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The Common Ground

The common ground

There is an ongoing debate among Pakistani intellectuals on the question of whether we should have secularism or Islam as our guiding ideology for running the affairs of the country.…

State And Religion

State and religion

A pressing question facing today’s Pakistan is the relationship between religion and the state. Should the state be subordinate to religion? Should religion be subordinate to the state? Or should…

With Us Or Against Us

With us or against us

Maulana Abdul Aziz publicly refused to condemn the Peshawar School carnage. He did so because he was convinced no one can touch him. He may not be faulted for his…

Words As Weapons

Words as weapons

Words can kill as surely as bullets. Ask those mourning the death of Luqman Ahmed Shahzad, an Ahmadi gunned down a few days ago, just how deadly words can be.…

The Kaptaan’s Popcorn Theatre

The Kaptaan’s popcorn theatre

Another deadline issued. Another ultimatum from the container – of a cataclysmic reformation in the offing. We hang from the lip of the crevice of political uncertainty, as November 30…

The Scourge Within

The scourge within

Perhaps it is the shocking violence in Iraq. Or it might be the growing brutality of the attackers, who now pursue the relatives of previous victims and do not hesitate…

Democratic Dangers

Democratic dangers

The political landscape of India witnessed a historical about-turn when the Bharatiya Janata Party decisively ended the decade-long political monopoly of the Indian National Congress. At times it seems hard…

ISIS’s Cascading Effect

ISIS’s cascading effect

A PAKISTANI militant group Tehreek-i-Khilafat’s declaration of allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), now calling itself the Islamic State, has surprised many. Though most analysts are…

Exploring Extremism

Exploring extremism

INCREASING intolerance and the growing incidence of violent behaviour in Pakistani society require a review of the conventional understanding of extremism in Pakistan. Apart from the process of social transformation…