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Salman Taseer

'My Book Was Used To Defend My Father's Killer'

Aatish Taseer | Posted 01.13.2013 | Books
Aatish Taseer

In this world turned upside down, my book was used to make the case for why my father's killer should go free.

Christian Girl With Special Needs Reportedly Arrested For Burning Islamic Text

Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion

A Christian girl with Down's syndrome has been arrested and charged with blasphemy in Pakistan for allegedly burning pages containing Islamic text, th...

Stripping Nobel Prize From Muslim Dr. Abdus Salam

Mike Ghouse | Posted 04.03.2012 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Shame on them, they have not only lost political freedom, they have lost their minds as well. As a Muslim, I am disappointed that Pakistan has deprived the Muslim world of a Nobel Laureate.

Qadri Verdict: Rule Of Law Still Alive In Pakistan?

Joseph K. Grieboski | Posted 12.11.2011 | Religion
Joseph K. Grieboski

Regardless of one's position on the death penalty, the guilty verdict is a tremendous step forward in democracy and rule of law in Pakistan.

Slain Pakistani Governor's Son Kidnapped

AP | MUNIR AHMED and SHAH NAWAAZ | Posted 10.26.2011 | World

LAHORE, Pakistan — Gunmen abducted the son of a liberal Pakistani politician who was murdered by an Islamist extremist earlier this year, police...

The Courage To Redefine Pakistan

Samia Khan Bambrah | Posted 09.25.2011 | World
Samia Khan Bambrah

Minorities in Pakistan do not have the luxury of dismissing their difference. Since 2001, 80 holy sites have been desecrated, killing more than 1,200 worshippers, most of them religious minorities.

A Message to My Fellow Pakistanis in the Post-Osama World

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 07.19.2011 | World
Ali A. Rizvi

Let's forget about who is an "agent" of who. Let's not allow every conversation after an incident to devolve into random whodunit speculation. Let's stop trying to focus on who killed how many people and why. That's not in our control.

Blasphemy Laws Are Against Islam

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Salam Al Marayati

The concept of Defamation of Religions denies a person their free will to choose -- one of God's greatest gifts to humanity -- and deprives individuals of their right to free speech and expression.

The Case for a Pluralistic Pakistan: A Pakistani-American Perspective

Taha Gaya | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Taha Gaya

Our culture and our faith is not one that denigrates and assassinates people of other faiths and perspectives but one that honors diversity and seeks to share common values of humanity.

Pakistani Minister For Minorities Gunned Down

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

March 2, 2011 6:47:13 AM ISLAMABAD, March 2 (Reuters) - Pakistani Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti, who has been calling for changes in the c...

Recent Lessons In The Politics Of Fundamentalism

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Abby L. Ferber

Clearly, we have a much easier time spotting fundamentalisms "over there" than we do in our own backyards. It is time we turn that critical lens on what passes for mainstream America.

Anti-Blasphemy Laws Assassinate Governor Taseer -- And Pakistan

Qasim Rashid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

At the hands of extremism, Pakistan's history is littered with assassinations and untimely deaths of its most dynamic leaders.  Each has transitioned Pakistan's identity away from its origin.

Bhutto -- A Woman and Her Country

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marcia G. Yerman

The documentary Bhutto not only tells the story of Pakistan's first woman Prime Minister, it also gives extensive background on this country's history.

Is America Any Different from Pakistan?

Ethan Casey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ethan Casey

What is it that allows us to consider Jared Loughner a mentally troubled young man acting alone and Faisal Shahzad, the mentally troubled young U.S. citizen who tried to blow up Times Square last May, a terrorist "Made in Pakistan"?

The Deep Roots of Pakistan's Extremism

Bashir Ahmad Gwakh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bashir Ahmad Gwakh

As the popularity of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer's accused killer rises, it is clear his murder has exposed the horrendous level of extremism and intolerance engulfing the nation.

Pakistan Deserves the Opportunity to Succeed

Syed Yahya Hussainy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Syed Yahya Hussainy

Terrorism will always make headlines, but given the political jockeying in Pakistan, many media groups are running alarmist, nearly hysterical headlines predicting the imminent doom of Pakistani democracy.

More To Pakistan Than Blasphemy Law

Junaid S. Ahmad | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Junaid S. Ahmad

We refuse to see the larger story and context in which elite actors in Pakistan all play a game yelling at each other while the ordinary person struggling to feed his/her family watches from afar.

China's Rising Military Power and What We Should Do About It

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ed Koch

Are we in a position to engage in a war with China? Not as long as we continue to be mired in the war in Afghanistan and have a substantial military presence in Iraq and rely on Pakistan.

A Tale of Two Gunmen

Sandip Roy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandip Roy

In Arizona the assailant is the crazy guy, the loner, the anti-social, the one everyone is quick to disown. The sigh of relief is that he acted alone. In Pakistan, he immediately becomes proof of something systemic.

In Unity Is Our Security: Baha'i Wisdom For Violent Times

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Homa Sabet Tavangar

How many wake-up calls do we need before we rethink our commitment to bringing opposing viewpoints together for the common good, so that differences don't spur violence?

Jared Loughner: The Sad Relief

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

The moment I felt the slight relief that there did not appear to be a "Muslim connection", I also immediately felt saddened by my sense of "relief". There was nothing to feel relieved about.

What Really Killed Pakistan's Taseer

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Salman Taseer was a stranger in Pakistan. His millions of dollars, British mother, private relationships, and extravagant Western lifestyle could not possibly have been more in contrast with the population of Pakistan.

Pakistan In Crisis, World Security Threatened

Noel Irwin Hentschel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Noel Irwin Hentschel

The U.S. government should support Pakistanis who are willing to risk their lives and their political capital to repeal dangerous blasphemy laws, lest Pakistan be taken over again by those who oppose freedom and basic rights.

Pakistanis Mourn A Once Religiously Tolerant, Relaxed Nation

AP | NAHAL TOOSI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

ISLAMABAD — A 60-year-old university administrator in the southern port city of Karachi is wistful as he recalls the more tolerant, freewheeling...

Assassination Of Reform Leader Rocks Pakistan And Opponents Of Blasphemy Law

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Anto Akkara Religion News Service BANGALORE, India -- Church officials in Pakistan say the assassination of Salman Taseer, an outspoken critic of...