Will the execution of Governor Taseer’s assassin reopen the debate on Pakistan’s blasphemy law?

(Originally published on the South Asia @ LSE blog.) Mumtaz Qadri, the police bodyguard of former Governor of Punjab province Salmaan Taseer was executed on 29 February 2016 for killing him with 27 bullets on 4 January 2011. The assassination followed the Governor’s call to reform of Pakistan’s blasphemy law. The execution shows the State’s rejection of violent… Read More Will the execution of Governor Taseer’s assassin reopen the debate on Pakistan’s blasphemy law?

The Internet Policymaking Landscape in Pakistan

This post originally appeared on the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)’s Center for Global Communication Studies (GGCS) blog, and summarises the findings of the research report I authored on behalf of Bolo Bhi for the Center.     Internet policymaking in Pakistan has been an uphill task for all stakeholders involved, a process whereby the government justifies… Read More The Internet Policymaking Landscape in Pakistan

How Pakistanis’ internet rights are at stake, and what you can do to reclaim them

You thought the YouTube ban was bad? The Government of Pakistan under the proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 is giving itself sweeping powers to remove or block ANY content it deems unfit. As Pakistani citizens, we must resist this move to protect our right to use the internet freely as means of expressing ourselves.… Read More How Pakistanis’ internet rights are at stake, and what you can do to reclaim them

Facebook and Pakistan

[Originally published in The Nation Opinion page] The Facebook event ‘Draw Muhammad Day’ indeed came as an offensive shock not only to Muslims around the world; but to all those who believe in tolerance and respect of others’ beliefs. Islamic tradition disallows the representation of the Prophet Muhammad in any state, but a special event