Stories about Ziaul Haq

Intolerance in Ramazan: A new phenomenon or a revision of Zia’s era?

The instances of lack of tolerance this Ramazan have been too many to account for. Either Pakistan has glided one step further in achieving the state of ‘piety’ during this Ramazan or I have grown up enough to actually observe and notice these loathsome antics. I don’t know why this Ehtram-e-Ramazan Ordinance had to come into action all of a sudden because almost all my life I’ve witnessed instances of tolerance and forbearance during this holy month. While we observe the lack of tolerance of not letting people eat freely during fasting hours, I remind myself of those non-Muslim friends of ...

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Pakistan, when will you accept me?

Though I was born in Pakistan, I was still a baby when my dad had to move to The Gambia in West Africa. The Gambia is a small peaceful country. Here, I remember my mother teaching me the Urdu  Qaida and telling me interesting stories about Pakistan. I could see she missed Pakistan a great deal. She would sometimes break down in tears, relating stories of the persecution she had witnessed growing up in her hometown in Sindh. My father had his own tales to tell about how his parents were victimised in Punjab and how Ahmadi homes and businesses in his ...

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Bash thy army the right way

Bashing the military is a favourite past time of the ones who feel they have been enlightened. Following this trend, an increasing number of people want to join this enlightened group, so they have taken to bashing the army too. The tool is a laptop; the location is a cosy house in Defence. The new army bashers however, in my humble view, need to know a thing or two before launching into a gallant bayonet charge. So I have decided to help them out and will now try to explain how to effectively bash the malicious military, or how to ...

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A tribute to Benazir, the eighth queen of Bhittai

Benazir Bhutto was loved as much as she was hated. Unfortunately, those who hated her were victorious on that freezing evening in December four years ago, when she was shot dead. Benazir belonged to the land of Sindhu (River Indus) – the very same land of Bhittai and his seven Queens Marvi, Momal, Sassi, Noori, Sohni, Sorath, and Lila who are valued for their bravery and courage. Benazir is fit to be the eighth queen, the leader of all of these. Opposing the vehement character-assassination campaign against her that was run by the inventors of “Chaadar aur Chaar-deewari” and Hudood, Bhutto chose ...

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In the commune: In memory of Salmaan Taseer

Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer was assasinated by his own guard, a member of the Elite Force, on January 4, 2011 in Islamabad. The assassin, Malik Mumtaz Qadri surrendered himself after shooting the governor with 26 bullets. Qadri said that he killed Taseer because the PPP leader had termed the blasphemy law a kaala kanoon (black law) and supported Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death under the law. The Express Tribune was inundated with a flood of outrage and grief from bloggers and readers. D Asghar Welcome to ‘Pakillistan,’ where we kill indiscriminately, anywhere, any place, any time, any way, when it comes to ...

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All in the name of religion

Aristotle said, “The rule of law is better than the rule of any individual.” It’s a good thing that he did not live to see the way laws are made in Pakistan, set in place too frequently by individuals for selfish reasons. Case in point: the blasphemy law When General Ziaul Haq started tweaking the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) in 1982, he introduced Section 295-B, which made desecrating the Holy Quran or making a derogatory remark about it punishable by life imprisonment. Unsatisfied with his contribution to the law, in 1984, he added Section 295-C. The clause added the death penalty ...

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