Thank you, Nawaz Sharif. Today you have my vote

(Published in The Nation Pakistan) It isn’t often that one wakes up in Pakistan to good news. Contrary to expectations, today, February 29, was such a day. For the first time in many many years the Government of Pakistan showed some resolve and the murderer Mumtaz Qadri was hanged. Salmaan […]

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February 2, 2016 Saima Baig Islam,Pakistan,Taliban,Terrorism no responses

Pakistan and its terrorists

Keeping with the tradition in Pakistan, whereby each time after a terrorist attack, fingers are pointed at someone else, this time again blame was laid squarely at the door of others. The establishment’s favourite boogeyman is India and sure enough the news that the terrorists that shot to death almost […]

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The Ahmadi Conundrum in Pakistan

(Published in The Huffington Post) Blasphemy is a crime in Pakistan, the punishment for which can be death. The law is a left over of the Indian Penal Code that the British had introduced, and which was later expanded upon by the military dictator Zia ul Haq. More often than not, […]

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December 19, 2015 Saima Baig Christopher Hitchens,Hitch,Mother Teresa no responses

Christopher Hitchens: the unabashed sceptic who eloquently questioned religious totalitarianism

(Published in The Nation Pakistan) His idea that free expression and scientific discovery should replace religion as a means of teaching ethics and as a means of defining humanity, was and is something that clearly should be strongly considered in this age, where religious extremism and terrorism have become a […]

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December 8, 2015 Saima Baig Blasphemy,Christians,Islam,Pakistan no responses

On Blasphemy in Pakistan

(Published in The Huffington Post) On January 4, 2011, the Governor of the Pakistani Province of Punjab was shot and killed by one of his own security guards, Mumtaz Qadri. The reason for this was Taseer’s defense of the proposed amendments in the Country’s blasphemy laws, as well as his support […]

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November 24, 2015 Saima Baig Bohra Community,FGM,Pakistan no responses

Female Genital Mutilation: Pakistan’s well kept secret

(Published in The Nation Pakistan) It is a little known fact that it is also secretly practiced in Pakistan, primarily by the Bohra Community, who are thought to have brought the practice over from Africa and whose leaders consider it a religious duty. Girls of 7 or 8 years are made […]

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Paris attacks: Moderate Muslims must do more than just condemn terrorism

(Published in The Nation Pakistan) Stop trying to do damage control and posting this one verse and stop expecting people to magically believe that Islam means peace, when the word’s literal meaning is “submission”. Groups like ISIS, Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, etc are doing exactly that: submitting and making others […]

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November 3, 2015 Saima Baig Halloween,Islamists,Muslims,Pakistan no responses

Why does celebrating Halloween in Pakistan scare the wits out of Islamists?

(Published in The Nation Pakistan) Please do not tell the rest of us how to live our lives based on your idea of religion. Because that is not religious freedom, that is religious privilege and we are not going to soothe your fears by holding ourselves back.  Or to paraphrase […]

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If there is no compulsion in religion then why can’t I eat in public during Ramazan?

(Published in The Nation Pakistan) Enforcing “respect” for religions cannot and must not come at the cost of not respecting human rights. This isn’t about respect.  It is about forcing people to follow one ideology and it is time that we left such ideas behind. Click here to read more.

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May 29, 2015 Saima Baig Islam,Jumma Prayers,Pakistan no responses

If praying means others do not matter, then you are doing it wrong

(Published in The Nation Pakistan) I fail to understand why it is necessary to make things difficult for others so one can perform one’s religious obligations. Aren’t Muslims taught that “Huqooqul Ibad” are very important? So when did we get to the point where consideration for your fellow human is […]

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