Category: Commentaries

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”…

پاکستانی بچوں کے قتل پر مولانا عبدالعزیز کاناقابلِ یقین موقف

آج جبکے پوری پاکستانی قوم اور تمام اقوام کےلوگ اور انکی حکومتیں ہمارے بچوں کے قتل پر ایک آواز سے اس درندگی کے مذمت کر رہی ہیں، لال مسجد کے امام مولانا عبدالعزیز کو اتنی ہمت اور خدا کا خوف نھیں کہ اپنی ذبان سے طالبان کے اس ظلم کی کھلی مذمت کریں۔ یہ ایک انتہائ…

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.…

Mission Accomplished: A Puppet Democratic Government

According to the latest news from Dawn, a Pakistani newspaper I love and trust, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has finally been humbled by the army, and for the rest of his term, he will be, as so many of us had feared, a “ceremonial prime minister.” {{1}} [[1]]http://www.dawn.com/news/1128364/nawaz-close-to-reaching-deal-with-army-wsj[[1]] According to the latest reports, the new…

Why Do I Oppose the PTI and PAT Marches and Sit-Ins

For the past few weeks, I have been reflecting on my response to the two long marches led by the leaders of two separate parties. Mostly, I have found myself opposed to both these marches, and, being a socialist at heart, this negative response to two popular movements has forced me to attempt to tease…

Notes: Piketty’s Capital–The Introduction

I have been reading Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century for the past few weeks and have decided to post my notes on the book in a series of blog entries. I have noticed that since the English translation of the book became available, the book has been a subject of intense debate. But…

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…

Some Thoughts on Solidarity and Community

(I had written this article for our Save the UNT Library blog; I think it applies to more than just one cause and that is why I am sharing it here) We live in a world constructed to force us to internalize our own insignificance. Every single day we go on with our daily activities,…