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How South Asia’s Brand of Sufi Islam Became Radicalized
October 04, 2021

How South Asia’s Brand of Sufi Islam Became Radicalized

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Radical Barelvi groups are now resorting to violence to underline their sect – once famous for its pluralism – as the truest version of Islam.

Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law Clearly Doesn’t Protect Hinduism
March 04, 2021

Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law Clearly Doesn’t Protect Hinduism

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The mockery of Hindu deities underscores Pakistan’s Islamist double standard on blasphemy.
What Role Does the State Play in Pakistan’s Anti-Shia Hysteria?
September 17, 2020

What Role Does the State Play in Pakistan’s Anti-Shia Hysteria?

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Recent anti-Shia demonstrations in Karachi raise uncomfortable questions about the possible involvement of the Pakistani establishment.

Pakistan’s Bloodthirsty Blasphemy Law Needs to Be Repealed
July 31, 2020

Pakistan’s Bloodthirsty Blasphemy Law Needs to Be Repealed

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Vigilantes have claimed the life of yet another Pakistani accused of blasphemy.

Religious Minorities in ‘Naya Pakistan’
March 16, 2020

Religious Minorities in ‘Naya Pakistan’

By Jaffer A. Mirza
31 dead, 58 injured, and 25 blasphemy cases – that’s the toll taken on Pakistan’s religious minorities since Prime Minister Imran Khan took office.

Radical Islamists Hold Filmmaking Hostage in Pakistan
February 14, 2020

Radical Islamists Hold Filmmaking Hostage in Pakistan

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Stopping the released of an award-winning film to appease an Islamist group sets a troubling precedent.

Pakistani Court Hands Down 55-year Sentences to 86 Islamists
January 17, 2020

Pakistani Court Hands Down 55-year Sentences to 86 Islamists

By Associated Press
The 86 were charged with damaging public property, beating people up and staging sit-ins against the acquittal of Aasia Bibi in 2018.
After the Junaid Hafeez Verdict, Time to Face the Truth About Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law
December 24, 2019

After the Junaid Hafeez Verdict, Time to Face the Truth About Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Pakistan’s blasphemy law needs to be sentenced to death -- not so-called 'blasphemers.'

After Ghotki, Pakistan Should Abandon its Glorification of Temple Vandalizers
September 23, 2019

After Ghotki, Pakistan Should Abandon its Glorification of Temple Vandalizers

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The abandonment of the Islamist narrative has long been an existential question for Pakistan.

The Defiance of Pakistani Atheists
August 22, 2019

The Defiance of Pakistani Atheists

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
In a country where atheism is a capital offense, nonbelievers are still finding quiet ways to forge community.

How Pakistan’s Constitution Facilitates Blasphemy Lynching and Forced Conversions
March 27, 2019

How Pakistan’s Constitution Facilitates Blasphemy Lynching and Forced Conversions

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Islamic supremacy, sadly, is written into Pakistan’s constitution.
Greater Than the State Itself: Pakistan’s Everyday Extremists Take On Its Institutions
November 02, 2018

Greater Than the State Itself: Pakistan’s Everyday Extremists Take On Its Institutions

By Umair Jamal
The case of Aasia Bibi should be a wake-up call to Pakistan’s ruling elite.

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