The Banned Sex Education

The Banned Sex Education

Waseem Altaf: It is ironic that while a very large part of Sunnah is about matters relevant to sex, the subject cannot be discussed in a scientific context in our society. In a recent incident at Lahore Grammar school, a book has been banned by the Punjab government that contained a chapter on ‘human reproduction’ labeling it as obscene. “We […]

Opportunism: Jamaat style – II

Opportunism: Jamaat style – II

Waseem Altaf: When Bhutto assumed power on December 20th 1971, the JI burned his effigies in Lahore and declared the day as “black day.” When PTV showed surrender ceremony in Dacca, the JI led public protests, describing it as an attempt to humiliate the army. In 1973 the Amir of JI appealed to the army to overthrow Bhutto’s government due […]

Opportunism: Jamaat style – I

Opportunism: Jamaat style – I

Waseem Altaf: Home and Madressah education, knowledge of Arabic, vast study of earlier texts on Islam and almost no exposure to modern education, yet ability to write colorful language, playing with high sounding words and experience in journalism was his qualification. A body of obscurantist literature, superficial in character, with almost no relevance to the demands of a modern and […]

Eradicating the virus

Eradicating the virus

Waseem Altaf: April 12, 1955: Jewish-American scientist Jonas Salk announces his invention of a polio vaccine. He is asked to get it patented, to which his reply is, “Can the sun be patented?” He is then asked to get it patented for the Soviet Union. He refuses! January 13, 2014: India declares itself a polio-free country for the third consecutive […]