Shamila Ghyas

  • In the midst of all the negativity and misery around the world, if you look hard enough, there will always be that one story that will make you smile, give you hope and inspire you as well. This is the story of the amazing and fearless Maria Toorpakai who went against the Taliban and even some ...

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  • There were recently at least 5 terrorist attacks in a span of 5 days in Pakistan. Even for a country accustomed to such attacks, it still came as a huge shock. A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Punjab Assembly in Lahore taking 13 lives. Next to follow was a bomb ripping through the ...

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  • Blasphemy is a serious matter where just a mere accusation without proof can have you killed in a country like Pakistan. It is guilty till proven innocent, which rarely happens because the accused are usually killed. In my opinion, it is weakness of faith, which leads to punishment in such ...

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  • The Punjab Police is going all out these days to protect the public from a heinous crime. One so despicable, that it shakes one to the core just writing it. They have put aside every other criminal act to pursue this so that they can save millions of Pakistani Muslims from hatred. All honor killing ...

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  • Leather jacket and jeans was what Junaid Jamshed wore when Vital Signs burst through the charts in a country recovering from the baton swinging dictatorship of Zia-ul-Haq in 1988. Good looks, good vocals, and fresh sound turned them into overnight idols for everyone from that era, filling the ...

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  • The most dreaded and feared word in Pakistan these days is ‘secularism.’ If some poor unsuspecting soul even mentions it by mistake, virtual knives, swords, and a bombardment of insults are catapulted towards him without fail. This comes not only from those who adhere to the extremist ...

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  • Every time something bad happens in our country, and after we are done blaming others for it and have run out of excuses... oh, sorry I don’t mean excuses, I mean valid assumptions and scientifically deduced conspiracy theories like blaming India, Jews,America, etc for things like when ...

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  • When we saw the huge number of people out giving their respects at the funeral of Mumtaz Qadri, we were astounded at the size. When it came to our favorite humanitarian Abdul Satar Edhi’s funeral, the numbers were in stark contrast and on the less side. This does not mean that just a few ...

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  • A few days ago we heard about a young teenaged boy named Nabeel Masih from Chak 66, Bhai Peru, District Kasur. He was arrested and charged under Sections 295/295 A under the Pakistan Penal Code. His 'blasphemous act' had been to like a picture of Khane Kaaba on Facebook. Though the information ...

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  • It’s the year 2016, and one would have thought that by now things like blasphemy would have been a thing of the past. For centuries it was used and abused by queens, kings and states alike to gain power over the people. Even things like profane cursing and swearing were once considered ...

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  • Recently the Mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard made the decision to introduce a ban on the burkini at the French Reviera. The ruling itself says: “Access to beaches and for swimming is banned to anyone who does not have (swim wear) which respects good customs and secularism.” First of ...

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  • Note: Strong language. Readers discretion is advised  There was yet another murder that took place in Pakistan in the name of honor recently. It wasn’t a girl who chose to marry the person of her own choice, or a girl who did not want to marry the man her parents chose, or the girl who ...

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  • 7 ISIS terrorists stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery café chanting “Allahu Akbar” in Dhaka late Friday night with a single intent: to kill all non-Muslims. Do keep in mind, Bangladesh is not Iraq, or Syria or even Afghanistan where our people tend to use the logic that this is ...

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  • Kaukab Noorani Okarvi came on TV and said that anyone who talked about Ahmadis or the blasphemy law should be killed (shot). His words were: “ussi muqaam par ussey goli maar di jaaye” But before we get to that, please tell me one thing, when a child does something or says something ...

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  • What exactly is honor killing? It is when the offender (93% of the times a woman) has committed such a grievous crime that her family or community can no longer see other people eye to eye. They no longer can show their face in public unless the lost honor has been restored. The most popular way to ...

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  • Let’s make one thing clear, I am on the CII’s (Council of Islamic Ideology) side.  They have personally taken up the responsibility to protect women, and we all know that is the most impossible and unwanted job that no one wants to do in Pakistan; there just seem to be too many ...

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  • The year was 2009 when Christian Asia Noreen, better known as Asia Bibi got into an argument with a group of Muslim women after she drank water from their glass. Her neighbor who she had been in a continuing feud regarding a property was the one to ‘inform’ her that as Christians are ...

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  • But what about the Muslims in Burma? What about the Muslims in France? They are saying the girls can’t cover their faces now? What about? What about? We as Muslims seem to worry about every country there is where Muslims are a minority. We make sure we are loud, vocal and even aggressive in ...

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  • As always chaos ensued on social media yesterday. Not when the former Prime Minister of Pakistan Raja Pervez Ashraf said "PPP broke the neck of Ahmadis."  For that there were a lot of loud claps, thumps at the back, laughter and roars from the on looking crowd with unabashed glee ‘look, ...

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  • Fans, friends, family and fellow musicians were shocked on Thursday 21st of April as news spread about the death of music legend Prince.  He was found dead in his elevator at his residence at the age of 57. Mystery still surrounds the cause of death even though some are certainly giving their ...

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  • All the religious groups in Pakistan got together a few weeks ago as one voice to raise their concerns about the Women’s Protection Act of Punjab. One would think it would have been in regards to how to make it better or stronger. Sadly, it was the other way around. They demanded that the ...

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  • Recently, students at BNU Lahore protested against the stigmatization of the ‘M word that should not be mentioned’ because it is supposedly every female’s dirty little secret. They used shock value to get their message across by sticking sanitary pads on a wall – each with a ...

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  • It was a little over a year ago when I came across an advertisement on Geo TV about a game show that was about to fulfill every parent’s dream. Literally. It was like a beacon of light in the abyss of darkness. Like Wonderwoman in the Batman V Superman movie. You get the idea. It starred the ...

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  • A video surfaced of Junaid Jamshed being harassed and beaten at the airport by people chanting  'Labbaik Allahuma Labbaik' on Saturday night. These were just regular people like you and me with no affiliation to any political or religious group, who simply thought they were protecting ...

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  • Another day, another blast. More innocent deaths. At least 34 people were killed today after explosions ripped through Brussels airport and metro station. With over a 100 injured, many critically; the toll number is expected to rise. Eyewitnesses say that after hearing the loud boom, they were ...

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  • A lot has been said about the Women’s Protection Act of Punjab and one would have thought the topic would have been done and dusted by now. The Act consists of 31 clauses which provide a proper system for complaint registration as well as penalties for offenders. Women being protected from ...

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  • There are two kinds of people – one who go out and kill others in the name of religion falsely believing that they will get hooris in heaven as a reward. And then there are those who don’t physically do the killing themselves but rather sit on the side clapping and cheering. They are ...

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  • Under the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) violence against women has officially been criminalized. The Punjab Provincial Assembly unanimously passed the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Bill. It has 31 clauses, which provide a proper system for complaint registration as well as penalties for ...

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  • Heer Ranjha, Sassi Puhnu, Laila Majnu, Anarkali Salim, Shah Jahan Mumtaz, Romeo and Juliet, etc. They are all love stories that we have grown up listening to as examples of what true love is actually supposed to be like. Each one about the most powerful emotions there are – passion, madness, ...

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  • “Billo, do you see what she is wearing?” “I wonder how many miles of fabric it took to make her shirt” followed by snickering. “So much weight and she is wearing jeans?” “She really needs to wear a dupatta around herself and hide her fat.” “She ...

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