Tag: Imran Khan

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.…

Khan-Qadri/Qadri-Khan Spring

Amid Slogans of change Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) & Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers have started their sit-Ins for the last twenty days. These protestors are sitting infront of Pakistan’s partilament with their own distinctive demands.Naya (new) Pakistan is persistant slogan of Imran Khan (IK) who heads PTI. Dr.Tahir-ul-Qadri the leader of PAT has launched his…

The Tale of Two Marches Becoming One

In the beginning there were two marches, led by two distinctly different leaders with the followers also rivers apart: this is how this story will begin whenever some crafty writers put their mind to it. One group, led by a former cricketer, comprised the young and the diverse, the very hope of a progressive and…

Mission Accomplished: A Puppet Democratic Government

According to the latest news from Dawn, a Pakistani newspaper I love and trust, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has finally been humbled by the army, and for the rest of his term, he will be, as so many of us had feared, a “ceremonial prime minister.” [1] According to the latest reports, the new compromise…

Change in Policing culture of Pakistan: Lessons for American Militarized Policing

The capacity of police to both prevent and provoke conflict is increasingly recognized all around the world. In recent political turmoils in Pakistan the role of Pakistan police has been really apprecaitive. Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) & Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) led anti government marches towards the capital city Islamabad. These marchers have entered the Red…

Why Do I Oppose the PTI and PAT Marches and Sit-Ins

For the past few weeks, I have been reflecting on my response to the two long marches led by the leaders of two separate parties. Mostly, I have found myself opposed to both these marches, and, being a socialist at heart, this negative response to two popular movements has forced me to attempt to tease…