Ain Meem Badr Sarhadi rests in peace

The famous columnist, political analyst, writer and theologian, Mr Enayat Masih Badr Sarhadi (popularly known as Ain Meeem Badr Sarhadi), died peacefully in Lahore in the early morning hours of 17th July 2016.  His incisive political analyses, challenging views and prolific expositions will be greatly missed by all those who loved to follow his work. He has left us scores of articles, editorials, essays and critiques, but will be best remembered for his treatise: Nazeriya-e Qaid, Riyasat aur Aqleeyatain.

PMRO highlights the plight of Christian regugees

On 3rd September 2014 Pakistan Minorities' Rights Organization's  (PMRO) Chairman, Mr. Asif Mall called for a meeting of prominent Pakistani back ground Christians and concerned MPs of the British Parliament to discuss the plight of Christian refugees and asylum seekers fleeing their native land to avoid dire discrimination and persecution. The meeting took place in the Thatcher Hall of the new Parliament building Westminster Palace London and was attended by over twenty delegates

The speakers for the event included Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, Jim Shannon (an MP from Ireland), Rev. John Basco (anchor for Gateway Gazette TV), Steven Peter (Former Member of the Sind Provincial Assembly) and others. Among the other attendees were Rev. Rana Yuab Khan, Adv. Qamar Shams, Michael Massey and Taskeen Khan (anchor for Awam show at Glory TV).

The various speakers expressed concern about the status of Christians while they are in Pakistan and also the discriminatory treatment they are faced when they try to leave their land on basis of persecution.

SEWA holds a literary sitting in Faisalabad, Pakistan

Cuwap resident reporter: Socio-Econimic WAtch Associatin (SEWA) organized a literary sitting in the honour of Christian Writers and Poets in Daud Nagar under the administrative responsiibilty of Majeed Patru Mutlashi. The event was presided over by Iqbal Bhatti, a renowned fiction writer.

Many significat and budding writers and poets attended the event. However, some noteworth names were: Tahir Naushad, Mushtaq Khushi, Yaqoob Aeem, Prof. Nasir Khushi, Zia Bhatti and Sameer Ajmal. The participants presented their poetry retlating to the Independence Day of Pakistan (14th August), while Iqbal Bhatti presented a short story for critical analysis and appreciation.

Rimsha's Case

And the point is...

For over two decades now the minorities in Pakistan have been trying to make one single point about the, now internationally notorious, "Blasphemy laws"; that these laws can easily be  used to harass the minorities and the weaker members of the society (be they from any religious group).  Hence, they need to be revisited.

The potential for the misuse and abuse of these laws is  obvious to anyone even with the most rudimentary knowledge of Pakistani society.

And now  EVEN an  uneducated,    mentally handicapped,   Christian,  girl-child,  slum-dweller of Islamabad, fully comprehends this issue. Even she knows, only too well, that these laws are open to abuse!

How true rings the saying:

You can fool some of the people some of the time,

Some of the people all of the times

All of people some of the times

But you can not fool All of the people All of the time!!!

Rimsha Khalid Jadoon Chisti


Who is guilty of desecrating the Holy Qur'an?


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Questions that need no answers
The so called Blasphemy Laws have yet again earned Pakistan centre-stage attention in the world media. And what the custodians of justice have not "seen" in their neighborhood  millions have watched throughout the world: thanks to media and social networking sites. The days of hiding the lamps of information under the bushels of rhetoric of ignorance are fast disappearing.

In important issues silly questions almost never need answers; because their underlying  motives  are to either cause distraction or to add to the confusion. A classic use of the logic, if you cannot convince them; confuse them.

In Rimsha's case many silly questions have been asked, one of them being:

How did (or how do) the pages of the Islamic Holy Scriptures get into the homes and hands of Christians in Pakistan? Shouldn't only Christian Scriptures  be found there.

Even a prominent scholar on a TV interview raised the question saying that (only) the Holy Bible or the Injeel should be found in the homes and hands of Christians. And referring to Rimsha's case asserted, that it needs to be established why she had (access to) the pages containing Islamic sacred texts. Given the ground-realities of Pakistan,  I do not feel there is any need to point out the absurdity of such questions, as my reaction here is the same as exhibited by Mohtarma Hina Khar Rubbani, (when she is asked a question about the formulation of Pakistan's foreign policy on ARY news channel ); "I am amazed, I am appalled, and I do not know what words to use".  Pakistan is awash with papers carrying names of holy personages and portions of the Holy Islamic texts. Please consider the following:

1. All children  in Pakistan, Muslim and non-Muslim alike,  use state-approved  text books and these contain material that have portions of Islamic religious texts. These books and Qaidas are part and parcel of the Pakistani children's book sets. They read them, learn from them and carry them around.

2. Nearly every Urdu newspaper and magazine contains special sections which have either the portions of the exact texts or references to Islamic Holy scripture and personages.

With a few linking thoughts I believe the above two statements are  a complete answer to the question.

However since Rimsha's case a third option must be added and always be kept in mind.

3. Malicious individuals with premeditated intentions of sowing evil in the God-given land can plant them as evidence to bring harm to those who are weaker and  poorer.

It would be laudable if Holy Scriptures of various religions were used only for worthy and just causes, then nobody would need to ask silly questions and nobody would need answer them.Unfortunately hatred and spitefulness for Christians in Pakistan is of such a degrees that some Muslims will go to the unimaginable lengths of desecrating their own Scriptures. Need more be said?

Akhtar Injeeli