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Adult literacy centre set up in Peshawar jail

 By Asad Zia Published: May 21, 2017 Inmates attend a class in Peshawar jail. PHOTO: EXPRESS PESHAWAR: In order to bring back prisoners into the mainstream and to rehabilitate them through the medium of knowledge and education, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa [K-P] government on Saturday inaugurated an adult literacy and non-formal basic education center at Central Jail Peshawar. K-P Elementary and Secondary Education Minister Muhammad Atif Khan inaugurated the centre along with a  prisoner Muhammad Faheem who had graduated with MSc Economics from Australia and is a  prisoner at Central Jail Peshawar since the last  five years. Under the speed literacy program which is the fastest  method developed by Vision21 to educate illiterate children and adults up to primary level in one year, initially 30 prisoners have been enrolled in this container classroom. A library comprising 2000 different books was also inaugurated with the support of a non-profit organization Katabi at central Jail for prisoners. K-P prisons exceed capacity by 47% Talking to The Express Tribune Faheem who is a prisoner in Central Jail Peshawar and will teach …

Whose Qur’an? Qur’an of the Oppressed: Liberation Theology and Gender Justice in Islam

BY SHADAAB RAHEMTULLA APRIL 26TH 2017 The Qur’an has emerged as a rich resource for liberation. Over the past several decades, Muslims across the world have interpreted the Qur’an to address the pressing problem of oppression, discerning in the text a progressive message of social justice that can speak to contexts of marginalization, from poverty and patriarchy to racism, empire, and interreligious communal violence. These justice-based interpreters of the Qur’an have produced a complex and sophisticated body of work. I won’t even attempt here to summarize their extensive scholarship. But the core, the conceptual heart of their work, can be summed up in two main points. The first point is this: religious understanding and practice is never neutral. Religions don’t fall out of the sky. Rather, religions are shaped by people, and people are social beings: they are the products of environments conditioned by factors like race, gender, sexuality, class, language, culture, time, and place. Consider the position of women in patriarchal Muslim societies. Gender egalitarian interpreters of the Qur’an, such as the African American …

Trump’s First Hundred Days of War Crimes by CHARLES PIERSON

President Donald J. Trump closed out his first hundred days in office on April 29.  Not marked by any notable achievements, Trump’s first hundred days did yield an impressive and ever-lengthening list of scandals. And war crimes.  During his short time in office, Trump has racked up an impressive list of war crimes.  Congratulations, Mr. President! Where to begin?  Nine days after Trump’s Inauguration, US Navy SEALs together with elite troops from the United Arab Emirates descended on the village of Yaklaa in the Yemeni governorate of Bayda.  At the time, the White House said that the mission’s objective was to enter a compound controlled by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and gather intelligence by grabbing computers and cell phones.  It was not until a week later that US military officials stated that the prime objective of the raid was to capture or kill AQAP emir Qassim al-Rimi. The January 29 raid was executed with the same meticulous care President Trump brings to all facets of his administration.  What was conceived as a swift …