2105, 2015

An Interview with Mohammad Jibran Nasir, Pakistani Counter-Terrorism Activist

Mohammad Jibran Nasir is a 28-year-old lawyer, blogger and civil rights activist from Pakistan. He contested the 2013 general elections as an independent candidate in the city of Karachi. He has appeared on a number of mainstream TV channels as an anchor and analyst as the past. He runs NGOs and leads movements and protests against extremism and sectarian violence. His movement shot to increased fame and prominence in the wake of the December 16, 2014 attack on a school in Peshawar by the Taliban, when he led a protest against an infamous religious cleric who refused to condemn the attack. He visited Yale as part of a tour of US universities to rally support for his anti-extremism movement and sat down with The Politic prior to his talk.

805, 2015

Pakistani Activist Launches Global Tour To Fight Religious Extremism Back Home

Back home in Pakistan, he’s been arrested at protests, gone head-to-head with radical clerics and even received death threats from (allegedly) the Taliban. This month, Mohammad Jibran Nasir is turning to America.

The Karachi-based activist is currently on a six-week tour of the U.S., where he’s speaking at more than two dozen top colleges and universities from Boston to California. The goal of his tour is to convince young, educated Pakistanis and Pakistani-Americans to combat the religious extremism he believes is ravaging Pakistan.

“My job is to make my country safe so that people will return home rather than leave it,” Nasir, 28, told the WorldPost in an April 24 interview in New York.

2202, 2015

Aziz has apologised for defending APS attack, says Nisar

WASHINGTON: Maulana Abdul Aziz, the imam of Islamabad’s Lal Masjid, has submitted a written apology to police over his implied defence of the Dec 16 attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Friday.

The minister was talking to journalists after ending a three-day visit to Washington. Asked why Islamabad was reluctant to arrest the Lal Masjid cleric, Mr Khan said the government was careful, not reluctant.

2002, 2015

Human Shield formed outside Karachi imambargah to send ‘message of unity’

KARACHI: Citizens on Friday formed a human chain around Imambargah Shah-i-Najaf in Karachi to send a message of unity in response to the recent deadly sectarian attacks on imambargahs in different cities of the country.

The human chain was formed on the call of the Pakistan Youth Alliance (PYA). The organisation was formed in 2007 and comprises a network of youth activists who believe in a politically progressive, religiously harmonious and economically just Pakistan.

1002, 2015

Muslim Group To Form Human Shield Around Oslo Synagogue

On Feb. 21, a week after a shooting outside a synagogue in Copenhagen, Denmark, left two people dead and five injured, a Muslim group in Norway plans to take measures to help ensure the safety of Jewish worshipers in that country.

The group of Norwegian Muslims will form a human “peace ring” around a synagogue in Oslo, according to a Facebook page for the event.

“We think that after the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen, it is the perfect time for us Muslims to distance ourselves from the harassment of Jews that is happening,” 17-year-old organizer Hajrad Arshad told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) in an interview cited by The Local Norway.

2212, 2014

Lal Masjid protest: FIR registered against Maulana Aziz

ISLAMABAD: A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against Lal Masjid’s chief cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz at Aabpara Police Station upon unremitting pressure exerted from protesting civil society on Friday night. The non-bailable FIR was registered under section 506 (2).

A candlelight vigil and protest was organised in response to a statement by Maulana Abdul Aziz in which he refused to condemn the massacre of students and teachers in a terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar.

103, 2014

VIDEO: #KholoBC Viral Music Video Fights Pakistan’s YouTube Ban

It’s been over a year since Pakistanis have had to go without YouTube or resort to proxy servers and VPN services to use the site. The world’s most popular video-sharing site has been banned in the country since September 2012 after an anti-Islam film on YouTube, “Innocence of Muslims” sparked protests in many parts of the world.

There has been steady resistance since. This time, unhappy Pakistanis registered their protest in a music video.