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).

غزل ۔ فیض احمد فیض

ھم كے ٹھرے اجنبی اتنی مداراتوں كے بعد پھر بنیں گے آشنا كتنی ملاقاتوں كے بعد كب نظر میں آے گی بیداغ سبزے كی بھار خون كے دھبے دھلیں گے كتنی برساتوں كے بعد دل تو چاھا پر شكستِ دل نے مھلت ھی نہ دی كچھ گلے شكوے بھی كر لیتے مناجاتوں كے بعد تھے…

Of Oil Tankers and Collateral Deaths

It is now clear, as per the latest statement of Gen. Stanley McChrystal–the US commander in Afghanistan–that all those who died in the NATO bombing of hijacked oil-tankers were not Taliban, and that some civilians were also ‘wounded’ there. I am sure we will be told pretty soon that some civilians also died in this…

The Adventures of Mr. Chicken-heart Zardari

Rumor has it that Mr. Zardari, in league with certain retired Pakistani generals, has launched a new propaganda campaign against the Muslim League (N) leaders. The purpose, it is being said, is to force Mr. Nawaz Sharif to give up on his mission to  ensure that Musharraf is tried, and to draw attention away from…

Climbing Mount Hira

The Prophet and His Message : “Force when necessary, love all the time.” (Naguib Mahfooz) On a hot July afternoon in 1991, I climbed Mount Hira. Compared to towering Himalayas of Pakistan, Hira is no giant, but the climb was made hard by my pilgrim’s sandals and the intense heat. It is a barren, forbidding…

On the 62nd Independence Day

As Pakistanis celebrated their 62nd independence day on August 14, the leaders made quite a few statements: The Prime Minister declared that the terrorists and fundamentaists will be deafeated. Mr. Nawaz Sharif asked the army to sever ties with Pervez Musharraf. The army chief declared that the Pakistan army will defend Pakistani Azadi with Honor.…

Shamed at Gojra: No faith in law

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik (Published in The Friday Times) August 14-20, 2009 – Vol. XXI, No. 26 We are grappling now not just with a bad law but with enduring attitudes that ensure that, in theory, even if this law were removed or changed, people would continue to be harassed and even killed. Should the law…

Importance of Prosecuting Musharraf

There is no doubt, if you know the basics of 1973 constitution, that Musharraf’s ouster of Nawaz Sharif and his eventual ten years of rule was illegal and unconstitutional. The question in front of the National Assembly is not to judge the nature of his rule but rather to set it straight, once and for…

Death of a Murderer

According to all accounts of the Pakistani media, Baitullah Mehsud, the chief of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, has finally gone on to meet his maker. Thus, a man who orchestrated deaths, mutilations, and torture of countless fellow Muslims has finally met a violent end. It is strange that he and his followers, so intent on creating the…

Qur'an Art Foundation is Closing Down

Those of you who read our interview with Amar Raza, whose work is also featured on the main page of Pakistaniaat, probably know that Amar had pointed out in his interview that he was running out of funds. Well, sadly, that day has arrived. I just heard from Amar. He has given his entire collection…