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Confronting Violent Extremists

Confronting violent extremists

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced the long-awaited national security policy yesterday, focusing on the operational aspects of governmental response to the threat of violent extremism. Much of what…

The Head Of Medusa

The head of Medusa

The leaders of the country have seen the head of Medusa in a mirror and fear has transformed them into stone. This is the impact the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has had…

The Murder Of Amina Bibi

The murder of Amina Bibi

Eighteen years old, headscarf wearing, college student Amina Bibi was gang-raped as she walked home from her college on January 5. This was duly confirmed by a medical report. Dousing…

Fear Of Liberal Politics

Fear of liberal politics

The offended Moeen Cheema takes exception to my criticism of the scholarship produced by him and his colleagues (22 Mar). Their scholarship objects to Pakistani liberalism as elite and narrow…

Bigotry In The Name Of God

Bigotry in the name of God

The chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), Muhammad Khan Sheerani, has stated that prohibition of child marriage under the Muslim Family Law Ordinance is un-Islamic. He argued that…

Excuse Me, But Have You All Lost Your Minds?

Excuse me, but have you all lost your minds?

A few years ago, our national nightmare came true. India invaded Pakistan. They killed our men at arms in droves, slaughtering those brave young men who had voluntarily spent their…

The Worst Of Times

The worst of times

A Church in Peshawar gets blown up by suicide bombers sent in by religious militants, killing over 80 worshippers. In their view, by killing non-Muslims these suicide bombers would go…

Clarity Is Still Missing

Clarity is still missing

The new government is in search of a counterterrorism policy. Meanwhile, militants that are evidently clear about their agendas and goals are busy expanding the range of their targets and…

Opening Up The Muslim Mind

Opening up the Muslim mind

The Council of Islamic Ideology has held that DNA tests as primary evidence are not acceptable in rape cases. This comes at a time when there is a dire need…