Tag: Osama bin Laden

Taliban, the Politics of Death, and our Obligation to Speak

That the Taliban claim certain mastery over the methods and instruments of death is no secret. They have proven their skills at killing their civilian brothers and sisters quite consistently over the last decade or so. The question that we need to pose to them and to many other like-minded groups is simply this: Do…

A tribute to Ardeshir Cowasjee!

This is what I wrote to Ayaz Amir regarding Ardeshir Cowasjee (The Master Planner – The Doer of Things!) From: Shaikh Muhammad Ali Sent: Sunday, November 04, 2012 6:30 AM To: ‘winlust@yahoo.com’ Subject: The Devil – The Saint (All in one) Importance: High Dear Ayaz Amir Sahib, السّلام علیکم A very dear friend of mine…

A Theory of Conspiracy Theories: Creating Your Own Paradise

Sarbaland Shah is a young educated man who works for an IT firm in Lahore. Despite his education and impressive expertise in information technology, he believes strongly that America is behind all the ills of Muslims all over the world. For him, Osama Bin Laden (OBL) is a hero who can never be captured or…

What does the Pakistan Army want now?

It’s not easy taking your problems one at a time when they refuse to get in line. Something mysterious ails the country’s president. The opposition, inside and outside parliament, is calling for early elections, ostensibly to pre-empt an army takeover. The robes seem ready to bring their gavels crashing down on the government. The rightwing…

The cruelest decade

Ten years after worlds collided on September 11, 2001, Pakistan remains a post-9/11 state with a pre-9/11 mindset. What is worse, the United States has also failed to treat Pakistan for what it is: A country stuck in the past. Good judgment comes from bad experiences, they say. In Pakistan, every year of the 9/11…

An Open Letter by Senator Raza Rabbani

In the name of the people of Pakistan OPEN LETTER This letter is of a concerned Pakistani, who is seeing the State and its constitutional structures rendered helpless at the hands of terrorism. It has brought into question the writ of the State. It has brought into question the ability of the civilian government to…