Official Blog of Marvi Sirmed

Balochistan Assembly: a Critical View

Balochistan Assembly: a Critical View
This article was originally published in weekly The Friday Times on October 11, 2013 Beyond the grand debate on mightier political issues, broad constitutional reforms and rights violations by state institutions, Balochistan’s development and its people’s well being could have partly been ensured by strengthening democratic governance and th [...]

Mrs. Salamanka

Mrs. Salamanka
A poem by Noon Meem Rashid (Urdu), posting here specially for Faiza Sultan Khan, with a promise to post it in Persian transcript soon! Noon Meem Rashid Khuda hashr mein ho madadgaar mera Ke dekhi hein mein ne Mrs. Salamanka ki aankhein Mrs. Salamanka ki ankhein Ke jin ke ufaq hein janoobi samunder ki neeli rasaa’i se aagay Janoobi sam [...]

Civil Society Gravely Concerned at Tu...

Islamabad, 15 January 2013 We, the concerned citizens, human rights activists and civil society organizations, are watching with the gravest concern the fast-unfolding events in Islamabad today. It is the first time that a democratic dispensation was nearing its natural completion. We condemn the exploitation and the use of women and childre [...]

Accountability of the Prime Accountab...

With its triangular function of legislation, representation and oversight on the Executive Branch of the state, Parliament is normally considered to be the prime democratic institution to hold the governments and state institutions accountable, as well as articulate concerns on corrupt practices on behalf of citizens. In recent times, the sam [...]

Parliament and Civil Society: Some id...

My presentation to Speaker & members of Provincial Assembly Sindh, and a group of civil society representatives, in 2010. [scribd id=108853532 key=key-1uz30ukpnhb5lgq42csq mode=scroll]

Supreme Court and Public Accounts Com...

Sharing with you this important document, which has left me shocked and extremely disappointed in the ‘wisdom’ of those who need to be the wisest. Amid all kinds of corruption allegations on politicians being pursued by the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCOP), one case got special treatment by the worthiest men of of this country  [...]

‘On Compromise’ by John M...

‘On Compromise’ by John Morley that Jinnah suggested for reading
  Below is the text of famous writing, On Compromise, by Lord John Morley of UK. I just found it in my collection of pdf documents gathered from various online & offline sources. Thought it is important to share it with today’s young of this country, whose founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah once prescribed this reading to the youth o [...]

Discrediting an Activist

Discrediting an Activist
This is based on my short article that appeared in Express Tribune on June 19, 2012. Marvi Sirmed while addressing a Press Conference in Islamabad We in Pakistan are wonderful people. We are righteous enough to hate on the corrupt and chaste enough to impulsively condemn the corrupt when ‘exposed’, mostly without verifying the facts. But w [...]

Rinkle Kumari: A Test Case for Jinnah...

Rinkle Kumari: A Test Case for Jinnah’s Pakistan (Updated)
This was originally written for The Friday Times appeared on May 25, 2012. Click here to read it from TFT. Posted here with some modifications Rinkle talking to media among Mitho’s men and women. With her can be seen Naveed Shah “Supreme Court has once again killed the justice as it had done earlier under Molvi Mushtaq when it sentenc [...]

Rinkle Kumari: The Timeline of Injust...

Rinkle Kumari: The Timeline of Injustice
A massive rally by Muslims and Hindus in Karachi against Rinkle’s abduction February 24: Rinkle Kumari was abducted / disappeared early in the morning. At 11:00 am Nand Lal, her father received a call from Mian Aslam son of Mian Abdul Haq (aka Mian Mitho) who informed that Rinkle was with him and had embraced Islam. Later in the eveni [...]