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Riyatullah Farooqui

Riyatullah Farooqui

The writer is a senior journalist.

Madrassah, Modern education and deception IV

First, let’s have a look into how the administration acquired land for Jamia Tur-Rasheed. Mufti Abdul Rahim in his first introductory booklet gives the following information: “When the services in the religious institution started to grow exponentially, some sincere well-wishers,

Madrassah, Modern education and deception III

In the harsh days of the early 90’s, Darul Ifta Wal Irshad suddenly appeared to be taking the shape of a fort for no reason. The main gate which only had a watchman now had armed guards and a watchtower.

Madrassah, Modern education and deception- II

In 1986, Maulana Faiz-ur-Rehman Usmani founded an educational institution, Institute of Islamic Sciences, which gives both religious and modern education to every student. Maulana Faiz is very clear in his academic concept. He clearly says that our goal is nothing

Madrassah, Modern education and deception

When I moved to Islamabad from Karachi in November 1994, a Maulvi Sahib there said, “Now you have moved to Islamabad, you will have new friends. There is a person whom you have to avoid meeting.” When I inquired some

US bases in Pakistan

It’s very simple. Twenty years ago, the United States and 44 allies came to Afghanistan saying that the Taliban are terrorists and they wanted a regime change. After suffering a defeat, they started dialogue with the Taliban two decades later.

An extraordinary defeat

The violence in Palestine has somehow ended after ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. When a country armed with land, sea and air weapons agrees to a ceasefire with a resistance organization, it can be called nothing but defeat. It is

Nawaz’s troubles are over

Allama Iqbal had a dream which was eventually realized in the formation of our beloved homeland. This required struggle to achieve our cherished dream. A large number of Muslims gathered under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam and strived for it. Since

From doctor to doctor

In the old days, there were very few doctors. So there were very few sick people. Seasonal fevers and colds were common illnesses. The majority of critically ill patients were those hospitalized due to truck or bus collisions. Back then,

Human rights violation in US – III

The US Human Rights Violations 2020 report released by the Chinese government also provides a detailed overview of the ongoing racial discrimination, and law and order situation in the United States. The main points of this report regarding racial discrimination

Human rights violation in US – II

At a time when global unity is needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States, however, persists in pursuing an agenda of “America first, imposing sanctions wantonly, bullying and threatening international organizations, thus becoming the biggest troublemaker to global

Human rights violation in US – l

Democracy, freedom and human rights are the three political weapons by which the United States first launches media trial against disobedient countries and then blackmails them. If the United States fails to do so, then it launches a military attack

Poisonous herbs

Whenever a religious party joins hands with our establishment it gets into trouble and riots start taking place. Even among the non-religious political parties, the path of violence was taken only by those parties which were formed on a belief

Story of China and its Muslims (Part 4)

Let’s turn to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which has a unique status running “from the shores of the Nile to Kashgar”. The BRI is a comprehensive initiative with different projects for various regions of the world. The Chinese roadmap

Story of China and its Muslims (Part 3)

The propaganda that is being peddled shows there is no greater champion of human rights in the world than the West. The reality is that China’s advancement in industry and trade has bewildered Western nations. Now the West has resorted

Story of China and its Muslims (Part 2)

World War II changed the whole world not only politically but also geographically. Almost hundreds of years ago, the entire West, including the United States and Britain, was an ally of Japan in China. But now they were enemies. Germany,

Story of China and its Muslims

We are probably the only nation on this planet that does not accept the ‘truth’ despite knowing it. When something is published in the BBC or Voice of America, we immediately accept it as a report from an “authoritative” international

Righteous and comrade brothers

There is no denying that the two major political parties – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) – have publicly parted ways. Bhutto and her daughter have become part of history while Zardari and his son, after

Politics of reconciliation

Without a doubt, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has suffered a lot after the martyrdom of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. After the assassination, Asif Zardari’s first public appearances of the widower subdued a strong sentiment by saying ‘Pakistan khappe’ at a time

Last breath of liberal democracy

The exchange of cultural, educational, agricultural and industrial delegations is a time-honoured tradition as nations benefit from each other’s experiences.  Since the last hundred years, the West has emphasised on immersing the developing countries in their culture but has in

Senate elections and absurd analysis

On the eve of the historic Senate election on March 4, there was only one question on everyone’s mind. Who will win between Yousaf Raza Gilani and Hafeez Shaikh and who will fail? An anchor was of the opinion that

Gilani’s victory

In a major upset in the Senate election, Yousaf Raza Gilani, the joint candidate of opposition parties, was unexpectedly elected senator from Islamabad by defeating Abdul Hafeez Shaikh of the ruling party. In response, Tehreek-i-Insaaf has decided to challenge the

The political uncertainty

The ongoing conflict between the Establishment and the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) is decreasing day by day. Apparently, the Establishment has decided to step back from politics and leave the field empty for those who own it. The Establishment should

Human rights and divine law

In the sight of Almighty Allah, there are two kinds of crimes. The first violates both the divine law and human rights. The other is one in which divine commandments are violated but human rights are not affected. It is

Sugar thieves and honest men

They withdrew their support and you can see the results. Everything is clearly exposed. For the past few months, some so-called political analysts have been proclaiming that the PDM meeting in Lahore failed and hence the PDM should also be

The US political system

Whenever a major incident takes place in the United States or other western countries, we often watch international channels CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera for the update. Once the event is over, the next time these channels are viewed is

Journalism cannot be free

In this turbulent political season, a bench of the Supreme Court held a small informal referendum on Pakistani journalism.  Justice Qazi Faez Isa criticised the state of media freedom, democracy and governance, asking the Attorney-General Khalid Javed Khan, “Tell me.

Flames of Khalistan

For the past few days, the Khalistan movement is getting strengthened in the region’s politics. The Sikh community’s religious and sacred flag was hoisted on New Delhi’s historic Red Fort. Did the flag reach the fort as a result of

Role of madrassahs in politics

During the 20th Century, the world’s three major imperialist powers – Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States – have been the target of hatred by weaker countries.  In our region, those who graduated from modern schools were divided

End of liberal democracy

Since the advent of the century, observers who keep an eye on the ideological conflict have predicted that liberal democracy is on a decline. I remember my meeting with General Hamid Gul over 15 years ago in which he said

PDM and art of politics

Politics is an art. Every major political party has a second and third chain of command who takes an aggressive tone and there are those known for their gentle tone and reconciliatory attitude. Usually, the second command has a soft