Gyan Chand; Azad’s speech; Say No to State Religion; Positively Pakistani women; Why Pakistan should be in the EU – hilarious video

Prof. Jagan Nath Azad. Photo courtesy: Chander K. Azad, Jammu

Prof. Jagan Nath Azad. Photo courtesy: Chander K. Azad, Jammu

Post script to the post below: ‘Meet Gyan Chand, the Hindu diplomat of Pakistan’, by Amir Mir, Aug 10, 2009, which I had earlier missed and looked up after reading this letter – Minority Rights by Manoj Kumar, Karachi – in Dawn recently.

Posted on beena issues this morning:

1. A moving and powerful speech by Jagannath Azad (in beautiful Urdu)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TtMn5Kc0rg&feature=email

2. PLEASE SEND YOUR COMMENTS AND SAY NO TO THE STATE RELIGION OF PAKISTANSupport the Campaign for Amendment in Article 2 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973 (text below)
http://saynotothestatereligion.blogspot.com/

2. Positively Pakistani women – CNN projecting more positive images of Pakistan, two reports by Reza Sayah
Pakistan’s female warriors, September 14, 2009 – report on women in Pakistan
Air Force – http://tinyurl.com/Paf-women

Anoosha Asim & Maria Toor, COAS Squash Champhionship 2009

Anoosha Asim & Maria Toor, COAS Squash Champhionship 2009

Pakistan’s women squash champ, September 20, 2009 – a teen from the tribal defies stereotypes and traditions, supported by her turban-wearing father – http://tinyurl.com/cnn-pkwom1

3. Hilarious video, thanks to Adil Ahmed for posting this link
Why Pakistan should be in the EU
http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/italy

Below: TEXT of statement by Ghulam Mustafa Lakho
`SAY NO TO THE STATE RELIGION’
Support the Campaign for Amendment in Article 2 of the Constitution of Pakistan,
1973

Dear Citizens,

1. Let us SAY NO TO THE STATE RELIGION OF PAKISTAN. But, how to say such a No?
The best, effective and meaningful way to say such a NO would be to introduce an
amendment in the Article 2 of the Constitution of Pakistan , 1973. It would be
in the fitness of things to reproduce herein below the contents of the Article 2
of the Constitution of Pakistan , 1973 for the sake of convenience and ready
reference:

“2. Islam to be State religion. Islam shall be the State religion of Pakistan .”

2. On considering the point as mentioned herein below paragraph – 3, the said
Article 2 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973 should be amended as under:

“2. No religion of State. Religion shall have nothing to do with the business of
State; and that the Parliament shall make no law respecting an establishment of
religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

3. Point for consideration of amendment as proposed herein above Paragraph – 2
is as under:

Should the State have Religion? No. The reason is simple. You will agree that
human beings have religion and that animal, bird, fish, and institutions
including State and tools and etc., have no religion. Thus you will agree that
Article 2 of the Constitution of Pakistan , 1973, as reproduced herein above
Paragraph – 1 wherein it is stated that “Islam shall be the State religion of
Pakistan ” is unwise; and as such it is in violation of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights.

4. The Constitution of Pakistan, 1973 is not free from the poison of religious
bigotry, extremism and fanaticism; and that it is rooted in the Article 2. The
point of concern is that till today, no Member of the National Assembly
belonging to any political party, have deemed it fit and proper to even point
out such a poison. It can be said with sure, if we succeed to amend that Article
– 2 as proposed herein above paragraph – 2 we would purge that poison out of the
Constitution, which would help us to further flush it out of our society.

5. I hope you would consider my proposal with due care and attention and would
agree with it; and that you would help me by all your means by exercising your
influence upon Members of National Assembly so that the amendment as proposed
herein above paragraph – 2 may be made in the manner as prescribed in the
Constitution.

Ghulam Mustafa Lakho
Advocate, High Court of Sindh

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