History shows military leaderships in Pakistan never learn from the past but surprisingly it was different this time around. In the “fine” tradition of military dictators coming to power by force and clinging to it until they are forcefully removed, the situation was ripe again during the last two weeks when rumors were abound that...
Last year, in November, Gallup Pakistan found that almost one-third of all Pakistanis (31%) blame media for political instability in Pakistan. According to the survey report these findings have two important implications. First, the media is creating confusion and chaos during a time of war; second, by discrediting themselves, members...
Ever since Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) fuhrer Altaf Hussain called upon "patriotic generals" to come to the aid of flood-hit Pakistan , there has been much talk of the return of military rule to the country and the premature death of its allegedly precarious democracy. The declaration of disgraced and dethroned dictator Pervez...
There are certain necessary fictions that underwrite the project of departmental Pakistani historiography and current explanations of the Pakistani body politic: The Ulama, by and large, claim that Pakistan was created as an Islamic state and must, therefore, have an “Islamic System of government. The...
|Fahad Shah||KASHMIR POINT|
The Jammu and Kashmir chief Minister, Omar Abdullah reacted strongly to the critics of his government and accepted that the Kashmir issue was as an International issue while addressing the state assembly. He said Jammu and Kashmir was an outstanding issue between India and Pakistan recognized as such by international community. He urged New Delhi to start a sustained ‘two-track dialogue’ with the neighboring country and separatists to resolve the issue. Earlier he ordered to remove 16 bunkers from state capital Srinagar in a bid to diffuse the ongoing Quit Jammu Kashmir Movement started by the Separatists after the killing of a 17-year-old schoolboy in June this summer.
Presently the spokesperson of Labour Party Pakistan, Farooq Tariq has long history of struggle against class-based society and fundamentalism. From opposing Ayub Khan’s military dictatorship to struggle for workers and peasants’ rights, he has stood against military dictators and ruthless capitalists, unbowed. He has also served as General Secretary of the same party for many years and general Sectary of Kisan Rabta Committee. In an interview with Viewpoint, he discusses the present and future of democracy in Pakistan and efforts to demonize it through unconstitutional intrigues.
Like every calamity, the recent floods in Pakistan have provoked a discussion about the causes of the floods. The discussion is carried out by the clergy and the ordinary folk under the sway of the former; and by the scientific and rational minds of the society but the clergy seems advantaged, as it always is in the case of an overwhelming conservative/primitive society of Pakistan, where every natural phenomenon is interpreted on abstract speculations as the people in the primitive societies used to do. Majority of the people tread the way held by the clergy. For example, since 2007 the overwhelming majority of people living in Swat believe that what...
There is a mass hysteria on the Aafia Siddiqui issue in Pakistan and rationality has been totally pushed aside. For a couple of years, a one-sided campaign has been going on in Pakistan to build Aafia up as a hapless victim of anti-Muslim vendetta of the United States. Now it has become a highly emotive issue and people have become extremely intolerant of disagreement on this issue. In fact, she has joined the national narrative of grievance. It has become almost impossible to question the received version. Fair-minded and balanced Pakistanis went from pillar to post to know the alternative view, but it was nowhere to be found. This situation gives the lie to the assertion that the Americans are omnipotent and their propaganda...
|Ahmed Faraz / Mohsin Zulfiqar|
My enemy has sent me a message
that his soldiers have encircled me.
On every parapet and minaret of the city wall
his troops are standing with bows in hand.
The lightening bolt has been extinguished
whose heat fired the volcano in the body of clay