net) Peshawar is a hotspot for suicide and IED attacks. Mustafa Qadri travels with the city’s bomb squad to find out how local police are coping. Image credit:Mustafa Qadri In almost any other city in the world, last year would have sounded like a nightmare—25 bombings, including one at a marketplace in April that…

Religious Lobby is Running Riot in Pakistan

Image by Salmaan Taseer via Flickr (From mustafaqadri.net). guardian.co.uk, Thursday 9 December 2010 15.00 GMT While the country reels from flood devastation, an increasing gap between rich and poor, and a ceaseless energy recession, Pakistan’s religious lobby has lined up to attack a straw woman. Yet again a powerful political lobby has decided to focus…