Tag: Pakistan government

Pakistan Awaits a New Cultural Policy

A recent article by Shah Rukh Khan describes what is being a Muslim in India. It was published on January 29 in Outlook Turning Points 2013 (Published by the New York Times). In a prompt reaction Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik urged the Indian government to provide security to its well-known Muslim actor. Malik’s statement…

A Pathetic Interface: Official Web Gateway to the Government of Pakistan

The official web gateway to the Government of Pakistan (GoP) is maintained by the Electronic Government Directorate (EGD) of the Federal Ministry of IT & Telecom. The web link is as under: http://www.pakistan.gov.pk/ The homepage shows that there are currently 41 Ministries with 44 Divisions. On the top right corner under PM Gillani’s photo there…

Can’t Buy Me Love

Soon after news of Osama bin Laden’s death flashed on TV screens, American voices from across the spectrum asked: why should we waste time on an errant Pakistan unwilling and unable to deliver? Fair question. After all, the man the U.S. spent hundreds of billions looking for in Afghanistan was found in Pakistan, the third…

Enough Already: Let's Give Pakistan Some Love

Those of us who are addicted to news and the blogosphere are aware of the thrashing that Pakistan and Pakistan army ahs been getting from all quarters since Osama Bin Laden (OBL) was served a healthy dose of the same medicine that he himself was a master at concocting. Yes, he is dead, killed, kaput…

Cluster on Lahore with Love, Now in August

As you might be aware, we were planning to publish a cluster of essays on Fawzia Afzal-Khan’s Lahore with Love in our April issue. We have now decided to publish it in August to give more authors a chance to contribute. Given below are details of our CFP for this cluster: As you might be…

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…

Hate Speech, Mullahs and the Pakistani Public

While we all have responded in different ways to the recent murders of Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti, we also need to push for the regulation, definition, and prosecution of hate-speech so freely aired by the mullahs. In a recent set of Friday sermons recorded by activists associated with Mashal Books, one aspect of this…

Shahbaz Bhatti: Another Tolerant Voice Silenced

The forces of darkness and hate have struck again and killed another one of us. Until yesterday I did not know much about Shahbaz Bahatti, but today he is my hero. He is my hero for so many reasons: For standing up for a tolerant and inclusive Pakistan. For standing up for the rights of…