Tag: Salmaan Taseer

Minorities in Pakistan-Dead and Alive

Rimsha Masih, an 11 year old Christian girl has been arrested on blasphemy charges. According to some reports, she is suffering from Down syndrome and is a minor, between 11 to 16. Even if she is 18, it is laughable. Isn’t law supposed to consider the maturity level of the accused? Even in criminal trials…

On Dishonest Maulvis, Harsh Laws, and Minority Rights

Last year when the case was being made to alter or abolish the blasphemy laws, the argument from the liberal and progressive minority of Pakistan was mobilized primarily to point out as to how the law could be misused to persecute minorities. At that point, the case of Asia Bibi was at the forefront of…

Salman Taseer Remembered

  Governor Salman Taseer died at the hands of a religious fanatic on January  4 last year. Fearlessly championing a deeply unpopular cause, this brave man had sought to revisit the country’s blasphemy law which, as he saw it,  was yet another means of intimidating Pakistan’s embattled religious  minorities. This law – which is unique…

A Question of Faith: A Report on the Status of Religious Minorities in Pakistan, Sherry Rehman

Why a report on the status of religious minorities? As part of the Jinnah Institute’s Open Democracy initiative, ‘A Question of Faith’: A Report on the Status of Religious Minorities in Pakistan’ is a research-based analysis of the same. It documents the deterioration in the political, economic and social status of members of these communities…

Pakistan Forum: Most Visited Blog Entries this Year

Provided below is a list of posts that have been popular with our readers so far this year: 05/09 : Thinking of Che and The World 05/08 : Of Cuban Cigars, Rum & Coffee 05/06 : Naked emperor, dead rabbit 05/05 : The Osama Kill: A New Era of Hi-tech Death Squads 05/02 : Obama…

Mullahs in Nation-Building

By and large, after the Zia-ul-Haq years, we have totally conceded the public sphere to the mullahs: you cannot think the nation without running into one or the other bizarre articulations of the nation by one or the other mullah. There is no doubt in my mind that when Mr. Jinnah mobilized the Muslim identity…

Aljazeera: Listening Post on Pakistani Blasphemy Laws

In this weeks Listening Post aired on March 18, 2011, the media coverage of the Pakistani Blasphemy laws was the second main segment of the weekly show. The first part of the show covered the coverage of Japan disaster. The Pakistani segment ends with Global Village Voices on the blasphemy laws, which includes my comments…

Fight The Real Enemy

Far more dangerous than the actual acts of terrorism and violence perpetrated on Pakistanis is the fear, obvious most among those who govern us. We are all united in our conviction that suicide attacks will not cease, and that we are all in this alone. President Asif Ali Zardari and his government’s woe-is-us, rote expressions…

Some Good Pakistani Blogs

Now that we have started aggregating content from selected Pakistan-related blogs, we have found a rich array of blogs dealing with various aspects of Pakistani life. I thought I should take a few moments to introduce some of these blogs. My account of these blogs, of course, is in no way exhaustive. So, please feel…