Category: Lead Stories

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…

Launching the Pakistan Women’s Rights Forum

As some of you might have noticed, we have just recently launched the Pakistan Women’s Rights Forum (PKWRF) group on Facebook. This is a collaborative effort by a whole group of likeminded individuals who are all interested in the women’s rights issues in Pakistan. By and large the group defines its activities as follows on…

History and our national imagination

That all nations imagine themselves to be exceptional is a fact, but how this exceptionalism is articulated, disseminated, and internalised is often not clearly understood. Most theorists of nationalism agree that official history and historiography plays an important role in crafting the national imagination. In the case of Pakistan, a certain specific articulation of history…

Axact: From a Graduate of Nixon University

After having been seriously maligned and disparaged by an enemy and infidel newspaper, the executives and workers of Axact sprung into action and unleashed a rhetorical counter strike at their opponents. In a statement crafted by the most brilliant legal minds in Pakistan, the company defended its business practices and declared that the New York Times expose…

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…