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Mohen Jo Daro – Story of a city

(Published in The Nation Pakistan) The young woman looked out of the narrow slit in wall that served as a window in her house. She saw the sun rising over the brick city and the far off fields of wheat and barley, signaling to her to start her day. She […]

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PAKISTAN: WHITHER FREEDOMS AND WHITHER RIGHTS?

(Published in Sedaa – Our Voices) People in Pakistan and around the world have been thinking (read: hoping), that there has been a paradigm shift in the military’s policy and that now we would see more democratic decisions, extermination of Islamic extremists and more freedoms. This is clearly not the […]

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Quetta blast: How dare you give precedence to a road over human lives?

(Published in The Nation) It is like you have so little regard for our intelligence that you think this rhetoric will still work. No, it won’t. We do not want you to rally us around with your hyper patriotic flag waving and your sponsoring of propaganda songs and movies. We […]

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MUSLIMS: REFORM YOUR RELIGION

(Published in Sedaa – Our Voices) You cannot secretly revere the doctrine that promotes Jihad, endorses misogyny, homophobia and other singularly inhumane aspects and then say that it does not endorse these things. Accept it, reform it and join the rest of the world in the 21st century. Other religions have done […]

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No CII, I do not want Sharia to dictate my rights

(Published in The Nation Pakistan) Muslims have this tendency of explaining to others that Islam provided rights to women in an era where they did not have those rights. I tend to disagree with that but that is a whole other debate. Let’s assume that they were provided with these […]

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May 25, 2016 Saima Baig Pakistan,Trans Rights,Transgender no responses

TRANSGENDER PEOPLE IN PAKISTAN: DEMONISATION OF THE ‘OTHER

(Published in Sedaa-Our Voices) Transgender people have long been a part of the history of South Asia. Their stories are told in the Kama Sutra and they have existed in the Indian sub-continent for centuries. They were part of the courts of both Muslim and Hindu emperors and performed various spiritual and […]

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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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