Month: January 2011

Faith and Butterfly effect Story of a devastated Pakistani Village

by Awaam “Aik insaan ka qatal poori insaniyat ka qatal hai” Quran ( Killing one human being is akin to killing whole Humanity) “Musalman wo hai jis k haath oar zuban se doosray musalman mehfooz rahain”  Hadith a(Muslim is the one, the evil of whose hand and tongue does not touch other Muslims) These were the commandments of God and His prophet that we distributed, among the flood affectees in the form of leaflets, along with the aid items a few months back in Drab Majoke, Charsaddah. To be honest, I was not very sure when getting these leaflets printed, whether anyone will bother to read them or not, especially considering the calamity these poor people faced.  We were also not sure about the level of the literacy in the camp and interest these people had in such ‘Bookish Activities’. May be it was simply our arrogance and pride.

Without Knowing FATA

Ayaz Wazir FATA has attained great significance in the eyes of the West. It has become a focal point for them in their handling of affairs in the war on terror in that region. They have appointed Special Envoys to keep an eye on the developments in that area and also to find ways and means for possible solutions of the problem.

THE GREAT FOOD CRISIS OF 2011

It’s real, and it’s not going away anytime soon. BY LESTER BROWN As the new year begins, the price of wheat is setting an all-time high in the United Kingdom. Food riots are spreading across Algeria. Russia is importing grain to sustain its cattle herds until spring grazing begins. India is wrestling with an 18-percent annual food inflation rate, sparking protests. China is looking abroad for potentially massive quantities of wheat and corn. The Mexican government is buying corn futures to avoid unmanageable tortilla price rises. And on January 5, the U.N. Food and Agricultural organization announced that its food price index for December hit an all-time high.

A Reminder for Pakistani Public

Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World A Two-Tier Muslim World? Although the Western paradigm separating religious and secular authority may still be less compelling to Muslim publics, a greater emphasis on economics and, most importantly, greater participation of women in the work force may spur new forms of progressive Islam. This does not mean that extremist strands will disappear; in the short term they might benefit from unease over the changing role of women and alternative family models.

BLASPHEMY LAW – HOW MUCH RELIGION? HOW MUCH POLITICS?

By Asghar Ali Engineer (Secular Perspective January 16-31, 2011) Assassination of Salman Taseer, Governor of Punjab, Pakistan, has unleashed debate both among conservatives and liberals about justification or otherwise of the blasphemy law in Pakistan . It is totally surprising that the conservatives in Pakistan are demonstrating in favour of the assassin and not only that they are openly saying that those who condemn assassination can also be assassinated.

Deja Vu Again

Shuja Nawaz Shuja Nawaz is the director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council. This article originally appeared in Newsweek Pakistan. This piece is part of the Atlantic Council web forum ‘South Asia in 2011’ a collection of contributors’ reflections on events in the greater South Asia region in 2010 as well as their predictions for the year ahead. We have seen this movie before, under civilian and military governments‚ and it does not have a happy ending. Pakistan again stands at a precipice. While there is much to be said for the indomitable spirit of the Pakistani people‚ our leadership appears blindfolded and unworthy‚ focused only on the short-term.   In 2010‚ we came through one of the world’s worst disasters—unprecedented floods that affected 20 million people‚ mainly the rural poor—with the help of ordinary citizens‚ the Army‚ and our friends abroad. Our leaders were AWOL during the crisis‚ and the federal and provincial governments flatfooted. Almost six months later‚ many of the affected are still awaiting aid‚ according to a senior …

Deen e mullah fi sabeel Allah fasaad

By Awaam Hot on the heels of Salman Taseer’s murder two further events have happened, although these have not caught the eye of the media as much. First a medical representative accused a doctor of blasphemy, when the doctor threw away his visiting card which had the word Muhammad as part of his name. And then, three days ago, another shocking news has come from Muzafargarh. This time a 45 year old Imam of a local mosque, who has recently performed his hajj and his 20 year old son were handed down life sentences on the charges of blasphemy.