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).

Taliban Monstrosity and Murder of Children

As I write these words, the news is still pouring in of the murder of over 100 children by the Taliban who attacked an Army Public School in Peshawar yesterday. Even though I am trying to capture my feelings in words, I know, deep in my heart, that there is no language for this. At a…

My Personal Paradigm Shift on PTI Sit-In

From the very start of the PTI sit ins, I was openly opposed to the idea and execution of it. Part of it came from my inherent distrust of trusting one person and one leader to speak for me and others, but a major part of my concern was that the marches could derail the…

News Max Publishes Journalistic Junk about Pakistan

In a recently published, highly speculative article by Arnaud de Borchgrave about Pakistani Prime minister, of whom I am no fan, the author seems to assert, without any credible sources, that the current Pakistani prime minister is an ISIS sympathizer.[1] There are some interesting and bizarre claims made about Nawaz Sharif, some of which include the following: Nawaz,…

Qaumi Aman Party: A New Kind of Politics is Emerging

For the last few months some of my friends and I have been laying down the ground work for the Qaumi Aman Party, Pakistan (QAP). I must admit that this a very humble and tentative start and the party has not yet been registered. Our idea was to create a political party with as much…

Imran Khan and the Politics of Hubris

Delusional Disorder: Themes of delusions may fall into the following types: erotomanic type (patient believes that a person, usually of higher social standing, is in love with the individual); grandiose type (patient believes that he has some great but unrecognized talent or insight, a special identity, knowledge, power, self-worth, or special relationship with someone famous…

This is not the Time for Cricket Metaphors

In the wake of the recent popular protests in Islamabad, quite a few cultural and political writers have opined upon the nature and potential of these protests. Some have even compared these events to the Tahrir Square. In this excitement to valorize popular protest, we should be careful with our labels and with our assertions.…