Posted on October 31, 2016 by beenasarwar
London Declaration for Pluralism and Democracy in Pakistan
October 29, 2016
Several prominent liberal, progressive and nationalist intellectuals, human rights and social media activists, and public figures from Pakistan gathered in London for a conference on ‘The Future of Pakistan’ organized under the banner of South Asians Against Terrorism and for Human Rights (SAATH), co-hosted by US-based columnist Dr Mohammad Taqi and former Pakistan ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani.
Filed under: Human rights, Progressive politics | Tagged: Balochistan, fata, Human rights, London Declaration, Pakistan, rule of law | 6 Comments »
Posted on July 15, 2016 by beenasarwar
Respect to and solidarity with those who refuse to fall in line with the oppressive narratives peddled by hyper nationalists and security establishments. Sharing a post here by senior journalist Saleem Asmi, former Editor of Dawn and a dear friend of my late father:
Call me unpatriotic, even a traitor if you like, but I must say this straight, without mincing words that we have no right, absolutely no right at all, to condemn what the Indian occupation troops are doing in Kashmir, as long as we are ourselves guilty of committing the same, even worse, crimes in Balochistan. Now look at this: 1) The Indian army has invaded and occupied Kashmir, 2) They brutally oppress the Kashmiri people, and call the freedom fighters ‘terrorists’, 3) We invaded and occupied Balochistan in 1948, 4) We brutally oppress the Baloch people, and call the freedom fighters ‘terrorists’. If anything, we surpass the Indians in kidnapping young Baloch by their thousands without trace. Then their brutally tortured bodies appear under flyovers, by the roads, anywhere.
Also see – by Hasan Raza in Pakistan: Kashmiris continue to be the biggest victims of the Indo-Pak tussle for Kashmir – and Nirupama Subramanian in India: Face the disillusion
Filed under: Balochistan, Human rights | Tagged: #StandwithKashmir, Balochistan, Human rights, India, Kashmir, Pakistan | 1 Comment »
Posted on May 15, 2016 by beenasarwar
My piece about the TCF fundraiser in Boston last weekend, published in The News on Sunday, May 15, 2016
Adil Najam, Nargis Mavalvala, Ateed Riaz at the speakers table. Photo: Beena Sarwar
Pitching in for education in Pakistan from Boston and beyond
“The Citizens’ Foundation is doing an amazing job, and I’m honoured to be here,” said Nergis Mavalvala, giving the keynote address at the sold-out Third Annual The Citizen’s Foundation (TCF) Boston Fundraiser on Saturday, 7 May, 2016.
Propelled to celebrity status by her role in the recent breakthrough on gravitational waves predicted by Einstein, the Pakistani-American astrophysicist at MIT added, “TCF is fantastic – give generously”. Continue reading
Filed under: Education, Uncategorized | Tagged: Adil Najam, Ateed Riaz, class barriers, co-education, Dover Rug, Education, Gender, Human rights, IBA, Nergis Mavalvala, Pakistan, peshawar, Shujat Ali Khan, tcf, women | 2 Comments »
Posted on April 7, 2016 by beenasarwar
Something I wrote last month about how sedition and blasphemy are the two sides of the same hyper-nationalist coin in India and Pakistan. Updated after the tragic bombing at a park in Lahore on Easter Sunday, published in Himal Southasian on March 30, 2016.
Filed under: Blasphemy Laws, Freedom of expression, Pakistan-India | Tagged: #StandWithJNU, Activism, blasphemy, Dalit, democracy, HCU, Human rights, hypernationalist, Media, Mumtaz Qadri, Rohith Vemula, Sedition, shahbaz taseer | 2 Comments »
Posted on May 5, 2015 by beenasarwar
STATEMENT OF CONCERNED FACULTY MEMBERS AND STUDENTS OF LUMS REGARDING THE DECISION TO CANCEL THE TALK ON BALOCHISTAN IN KARACHI UNIVERSITY SCHEDULED TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY 6 MAY, 2015:
We, concerned students, alumni and faculty members of LUMS, deeply deplore the decision by the Karachi University administration to cancel the talk on Balochistan titled “Baloch Missing Persons and The Role of State and Society”, planned tomorrow Wednesday 6 May 2015 at Karachi University. This decision comes on the heels of the cancellation of the LUMS roundtable on “Un-Silencing Balochistan”, scheduled to be held on 9 April, and the tragic killing of Ms. Sabeen Mahmud, director of the café T2F in Karachi, right after a debate on the very same issue on 24 April on the premises of T2F. Continue reading
Filed under: Balochistan | Tagged: academic freedom, Balochistan, freedom of expression, Human rights, missing persons, Pakistan, unsilencingPakistan | 1 Comment »
Posted on April 18, 2015 by beenasarwar