Talib Bashardost

Talib Bashardost

A Pakistan-born Australian interested in global politics, especially in the Af-Pak region. He is a critic, an observer and a freelance writer who occasionally appears on the local Australian radio to discuss Australia's policy on refugee/asylum-seekers and Af-Pak issues and occasionally writes for local newspapers. He tweets as @Quettagee (twitter.com/Quettagee)

Do we need madrassas in Pakistan?

Pakistan has undoubtedly become a difficult place to live in with death penalties for the weakest of the weak while terrorists and thugs are acquitted and walk free.  It is quite true that those who believe in absurdities are the ones who commit atrocities. Blasphemy or what ‘they’ term blasphemous is one such absurd idea that provides the basis for committing atrocious acts in Pakistan. The death sentence given to a young Christian man, Sawan Masih, is a great example of such an atrocity committed in the name of ‘blasphemy’ under Pakistan’s rigorous blasphemy law. Sawan Masih, a cleaner, was arrested last year in March in ...

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