The Invisible Women Of Pakistan

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Impact

These enterprising, entrepreneurial and gutsy women play a major role in supporting families in Pakistan, yet officially, they are invisible. A large number of these women are often poor and engaged in either home-based economic activity or agricultural work leading to a lack of documentation.

Who I Am Has Nothing To Do With Where My Parents Were Born

Joy D'Souza | Posted 09.11.2016 | Canada Living
Joy D'Souza

My cultural identity isn't defined by where my parents were born. My father was born in Pakistan, his siblings and parents were born in Goa, India, and all of his great-grandparents were born in Portugal. What does that make him? My mother was born in the Philippines, and my sister and I were born in Toronto. What does that make us?

The Thin Red Line: Family Planning In Fragile Places

World Vision | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Pregnancy during war, natural disaster, or economic collapse isn't simply a time of joy and wonder; it's often tainted with anxiety and fear. For these women, it's more like nine months of holding the thin red line of courage against almost impossible odds. The strength and resilience needed to do this is astounding.

Every Parent Plays A Part In Protecting Kids From Polio

UNICEF Canada | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Parents

I became a father in 2013, four months after leaving Pakistan where I was working with UNICEF to support the polio eradication program. As the two remaining polio-endemic countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan are the final pieces of the eradication puzzle.

Remember Those Who Have Died For Religious Freedom

Tahir Gora | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Impact
Tahir Gora

As Toronto was getting ready in the first week of March to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Pakistan Minority Minister Shahbaz Bhatti's assassination, the Government of Pakistan hanged a man, Mumtaz Qadri, for the brutal murder of Punjab province's governor, Salman Taseer.

Once A Paradise, Kashmir Is Now India's Greatest Has-Been

Shanelle Kaul | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Travel
Shanelle Kaul

My father tells me stories about growing up in Kashmir. He describes it as a wealth of natural beauty tucked high away in India's north, with unique cuisine and local craftsmanship. While years of political unrest makes this state especially interesting to the curious traveller, much of what he remembers has since been washed away.

Examining Pakistan's Political Pragmatism

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

Despite its internal problems, Pakistan is slowly emerging as a key cog in the geopolitics of the region. In light of the OPEC market share war and the Syrian crisis, both Iran and Saudi Arabia are looking to tilt the power balance in their favour - a balance that lies with Pakistan as a military power. Instead of gravitating towards its traditional Sunni ally in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan is attempting to play a positive role in diffusing tensions between the two regional powers while also keeping its interests in mind.

A Muslim Reflection On Fear And Violence

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

In the present trying times, one extremist group after another rears its ugly head. This includes the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab, and the most recent incarnation ISIS. Yet, my colleagues at Universalist Muslims and I refuse to let go of Islam.

Catalyzing Female Labour Force Participation In Pakistan

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Business

Pakistan is a diverse country and females account for a large portion of the population. Recently, it has becoming increasingly difficult to discuss the challenges that Pakistani women face. There is a dire need to promote the education of females by launching awareness campaigns at the national level, because in order to educate a nation, you need to educate its women.

When Criticism of Israel Becomes Anti-Semitism

Mike Fegelman | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada Politics
Mike Fegelman

No country should be beyond legitimate criticism and all should be measured against the same yardstick, but when you single out one country over all others, namely Israel, and hold it to a unique standard and put it on the receiving end of exclusive censure, it's anti-Semitism, plain and simple.

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

Munir Pervaiz Saami | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada
Munir Pervaiz Saami

Pakistan has a long history of dissidence and struggle for human rights, where leading writers, poets, artists, students, labour leaders, and journalists, including men and women have sacrificed and given their lives. The shooting death of Pakistan's human rights activist, Sabeen Mahmud, is the latest victim.

Pakistani Taliban Attack A Sign Of A 'Deeply Divided' Movement

CBC | Posted 02.16.2015 | Canada

A horrifying attack on a military-run grade school in Pakistan that killed at least 140 people – most of them children – has refocused global atte...

Religious Fanatics Are Dragging My City of Peshawar Back to the Dark Ages

Murtaza Haider | Posted 02.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Slowly, but surely, I see my ancestral city die a slow death at the hands of religious fanatics. From Boko Haram in Nigeria, who kidnapped 276 young girls from a school in April 2014, to the TTP, who has repeatedly attacked schoolchildren in Pakistan, the Islamic fundamentalists are systematically attacking schools and students. Their goal is to deprive the future generation of Muslims of education and return them back to the dark ages. It is time for the West to right the wrongs and help save Peshawar from the apocalyptic mercenaries.

I Can Only Pray There Will Be a Thousand More Malalas

Murtaza Haider | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Murtaza Haider

Millions around the world rejoiced when Malala Yousafzai won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Today, Canada will embrace Malala by granting her an honourary citizenship to recognize and celebrate her efforts to educate the girls in Pakistan. Today, we must also expose and confront the distorted narratives of those in Pakistan who systematically misconstrue facts and figures to discredit her.

Malala's Nobel Prize Could Make Her Exile Permanent

Munir Pervaiz Saami | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada
Munir Pervaiz Saami

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 return to her birthplace.

Canadian Cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri Creating Chaos in Nuclear Pakistan

Tarek Fatah | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada
Tarek Fatah

For over two weeks, the government of Pakistan and its capital are paralyzed, held hostage by a mob of about 50,000 people with mounting evidence the ...

17 Signs You're A Pakistani Who Grew Up In Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living

You love your Pakistani heritage and culture, and you're especially grateful that you got to grow up in a country like Canada. For the most part, it's...

So You Want To Be A Leader?

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.21.2014 | Canada

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png Leadership is not a concept that exclusively applies to offices and organizations. Every human being is leading a life, a life full of immense potential and a unique promise for the world. As Mahatma Gandhi underscores, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

Victims, Heroes and Pakistani Complicity in the Attack on Mumbai

Danny Eisen | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada
Danny Eisen

From amidst the carnage, an epidemic of heroism emerged that should be remembered along with those who lost lives and limbs. In stark contrast to the pitiless resolve of the killers who combed the halls of Mumbai's Taj Mahal Hotel and executed its guests, the hotel's employees refused to abandon the iconic edifice.

Are Pakistani Diplomats in Toronto Beyond Diplomacy?

Tahir Gora | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada
Tahir Gora

At a time when two rival nations in South East Asia, Pakistan and India, are struggling for better relations with each other, a seasoned diplomat of P...

Girl Accused Of Blasphemy Flees To Canada

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 08.30.2013 | Canada

OTTAWA - A Christian family has been spirited out of Pakistan and into Canada after spending months in hiding following false accusations that their d...

Islam At War -- With Itself

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

Muslim societies have evolved into places where revenge is confused with justice, forgiveness with weakness, and peace with cowardice. These are the places where unholy men wage holy wars against unarmed civilians, pitting Muslims against other Muslims.

Toronto's Anti-Jewish Movement

Tahir Gora | Posted 03.20.2013 | Canada
Tahir Gora

The claim of Toronto base group "Canadians against Bloodshed" that Zionist plots are behind recent massacre of Hazara community Shias in Balochistan province of Pakistan is bizarre and shocking. The poster of this protest clearly reads "Long live Shia Sunny Unity -- Down with Zionist plots."

Pakistan: A Bloody Terror to Itself and the West

Tarek Fatah | Posted 03.14.2013 | Canada
Tarek Fatah

An unprecedented protest is unfolding in the Balochistan city of Quetta in Pakistan. Thousands of people have staged a sit-in, and are using 93 coffins to block a road to protest the slaughter of Shia Muslims by Sunni Muslim terrorists allied with the Taliban. In their demise is a warning to the rest of us. A nuclear power is about to collapse.

A Dark Christmas in Balochistan

Tarek Fatah | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada
Tarek Fatah

While the world observed Christmas, and Pakistanis were distracted by a cricket match against rival India, Pakistan troops in armoured personal carriers and helicopter gunships circled Mashkay, Balochistan. Baloch politicians claim the army's Chistmas Eve operation there resulted in the death of 32 civilians.