Junaid Hafeez’s Death Sentence Is A Stark Reminder Of Broken Justice System

Junaid Hafeez, a young scholar who has suffered six years of solitary confinement has been sentenced to death on a dubious blasphemy case. To…

Standing Up To Injustice

My talk involving human rights, minority rights and injustice.…

A void really difficult to fill: Raza Rumi remembers Asma Jahangir on first death anniversary

Whenerver excesses were committed by the judiciary, like dam fund etc, or civil rights were curbed, or Arman Loni and SP Dawar were murdered,…

Protection Of Constitutional Rights Is Must For Naya Pakistan, says Raza Rumi

Right to dignity is blatantly dishonoured in Pakistan. In this video, Raza Rumi expresses concern over violation of human rights in Pakistan. Will it…

2018 A Tough Year For Human Rights Defenders In Pakistan, says Raza Rumi

Today is the #HumanRightsDay –In this video, Raza Rumi says that the world is unsafer and myopic with the rise of facism across the…

Asma Jahangir is no more — but her formidable legacy lives on

It will take some time to accept that Asma Jahangir has gone silent. That she is not at the centre of Pakistan’s political discourse.…

End this culture of impunity

Pakistani journalists and activists continue to face intimidation and violence. Worse, they have to deal with a culture of impunity that impedes justice and…

Salmaan Taseer – on the right side of history

Today marks the seventh anniversary of the senseless, cold-blooded murder of Salmaan Taseer. His martyrdom was a price paid for defending a poor Christian…

Bring Pakistan’s Missing Bloggers Home

An activist holding an image of Salman Haider during a protest to condemn the disappearances of social activists, in Karachi, Pakistan, this month. Credit…

Taseer will live as an icon for a sane, just Pakistan

Salmaan Taseer, businessman, publisher and Governor of Pakistan’s largest Province, was killed by his bodyguard a zealot who like his supporters thought that Taseer had…

Sabeen Mahmud, Martyr for Free Speech

My op-ed for The New York Times  The appalling murder in Karachi last week of Sabeen Mahmud is a stark reminder of challenges that…

Raza Rumi: They Tried to Silence Me Once and For All

I spoke with Clarion about fighting for freedom of speech when the price for failure is death. Raza Ahmad Rumi is a Pakistani policy…

Pakistan: At the edge of the abyss?

Pakistan’s blasphemy law is used to fuel violence and death. The recent murder of a brave human rights lawyer Rashid Rehman reminds us of…

On human rights, courts and governance

My interview Ali Dayan Hasan of Human Rights Watch published in The Friday Times No government institution, including the courts, should be immune from…

On counterterrorism and human rights

From an interview that I conducted: There is, of course, a nationalist discourse, as shrill as it is bogus, centered on US-bashing and lionizing…

Rescuing the Pakistani state

Pakistani, and by extension the global media, are regurgitating tiresome cliches about corruption without talking about reforming state institutions. For instance, not a single…