In a recent piece in these pages, columnist Farman Nawaz averred: “Pakistan is fighting a war against terrorism without an ideology and that is the reason behind why Pakistan has still not been able to define its goals and those of its fight.” He suggested that we, the people of Pakistan, do not have an “ideology” that can permit us to combat the forces of extremist terror that our own earlier follies have unleashed upon us and, indeed, upon the world. (SalmanTarik Kureshi – Daily Times)
The community should realise that a larger section of intelligentsia even in Muslim-majority countries feel jealous of Indian Muslims in the environment of religious liberalism. Farman Nawaz, a Pakistani journalist in his write up entitled “India make me jealous” expressed- “I am open-minded and I am a democrat but when I see that Hindu majority India enjoys co-existence of faiths, religious liberalism and active social responsiveness of its common people then I feel jealous of India”” . (By R. Upadhyay – South Asia Analysis group )
A recent article from Chinese-owned news source Global Times, written by Farman Nawaz, proffers that the Canadian band’s newest song, “Edge of a Revolution,” is actually a white anthem for riotous revolution and global anarchy.
As Farman Nawaz wrote: “It is a fact that secular and liberal viewpoints are not given a space on the pages of newspapers and news channels in Pakistan and the liberals have to wrap their ideas in religion and customs to make them worth publishing.” Yet, Fawad Khan had the guts and gumption to play this seminal role and for that we all must be grateful.
Farman Nawaz, a columnist with Peshawar-based daily The Frontier Post, has made the following observation on the bill’s importance to Pakistan: “Some of the clauses of Kerry-Lugar Bill are the requirement for reforming our system, for example a free judiciary, no intervention of the army in politics, and monitoring of foreign funds. In reality, these are the flaws of our system, and politicians have suffered a lot because of these problems.”(55) He added: “The powerful hands are setting one against the other to try to modify the clauses relating to the prevention of interference of [the military] establishment in politics… In a way, it is the first violation of Kerry-Lugar Bill.” (Tufail Ahmad – Middle East Media Research Institute )