Tag: Pakistani

Pakistaniaat: Dec 12 Issue Published

Dear All: I just wanted to share that we have now published the last issue of 2012 and the full issue is now available on our website: http://www.pakistaniaat.org/issue/current. My thanks to all our contributors and to the dedicated editorial staff of Pakistaniaat. Table of Contents: http://www.pakistaniaat.org/issue/view/963 Refereed Articles (مضامین) ——– Citizenship Education in Pakistan (1-16)…

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…

Freedom to Kill, Taliban Style

To say that the murder of 82 of our fellow citizens is an atrocity is stating the obvious: But to make the Laskar-e-Jhangvi and members of other such monstrosities to see it as a monstrous act is another questions. How did we get here? What has brought us to a place in our history where…

Comments: The trouble with being a "Pakistan analyst", By Amélie Blom

Amélie Blom (assistant professor, Sciences Po Paris-Campus Asie; co-editor, South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal http://samaj.revues.org) There are, sometimes, strange coincidences. I read an article published in Dawn‘s electronic edition by Michael Kugelman (a “Pakistan analyst” working as a Senior Program Associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington) and titled…

Happy Birthday Pakistan

“Few years after the Partition, it occurred to the governments of India and Pakistan that they should divide their lunatics too in the way they had divided their other assets. Hence the Hindu lunatics in Pakistani mental asylums were to be delivered to India and the Muslim lunatics in Indian asylums were to be transported…

Judiciary Again: Serving Their Masters

It is a recorded fact that the Pakistani justices have pretty much always provided a legalistic rationale for all military adventures in Pakistan. A sad and glaring example of that is the enigma of “doctrine of necessity” invoked by the justices in the mid-1970s to provide a justification for Zia-ul-Haq’s illegal and unconstitutional regime. We…

How to spot the crackpot – pseudoscience in Pakistan

These days astonishing science claims abound in the media (there’s one fairly recent one in this newspaper too!). For example, a self-taught engineer in Swat claims he can “fix Pakistan’s energy problem in 3 years” by splitting water to produce free electricity. Last year, a Fellow of the Royal Society from Pakistan published an article…

Polygraphing Pak-US ties

More than deploying a Sigmund Freud of international relations to understand what’s going on in the kooky world of Pak-US ties, perhaps all we need is a lie detector. So who’s lying? They all are. The federal government has been holding ‘parallel negotiations’ with the Americans for the last several weeks, all the while vending…