Pakistan Independence Day: Celebrating extremism and bigotry

Article by Qantra A Ahmed The founder of Pakistan, which today celebrates Independence Day, believed in the separation of mosque and state. He would not recognize his country now. Blasphemy laws silence religious expression. On a visit, I was often reminded to lower my voice 'lest the servants hear you.' Growing up in England, my … Continue reading Pakistan Independence Day: Celebrating extremism and bigotry

Extremism greater threat than terrorism

In February 2012, a leading Pakistani research institute published a report stating that the problem of religious extremism in Pakistan poses a greater threat to the country than does terrorism and examining a series of extremist incidents from September 2010 to September 2011. The 54-page report, titled "Extremism Watch: Mapping Conflict Trends in Pakistan 2010-2011," … Continue reading Extremism greater threat than terrorism

Sunni Extremism against minorities

PRESSURED by opposition from Pakistan’s religious right, the ruling PML-N in Punjab tried to prevent Kamran Michael, a Christian cabinet member from presenting the provincial budget this summer. They were forced to take back their decision. In Faisalabad, the textile capital, members of the Ahmadi community were listed on flyers that said they should be … Continue reading Sunni Extremism against minorities