Masood Raja

Originally from Pakistan, Dr. Masood Ashraf Raja is an Associate Professor of Postcolonial Literature and Theory at the University of North Texas and the author of "The Religious Right and the Talibanization of America" (Palgrave, 2016).

On Hate Speech and Hate Crimes in Pakistan

(We will act against literature, newspapers and magazines that are spreading hate, [ideas of] beheading people, sectarianism, extremism and intolerance. (National Action Plan, Pakistan)   In the wake of the Peshawar massacre, the most important trend that has emerged in the Pakistani public sphere is the focus, both by the government and the civil society, on…

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…

Aamir Liaquat: Mullahs and Scapegoating of Ahmadiyya Community

It seems that in the aftermath of Peshawar Massacre, now that the hate-mongering mullahs and their followers are facing the wrath of the Pakistani public, the mullahs and their follower have now started blaming and scapegoating the minorities. It is no surprise then that, once gain, the Ahmadiyya community, the most peaceful and patriotic “minoritized”…

Peshawar Massacre: We Must Hold the Mullahs Accountable

In the aftermath of the greatest tragedy visited upon Pakistan in recent times, the mullahs still keep spewing the rationalizing bullshit that has poisoned our national culture. One example of such venomous rhetoric is the stance taken by the Imam of Lal Maijid, Maulana Abdul Aziz. In his Friday sermon, just days after the murder of…

پاکستانی بچوں کے قتل پر مولانا عبدالعزیز کاناقابلِ یقین موقف

آج جبکے پوری پاکستانی قوم اور تمام اقوام کےلوگ اور انکی حکومتیں ہمارے بچوں کے قتل پر ایک آواز سے اس درندگی کے مذمت کر رہی ہیں، لال مسجد کے امام مولانا عبدالعزیز کو اتنی ہمت اور خدا کا خوف نھیں کہ اپنی ذبان سے طالبان کے اس ظلم کی کھلی مذمت کریں۔ یہ ایک انتہائ…

Peshawar Attack: The Way Forward

After we have buried our dead children and taken care of the wounded, we as a nation must come together to decide our future. The massacre of our children by the terrorists who call themselves mujahideen is a great tragedy and we should remember this day as a day of great loss but also as…

In Solidarity Against Taliban Atrocity in Peshawar

  We at The Pakistan Forum are saddened and horrified at the murder of Pakistani school children by the Taliban. Our prayers are with the parents and relatives of all those who were murdered by Taliban cowards. May the parents of these children find peace and solace in this time of great pain and personal…