This is a website that will feature the collection of my articles, letters and writings, all dedicated to the return of secular democracy to Pakistan. Pakistan was envisaged as a secular democracy by its founding father Mr. M.A. Jinnah. It is this Pakist
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July 6, 2004 by pakistanisecularist1
Secularism exists in the world in two forms, as an ideology and as a state principle. As a state principle it is more or less present in all modern nation states of the world, including USA, India and to a lesser extent even in Pakistan, which was founded as a secular state but since has defined itself as an Islamic Republic. Secularism as a state principle means non-interference of the state in all matters of religion.

This thus suggests that people are free to follow whatever religious bel...
July 6, 2004 by pakistanisecularist1
Pakistani History books have made the grave error of not according the high place to Tilak and Gokhale that their achievements merit. They are mentioned in passing, as Jinnah's seniors in the Congress Party but nothing more. Indeed, Jinnah was most influenced by these two men, imbibing idealism and nationalism from them. His fondest hope had been of becoming a 'Muslim Gokhale'. As in the words of one author, 'Jinnah's conversion to the partition demand cannot be fully appreciated unless we app...
July 6, 2004 by pakistanisecularist1
In 1967 Ghulam Abbas, arguably Pakistan’s finest short story writer, wrote a story called ‘Hotel Mohenjodaro’, that never ceases to amaze me. It was almost as if Ghulam Abbas had a crystal ball. Looking into it he saw clearly into the future and wrote what we are experiencing today. Abbas sets the scene in Pakistan’s future in the closing years of the 20th century, in a Hotel called Mohenjodaro which has 71 storeys. Pakistan is about to become the first nation to reach the moon. On the 71st floo...
July 6, 2004 by pakistanisecularist1
Sadly there is a disturbing trend amongst Indian Pseudo-Intellectuals (as opposed to the real Indian intellectuals who are known for their integrity and scholarship) and politicians to concoct a view of Pakistan which has no roots in objective reality. Whereas we Pakistanis are lucky that there are people like Khushwant Singh, M J Akbar, Kuldip Nayyar and Raj Mohan Gandhi around in India who have always spoken the truth about Pakistan but they are sadly few and far in between the multitudes of S...
July 6, 2004 by pakistanisecularist1
Bill Oreilly, that hawkish blabbermouth host of the `Oreilly Factor`
aired on the not so fair and balanced `Fox News`, once arrogantly
exclaimed `Who would wanna go to Lahore for vacation`. Obviously he hasn`t been to Lahore on the Basant Night for had he been there, he would know that any person with half a brain would prefer Lahore to that artificial paradise, the entertainment capital of the west `Las Vegas`. Had he looked up in the sky on the brightly Basant night in Lahore, he would hav...
July 6, 2004 by pakistanisecularist1
"No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you. We are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of their houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable conditions in which our women have to live." -- Mohammad Ali Jinnah 1944 (Founder of Pakistan)

There was a short footage, aired on the PTV, of a Muslim League executive council meeting in 1946. In it there were two el...
July 6, 2004 by pakistanisecularist1
The famous `Concordat` was the agreement between Napoleon and the Pope of the Catholic Church by the virtue of which the state religion of France was declared to be `Roman Catholicism`. Even after Napoleon`s eventual exile and abdication, France was unable to shake off this part of Napoleon`s legacy. Clerics continued to be strong, and all spheres of public life in France were invaded by the Roman Catholic Church. Life became miserable for the minorities including the protestants and the jews. H...
July 6, 2004 by pakistanisecularist1
In a recent article on chowk, F R Khan has asked the question as to what system of governance is better suited for Pakistan, i.e. Presidential or Parliamentary democracy. He asserts that Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s decision to opt for the office of Governor General had necessitated a presidential form of Government. However he fails to mention that the country’s first provisional constitution, the Government of India Act 1935 clearly executive authority in the Governor General. The constitution declar...
July 6, 2004 by pakistanisecularist1
Pakistani historians ignore him because he was too modern, secular and liberal for them, and the Indians ignore him because he was Muslim League’s brightest young super star.

Mian Iftikharuddin is a forgotten name from our history. Pakistani historians ignore him because he was too modern, secular and liberal for them, and the Indians ignore him because he was Muslim League’s brightest young super star. Like many in the Muslim League, Iftikharuddin started his career firmly in the Congre...
July 6, 2004 by pakistanisecularist1
Once again Lahore is getting ready to enter into its most festive, cultural and colorful month. February will kick off with the Muslim festival of Bari Eid, and then Lahore will celebrate Basant, Jashn-e-Baharan, Horse and Cattle show, and Mela Chiraghan. It seems however that Basant has suddenly over night become controversial for those in the city who are the self styled guardians of this country’s morality and ideology. That most of them or their forefathers were dead set against the creation...
July 6, 2004 by pakistanisecularist1
I have chosen this as a welcome article because it tells you where I am coming from. I am a Pakistani and a Muslim... I believe in separation of church and state.

Ever since, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk abolished the Khilafat and separated Church from state, a great debate has raged in the Islamic world. Perhaps no where is it more intensely debated than in Pakistan, where Jinnah very clearly and consistently declared that religion would have nothing to do with the business of the state. The debate...