No concept of forced conversion and forced marriage in Islam, Allama Tahir Ashrafi

Special Representative of the Prime Minister on Religious Harmony and Middle East Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi has said that there is no concept of forced marriage and forced conversion in Islam, and it is the responsibility of the state to protect the rights of religious minorities. He was speaking at Inter-Faith Conference for Young Women organised… Continue reading No concept of forced conversion and forced marriage in Islam, Allama Tahir Ashrafi

Strengthening rule of law through speedy convictions & election reforms

‘Naya Pakistan’ hangs in the balance. Free and fair elections in 2023 are crucial for the country. The issue of corruption will dominate this electoral contest. The corrupt can make a comeback if their cases are not decided by the courts, in other words, the ball is in their court. The Lawyers’ Movement of 2007,… Continue reading Strengthening rule of law through speedy convictions & election reforms

Vandalism on the Capitol Hill: Food for thought for Pakistan’s democracy

The mob attack on the Hill engenders several questions about ‘demokratia’, ‘power to the people’. Has democracy become outdated in the modern age? Or, it has all along been a flawed system? Does today’s democracy has two masks, one practical and another practical? Has democracy failed to deliver goods? Could mafias coexist with democracy? Aristotelian… Continue reading Vandalism on the Capitol Hill: Food for thought for Pakistan’s democracy

Nepotism in Pakistani politics

When we think of world leaders or people who have created an impact on world politics in a positive manner, we think of people who have worked hard, stood to their ideology, and have had a long path of hardships and struggle. Back in the days when there was no such thing as democracy and… Continue reading Nepotism in Pakistani politics

Op-Ed: Opposition running ‘Democracy (Pvt) Ltd’ in the name of Democracy

The veneer of democracy, within our ‘democratic’ parties, is gradually (but surely) being demolished by a new generation of hereditary leaders across the opposition spectrum. In particular, as the next generation of political leadership takes over from their respective fathers in PML(N), PPP, and JUI-F—extinguishing all dissent in its path—we should finally bury the myth… Continue reading Op-Ed: Opposition running ‘Democracy (Pvt) Ltd’ in the name of Democracy

Op-ed: Nawaz Sharif has strong words, but weak credibility

Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, through a video link, roared like a lion from the safety of his London residence in his speech to the APC of September 20 in Islamabad. It was a great speech, he raised pertinent issues. Democracy in Pakistan has been repeatedly undermined by the establishment, but with the connivance of civilians… Continue reading Op-ed: Nawaz Sharif has strong words, but weak credibility