Stories about Pakistan from February, 2011
Adil Najam at All Things Pakistan reports about the practice of dog fight sport near the village of Lora in Abbottabad District, which is cruel and horrific.
Guppu.com reports that “on February 26, 2011, Lahorites witnessed an extraordinary day when all of the sudden, dark clouds came and it felt as if the winter has come back, and snowfall started.”
Sonya Rehman, who spoke at a TEDxKinnaird event in Lahore, comments: “In Pakistan these days, TEDx has become a big deal what with numerous colleges/universities putting together their very own independent TED Talks.
Feisal Naqvi at Monsoon Frog writes how Fundamentalism is faring at the age of Facebook.
Faheem Haider at Pakistan Foreign Policy Blog explains how a strong and ever stronger opposition in Pakistan is pressuring the ruling party.
Vivek at Sepia Mutiny explains the rules of the game of cricket and what the cricket world cup 2011 means for South Asia.
Kalsoom at CHUP -Changing Up Pakistan informs about two great efforts – 1) ThinkChange Pakistan, a blog that aims to track the social entrepreneurship and innovation space in Pakistan and 2) Gawaahi, a new online initiative aiming to archive digital stories of abuse, survival and resistance.
Ahmed Jamal Pirzada at All Things Pakistan opines that the way to save the troubled Pakistan railway by giving up its monopoly and opening up tracks to the private sector.
“Are India and Pakistan ideological enemies?” asks Dr. Niaz Murtaza at Pak Tea House. Murtaza thinks that both the countries should resolve their differences maturely by dialogue, not by other means.
In Pakistan there is a growing opposition against Valentine's Day celebrations on religious and cultural grounds. But Pakistani blogger Adil Najam asks: “since when is mohabbat (love) not part of our saqafat (culture)?”
Raymond Davis, an American diplomatic staff, is under investigation for the double murder of two Pakistani motorcyclists in Karachi, Pakistan. Following the US demand to release Davis, the protesters took to the streets in a country which already has increasing anti-US sentiments.
“The second Karachi literature festival 2011 took place on 5th and 6th February at Carlton hotel in Karachi”, reports Rabia Sheikh at Chowrangi.
Fateema Saleem opines on the protection of minorities in Pakistan: “had the lawyers and the human rights activists in Pakistan really toiled for a free and fair judiciary all these decades – minorities today would have been in a much better situation.”
Ekram Kabir at Kotha-Chhilo opines that the urgent task for the South Asian countries would be to promote peace-building through conflict resolution before the talk of making it a visa free region can begin.
Tazeen at A Reluctant Mind criticizes the arrest of a 17 year old Pakistani high school student under blasphemy law on the charges of making derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) in his answer script of an examination.
The news of the recent protests in Egypt is being discussed in the South Asian blogosphere in different perspectives. Many bloggers are watching the developments closely and are updating their reactions.