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Browsing Archive: January, 2011

Telling the untold story:- Zubeida Mustafa

Posted by ADP on Thursday, January 27, 2011, In : Zubeida Mustafa 

Courtesy to ""

PEARL S. Buck, the American author who rose to fame because of her graphic and insightful novels on pre-revolutionary China, once remarked, “If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.” But can you understand yesterday if what you learn about it is warped and one-sided?

That is inevitable when information of the past comes in the form of history written with a colonial construction. It portrays events through the prism of the powerful clas...

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ANALYSIS: The powerful and overpowered of the PPP —Farhat Taj

Posted by ADP on Saturday, January 22, 2011, In : Farhat Taj 

By--Farhat Taj

The PPP is losing space to the religious fanatics and silencing with its own hands all the sane and principled voices within the ranks of the party. Shortsighted and insensitive people are running the show in the party

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has arguably been the most popular federalist party of Pakistan. The party has been binding Pakistanis across the ethnic and religious divide with the federation of Pakistan. It has secular credentials and has been backin...

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COMMENT: The metastasis of power —Nazish Brohi

Posted by ADP on Friday, January 21, 2011, In : Nazish Brohi 

Courtesy to "Daily Times"

Veerji was abducted, assaulted, kept in confinement, and threatened with the demand that the Kasturi case be retracted otherwise he could be kidnapped again, with worse consequences. But it is a lesson he has deliberated over and chosen not to learn

Our hearts are wrenched, our minds boggled, our eyes scarred, our pockets upturned by this flood. But like with all other crises, whether terrorist attacks, rape and killings of women or inflation and price hikes...

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VIEW: The Singapore model of religious pluralism —Ishtiaq Ahmed

Posted by ADP on Friday, January 21, 2011, In : Ishtiaq Ahmed 

Courtesy to "Daily Times"

On the whole, Singapore’s approach to prevent radicalisation of society is to actively engage with the religious communities, maintain close link with their organisations and allow unrestricted religious freedom to them, yet put limits to such freedom when national interest is adversely affected

In this essay I would like to share with the readers the very positive views on the Singapore model of religious pluralism that I formed during my recently complet...

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Posted by ADP on Friday, January 21, 2011, In : Ghani Khan 
Ghani Khan

Translated by Niala Khalil

O Lovers of Islam!
O Political Believer!
Today you praise Islam
But who was it that you praised yesterday?
The face of that same vicious eagle
But with new green wings
The sharp and rough claws of an eagle
On the doorstep of bad luck
Today promises of heaven
Yesterday those of hell
The same song
With new titles

O lovers of Islam
O political believers
You are full of beauty and piety
But your beauty is deceiving and your faith impure
Yesterday you were gaining for...

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A man to match his mountains

Posted by ADP on Thursday, January 20, 2011, In : Rafi Ullah's Articles 

A man to match his mountains


Rafi Ullah

This article is named after Eknath Easwaran's book A Man to Match his Mountains, a biography of Abdul Ghaffar Khan popularly known as Bacha Khan. There might be found no inclusive similarity between that volume and this piece of writing. But, however, one thing is certain that Bacha Khan is heir to the centuries old experiences of his Mountains. His towering personality is embedded in the legacy of the syncretic and dialectic process in his land ra...

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