It is almost impossible to avoid being charged with blasphemy in Pakistan these days and blasphemy carries the death penalty with it. Judges who exonerate someone accused of blasphemy can be killed and the person exonerated of blasphemy is sure to be lynched even after being freed. Accusations of blasphemy are easy, courts do not allow evidence to be submitted because even the submission of the evidence is blasphemy! Today, one may not even discuss some of the negative things the followers of the prophet Mohammed or his wives said or did, because even those facts of history as written by contemporary Muslims, is blasphemy.
In a recent case (Pakistani police charge 68 lawyers with blasphemy over protest
) in Pakistan, A lawyer was detained by the Police so, 68 lawyers rose in protest and demonstrated against Umar Daraz, the Police officer who detained the first lawyer, cursing the Police officer….the Police turned around and arrested the 68 lawyers on blasphemy charges because they were cursing Umar Daraz and “Umar” was the name of a revered follower of the prophet Mohammed, one of the four “Righteously-guided” Caliphs of Islam!
One by one the ever-thirsty beast of Selafi extremism draws more blood from minorities…”The Kuffar
” is the label they use to justify their Fasad
. Now it is the Ismailis’ turn
Why should the Shia be safe any longer?
The question I pose is, “Is a paralyzed Muslim a good Muslim?”. By this, I don’t mean the person who is physically unable to get about, I mean the Muslim who cannot stand on his or her feet and speak out against injustice, cruelty and in favor of the rights of our fellow Muslims, our fellow human beings. Is a person who is a spectator when evil occurs even when s-he can make a difference, a worthy person in the eyes of God?
God says when we see wrong being committed, we must DO something to stop it. If we cannot do something, we must SPEAK against the wrong. If we cannot even speak against it, we must condemn it in our hearts.
Far too many of our Muslim brothers and sisters interpret this command as permission to remain silent and that is to our collective shame. Continue reading
To soothe the shock, US forces said they were responding to cross-border firing, but the story looks thin and stinks of cover-up, arrogance and lies.
The first point of issue would be to ask how it is that the US, fighting across Pakistan’s border and launching continuous attacks at Pakistan’s people along the borders, was so completely unaware of where Pakistani soldiers are deployed…fighting America’s war by killing their own people! US forces, euphemistically called “NATO forces”, have to be completely incompetent if they don’t even keep track of the military movements of its ally of convenience in this idiotic “War!” against and unseen, unknown enemy. Continue reading
Guns or butter? that has been the single driving question throughout history.
is a nice fighter jet that speaks well for Pakistan’s military assembly and production plants. The aircraft is a Chinese design, made up of components from many countries (mostly Chinese, some Russian and Western) and assembled in Pakistan, I doubt if it is better that the US F-16 and F-18s in any respects except for being cheaper. By next year, it is estimated that Pakistan will be producing 58% of the components itself.
It is a national disgrace, that these aircraft were first used against the people of South Waziristan.
That said, it is a national tragedy for Pakistan to be so involved in building war machines that cost BILLIONS and become obsolete after just a few years Continue reading
Out-going Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen accused Pakistan of not only aiding terrorism against the US, but of fomenting it by supporting and directing the militant Haqqani network. By the way, the Haqqanis are located among the semi-autonomous, Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and are a US-manufactured group dating back to the days of our war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. Not to be out-done, calls are coming from Congress to take military action against Pakistanand to send US troops within Pakistan to resolve the “Haqqani problem”; it is, after all, time for elections.
While such strong statements may pander well to the American public, they do nothing to help ease the increasingly worsening situation in the “Af-Pak” region in fact, such speeches only underscore the dismal state of understanding of the problems in that region. America defines problems exclusively as they relate to itself and attempts to define the origins and broader impacts of the underlying issues, are regarded as treason. Continue reading
Pakistan. Newsflash that more people have been killed in Karachi, shot in sectarian attacks. Areas of Karachi are “no-go” for Pathans (Pashtuns) and other areas are “no-go” for Urdu-speaking (“Muhajirs”).
The ethnic battles are fired and fuelled by ethnic-political leaders who are in regional government and have employed thugs to create greater rifts between ethnic people in order to be more powerful within their own ethnic groups.
Hate and Fear are universal in creating leadership.
Pakistan’s ethnic splits occur between Pathans, Punjabis, Sindhis, Mohaijrs and Baloch…all fired and fuelled by Continue reading
“Florida Imams Arrested for Aiding Pakistani Taliban” http://www.cnbc.com/id/43037173?par=RSS
“The imam of a Florida mosque and his two sons, one also a Muslim spiritual leader, were arrested on Saturday on charges of financing and supporting the Pakistani Taliban, U.S. official said.”
Like most Muslims, when I first read this news, I was stunned, “Not another one!” I thought to myself…Imams at that! I read that the imam exulted when he heard the news of five US soldiers killed in Afghanistan and said he wished they were 50,000 more and I was completely disgusted, “Put him in the deepest hole you can find!” I thought to myself. I wanted to hide my face before someone might ask me what I thought about the three arrested in Florida, what could I possibly say to them?
It took a day before I was able to think clearly and not react and reject the Florida three out of conditioned reflexes. Six people, including these three, were charged with, ““supporting acts of murder, kidnapping and maiming in Pakistan and elsewhere” carried out by the Pakistani Taliban“.
We need to calm down and not join the group-think of condemnation simply because the accused are Muslim and we represent the institutions of “Freedom and Democracy” that no right-thinking person should abandon. Group-think seldom results in Justice being served, but group-think often results in egregious miscarriages of Justice as Continue reading
US exceptionalism (the same rules do not apply to us) is no secret, here is a personal experience of a Pakistani diplomat in the US.
I am personally aware of one case where FBI Agent Richard Conti tried to bully and intimidate a friend of mine in Seattle, to “give up” names of “terrorists” and “terrorist sympathizers” from the mosque that my friend goes to and when my friend protested that he did not know any, Agent Conte swore at him and asked him how it was possible that my friend had been going to his Mosque for over a dozen years and did not know of ANY terrorists?
Agent Conte then gave my friend three days to give him names or Agent Conte would shut down my friend’s business, bring the IRS down on him and “really make trouble” for him.
My friend contacted me and I was able to meet the then-US Atorney John McKay, who ordered Agent Conte to back off.
About a year later, I was reviewing this case with a high-ranking FBI agent who dismissively told me that Agent Conte’s behavior was not illegal.
Perhaps not, but it was highly immoral and VERY unethical. Plus, any names my friend would give him after being forced to do so, would be innocent people, just like the names forced out during the McCarthy anti-Communist witch-hunts.
Translated by me from Urdu from a Pakistani paper dated, “Week of Feb 19, 2011“.
"American FBI wanted to make me their informant"
The bottom line in the Raymond Davis case is that Pakistan has no authority to hold or prosecute Raymond Davis; everything else is mere discussion…but what a lot of discussion there is to be had!
Raymond Davis was travelling in a dense, old part of the center of Lahore, in a rented car (with Pakistani driver) with Pakistani license plates. Along the way, he was accosted by two people whom he shot and killed, stating that he was feeling “threatened” for his safety and that they were trying to rob him. Continue reading