Thursday, February 11, 2016
My 15 year old high schooler said that soon we will start the unit about “Islam” in history, but now I don’t want to do it. The reason behind her uncomfortable feeling was a statement made by one of her classmate, when he said that they are going to learn the unit about “ISIS”, the terrorist organization. The student who said this wasn’t Muslim. I advised her to ignore the comments. It was equally disturbing for both of us, as I remember saw her very sad about the San Bernardino attack, which took lives of 14 innocent Americans.
Saturday, January 23, 2016
MQM leader Altaf Hussain is facing ban on speeches and statement in Pakistan. The ban is imposed on electronic and print media due to his bold speeches against the law enforcement agencies involved in extra judicial killings in Karachi. The question is, if such a ban is even constitutional in any democratic system? No. Constitution of Pakistan, Article 19 (freedom of Speech) says;
“Every citizen shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression, and there shall be freedom of the press, subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of the glory of Islam or the integrity, security or defense of Pakistan or any part thereof, friendly relations with foreign States, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, [commission of] or incitement to an offence”.
Currently, Pakistan is facing new wave of terrorism, in which terrorists are attacking educational institutes. The security agencies claimed that they have cleaned the major areas of Northern Pakistan which has been the safe heavens of terrorists since the beginning of war on terror. But both the attacks, on Army Public School in December 2014 and on Bacha Khan University in 2016, were planned in Afghan Pakistan border areas and have been claimed by the Taliban. In 2014, after Army Public School’s attack there was seen consensus among the political and military leadership against the terrorists and National Action Plan (NAP) was designed to fight against this menace. But the intentions of the Pakistani establishment were not cleared. The state tried to play the double game through the National Action Plan by countering the opponent forces from ethnic minority groups.
Instead of Waziristan, Karachi felt the heat of National Action Plan. The raids on MQM headquarter in Karachi and arrest of thousands of MQM political workers did change the state policy of fighting against terrorism. The extra judicial killings of MQM workers under rangers’ custody provoked the leader and he warned Army Chief, Raheel Sharif, to take notice of such actions which can provoke hatred against Army among the citizens of Karachi. His point was clear that such action can also be a planned conspiracy to divide Army. I could not see any words against the state or defense of state in his speech, rather warning against those elements, which are spreading hatred in disguise of national security. But the sudden reaction from the Army spokesperson, DG ISPR was seen against his speech on the social media and followed by a notification from Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) banning his speeches.
Nevertheless we heard similar words for the Army, used by PTI chairman, Imran Khan while talking to Indian Journalists Press Conference. He clearly said that he disagreed with the dimension of military approach.
He declared all the Pakistani military operations were failure. While speaking to the press of the arch rival India, he claimed East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), Baluchistan, Tribal Area and Karachi operation as failed. While sitting in India, he highlighted the human right abuses by Pakistan Army, which in many people’s opinion was a statement against the defense force of Pakistan. Here, we are not arguing about the Army operations, whether were failure or success, but rather debating about the ban on one political leader (Altaf Hussain), who simply questioned the intention of paramilitary forces against the political workers of MQM, and his ban of freedom of expression has been justified by considering it a speech against the defense of Pakistan. But, the other political leader, Imran Khan, is giving strong statement about the Pakistan Army’s failure while sitting in India but is allowed to do politics or deliver speech to any part of the country.
Such dual standard carried by state lead the people to the path of hate and provoke them to go against state if not get the rights. Pakistani state, which is already dealing with the menace of terrorism and sitting on the fault line of ethnic and sectarian differences, should avoid such unconstitutional act against any political force.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
On December 23rd, a 10 months old baby girl, Bisma, died outside Civil hospital of Karachi. According to media reports, she died due to VIP protocol, given to Bilawal Zardari on the inauguration ceremony of trauma center in the above mentioned hospital of Karachi. Many Pakistanis condemned this heart breaking incident on social media and other political parties showed their remonstrated against it. But unfortunately, this is not the first incident happened due to VIP protocol, in past, the nation has faced many such incidents. But no legislation against VIP protocol, which block traffic or people's movement, had ever been done either by civil government or by military dictatorship.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
امام حسین علیہ السلام کی قربانی اور اس کی بقا.
شب عاشور، امام بارگاہ میں مجلس عزا سنتے ہوے ایک ہی بات ذہن میں آرہی تھی کہ امام حسین علیہ السلام کی قربانی کو دنیا کس حد تک سمجھ سکی ہے. آج سوشل میڈیا پہ لو گ زور و شور سے عزاداری اور ماتم کے طریقوں پہ تنقید تو بہت کرتے ہیں مگر کیا ان کو امام کی قربانی کا وہ مقام سمجھ آیا جو الله نے ان کو عطا کیا تھا؟ امام حسین کا نام آج دنیا کے کونے کونے میں اپنے اپنے طریقے سے لیا جا رہا ہے، یہ وہ ہی مظلوم امام تھے جن کو شہید کرنے کے بعد دفن و کفن تک نہیں دیا گیا تھا. آج لوگ عزاداری کو اپنے اپنے طریقے سے ادا کرتے ہیں ، کوئی سینہ کوبی کرتا ہے تو کوئی اپنے بچے کو زنجیر زنی کی شروع سے ہی تربیت دیتا ہے . اور ان ہی رسومات پہ اعتراض کرنے والے کچھ لوگ یہ بھول جاتے ہیں کہ امام عالی کا مقام کیا تھا اور کیا ہے ؟ ان کی قربانی کو نماز کے بچاؤ تک محدود کرنے والوں کو کیا علم ہے کہ اہل اسلام کو امام توحید کا کون سا سبق دیکر گئے ہیں ؟ اسلام کی ہر عبادت کا آغاز جب ہی ہوتا ہے جب کہ آپ کا توحید پے پختہ ایمان ہو .
Monday, October 26, 2015
The election coverage by mass media in any country is the élan vital for the political parties and their election campaigns. The different kind of media like newspaper advertisement, talk shows on TV channels, and analytical columns are used to propagate the manifesto of the political parties. The traditional media sources- newspapers, television- are still important, but the practice of campaigning social media and talk shows on news channels has changed the way campaign run traditionally in countries like Pakistan.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
By: Shariqa Ahmed
On March 8th, the world everywhere celebrates International Women Day. We hear a lot about equality for women at workplaces or domestic issues but many of the health issues which women are facing go unheard. Like breast cancer, cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of death in women around the globe.
Friday, February 6, 2015
After two years of the Garment Factory of Baldia Town incident the rangers have come up with the joint interrogation report (JIT) saying that factory was burnt by a faction group of a political party. Suddenly popped up JIT is very different then the research reports and judicial commission reports.
The incident took place on September 11th 2012. In the early days of the incident, the owners of the factory, Abdul Aziz and Arshad Bhalia, and CEO of the factory Shahid Bhalia were arrested in charge of negligence and murder of 257 workers.
Some of the national and international reports are shared below with the references:
First of all, the Human Right Commission Pakistan called upon the government to start criminal proceedings against the Factory owners due to inhuman working environment.
The first labor body of Pakistan, National Trade Union Federation Pakistan (NTUF), was the first one to carry the research investigation on the incident. According to their report: