↑ Grab this Headline Animator

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Mediawatch Desi Apr 05: Who pays the lawyers, Silence over Stoning, Sharif's Hate Obsessed Drive, Khuda Ke Liye in India

A question I have asked a few and as you can probably guess, am seldom lucky enough to get back the right answer. Khair, largely, since March 09, 2007 - that is about thirteen months now, hundreds of lawyers have been seen everywhere but in the courts. You see them on the roads, demonstrating or parading, you see them in television studios and in front of the cameras, you see them denouncing Musharraf, you see them with the circus that follows Iftikhar Chowdhry and other judges.

Who pays their bills? Some charitable organisation? Edhi Trust? Some NGO? Some foreign government?


And finally someone from the US writes on the recent stoning to death in Pakistan! Earlier I had questioned the "active and responsible" media types silence in Pakistan over this barbaric and "illegal" act. Kudos to you Rafia Zakia.

The need for disassociating Islam from the perverse barbarity of stoning is an urgent and pressing need for which Islam itself provides numerous intellectual and legal tools. The politics inherent in the enactment of draconian punishments are meant to persecute, intimidate and appropriate authoritarian control. They are motivated not by religious faith but by a deep disrespect for the sanctity of human life that tries to cloak itself in the guise of religious piety. Given the deep scourge the pandering of cruelty in the name of Islam has already exerted over the Muslim world, it is time that it is exposed as such. Politics of stoning —Rafia Zakaria


Nawaz and his cronies are issuing threatening statements - Conditions for MQM, over the restoration of judges, over the inclusion of MQM in the centre, over the President's removal.

While Zardari is playing conciliatory politics to the hilt, the rug is becoming "irrelevant" for the coalition with Nawaz League. He is still mired and wedded to the politics of hate. If and when the rug is pulled from under Nawaz's feet he will be forced to find friendship with the other also "no-shows" - the beard from NWFP and the ex cricketer from Lahore.

Mir Jamilur Rahman concurs: The proposed entry of the MQM in the federal cabinet has not pleased Nawaz Sharif. That may prove the last straw that broke the camel's back. As things are moving now, the PPP may take up the role of the PML-Q vis-à-vis the president and the PML-N may go for the creation of grand opposition.


A couple in Delhi looks at the poster of Khuda Kay Liye
The film stars well-known Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah

A critically acclaimed Pakistani film on Islam has been released across cinemas in India.

It is the first Pakistani film to get a wide commercial release in India in over four decades.

Khuda Kay Liye (In the Name of God) focuses on the lives of Muslims after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States.

Officially, India and Pakistan have banned each other's films since going to war in 1965.

But in recent years, the two countries have made exceptions. In 2003, Pakistani film Khamosh Paani (Silent Waters) had a limited release in India. In 2006, Pakistan allowed three Indian films to be shown. Ulti Ganga - India opens up to Pakistan film


Post a Comment

<< Home