Category: Editorials

On Negotiating with Taliban

Recently the negotiations between the Taliban and Pakistani government have been one of the major daily stories in the Pakistani and international media. My purpose here is not to deride this recent attempt at peace by the Pakistani government, but to ask one important question: What is likely to be the cost of this peace?…

We Must Stand with Malala

The Pakistani blogosphere is abuzz with news of Malala Yousafzai and as usual the very cowards who had attempted to silence her voice through their contracted murderers and their minions are also out in force to fight the “threat” posed by this teen age “menace”   That the Taliban and their ilk inhabit the most…

The Underground Economy of Talibanization in Pakistan

For quite some time now, I have been writing about the rise of Taliban within the larger context of globalization[1] . I, however, never meant it to be an apology for the actions of Taliban: In my opinion what Taliban do to the children and women and soldiers of Pakistan is absolutely unforgivable and that…

The Grand Delusions of Mr. Musharraf

It is fascinating, and a bit embarrassing, to watch the daily drama that has now become a life for our erstwhile dictator, patriarch, general and commando leader. That once his word was law and his will was carried through the extended power of his corps commanders (all heavily rewarded during the years of Musharraf’s unconstitutional…

The Cognitariat and the Precarity of Speaking

Having just launched the journal, few of us sat together and talked till late night about this new and fascinating project. What came across through our conversation was the very essence of our project: the unacknowledged anxiety of invoking the very experiences that this journal hopes to record and materialize. One of us was worried…

Arab Spring in Pakistan? No, Thanks

In an interesting and slightly misguided article about the possibilities of an Arab Spring in Pakistan, Michael Kugelman, (a senior program associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC) begins his opinion piece with the following profound assertions: Will Pakistan experience an Arab Spring? The question has been…

Freedom to Kill, Taliban Style

To say that the murder of 82 of our fellow citizens is an atrocity is stating the obvious: But to make the Laskar-e-Jhangvi and members of other such monstrosities to see it as a monstrous act is another questions. How did we get here? What has brought us to a place in our history where…