Jewish Journal

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws in the spotlight again

By Mahim Maher

March 5, 2011 | 2:08 pm

Activists of the ruling Pakistan Peoples party light candles in front of the picture of slain minority affairs minister Shahbaz Bhatti in Lahore on March 5, 2011. Bhatti, 42, an outspoken campaigner against Pakistan's Islamic blasphemy laws, died in a hail of bullets as he left his mother's home in the capital Islamabad. PHOTO: GETTY

I wonder what God/YWH/Allah will say on the Day of Judgment about the mess we’ve made on earth. I met a Christian friend at a dinner tonight who told me he was upset that there hadn’t... read on

  • Funds drying up for Karachi’s Jewish cemetery

    By Mahim Maher

    March 2, 2011 | 10:50 pm

    I wanted to bring to the Jewish diaspora’s notice that funds for the upkeep of the Jewish cemetery in Karachi, Pakistan are drying up. While there are no Jews left in Pakistan, which is probably a good thing given that extremists just gunned down a Christian minister on Wednesday,... read on

  • Bonding with an ex-Karachi Jew against the Indians in Israel

    By Mahim Maher

    February 7, 2011 | 9:55 pm

    The Karachi Literature Festival took place February 5 and 6, attracting the best of Pakistani writers, at home and abroad. Back-to-back sessions ran for the length of the two days and hundreds of fans, intellectuals, poets, journalists, children turned out in the vastly successful... read on

  • ‘Don’t laugh like a whore, this is Karachi’

    By Mahim Maher

    December 25, 2010 | 4:26 am

    “In a city like Karachi with 20 million people are you telling me that there were no rapes today?” I stare at the crime reporter.
    “Er… ma’am…,” his voice trails off.

    This has been my pet peeve for as long as I’ve worked in a newsroom in Pakistan. In my mind, it is... read on

  • Talented new duo - The Cheapmunks

    By Mahim Maher

    December 24, 2010 | 2:21 am

    I just had to share a small note on The Cheapmunks, two talented young Pakistani girls who have come up with a unique blend of East-meets-West music. Their song “Hum dum” is a particular favourite of mine. But you can catch their other stuff on YouTube and Facebook. Here is an... read on

  • Remembering the Prophet’s grandsons in Karachi - Muharram and Shia rites and rituals

    By Mahim Maher

    December 16, 2010 | 3:38 am

    The first time I ever saw bodily flagellation was in the screen adaptation of French dramatist Jean Anouilh’s 1964 play ‘Becket ou l’honneur de Dieu’ (Becket or The Honor of God. Henry II (played by Peter O’Toole) was being whipped by priests for supposedly ordering his four... read on

  • Daniel Pearl case lawyer resigns?

    By Mahim Maher

    November 24, 2010 | 2:08 am

    On Nov 14, the Prosecutor General for Sindh province, Shahadat Awan, confirmed that the special public prosecutor in the Daniel Pearl murder case, Raja Qureshi, had resigned.
    Awan was speaking to The Express Tribune newspaper, where I run the metropolitan section. Awan was talking to... read on

  • Daniel Pearl remembered in Karachi

    By Mahim Maher

    October 21, 2010 | 11:42 pm

    The annual Daniel Pearl music day was held at the US consulate in violence-addled Karachi, Pakistan. It was tight security so unfortunately the kids who should have come from all over the city to attend and learn about him, had to read about it in the newspaper. The closest they will... read on

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