Tag: Salman Taseer

Mumtaz Qadri: A Case of False Hero Worship

That we Pakistanis are always seeking larger-than-life figures to, somehow, lead us out of our mediocrity is almost a cultural truism. We have Maulvis, cricketers, businessmen, ex-generals, and now–thanks to our inner micro fascist tendencies–a murderer to give us hope of a better future. As you might be aware, Mumtaz Qadri, who murdered Governor Salman…

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…

Pakistan Citizens for Democracy Need Your Help

Please see below an open letter to The President, Prime Minister, Interior Minister, Chief Justice, and heads of all political parties, Pakistan, re: murder of Shahbaz Bhatti and demand for action against calls for violence and vigilante action Deadline for endorsements: Monday March 7, midnight Pakistan time after which we will compile signatures and send…

Pakistan urged to bring killers of minorities' minister to justice

2 March 2011 Amnesty International has called on Pakistan’s government to ensure the killers of Shahbaz Bhatti, the country’s minister for minorities, are brought to justice. Bhatti, the only Christian member of the cabinet and one of the country’s few leading politicians calling for changes to the country’s controversial blasphemy laws, died today after three…

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…

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…

Blame Game

From (Viewpoint Online) Samaa TV program anchor Meher Bokhari, whose aggressive interview of Taseer a few weeks prior to his assassination has raised troubling questions about media responsibility. Did her insistence, that Governor Taseer had somehow engaged in defamation of Prophet Muhammad by simply calling the blasphemy law a man-made law and as such, amendable,…

The War Within Islam, Pervez Hoodbhoy

(Fron NewAgeIslam.com) A New Age Islam reader sent the following letter to the editor: Here is a letter sent by Pakistan’s foremost progressive intellectual and physicist Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy to a friend: I am sharing with you some lines that I have just written for family and friends who are warning me: Whatever one might think…

Religious Intolerance Sweeping Pakistan

(From mustafqadri.net) The brutal murder of a senior politician in Pakistan apparently for his opposition to a religious blasphemy law proves no one is safe from the intolerance sweeping the country. It also suggests that the battle against militant Islamists must be fought with ideas, not just guns. On the face of it the assassination…