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    Pakistan Religion Before Islam And After

  • Less religion, more religion

    STATES and societies are struggling to find ways to deal with religion — or religious thought, to be precise...

    While most states see religion as a challenge, for the common man the attraction of religion is increasing...

  • Bangladesh court to hear petition challenging Islam as state religion

    DHAKA: The Bangladesh High Court will this month hear a writ petition that was initially filed 28 years ago, challenging the constitutional amendment that gave ‘Islam’ status of the state’s religion...

    The development comes amidst a crackdown by the Bangladesh government against ‘militants and extremists’ behind the ‘Islamist violence’ that has recently gripped the country – liberal activists, members of minority Muslim sects and...

  • Matli SHO helps Hindu family convert to Islam, vows to continue 'efforts for religion'

    Riaz Ahmed Bijarani, the station house officer (SHO) of Matli police station in Badin district, on Wednesday said that seven members of a Hindu family have converted to Islam through his efforts...

    Bijarani informed Dawn that the family — comprising three adults and four minors aged 5, 8, 10 and 12 years, respectively — entered into the fold of Islam after reciting the kalma at the hand of prayer leader Moulana Mazhar Depar...

  • ‘We should all be like doctors, who don’t ask patients’ religion before treating them’

    KARACHI: “The people of India thrived in a pluralistic society from the time of Ashoka until the British arrived there and started their divide and rule policy,” said historian Dr Mubarak Ali on Saturday...

    He was speaking at a national symposium titled ‘Medical sciences, spirituality and mental health’ organised by the United Medical and Dental College (UMDC) in collaboration with the Dow University of Health Sciences...

  • Khursheed Shah opposes use of religion for political objectives

    SUKKUR: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah said on Monday that religion should not be used for achieving political objectives...

    Talking to reporters at his residence here, he said the trend of using religion for achieving political objectives was dangerous for the country...

  • SUP call to separate religion from state

    Syed Peace Conference’ held here on Sunday called for an end to ‘controlled’ democracy in the country and demanded transformation of Pakistan into a truly federal and democratic state where all provinces could enjoy complete autonomy...

    “Only true representative governments elected through transparent polls will be able to eliminate corruption and bad governance and serve the masses by raising their standard of living and ensuring...

  • Erdogan plays religion card in tight Turkey polls

    ANKARA: Turkish Presi­dent Recep Tayyip Erdogan has controversially turned religion into a campaign issue in the officially secular country’s upcoming polls, which promise to be the biggest election challenge yet for the ruling party...

    The ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) — co-founded by Erdogan and in power since 2002 — is widely expected to win the June 7 legislative polls but faces an uphill struggle to...

  • Modi urges India to reject violence in name of religion

    NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged India on Tuesday to reject religious violence, after a series of attacks against minorities sparked debate about whether a surge of Hindu nationalism is undermining the country’s secular ideals...

    The speech was light on foreign policy, making no mention of arch-rival Pakistan or of China...

  • Peshawar High Court orders govt to include Kalasha religion in census

    The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Tuesday directed the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics to include the Kalasha religion on the national census form prior to the second phase of the exercise starting April 25...

    Sabir Awan, the petitioner's lawyer, informed the court that the Kalash people subscribe to one of the oldest known religions of the region, and that their members continue to live in three remote villages in district Chitral... ...

  • Religion & economic growth

    Economics normally takes into consideration four factors of production (land, labour, capital and entrepreneurship)...

    But what about ‘divine information’? Such information is supposedly the preserve of gifted holy men, in this instance the ‘pirs’ who advise keeping a black francolin to ward off evil spirits, counter black magic and build a successful business because the bird emits a certain cry...

  • Defining religion

    RELIGION has remained a living topic in almost all ages...

    Many have discussed religion in different ways; some have even made religion a topic of acrimonious debate...

  • Efforts to focus on countering religion-based polio vaccination refusals

    ISLAMABAD: The Islamic Advisory Group (IAG) for Polio Eradication has decided to intensity its efforts after 50pc of refusals during polio vaccination campaigns across the country were reported to be religion-based...

    It was also suggested that the Imam-i-Kaaba be invited during the polio campaign, to minimise refusals and ensure the eradication of the poliovirus by the end of 2016...

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