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The Blasphemy Laws

The blasphemy laws

Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani, the chairperson of the Council of Islamic Ideology, has offered to look into the possible doctrinal inconsistencies in the blasphemy laws, “should the government refer” this…

Supreme Court On Blasphemy

Supreme Court on blasphemy

The killing of Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer by his security guard Mumtaz Qadri, on the allegation of blasphemy and in the name of Islam, was never merely a murder case.…

Non-violent Ways To Combat Blasphemy

Non-violent ways to combat blasphemy

Since religious, racial and ethnic identities are central to human conceptions of self-worth, non-constructive speech whose sole purpose is to deliberately insult such identities should certainly be discouraged. Pakistanis burnt…

Blasphemy Law Revisited

Blasphemy law revisited

The recent killing of two blasphemy accused in police custody and the case of a mentally unstable woman who spent 14 years in confinement on a charge she could not…

A nation of angry people

Anger, unfortunately, is deeply entrenched in Pakistan. In its worst form, it surfaced in the crowded Ichhra Bazaar last week when a young woman wearing a shirt with some Arabic…

Rule by mob

This past week’s widely publicized case of a mob seeking to attack a young woman in Lahore on the suspicion of blasphemy flowing from her attire was a powerful reminder…

Unjustified stigma

PAKISTAN is grappling with the stigma surrounding mental health. A social fabric steeped in tradition often finds itself at odds with the critical need for progressive mental healthcare solutions. This…

Desperate need for divine help?

THE legend of Hindu deity Ram straddles the geographical stretch from the Caspian Sea to Southeast Asia and beyond. There are myriad lores and countless tellings of the ancient narrative.…

An invitation to dream

With the proceedings of the four-day 16th International Urdu Conference continuing this weekend at the Arts Council in Karachi, there is this remarkable outburst of literary buzz in the city.…

GSP+ status: a major success

The European Parliament has decided to extend the existing GSP (Generalized System of Preferences) for another four years (till 2027), whereas, European Council is expected to give its final approval for…