Justice Baqir Najfi Report

Official link : http://www.dgpr.punjab.gov.pk/vd/dgpr/media/doc/Report%20of%20Inquiry%20Tribunal%20by%20Mr.%20Justice%20Ali%20Baqar%20Najafi%20Judge%20Lahore%20High%20Court%20Lahore.pdf Secondary link : Report of Inquiry Tribunal by Mr. Justice Ali Baqar Najafi Judge Lahore High Court Lahore

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Sir Syed Ahmed Khan

The great emancipator of the Indian Muslims Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was born in Delhi on Oct 17, 1817 . He belonged to a family which held prominent positions in the reign of Mughal emperors and his maternal family had already joined the East India Company where his maternal grandfather served in Iran and Burma under the British government. Sir Syed himself , was bestowed with the title of Jawa’d-ul-Daula and Arif-e-Jang by Bahadur Shah Zafar II. But he soon realized the crumbling position of the Mughals and their deviancy from religion, and hence kept at distance from them. This is the period when the great Mughal Empire was close to a complete collapse.

The state of Pakistan`s economy

The next few months are going to test the mettle of Pakistan`s economy as the repayments of the loans taken in last 3 years are starting to come up. With rapidly falling reserves, reduced foreign investment and growing social and political unrest it remains to be seen if Pakistan will go once again to IMF for a bail out package or will CPEC really turn out to be a life line.

The day #Karachi sunk…

https://twitter.com/defilibrator/status/903706346276704256 Have a look at the above thread to get the full picture. A few weeks ago Karachi was battered with intense monsoon rains. Almost 4 hours of non stop rain caused the clogged up storm drains of this neglected city to flood the low lying areas under 3-5 feet of water. Had the storm …

Burma, the untold story.

I was putting off writing about Burma as there is so little I personally understand about the ongoing conflict in Burma. Hopefully this is going to be a chain of posts about the ongoing genocide of Rohingya Muslims living in Burma. Burma or it is also known as Myanmar is situated between India, China, Bangladesh, …

Dr Ruth Pfau – The Leper Healer With A Heart Of Gold

Painting Souls

IMG_9213Her childhood was more war than peace… her childhood was the second world war. Born in 1929, Dr. Ruth Pfau, was four years old when ‘the little wars started’. “We annexed Austria, so when the official war broke out the year was ’45 and I was a teenager,” now an octogenarian, she shares her days of yore.

When in the abode of the protector of countless human lives, the accolades she has received over the years line the walls through which I pass. When we meet, Dr Pfau was up after her afternoon nap, dressed in the traditional attire of the city which has been her home for half a century. The journey she made from Leipzig, her city of birth to Karachi has been nothing short of an ‘adventure’. Serving the helpless and the destitute only arose in her mind during the war. “It was during the war in Germany that I thought I should…

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The Kashmir you will never understand

Cafe Dissensus Everyday

By Faakirah Irfan

While I write this, the Internet connections of various service providers have been shut down. The social media services have been banned, and the only thing working in the state of Kashmir is the ongoing conflict.

The government has stood prepared to face the wrath of Kashmiris by either silencing their voices online or by the bullets on their chest.

A lot has been written about the ongoing conflict in Kashmir. There is nothing much that can be added to it. However, as a story-teller, it is my job to let the society know the truth that it is being suppressed. This is to make those not living in conflict zones realize what it feels to have your virtual life taken away.

Without going into a comparison about the authenticity of narratives, I would like to narrate the reality I know.

I am Sakeena, Raffia, Ayushee. I…

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شائد کہ تیرے دل میں اتر جائے میری بات

Originally written for Audacity to Write. Click on highlighted text to visit the site. https://twitter.com/WhenWeWrite/status/880556116626690049 آج ایک انجانے خوف اور کرب نے مجھے یہ تحریر لکھنے پرمجبورکیا ہے۔ اگرچہ حالات کی ستم ظریفی نے ہمیں بے حس اور بے بس کر دیا تھا لیکن گماں تھا کہ ہمارے اندر اانسانیت کی رمق باقی ہے افسوس آج …

Elusive Justice

Also available on Audacity to Write https://twitter.com/WhenWeWrite/status/883352792886325248 Over 3 years have passed since Pakistan witnessed the massacre of at least 14 protesters live on television. The massacre termed as “Model Town Massacre” was neither the first nor the last such massacre in Pakistan. The brief history of Pakistan over the last 7 decades has witnessed …

Solving The Paradox Of Desi Liberals

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You are liberal if you believe and advocate free expression of choice with out any bounds and limitations. It is liberal belief that there should be no restriction of any kind against personal choices. Liberals have all the reasons to prove that they should not bind themselves in any frame of thought because they are in “liberal frame of thought”. Many popular claims are gender equality  , free expression of voice  and free expression of choice. These noble liberal claims have interesting impressions to follow.
Firstly, gender equality means a woman can do whatever a man can do.” Gender roles are socially constructed that are  developed over the passage of time. It has nothing to do with biological, psychological and genetic make up of both gender”. Gender equality is maxim that is well fed by liberals.
A layman may ask that why a man does not develop motherhood if it…

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Art for Social Change

The society we are living in today is one where life is quickly losing its meaning, not for everyone but at least for the over whelming majority. For most of the people life has become nothing but dull drudgery, a monotonous routine, automated almost robot like repetition of tasks day in and day out. Everything which …

Kashmir by-poll: When democratic practice turns into a catastrophe

Cafe Dissensus Everyday

By Arif Khan

A thematic scrutiny of electoral system in a democracy would entail at least a conversation on the existential situation of a state and the purpose of government as advocated by different political scientists. While dealing with state and government, a sort of scholastic vibes of light would be directed to cast upon the election system. The light so cast is anticipated to take us to two discrete sides: whether our system could really address problems related to elections and if our existing rules and norms meet electioneering processes, especially in Kashmir.

Criminalisation of politics and politicisation of criminals are not only the features in our political structure but have become the basis for entire political gimmicks. Stories of capturing, rigging, bogus voting, impersonation, misuse of religions, caste and tribal identities, and various other corrupt practises are the greatest challenges to democracy.

The recent by-poll in Kashmir has…

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Parallels between Indian and Palestinian Partition

Cafe Dissensus Everyday

By Inamul Haq

Partition, whether in the Indian Sub-continent or in Palestine, is considered as a catastrophe in history, resulting in lakhs of casualty. Stanley Wolpert describes Partition as a “shameful flight” of the British colonialists. For their survival and benefit, the British partitioned both India and Palestine on societal, ethnic, ideological, religious/sectarian, and geographical lines.

During August 1947 in India and again nine months later (May, 1948) in Palestine, the problem of post-colonial governance and social order was resolved by the partition of land on the basis of identity, religion, and ethnicity. It is noteworthy that partition has no consistent meaning for the populations across these countries and can be understood in the context of detailed, specific memories, images, and stories remembered and transmitted by the individuals. In the Indian sub-continent, partition is a highly charged, clashing set of images, memories mainly related to the personal and national identity…

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Incoherent thoughts.

The world seems to have encountered some turbulence lately with every region facing turmoil in one form or the other. Clashes in Venezuela, protests against police brutality in France, lone wolf attacks in Europe, famine in Africa, rising incidence of rape in South Africa, political instability in Korea,  a dose of daily absurdity from the …

Internet Is Not a Holy Place, says British Muslim Scholar

Cafe Dissensus Everyday

By Mujeeb Jaihoon

Many religious-minded youths today look upon the internet as a source for spiritual enlightenment. In their zeal for outright righteousness, they innocently fall prey to many half-baked scholars, who are driven more by agitation than conviction.

“The Internet is not a holy place for spiritual seekers,” said Abdal Hakim Murad, formerly known as Timothy John Winter, in a conversation with Mujeeb Jaihoon, the UAE-based Indian author and wanderer, during his visit to the renowned academic city of Cambridge. This University City is the latest in Jaihoon’s intriguing tours to leading cradles of medieval cultural centers, which include Jordan, Palestine, Samarkand, Bukhara, Kashgar, Mughal India and Tbilisi.

Educated at Cambridge, Al-Azhar, and London universities, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad is a leading British Muslim scholar and researcher, who is currently serving as Shaykh Zayed Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Cambridge University and Director of Studies in Theology at Wolfson…

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Our future appears dark.

Pakistan emerged on the world map in 1947 after getting independence from the British colonialists, the new state came into being with a dream. A dream where human potential would flourish, where an egalitarian society would be set up to raise the bar for everyone else to follow. However about 70 years later the nation state is now struggling to steer clear from the path of self destruction.