Category: Commentaries

بنامِ مقتولانِ مصر

مساجد قتل گاہیں بن گئ ہیں، مدارس نفرتوں کے آستانے وفا و پیار کی دو چار نظمیں، جفا و ظلم کے لاکھوں فسانے تمہیں کتنا لہو درکار ہے اور، تمہیں کتنے دریدہ جسم چاہیئں ہاں لاو ظلم کی جھوٹی حدیثیں ہمارے قتل کے رنگیں بہانے اگر کچھ اور حاجت ہے لہو کی تو آو اے…

PTI’s Undeniable Significance for Pakistan’s Democratic Future

I am not writing this to suggest that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), somehow, is a perfect political organization. In fact, I have quite frequently criticized some of the contradictory stances taken by Imran Khan and the general PTI leadership. But despite my concerns and criticisms, I strongly believe that by making corruption a major issue in…

Pakistan Army and Pakistan’s Water Security

By all accounts, Pakistan is currently one of the top water stressed countries and the situation is likely to further aggravate in the future. Given the rise of population, urbanization, and loss of forested areas, water planning should be at the top of Pakistani federal and local governments. However, there seems to be no coherent…

The Incredible Pettiness of Mr. Trump

America has had its fair share of not too intelligent presidents, but in most of the cases when such people got elected they made up for their intellectual shortcomings by either being compassionate and kind, or by simply projecting a popular I-am-just-like-you-all persona. That Mr. Trump does not have the required experience and intelligence to run…

Pokémon Go: My Journey to Level 30 in Pilot Point, Texas

It might seem odd for a professor of literature, who usually writes about deeply political issues, to opine not only about an augmented reality game, but to also admit to having played it extensively over the last six weeks. To be honest, I find the game valuable and revolutionary in so many way, not the least…

Humanities make humans

We often hear, in public and private conversations, that Pakistani culture and politics will become better with the increase in access to education. This is nothing new: almost all nations offer “education” as a panacea: as something that can solve most of their socio-economic problems. In the last decade or so, huge investments have been…

Axact, Bol and Pakistani Journalism: What is at Stake!

  A lot has happened since the New York Times published their deeply troubling investigative story about the shenanigans of Axact. The Pakistani authorities have now launched an investigation into the dealings of the company, the leading journalists recruited by Bol, an affiliate of Axact, have now left the new network, some for the reasons…

Aamir Liaquat: Mullahs and Scapegoating of Ahmadiyya Community

It seems that in the aftermath of Peshawar Massacre, now that the hate-mongering mullahs and their followers are facing the wrath of the Pakistani public, the mullahs and their follower have now started blaming and scapegoating the minorities. It is no surprise then that, once gain, the Ahmadiyya community, the most peaceful and patriotic “minoritized”…