Month: November 2010

Pakistan oblivious to child rights

Dawn-30/11/2010 Twelve–year–old Tehmina and her elder sister left Rahimyar Khan to work as domestic workers in Islamabad. On July 30 this year when she asked for salary to celebrate Eid at home, her ‘educated’ employers instead beat up Tehmina and threw her over the terrace breaking her backbone. Tehmina will never walk again. Tehmina’s sister, Samina, recounting the horrible incident, said, “I sat with my sister in the porch from about 10am to 2pm, when the employer’s sister came and took us to the hospital, but by then the harm had been done. Now my sister is bedridden, unable to move.” To save themselves from trial and punishment, the employers made an out of court settlement.


A cross post from Pak Tea House By Sonia Malik Jinnah’s taste and sense of style made him one of the most well-dressed and sophisticated men in the world. Quaid e Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s achievement as the founder of Pakistan has dominated his reputation in a public life spanning 42 years. But his multidimensional personality led him to play several roles with distinction: one of the brightest legal luminaries India, an ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity, a distinguished parliamentarian and constitutionalist, an indefatigable freedom-fighter, a dynamic Muslim leader, a political strategist and, of course, one of the great nation-builders of modern times.


In this blog, instead of writing something ourselves, we have chosen two articles to present. Both articles concern Pakistan and US war in Afghanistan. The first is written by Rahimullah Yusufzai and was published in ‘The News’ on 23 November, 2010. It talks about the difficulties faced by NATO and US in their war. The quagmire that US finds itself in, and its plans how to extricate itself from it, can have extremely serious repercussions for Pakistan. That is where the second article becomes relevant, which provides us an insight into the thinking of American establishment. This article is a blog, written by Bill Roggio and published by Long War Journal on November 20th.   Long War Journal is a project of ‘Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ ( CIA) and describes its mission as ‘….. dedicated to providing original and accurate reporting and analysis of the Long War (also known as the Global War on Terror)…..through ….embedded reporters, news and news aggregation, maps, podcasts, and other multimedia formats. Its web site is  We have particularly …

Iqbal Day: Actions speak louder

November the 9th, is a happy occasion for the people of Pakistan. This is the day when a poet, philosopher and a great Muslim scholar was born. Every year this day is celebrated with the traditional zeal and zest. Programs and ceremonies are held on this occasion, national flag is hoisted on government and other buildings, and people from all walks of life visit the tomb of Iqbal to pay their tributes.

The Principle of Movement in the Structure of Islam

Pakistan conceptualized as a state to live the universal principles of peace and harmony  has passed 63 years of its existence. As a country and nation, the foundation of Pakistan had a philosophy …a dream…There was the idea which the Thinker of Pakistan, Allama Mohammad Iqbal, had presented…and there are now several ideas and understandings of the meaning and purpose of this country. There is an ongoing and unending debate on the ideology and identity of Pakistan. The question that comes to mind, after seeing the present state of affairs in our country, is that’ is it a misunderstood ideology’? Or we no more agree to understand/agree with the ideology that our forefathers had? Below is a part of the lectures delivered by Iqbal. We are posting it today on his 133rd anniversary, for all of us to think and reflect. By Dr. Muhammad IqbalAs a cultural movement Islam rejects the old static view of the universe, and reaches a dynamic view. As an emotional system of unification it recognizes the worth of the individual …

The Meaning of Islam

William C. Chittick, Ph.D. Professor of Religious Studies, State University of New York, Stony Brook A few years back, long before 9/11, one of our Religious Studies majors told me that she had taken my course to learn why she should hate Islam. As a normal young American growing up on Long Island, she had no doubt that she should hate Islam, but she still wanted to know what was so bad about it.

Secularism confronts Islam

Secularism confronts Islam The vigorous debate about Muslims in Europe and their relationship to the west’s understanding of itself needs to be informed by an understanding of history’s duality and the present’s fluidity, says Olivier Roy. This article was published originally in Open democracy. About the author Olivier Roy is a professor at the L’Ecole de Haute Ìätudes de Sciences Sociales in Paris (Ehess). he has written a number of books including The Failure of Political Islam (Harvard University Press, 1994).