Tag: Pakistan

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.…

Article 245 and the Situation in Islamabad

245. Functions of Armed Forces.- 1[(1)] The Armed Forces shall, under the directions of the Federal Government, defend Pakistan against external aggression or threat of war, and, subject to law, act in aid of civil power when called upon to do so. (2) The validity of any direction issued by the Federal Government under clause…

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…

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?…

We Must Stand with Malala

The Pakistani blogosphere is abuzz with news of Malala Yousafzai and as usual the very cowards who had attempted to silence her voice through their contracted murderers and their minions are also out in force to fight the “threat” posed by this teen age “menace”   That the Taliban and their ilk inhabit the most…

The Grand Delusions of Mr. Musharraf

It is fascinating, and a bit embarrassing, to watch the daily drama that has now become a life for our erstwhile dictator, patriarch, general and commando leader. That once his word was law and his will was carried through the extended power of his corps commanders (all heavily rewarded during the years of Musharraf’s unconstitutional…

Arab Spring in Pakistan? No, Thanks

In an interesting and slightly misguided article about the possibilities of an Arab Spring in Pakistan, Michael Kugelman, (a senior program associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC) begins his opinion piece with the following profound assertions: Will Pakistan experience an Arab Spring? The question has been…