Author: Satish Kumar
Date: Jun 8, 2010 09:07
Pakistan's mosques, media and intolerance
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has been fighting militants for years, but tough
measures are needed to overturn a system breeding religious
intolerance after the long failure of authorities to confront mullahs
and hardline groups.
Analysts say the notion of religious mistrust is deeply entrenched in
the predominatly Muslim country - even in the school system - and it
is now up to leaders to mobilise public.
Last week's massacre in the city of Lahore of more than 80 Ahmadis has
generated a heated debate in Pakistan, a US ally, on how to tackle the
In a sign of how hatred is propagated, The News newspaper said one of
the two surviving gunmen caught by security forces said he had been
persuaded that Ahmadis were "blaspheming" Islam.
Identified as Abdullah, he told investigators that his mentors had him
believe that Ahmadis were drawing caricatures of Prophet Mohammad
(PBUH) during a recent online contest and "so their bloodshed was a
great service to Islam", the newspaper said.
That raised alarm bells in a country combatting militancy.
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Date: Jun 8, 2010 05:23
[“It is needless to emphasise that the Constituent Assembly, which
would be predominantly Muslim in its composition, would be able to
enact laws for Muslims, not inconsistent with the Shariat laws and the
Muslims will no longer be obliged to abide by the un-Islamic laws” -
Muhammad Ali Jinnah]
Daily Times, Lahore, Pakistan
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
The demand for Pakistan and Islam
By Ishtiaq Ahmed
The recent attack on a congregation of Ahmedis during prayers, which
claimed more than 90 innocent lives, has revived a discussion as to
whether there is a connection between the creation of Pakistan and
Islam. Within the Muslim League there was always a constituency in
favour of Pakistan becoming an Islamic state. One of its proponents
was a close confident of Jinnah: Raja Sahib Mahmudabad, a Shia. In
1939 he wrote to the historian Mohibul Hassan:
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Date: Jun 8, 2010 05:16
Monday 7 June 2010
Ahmadi massacre silence is dispiriting
By Declan Walsh
The virtual conspiracy of silence after the murder of 94 Ahmadis in
Pakistan exposes the oppression suffered by the sect
I often find myself defending Pakistan against the unbidden prejudices
of the outside world. No, Islam is not the cause of terrorism. Yes,
the Taliban is a complex phenomenon. No, Imran Khan is not a major
This past week, though, I am silent. The massacre of 94 members of the
minority Ahmadi community on May 28 has exposed something ugly at the
heart of Pakistan – its laws, its rulers, its society.
It's not the violence that disturbs most, gut-churning as it was.
During Friday prayers two teams of attackers stormed Ahmadi mosques in
the eastern city of Lahore. They fired Kalashnikovs from minarets,
chucked grenades into the crowds, exploded their suicide vests.
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Date: Jun 8, 2010 04:40
"How did Israelis get the bright idea to
migrate to a piece of land that was already
occupied by Palestinians and surrounded
by Arab countries?"
Well, on your level of historical studies
(apparently) there's a marvy movie that
explains it: "The Ten Commandments." It's
the Jewish Torah ... and "your' Bible too.
Some idiot wrote: "Existential threat"?
(posed by Gaza to Israel's existence):
Why don't we look at the current threat
to Gaza's existence..."
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Author: Muhammad Javed Iqbal
Date: Jun 8, 2010 03:20
I was surprised to see the depth of knowledge, intelligence and
balanced approach of a highly educated Hindu lady who is resident of
I came from a purely Hindu family where we were always taught to
ourselves (i.e. women) as beings who were eventually to be married
children and serve the husband - whether he was kind or not. Other
I found that there were a lot of things which really oppressed women,
If a woman was widowed, she would always have to wear a white sari
(costume), eat vegetarian meals, cut her hair short, and never re-
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Date: May 14, 2010 03:01
On May 12, 10:04 pm, Muhammad Javed Iqbal gmail.com>
> Since last 9 years, American presidents are telling the same
> stories. But Reality on the ground has not changed and that is,
> Taliban are winning.
Interesting concept of "winning" continuously for 9 years. The Taliban
and Al Qaeda terrorists are still on the run as they get picked up by
US drones at will. A little more time of such "wins" and the world
will no longer have to bother about the Taliban and Al Qaeda
> Thursday, 13 May, 2010
> The United States has taken “extraordinary measures” to avoid civilian
> deaths in the war, Obama said, a nod to Karzai's loud complaints last
> year that US air strikes...
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Date: May 13, 2010 15:04
Doggone, Gadkari-Hot-Dogging: Sid Harth
Samajwadi Party to file case against Gadkari over remarks
Indo-Asian News Service
New Delhi, May 13, 2010
First Published: 15:37 IST(13/5/2010)
Last Updated: 15:39 IST(13/5/2010)
The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Thursday said that it will file a case of
caste discrimination against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president
Nitin Gadkari over his remarks against its party chief Mulayam Singh
Yadav at a rally.
"His remarks reflect caste discrimination. We will take legal opinion
and file a case against him," SP spokesman Mohan Singh told IANS.
Asked about Gadkari's apology over his remarks at the rally in
Chandigarh, the SP spokesman said he should also apologise to crores
of Dalits and people from backward classes and minorities who had been
hurt by his remarks.
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Author: Satish Kumar
Date: Jan 29, 2010 08:58
Shukrana munajat across country after Jum'a prayers
Shukrana munajat will be offered in all mosques across the country
after Jum’a prayers on Friday expressing gratitude to the Almighty
Allah following the execution of the death sentence of five
Special prayers will also be offered in other worship places of the
country at their convenient times.