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Bangladesh under Blasphemy Law: Witnessing Horror in Father’s Dream Land

By: Rumana Hashem

Waking up at four o’ clock in the morning to the horrific news of appalling murders of freethinkers and culture-minded citizens in the hands of fanatics at home is not a new phenomenon for many Diaspora Bangladeshis for the last few years.  1,676 more words

Can Asia Bibi Ever Win?

“Execute her. Now.”

Pakistan’s Islamic radicals have taken another swipe at Asia Bibi, calling for her to be put to death, ignoring the rule of law and the legal proceedings currently underway. 769 more words

World

Atheist Blogger Challenges New Russian "Blasphemy" Law

In a twist that would have been unthinkable five decades ago, a man in Russia could go to jail for blogging that God does not exist. 456 more words

Politics

Lahore attack: a political context

I wrote this for the Huffington Post after the attack on the Lahore park on Easter Sunday.

How Pakistan’s Religious Right Uses ‘Blasphemy’ to (try and) Usurp Political Power… 1,368 more words

Pakistan

Islamists End 4-Day Rally Outside Pakistani Parliament

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MARCH 30, 2016, 12:01 P.M. E.D.T.

ISLAMABAD — Hundreds of radical Islamists who had rallied for four days in the heart of Pakistan’s capital ended their demonstrations on Wednesday hours after the government threatened to use force to disperse them. 400 more words

The return of Salmaan Taseer's abducted son gives Pakistan another ray of hope

Very happy to be able to write about some good news – the recovery of Salmaan’s Taseer’s son Shahbaz Taseer, kidnapped nearly five years ago. Wrote… 1,200 more words

Pakistan