Tag: Islamabad

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…

South Asia Democracy Watch Criticizes Attempts to Derail Democracy in Pakistan

South Asia Democracy Watch (SADeW)     South Asia Democracy Watch Criticizes Attempts to Derail Democracy in Pakistan   Suggests Strong Measures to Normalize India-Pakistan Relations   The influential pressure group in the U.S., South Asia Democracy Watch (SADeW), has severely criticized recent attempts to weaken the democratic process through pseudo marches and fake resistance…

Why Maulana Qadri and Cricketer Khan can’t save Pakistan

Pakistan has two angry messiahs, the Maulana and the Cricketer. Both are men of fine oratory — the former being more gifted. They promise to kick wicked leaders out of government, reward the righteous, and deliver a new Pakistan. Before a coup-plagued nation that has spent many decades under military rule, they preach to adulating…

The Economics of Hate

Predictably, it began much before little Rimsha was accused of the incomprehensible – much before torn little pieces of religious paraphernalia were bandied about and their desecration decried. Venal mullahs, jilted neighbours, greedy influentials – the usual cast of characters that surround most sordid tales of blasphemy are, unsurprisingly, on the set of the Mehrabad…

The "Water Car" Fraud

Agha Waqar Ahmad deserves a medal from the people of Pakistan for his great service to the nation. In a few short days, he has exposed just how far Pakistan has fallen into the pit of ignorance and self-delusion. No practical joker could have demonstrated more dramatically the true nature of our country’s political leaders,…

The Non-violent Face of Islam

In 2011, at an exhibition titled “The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan: Art of Gandhara” held at the Asia Society Museum, New York, a sequence of ‘carved narrative panels depicting episodes from the life of Buddha’ were displayed. These reminded me of ‘carved narratives’ appearing on tiny steatite seals discovered from Moen jo Daro. Some of…

Aljazeera English on Drone Attacks

The Listening Post, a weekly news show on Aljazeera, just aired their take on the drone attacks in Pakistan. I was asked to contribute a comment to this show, which is included in the show. I have also posted my full comment below the Aljazeera video. Aljazeera: The Listening Post  

Lal Masjid: Rewarding an Insurrection

The honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan says he is losing patience with the Capital Development Authority (CDA). In a court-initiated (suo motu) action, he wants a quick rebuilding of the Jamia Hafsa madrassa, flattened by bulldozers in 2007, after it became the centre of an insurgency. A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by…

When Manmohan Singh comes to Islamabad

(Published: April 15, 2012: http://tribune.com.pk/story/365139/when-manmohan-singh-comes-to-islamabad/) The coincidence between President Asif Ali Zardari’s sprint to Delhi last week, and the $10 million head-money on Hafiz Saeed announced by the US could be purely accidental. But this action certainly refocused Indian attention on the alleged Mumbai attack planner, who heads the pantheon of jihadi “heroes” that now…