Tag: Salmaan Taseer

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…

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…

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…

Pakistani Blasphemy Laws: Resources

(From Citizens for Democracy) Religion or Politics?: Tracing the history and origin of 295-B and C, the most misused sections in the chapter on Offences Related to Religion – by Farieha Aziz, Newsline, Feb 27, 2011 No punishment for blasphemy in Quran – detailed study by the eminent scholar Javed Ahmed Ghamidi, downloadable pdf file…

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…

Islamic scholar Attacks Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws, by Declan Walsh

(From Guardian) by Declan Walsh A prominent Islamic scholar has launched a blistering attack on Pakistan‘s blasphemy laws, warning that failure to repeal them will only strengthen religious extremists and their violent followers. “The blasphemy laws have no justification in Islam. These ulema [council of clerics] are just telling lies to the people,” said Javed…

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…