Munir Pervaiz Saami
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Former chair of the Writers in Exile Committee at PEN Canada.Columnist at the weekly Urdu Times. Director, Progressive Writers Association, Canada. Born in Pakistan, a banker by profession and writer by trade.

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Were Rumi, Al-Ma'arri And Rhazes Islamophobes?

(1) Comments | Posted February 22, 2017 | 1:23 PM

As someone who has always been on the forefront of struggling against violent Islamic extremism in Canada and elsewhere, I have been warning against the use of the term Islamophobia to silence objective critics of violent interpretation of Islam and attempts towards bloodshed in the name of Islam....

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Sabeen Mahmud's Brutal Killing Is Another Stain on Pakistan's Human Rights

(7) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 6:54 PM

The brutal killing of Pakistan's human rights activist, Sabeen Mahmud, has not only stunned Pakistanis, but has also sent shock waves, which are rippling through the global social media.

She is also the latest victim, among the recent range of murders of human rights activists and journalists...

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For Mujahideen Jihad means "Jihad by the Sword"

(7) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 6:21 PM

Throughout the Cold War there was no two meanings of the word "Jihad." Both the USSR and the USA knew what it meant -- Islamic War against Godless communists. For the "Mujahideen," fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan as well as Islamists in North America, Jihad at that time meant "Jihad,"...

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Don't Keep Yelling 'Islamophobia' To Silence Genuine Debate

(22) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 7:14 PM

On the day when Canada and its Prime Minister were getting ready to confer an honorary citizenship on Nobel Laureate Malala Yusufzai, and when Stephen Harper was going to moderate "Strong Girls, Strong World" session with Malala as a participant, the very foundation of Canada's democracy and freedoms...

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Malala's Nobel Prize Could Make Her Exile Permanent

(15) Comments | Posted October 12, 2014 | 4:37 PM

While the announcement that Malala Yusufzai has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Kailash Satyarthi of India was greeted with jubilation across the world jubilant, many in her native Pakistan have shown open hostility towards her while her admirers fear that she may now never be able to...

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With Only a Pen in Her Hand

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 6:02 PM

There are times in human history when a single person becomes a metaphor for philosophy, morality, humanity, poetry, literature, and stature, all rolled into one. Such persons lead by example, at times sacrificing their own lives for their convictions.

Socrates is a name that rings true to this definition. In...

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