Our Mission

  • A Religious Organization

    As a movement Khudi stands against all forms of extremism, including those that use religion to justify a certain agenda. But simply saying ‘no’ to extremism isn’t good enough – it’s essential to challenge and undermine the arguments used by extremists and to refute the religious justifications they put forward.

    However, challenging extremism in this way doesn’t mean that Khudi is eligible to comment on religious matters or issue fatwas about the length of the beard or the hijaab. At Khudi we believe religious beliefs are a personal matter that each individual may take guidance on from their respective religious authorities. Thus, our volunteers and friends belong to a variety of faiths and sects and span the religious spectrum, from conservative to liberal. The important thing is that we stand firmly by the principle of respecting each other’s difference.

    A Political Party

    Khudi’s support for the democratic process often leads to questions about why we don’t form a political party to bring about change in Pakistan. No doubt the work of political parties is important in that they formulate policy on matters of national importance, but in Pakistan there’s another debate to be had before the work of political parties: the fundamental direction in which we want this country to progress. Do we want it to be a dictatorship or a democracy?

    Years of inefficiency and corruption by elected governments have left many Pakistanis disenchanted with the whole idea of democracy. This is why military coups have often enjoyed huge support in Pakistan, as if somehow the army could sweep to power and clean up the mess made by hapless civilians. But alas, these love affairs haven’t lasted too long, for as we all know military rule is no antidote to this country’s problems. As a result, we’ve lurched back and forth for over sixty years, never committing to democracy or cutting loose from autocratic rule.

    But it’s about time we chose one way or another. At Khudi we advocate a democratic culture as the best way forward, but a national consensus in support of this can only be achieved through civil society initiatives, not through the formation of a political party that would be engaged in campaigning and policy debates. In short, acting as a political party is not part of Khudi’s plan.

    An NGO

    Although established as a non-governmental body, Khudi doesn’t call itself an NGO. This is because NGO work usually revolves around development – digging wells, building schools, providing relief and such sort – and this isn’t the kind of stuff we do. Our domain is one of ideas, where we counter dangerous and divisive ideologies and work to promote a climate in Pakistan where discussion and debate are used as the primary methodology to arrive at solutions and to resolve disputes. That’s why we prefer being called a social movement instead.