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Feb 12, 2014

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10 Reasons why I don't want Shari'ah in Pakistan

  1. Religion and how I choose to practice it is my business and not that of the State. 
  2. Enforcing Shari'ah will not make me a better Muslim nor will it make Pakistan a welfare state. The world's welfare states are all governed by secular governments. 
  3. I reject the idea that Shari'ah in any form can be enforced by those who have raped and plundered my country, blown up schools and mosques and beheaded soldiers. I will not give these criminals the right to dictate to me. 
  4.  I will not give up my civil rights, including freedom of thought and expression, under the guise of Shari'ah. 
  5.  I stand against acts like wife beating and the premise that rape requires 4 witnesses, all of which can be justified under Shari'ah law. Virtually anything can be justified by quoting religious scripture, and the context or interpretation of quoted text is usually not questioned. An example is a heinous crime like the Peshawar church blast being declared "in accordance with Shari'ah" by the TTP. 
  6. I abhor the notion that under Sharia law the State will be classifying its citizens into those who practice Islam and those who don't. There should be NO minority, and NO majority, everyone should be equal citizens with equal rights under the law. 
  7.  I believe that draconian laws under the guise of religion will push Pakistan back socioeconomically and isolate it from the rest of the world. This must not be allowed to happen. 
  8.  Imposing religion in a country that is already torn apart by religious extremism and sectarianism is like adding fuel to the fire.The criminals who are demanding Shari'ah are the ones who have taken responsibility for sectarian killings across the country. 
  9. We live in a modern world that uses rational thinking, information and science to frame laws which don't necessarily derive inspiration from religion or religious text. These laws can be amended according to the will of the people. Laws based on religion take away the freedom to choose, criticise or amend. An example is the relegation of scientific and forensic evidence as secondary in cases of rape. 
  10. 10. I believe the actual reason for the demand for Shari'ah is to simply grab power and territory under religious pretense. I will not give up any part of my country to anyone for any reason.

Mar 29, 2013

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History of Bagh

From the end of seventeenth Century up to 1837 A.D. Poonch was ruled by the Muslim Rajas of Loran. It then fell in to the hands of Raja Fiaz Talab Khan of Rahuri. In 1846, this area was handed over to Maharaja Gulab Singh under the treaty of Amritsar. Before this transfer, Poonch was considered a district of Lahore. Maharaja Gulab Singh handed over Poonch and some other areas to his nephews, Jawahar singh and Moti Singh, with the condition that they would not make any administrative changes without the consent of Maharaja of Kashmir. Poonch was annexed and converted in to a Jagir by Maharaja Hari Singh in 1935-36 by the deposing Raja establish their rule in Poonch. In 1947 when Pakistan came in to being, the people of Poonch started on armed struggle afainst the Dogra and Indian Forces.

The political environ had further deteriorated in the State of Jammu & Kashmir after the unanimously passed and adopted resolution on 19th July 1947. This resolution firmly stated that “the state of Jammu and Kashmir should accede to Pakistan for geographic contiguity, religious and cultural reasons and ethnicity. In this meeting it was resolved that all party workers would work in there areas of influence with regards to the spirit of resolution. In Bagh, Sayyed Hussan shah gardezi who was president of Muslim conference of tehsil bagh with the other activists like Syed Khadim Hussain Shah, Secretary Muslim Conference Bagh, Sardar Dost Mohammad Khan and others were assigned the task to actively coordinate and further strengthen the objectives of the party.

During this period Dogra army victimized hundreds of Muslim and burnt several houses of Muslims to ashes. This situation made the activist to organize a clandestine action committee, to launch armed struggle, the only dispensable way to overthrow the problem. On knowing about this action committee, Dogra regime arrested Syed Hussain Shah Gardezi and many others. Section 144 was already imposed on this area and all the activist started violating it. Meanwhile Syed Sadiq Hussain Shah, Aadil Gardezi, Moulana Mazhar Nadvi and Syed Shamshad Hussain decided and worked for organizing a meeting with people at the central place of Bagh and also to hoist Pakistan flag on Bagh fort. This procession while marching towards Bagh was found by hundreds of Muslims and when it reached Neela Butt it had already turned into thousands.

Here under the leadership of Peer Ali Ashghar Shah the procession proceeded towards Bagh where it camped at Huda Bari because the Dogra army has encircled and targeted the whole area. On 26 Aug. 1947 when the grand meeting at Huda bari started the dogra opened fire. It was the time when Peer Ali Ashghar Shah had just stood at the stage to address the people. The first shot pierced to the chest of Qabil Khan a volunteer from Sohawa who was martyred while having raised an unfurled Pakistan’s flag. Approximate 80 people were injured. This cause serious anger throughout the whole state and Muslims of Bagh and Sudhanoti announce armed rebellion as the only solution to the problem.

After the liberation of Bagh, civil order was restored and Peer Ilyyas Shad Qazi Aalim din were appointed as the chief of Bait-ul-mall. Before 1947, Bagh was one of the four Tehsils of the state of Poonch. It was declared as district in 1988, before it was a part of district Poonch.

Jan 24, 2009

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The movie, Fanaa, starts with Kajol saluting the Indian flag and this act sets the tone for the entire movie: of Kashmiris being patriotic Indians, of an Islamic movement being thrust upon them.

If all Kashmiris were patriotic Indians, there wouldn’t be the need of 0.7 million troops to ‘control them’ and a movement can not be thrust upon a people until and unless they are ‘fed up’ of the present regime.

Kajol is a part of Independence day celebrations choir representing Kashmir. Her parents see her off in Udhampur. So desperate to get some Kashmir in the movie, the movie makers made another mistake: Kashmiris never (almost) travel from Udhampur to Delhi on a train. The most convenient route is by bus to Jammu and onwards to Delhi. For a non Kashmiri, it does not seem to be a significant mistake. But, a Kashmiri will look at this scene and wonder how long it will take for India and Indians to understand him.