If you’re shocked by the title of this story and are thinking; ‘are you crazy? If you blaspheme in Pakistan, there’s no forgiveness for it’, let me put your mind at ease by telling it’s only the majority religion where you must die when you blaspheme as per Pakistani laws. But for minority religions, you get off scot-free. And if you’re thinking what a primitive society where majority rules and subjugates the minority, Pakistanis would have you know that it is so only because the majority religion is the right one and the minority ones are not. …


Time and again the discourse after every Islamist terrorist attack has been reduced to something like “clash of civilisation”, “Islam vs Europe” or “mass immigration to Europe”. I see all these counter-terrorism experts grappling to explain and theorise the possible causes. The entire day today I’ve had to listen to “experts” offering explainations like ‘because it’s so easy to buy a knife and carry such an attack’. As someone who grew up a Sunni Muslim in lower-middle class in Pakistan, studied Islam and often got into trouble with Islamists for his work on human rights topics, I feel compelled to…


BBC’s Urdu service recently posted a video experimenting with content aimed at raising awareness on taboo subjects. This storytelling format video anonymously featured a woman who along with her family had to go through an ordeal because of lack of awareness. This video attracted mix reactions. Many called it ‘too bold’ while others praised it for stating the conversation. I was in the latter group. However, I came across another one of their videos where they feature Dr Samra Ameen, a ‘sexologist’ making dubious claims.

The video posed as awareness video carried mythical claims such as porn and masturbation cause…


You’d see such a rosy picture of Pakistan painted by travel bloggers or government officials belonging to the upper middle class insisting Pakistan is a tolerant and welcoming country and that the country suffers from an image problem in the Western audience because of how the Islamic country is portrayed in the media abroad. On one hand you see the extremely friendly experiences of Western travel vloggers while on the other, there are images of shrinking breathing space and violence perpetrated by far-right religious groups in the name of religion. Oblivious from all this are the upper-middle and upper classes…


Pakistani leaders have been screaming human rights violations in the Indian-held Kashmir all the while wondering why isn’t the world taking them seriously now that they appear to be championing ‘human rights’. The only explanation they could come up with was — the Prime Minister and other top leaders have said this repeatedly- world’s bias towards Muslims. They also like to completely ignore the fact that most of the Muslim world is also not buying it.

But I have another theory: being Muslims may not be the only reason the world is isolating you. You see when a nation that…


The shocking number of people in Pakistan including prominent activists have been taking to social media to boast about their altered looks through the creepy FaceApp but privacy experts around the globe have warned people to consider privacy before using this app. And this once again proves there’s little to no real awareness en masse when it comes to privacy.

I wouldn’t even bother highlight the potential face recognition and face mapping work that can be done with the stored pictures because some dismiss those concerns as conspiracy theories — even though many privacy advocates say this can be done…


Recognised as a banned terrorist outfit in Pakistan, Hizbut Tahrir’s video ads about how only their version and model of ‘Khilafah’ can bring the needed change to save the country creeped into timelines of the Pakistani audiences last night just 2 days before the national election. This despite the fact that Facebook promised measures including tightened reviews for political advertising so that its platform is not used to influence elections in Pakistan and other countries.

The ad in question is a video ad that lists how country’s ‘incompetent’ and ‘greedy’ leaders couldn’t solve the water and energy crises in decades…


With independent NA 247 candidate Jibran Nasir’s campaign running in full swing, we’re not only watching history being made with a young man’s incredible and unprecedented resistance to extremism, we’re also witnessing everyone else chickening out and leaving him all by himself… with his team of even younger volunteers. Now, this wouldn’t even be a problem and I might not even be writing this article had everyone else — or at least other contenders — came forward and assured support to fight against the common enemy i.e. religious extremism. …


When Apple launched its iPhone X last year with an edge to edge display from all sides except the top where it had to have a notch to house its sophisticated infrared, camera and facial recognition hardware, people were cynical and mocked it. Less than a year into it, several competitors have copied the idea and launched their flagship phones also with notches.

Who knew the iPhone X would help put Apple back on the map and help its diminishing trend? Only recently the company reported extremely profitable quarter that even broke some records in sales. But let’s be fair…


Snapchat has recently unveiled a new feature this week which most users never thought would happen. Yes, we’re talking about the message delete feature which up until now wasn’t possible. Snapchat now lets you delete messages you have sent to other users.

The non-Snap users reading this and going; haha, every other app has a delete message feature, before you jump and judge, know that it is a big deal and it’s not about you anyway.

And if you’re a not-so-keen Snap user like me thinking what’s the big deal when the messages auto-disappear and self-destruct, there’s a difference. …

Muhammad Farhan

Berlin-based freelance Journalist. Topics: Digitisation, integration, immigration, human rights and intersectionality. https://mfarhan.de

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