Tag: Religion

  • Intolerance in The Name of Religion

    After Lahore blast, people will give you different reasons for the blasts; they will say that it is Pakistan and America‚Äôs fault; America and Pakistan trained these people earlier to fight against Soviets, and now they have turned against both; they will say these people have nothing to do with Islam, and Islam is a…

  • Bishop Ijaz Inayat Questions the Gojra Killings

    I share with you an email sent by Bishop Ijaz Inayat from the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Karachi where he talks about the killing of seven Christians in Gojram Please circulate widely so that people who matter must not pay only lip service every time but come down with a heavy hand on the culprits…

  • Deconstructing Human Conflict: My Thoughts

    Guest Blog by Hassan Baig Conflict has been one of the centerpieces of our existence since the dawn of the human race. Different millennia may have seen different markers of our species’ cultural and technological progress, the constancy of conflict has never fluctuated. And the present day is no different – us Pakistanis know that…

  • 10 lessons all Pakistanis must learn

    Guest Post by Hassan Baig “Mulk khud hi chalta rehay ga” (approximate translation: the country doesn’t need our contribution to thrive) is a sentence many Pakistanis are prone to saying. I confess that till a few years ago, I myself was confident of this misleading notion. Misleading and dangerous – especially in today’s volatile climate.…

  • Who is Zaid Zaman Hamid? Brasstacks or Yousuf Kazzab Prophecy?

    In the past few weeks there has been a buzz spreading around Pakistan’s digital world talking about the recent fame surrounding the TV show personality Zaid Hamid who conducts a show on TV One called Brasstacks.  It should be mentioned that brasstacks is reportedly a paid-for show which has started airing barely a few months…

  • Profiting from Religion: Land Grabbing Business and Christian Minority in Pakistan

    Guest Blog by Silence from Islamabad Observer Religion is basically meant to be personal belief of a person or group of people. It is outrageous, shameful and downright arrogant of the religious groups to use religion as a source of profits. However since the times immortal, criminals, religious clerics, land grabbers and even power hungry…

  • Tell me Sahar Ali

    Guest Post by temporal of Baithak Blog In the nearly 800,000 sq kms of land that covers all the vistas – from the parched deserts of Balochistan and Sind in the south to the peaks of K2 and Nanga Parbat in the north – from the (negroid) Makrani fishermen of the south to the blue…

  • Interview with Mangal Bagh

    Guest Blog by Faisal K. from Deadpanthoughts Just who is Mangal Bagh Afridi a khurram agency bus driver turned religious zealot? Or a savvy implant by the ISI into this troubled sector to bring about a liberation of the locals from the foreign Taliban. According to noted history Mangal bagh came into being when Mufti…

  • …and Maulana Owais Raza Qadri was weighed in Gold

    I have been forwarded these pictures of a famous religious poet [naat khawan] Owais Raza Qadri [official website] which I am told were taken last year when the poet received the Govt of Pakistan award for the Best Naat Khawan of 2007, and the consequent celebration was telecasted live on QTV [Quran TV]. Muhammad Owais…

  • Self flagellations, a religious practice or child cruelty, a critical analysis

    Guest Post by Amjad Malik Message of Imam Hussain, the grandson of last Prophet of Islam of sacrifice is greater in spirit and is held very dear by billions of Muslims across the globe and the message is remembered zealously during the first month of Islamic calendar Muharram. The Ashura ceremony takes place during this…

  • Ahmedis expelled from Medical College

    BBC Urdu reports that a group of 23 Ahmedi students having been expelled from a Medical College in Faisalabad on 4th June 2008. The pretext was that it would create a law and order situation because the Islami Jamiat-e-Talba (IJT) had protested that these students were propagating their religion which these students deny. Even if…