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Politics and the Pakistani diaspora

Historically, ‘diaspora’ had a very specific meaning – mostly ascribed to Jews and Armenians’ dispersions around the world – epitomizing the historical oppression and neglect these communities had to face…

Politics of false narratives

Imran Khan lacks the credentials of a visionary leader who has an unswerving commitment to prioritize national interests. But he surely is a master in carving out false narratives and…

Misogyny in politics

The recent act of verbal abuse directed by Pakistanis at Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, while she was in one of Islam’s holiest sites, is yet another…

Primitive politics

Einstein had a definition of lunacy: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. We perhaps need a milder expression to interpret our rulers’ inability to…

Misogyny in politics

In the backdrop of growing political unrest last month, on April 8, the then prime minister Imran Khan in his last address on national TV proclaimed that reserved seats are…

Who gets to do politics in Pakistan?

Despite its associated shortcomings, democracy in its varying forms, is often touted as the most desirable system of government worldwide. To be fair, the foundational philosophical tenets of democratic governance…

Importance of local politics

Local government elections took place in 32 out of the 34 districts of Balochistan on May 29 after a delay of three and half years. Elections in two districts –…

Game of politics

I once worked with a young woman who would often come to work with a black eye. The women at work would beg her to leave her husband, but she…

Demystifying politics

The unexpected re-election of Hamza Shehbaz as chief minister of Punjab on July 22 added another surprise to the politics of surprises in Pakistan. The political atmosphere in the provincial…

Power, politics, Pakistan

Power politics in Pakistan has a long history. Almost every regime did its best to propagate, manipulate and temper the constitution's fabric to for its own interest. Institutions' subjective interpretations…