Stories about Pakistan from March, 2012
South Asia: Every Day Is Earth Hour for Us
Today many countries of the world are observing Earth Hour, an event to make people aware of the climate change by turning off their non-essential lights for one hour. Millions of people in South Asia have no access to electricity and the demand of electricity is much bigger than supply.
Pakistan: Demand for Independence of Sindh
A freedom march organized by one of the biggest Sindhi nationalist parties, has drawn a huge crowd in Karachi city. The news was either blocked or under-reported in most of the Pakistani mainstream Urdu media channels.
Pakistan: Karachi launches campaign against TTP
Zia Ur Rehman reports that an awareness campaign against the horrible atrocities by the religious group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has begun in Karachi. An NGO named Anjuman-e-Muhibban Pakistan (Organisation of Lovers of Pakistan) launched the campaign.
Pakistan: Using Social Networking Sites To Incite Violence
Tufail Ahmad at Pak Tea House posts an investigative story on how Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is inciting violence against Shi'ite Muslims and spreading antisemitism using Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and other Internet tools.
Pakistan: Killing of Ahmadis To Be Made Legal?
The Horizon reports that a religious party in Pakistan demanded in an anti-Ahmadiyya conference held in Lahore that “those considered apostate by the Muslims clerics should be put to sword, a view developed through the dark ages of the Muslim Ummah”.
Pakistan: Mir Zafar Ali was the first Pakistani to win an Oscar award
Pakistan Blogzine informs that contrary to popular belief Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is not the first Pakistani to win an Oscar. Award winning Pakistani visual effects specialist and artist Mir Zafar Ali was the Technical Director of the team that won the Oscar award for best visual effects in 2007, for the...
Pakistan: Ban And Politics
Pakistan Blogzine reports that the Pakistan government has banned the extremist Deobandi Jihadi-sectarian organization Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) which has been condemned by right wing political parties like Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamaat-ud-Dawa.
Pakistan: The Rise of a Union of Religious Radicals
A religious union by the name of Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) has emerged as the representative of Pakistan's extreme right-wing parties. DPC is an umbrella term for 40 religious parities of different denominations and civil society groups as well as netizens question their motives.
Pakistan: Who Is Killing Shia Muslims?
Pakistan Blogzine posts a translation of Pakistan’s Shia scholar Allama Jawad Naqvi's lecture in Urdu, in which he identifies the actors responsible for the ongoing, systematic Shia killing in Pakistan.
Pakistan: Shia Genocide – Spreading From Karachi to Kohistan
The changing political course in Pakistan post-Osama Bin Laden denotes a new wave of terrorism unleashed on religious minorities, especially the Shiites. In the past year many Shiites spanning from Karachi to Kohistan have been specifically targeted and killed, which some analysts are terming as genocide.
Pakistan: An Oscar in Pakistan
Pakistani-Canadian journalist and documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy recently won an Oscar award for the best documentary (short) film. Her investigative story titled Saving Faces shows the affects of acid violence on woman in Pakistan.