Ayesha Jalal Mohammad Ali Jinnah envisaged Pakistan as a modern democratic state. Threatened by a deadly insurgency in the northwestern tribal areas linked to the American-led war in Afghanistan, and rent by conflict between and within the elected and non-elected institutions, Pakistan today could not be further away from its founder’s vision. The disregard shown to the rule of law by successive governments, military and civil, is an unconscionable blot on the legacy of the great constitutionalist lawyer, whose memory is invoked with ritualistic fervour.
The big fibs that defined our year. BY DAVID J. ROTHKOPF | DECEMBER 16, 2011 I live in Washington where lying is an art form. Actually, that suggests an artist’s intent and here in D.C., lying is more reflexive, like breathing or taking cash from fat cats. But when you live in a place like this — if you can call it living — where somehow we have managed to train moral mice to produce the shit of bulls, you really get an appreciation for a fine lie. Some stand out for their subtlety — they almost feel true. (President Obama wants to get special interests out of American politics.) Some are noteworthy because of their audacity (Newt Gingrich brought down communism.) Some capture our attention because of the ability of their authors to deliver them with a straight face (Mitt Romney says he has deeply held political convictions).
By Hassan Abbas The idea of defiance against tyranny and oppression owes a great deal to Hussain ibne Ali, the hero of the battle of Karbala in 680 AD. With just 72 valiant followers and family members, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad faced the military might of the Muslim empire ruled then by a despot, Yazid bin Mu‘awiya. Hussain refused to sanctify Yazid’s reign through baya’a (allegiance) and consequently, he and his small contingent were martyred in the most brutal of fashions. The accompanying women and children were imprisoned for months in the dark alleys of Damascus.
PTH A freelance columnist, Faisal Kapadia lives in Karachi, writes on everything and social media and misses the time when we could tell the good guys from the bad by the color of their light sabers. He tweets with the same name and sometimes answers emails at email@example.com ________________________________________________________________ I cant fault veena malik for “what” she has done to her life, If you think about it the only thing she has been known for so far is to pull off one stunt after another. She has been bold when she trashed her ex Asif, she has been provocative in big brother the reality show in India and after that she has been trying on different persona’s in tv shows fighting muftis and even spitting venom at fellow actresses all to stay in the public eye.What i have a real problem with is “how” she does it
PTH By Shahnaz Khan Will separation of state and religion contradict the spirit of the creation of Pakistan? Does this division threaten Islam? Should the state regulate the religious beliefs and activities of ALL Muslims? These questions are being hotly debated in Pakistan, with the primary focus on either the two nation theory or the vision of Jinnah. It, perhaps, may be more productive to review historical data and some fundamental principles of Islam in resolving these issues. After all this controversy is neither unique to Pakistan or Islam. It will also be helpful to define a secular state: A state which is not hostile to religion but is neutral to the religious preference of its citizens.
TRADITIONAL Muslim set-ups place many restrictions on women. They cannot even venture out of their homes; most are required to restrict themselves to performing household chores only. Few Muslim women take up public roles; fewer still participate in outdoor events.