Global Humanism

Global Humanism

Mobarak Haider: No phase of human history was good or bad in absolute terms. Humans have always struggled against atrocities and defects of nature. Every phase was a step of evolution. We cannot romanticize primitive community life as ideal simply because there was no private property. Early humans were closer to their animal past. Herds of cattle can graze peacefully […]

Madressa Phenomenon: Reasons and Relations with Extremism

Madressa Phenomenon: Reasons and Relations with Extremism

Faisal Usman Pakistan’s literacy rate is officially 57% yet despite that Pakistan has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world and the second largest out of school population. The state has miserably failed to constitutionally provide quality free education to all children in age groups from 5-16 and the situation is further exacerbated by people’s monetary inability to […]

Maulana, maulvi and the constitution

Maulana, maulvi and the constitution

Dr Haider Shah: Our constitution’s preface, on the other hand, reads more like a short lecture in theology. The opening sentence sets the tone The latest round of negotiations with the Taliban leaders has reignited the old debate on the constitution and sharia. Some, like Maulana Abdul Aziz, tell us that the future of Pakistan should be decided on the […]

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 […]