Pakistan’s Blasphemy Knife (The Huffington Post)

After the assassination of John F Kennedy in 1963, a white reporter asked Malcolm X in reference to civil rights movement, “You feel however, that we are making progress in this country?” Malcolm responded by saying, “No. You [...]

Repeal the blasphemy law (The Express Tribune)

BALTIMORE, MD, US: I write with reference to Nasim Zehra’s brave call for repealing the blasphemy law in her article of November 17 titled “Time to repeal the blasphemy law”. General Ziaul Haq enacted this law to legitimise his usurping [...]

Why this public obsession with religion? (The Express Tribune)

Lateef Khawaja was a retired man who lived a few houses down the road from us in Lahore. Everyone considered him to be a pious man but there were a few things he would never do: carry prayer beads in public places, compel kids to go to the mosque, [...]

Do we even want this barbarism to stop? (The Express Tribune)

What are some of the key features of the Sialkot tragedy? Innocent young men being mauled by a mob filled with hate, and with dozens of people standing by, including the police, all doing nothing. These are not the hallmarks of a regular terror [...]

Denying relief on the basis of belief (The Express Tribune)

BALTIMORE, US: This is with reference to Abdul Manan’s article “The politics of relief: Aliens in their own land” (August 18). It was sickening to read the news story about 500 flood-stricken Ahmadi families being discriminated against [...]

A matter of shame (The Express Tribune)

MARYLAND, US: As an American Muslim of Pakistani descent, I am appalled and disgusted at reports of what happened to dozens of Hindus after a Hindu boy drank water from a cooler situated outside a mosque situated in Karachi’s outskirts. Such [...]

Troubling answer to query ‘Where are moderate Muslims?’ (Boston Globe)

NEWS OF suicide blasts at a Lahore, Pakistan, Sufi shrine, which promotes a moderate version of Islam, is unsettling (“Attack on Pakistani shrine leaves 35 dead,175 wounded,’’ Page A6, July 2). Even more disturbing is the backdrop of terror [...]

Is this Jinnah’s Pakistan? (The Express Tribune)

BEL AIR: As an Ahmadi of Pakistani descent, I commend Raza Rumi and thank your newspaper for publishing his timely article “Is this Jinnah’s Pakistan?” (May 30). Jinnah envisioned a Pakistan where all minorities would have equal rights. [...]

Blasphemy laws: the root of Pakistani extremism (The Baltimore Sun and Chicago Tribune)

The failed Times Square bombing raises important questions. As a U.S. Muslim of Pakistani descent, I have wondered why so many plots against America continue to be hatched in Pakistan. At least nine people with some connection to Pakistan have [...]