Tag: Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq

Reflections on Army Life

We were told to avoid talking politics in the dining hall, as it was against the spirit of the army rules, General Zia, our then dictator, was canvassing the nation to gain support for his sham referendum. No general has left the service for Abbottabad episode. But then, our generals are known for losing half…

Talibanisation of the Heart

The Sialkot lynching is not spontaneous. It is in fact a great tribute paid to General Zia who created the Islamo-fascist mindset with the help of Arabian money and Pakistani-sectarian manpower. In the backdrop of the public lynching and then hanging of brothers Hafiz Mueez Butt and Muneeb Butt in Sialkot on August 15, a…

Mullahs in Nation-Building

By and large, after the Zia-ul-Haq years, we have totally conceded the public sphere to the mullahs: you cannot think the nation without running into one or the other bizarre articulations of the nation by one or the other mullah. There is no doubt in my mind that when Mr. Jinnah mobilized the Muslim identity…

Religious Intolerance Sweeping Pakistan

(From mustafqadri.net) The brutal murder of a senior politician in Pakistan apparently for his opposition to a religious blasphemy law proves no one is safe from the intolerance sweeping the country. It also suggests that the battle against militant Islamists must be fought with ideas, not just guns. On the face of it the assassination…

Thanatopolitics: Murder as a Shortcut to Paradise

Image by Salmaan Taseer via Flickr Much has been said and written after the tragic murder of Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab, at the hands of a religious fanatic. Not surprisingly, the fanatical fringe of the Pakistani Islamist parties have declared the victim of this murder as “killable” and the perpetrator as a “hero.”…