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From ideological to functional state

Soon after terrorists attacked a Pakistan Air Force base in Mianwali, Pakistan lost four soldiers, including a lieutenant colonel, in a firefight with terrorists in the Tirah Valley. The Pakistan…

Beyond rage and emotion

Pakistan’s political discourse is characterized by emotions, more particularly the emotion of anger and rage. At any given time, Pakistanis are angry over real or perceived injustices at home and…

When the journalists are gone

Every few hours we check the social media timeline of Muhammed Smiry, the Gaza-based Palestinian journalist. He has been walking the ruined streets of Gaza, documenting everyday life amidst Israeli…

Israel’s ‘failed’ strategy

Israel and its supporters want to destroy Hamas, and kill the “human animals”, as the Israeli defence minister called Palestinians. Such a genocidal strategy will not work. Even if Israel…

Which way lies the solution?

I have never quite understood the fascination in the West, and among the liberal class everywhere else, to see the developing societies’ problems solely through the prism of democracy. There…

Palestine and imperialism

Hamas launched a well-planned and organized attack on Israel. The scale and speed of the October 7 Hamas attack shocked Israel. Hamas fired thousands of rockets into Israel. Hamas gunmen…

Establishment-e-Pakistan

A big thank you to my sister in Seattle for pointing out that Google translator translates ‘istehkam’ as ‘establishment’, but it’s unlikely that the English name for the newest political…

Failing to keep up with a changing world

For the last three decades, Pakistanis have been preoccupied with jihad in their neighbourhood and an unending internal power struggle at home. As a result, Pakistan’s national discourse has failed…