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The TLP factor

As the dust starts to settle down after the NA-240 by-election, there emerge key takeaways for political observers to assess the ongoing trends in local Karachi politics that are metaphorically…

TLP: the state’s continuing blunders

The violent clashes in the past few days between the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) are the latest incarnation of the state’s flawed and blundering policy…

How TLP won 2017, 2018, 2020 and 2021

“When you’re bleedin’ a guy, you don’t squeeze him dry right away. Contrarily, you let him do his bidding. Suavely. So you can bleed him next week, and the week…

The TLP and elections

THE by-election in a Karachi constituency has followed the time-honoured Pakistani tradition of throwing up a controversial result accepted wholeheartedly only by the victor and none of those left behind. With the…

France vs Pakistan’s elite vs the TLP

Organizations like Charlie Hebdo, institutions like laicite and politicians like Emmanuel Macron can pretend all they like, but their attitude and approach to Islam is rooted in a tradition of…

TLP and the business of state

Clearly the past few days' developments on the streets in some parts of Pakistan in an unprecedented way demonstrated the ability of agitating crowds and groups to threaten, intimidate and…

The rise of the TLP

Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who recently passed away, had risen to prominence in a short period on the politico-religious landscape of Pakistan. His reputation rested on two things: the ability to…

Is TLP here to stay?

WE are reeling from another ‘surrender’ of the state. The hyperbole surrounding the ‘surrender’ was as extreme as was the praise that followed the prime minister’s speech earlier. From the…

TLP’s political future

SOME interesting disclaimers were circulating on social media after the security forces’ recent crackdown on the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) activists in Punjab. These were clippings of print media advertisements, attributed…

The TLP Conundrum

The TLP conundrum

Despite Barelvis being the dominant sect – almost fifty percent – they had been overwhelmed by the Deobandi-Salafi brand since independence. Such was the impact of political Islam as the Subcontinent drifted…