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Salman Rasheed

Salman Rasheed

The writer is a Karachi-based research analyst and political consultant.

Healthcare in Islam

During pre-Islamic era, people with disabilities were considered a burden on society and thus, they were mistreated and looked down upon. Thanks to the Almighty Allah (SWT), the opposite is true in Islam.  There exist many narrations praising visiting the

Speaking the truth

We must realise that every time we speak, it has serious consequences for good and the bad and the words we speak have impact and meaning.   The hadith that forms the foundation of this column has two narrations. The

A new electoral system

The electoral system currently used in Pakistan is the oldest system from the twelfth century, is the Majoritarian or First-past-the-post (FPTP) system, which exists in the United Kingdom and Canada.  It has, however, not found completely satisfactory and as such

Severity of Injustice

I would like to quote the conclusion of Syed Jafar Raza’s book “Essence of Islam” as it perfectly sums up that Islam is justice: “If I am asked to summarize the nature of Islam and the principles of Islam in

Poverty can lead to disbelief

I have been regularly watching Founder and President Yaqeen Institute in Dallas Texas Sheikh Omar Suleiman’s lectures and kutbas on YouTube for the past four years. He is a great teacher and giver of Islamic knowledge and I have been

Ethics Commissioner

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family accepted an invitation from Prince Karim Aga Khan to vacation over the Christmas holidays in December 2016 on his private resort in the Bahamas.  In addition, Prime Minister Trudeau admitted that he

Karachi needs open spaces

Karachi, like other megacities around the world, has become a concrete jungle and thus, the need for open green spaces and playgrounds is huge. Karachi has been experiencing heat waves due to climate change, deterioration of green spaces and enhanced

Under-policing in Karachi

A megacity like Karachi needs more police on the streets given the city’s population.  Currently, the total strength of Karachi police force is about 34,000 to 35,000 that includes nearly 7,000 to 8,000 on VIP duty. Given the population of

Sindh education: a nightmare

When Murad Ali Shah became Chief Minister of Sindh in the summer of 2016, he declared an ‘education emergency’, which was a commendable decision given the poor state of public education throughout the province of Sindh. However, after 12 years

Parliamentary Budget Office

Whenever a government in Pakistan presents a budget, there is scepticism as usual about the integrity of both the budget and macroeconomic figures presented by the government. It is not a secret that past governments at all levels have “fudged”

What Malcolm X Taught Us

February 21 is the 55th anniversary of the assassination of the great African-American Muslim leader and human rights activist El-Haaj Malik El-Shabazz better known as Malcolm X. His life is an example of how we can redeem ourselves with the

Pakistan is pivot of the world

The time has come for more powerful Muslim states in terms of military and economy to unite and play an active leadership role in the affairs of the Muslim World.  It is truly sad that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation