Mashal Khan's Murder: An Act of Collective Cowardice

American Protests against the Muslim Ban: Lessons for all Pakistanis

Counter the Trump Strategy for a Second Term in Office

Disappearing Acts: What is at Stake for Pakistan

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Counter the Trump Strategy for a Second Term in Office

Until the rise of the ultra right in Europe and the United States, we on the left were at the forefront as the critics of neoliberal globalization. For us, it was obvious that economic globalization, as it was being practiced, had a huge potential but was normally working only for the global elite. In our…

Mullahs and the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act

Just recently, the Punjab government (And I am no fan of them politically)  passed, Unanimously, the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act. I consider this a huge first step in making the Pakistani public and private sphere better and safer for women, and my hope is that the federal government and other provinces will…

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The Profane Defenders of the Sacred

  Last week thousands of defenders of the faith descended on the Pakistani capital to mourn the execution of a convicted, and self-declared, murderer.  In the process of their protests these valiant warriors set fire to a couple of metro stations, threw slippers at the army helicopters (to scare them away it seems) and then used…

Humanities make humans

We often hear, in public and private conversations, that Pakistani culture and politics will become better with the increase in access to education. This is nothing new: almost all nations offer “education” as a panacea: as something that can solve most of their socio-economic problems. In the last decade or so, huge investments have been…

Axact, Bol and Pakistani Journalism: What is at Stake!

  A lot has happened since the New York Times published their deeply troubling investigative story about the shenanigans of Axact. The Pakistani authorities have now launched an investigation into the dealings of the company, the leading journalists recruited by Bol, an affiliate of Axact, have now left the new network, some for the reasons…

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Akbar Jehan: An Intimate History of Kashmir

Khan, Nyla Ali. The Life of a Kashmiri Woman: Dialectic of Resistance and Accommodation. New York: Palgrave Pivot.Hardcover: $70.00. Ebook: S49.99 Many of us in the Sub-continent who grew up with an awareness of the history of Kashmir do not usually realize that the histories we receive are highly motivated and are presented to us…

سرِ بازارِ جاں اعلان کر دو

یہ کیسا دور آیا ہے جہاں میں کہ قاتل قاضی و منصف بنے ہیں یہ کیسی آگ ہے جس کی لپٹ میں مساجد اور مدارس جل رہے ہیں یہ کیسا علم دیں ہے جسکے حامل وفا و پیار کی رسمیں بھلا کر رہِ اخلاص کے سب در جلا کر بھلا کر ٓآشتی کی سب حدیثیں چھپا…