Category: Editorials

Pakistan Needs an End to Dynastic Politics

A few weeks ago the Pakistani Twittersphere went ballistic when Maryam Nawaz, daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, declared herself a part of “Ruling Family,” thus suggesting as if she and her family, somehow, should enjoy some special privileges and rights within Pakistan. In a democracy, of course, such ideas are absurd, but sadly…

The US and the Myth of “Pakistan Should Do More”

Once again a US politician, this time the new US president, has offered the same hackneyed wisdom about the US war in Afghanistan, and besides other mundane things offered as new and innovative, yet another refrain was also included in the non-substantive Afghanistan policy speech delivered by President Donald Trump. Trump, like so many other…

The Muslim Registry: There is More to it Than Just the Registry!

A lot is being said about the impending Muslim  Registry that Trump’s would-be Attorney General help establish after nine eleven and that, it seems, is likely to be reinstated. Some people have also suggested that it will go through the legislative process and also the judicial oversight and that in the end, it would not…

A Message to Trump the Cowardly Racist

So, Mr. Trump you think you have won. You probably are secure in your smug racist certitude that by winning an election, your vision of the world has also been sanctified, approved, valorized. Think again Mr. Trump. You might have won a small skirmish, a small battle, but you neither have the wisdom, nor the compassion…

What the Trump Victory Means to Me

I stayed up last night checking various election result sites hoping against hope that, somehow, Trump will not win the presidency. For me, a lapsed Muslim from Pakistan, a professor of literature, and as a brown man married to a white woman there was more than the presidency at stake. I was hoping that the more…

Donald Trump and Perception of America in the Islamic World

As a Muslim resident of the United States, I have keenly followed the Islamophobic tone and rhetoric of Mr. Trump. I have also noted that most of the time the opposition to his claims is posited within the logic of the constitutionality of his proposed actions and policies toward American Muslims. We also ought to…

O’Reality Factor for Bill O’Reilly

It is a sort of poetic justice to see the very king of spin to finally come face-to-face with the prevarications of his own making: lies recorded and published under his own name and also available in the archival footage of his own show. This downward spiral and public unraveling of Bill O’Reilly started with a…

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 you…

On Negotiating with Taliban

Recently the negotiations between the Taliban and Pakistani government have been one of the major daily stories in the Pakistani and international media. My purpose here is not to deride this recent attempt at peace by the Pakistani government, but to ask one important question: What is likely to be the cost of this peace?…

The Underground Economy of Talibanization in Pakistan

For quite some time now, I have been writing about the rise of Taliban within the larger context of globalization. I, however, never meant it to be an apology for the actions of Taliban: In my opinion what Taliban do to the children and women and soldiers of Pakistan is absolutely unforgivable and that is…