Tag: Pakistan

Democracy and Divided Narratives…..!!!

The so-called Inqalab and Azadi marches have heated up the debates at different societal and political levels. Nobody could guess what will come out of the ongoing political strife, but one thing it has come up with is the polarization of society on political discourse. It has not created it; it has raised it to…

News Max Publishes Journalistic Junk about Pakistan

In a recently published, highly speculative article by Arnaud de Borchgrave about Pakistani Prime minister, of whom I am no fan, the author seems to assert, without any credible sources, that the current Pakistani prime minister is an ISIS sympathizer.[1] There are some interesting and bizarre claims made about Nawaz Sharif, some of which include the following: Nawaz,…

Qaumi Aman Party: A New Kind of Politics is Emerging

For the last few months some of my friends and I have been laying down the ground work for the Qaumi Aman Party, Pakistan (QAP). I must admit that this a very humble and tentative start and the party has not yet been registered. Our idea was to create a political party with as much…

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.…

Floods in Pakistan and Government Response

Pakistan has been regularly witnessing severe floods during monsoon seasons for the last decade. Since 2010, hundreds of people have lost their lives and millions of them have been affected by these floods. In 2003, Sindh province was badly affected when monsoon rainfall caused flooding in the province. Thatta district was the worst hit where…

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…