From The Guardian: A scuffle broke out on Tuesday between the two at a gathering of Pakistan’s Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) when the chairman, Mohammad Khan Sherani, called on the group to consider whether Ahmadis, who are declared non-Muslims by the constitution, should be considered murtads that have rejected Islam. A declaration of apostasy … Continue reading Fighting at meeting over status of Ahmadi
The latest US-based PEW Research Center survey, released 11 days before Pakistan goes for elections, shows that 84% of Pakistani Muslims favour Islamic sharia as their official law. While none of the leading political parties with the only exception of Imran Khan’s PTI promises to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state, the 30th April Pew … Continue reading 84pc of Pakistani Muslims want Sharia
In a recent report on the "islamisation" of the well known Quaid-i-Azam University in Pakistan, it was claimed that a private school in Lahore has dropped human reproduction from the biology syllabus after an outcry in the conservative Urdu-language press claiming it was “obscene.” If this is true was have to ask ourselves firstly what … Continue reading Pakistani students being left behind
the hate content in textbooks has more than doubled since the last time they were revised. For example, some 30 Grade 5 to 10 textbooks published in Punjab, examined in 2009, were found to have 12 instances of biased material that could be considered “hate content.” In 2012, the textbooks underwent a curriculum revision. After … Continue reading Pakistani Children Taught to hate at School
Preetam Das is a good doctor with a hospital job and a thriving private clinic, yet all he thinks about is leaving Pakistan, terrified about a rise in killings and kidnappings targeting Hindus. A successful professional, he lives in Karachi with his wife and two children, but comes from Kashmore, a district in north of … Continue reading Pakistani Hindus seek safety in India
(Reuters) - The small but enthusiastic group of "progressive" Muslims arrives at a hotel conference room in Pakistan's capital with the tools they hope will help blunt extremism in the unstable U.S. ally. The Khudi organisation -- self-esteem in Urdu -- does not expect the government to tackle the problem of spreading Islamist radicalism. So … Continue reading Mission impossible for Pakistani progressives?
A report by the U.S. government's commission on religious freedom says public schools and madrassas - private religious schools - in Pakistan are fueling discrimination by casting Hindus, Christians and other religious minorities in a negative light. The report also documents how schools in the mostly-Muslim country are not teaching religious tolerance. The U.S. Commission … Continue reading US Panel: Pakistani Schools Teaching Religious Intolerance