His career underlines there is nothing holy about jihad by state and non-state actors.
They knew that, starting 1997, he had lived in Tehran for seven years after apologising for having kicked the pro-Iran Shia militias out of the post-withdrawal mujahideen shura of Peshawar.
Fakir Syed Aijazuddin’s memoirs speak to modern-day Pakistan.
Pakistan does not know what it has lost. India doesn’t recognise where it is winning.
Once the smoke settles down, Pakistan and India must get together and “isolate” the Kashmir issue by creating more bilateral barriers to cross-LoC interference and normalise economic relations.
Has the Kashmir issue been “bilateralised” or is it still open to a “multilateral” solution?
Pakistan has vowed to get rid of its armed militias, but they aren’t leaving quietly.
After Altaf Hussain’s denunciation of Pakistan, MQM faces a crisis.
Democracy makes Muslim states unstable because they think Islam is essentially democratic.
In the I-Day speeches of PMs of India and Pakistan, blame-games that paper over hard realities.
Pakistan’s foreign policy, founded on hostility towards India, has isolated it globally.
Pakistani political groups patronise madrassas that participate in terror activities
Everybody knows in Pakistan, but will not say so, that Nawaz Sharif too thinks in the same way as Narendra Modi.
Zakir Naik is ‘protected’ as an Indian citizen but he considers himself a Muslim first
Pakistan can’t escape self-correction or regional isolation by leaning on China
Sabri’s killing gives a measure of how Pakistan has allowed the city to drift
Predicament of the Ahmadis in Pakistan points to the dangerous drive to ‘cleanse’ and ‘purify’
Pakistan can ignore questions the world is asking, but not those of its own people
Novelist Nisar Aziz Butt is one of those who challenged the ideologies invented by men
Pakistan is small and comparatively weak, so it seeks extra-regional alliances before facing up to the Indian threat
Their exclusion was built into Pak constitution by a leader unsure of his secularism
Strangely, Pakistan is not into navel-gazing after the latest death
Alys Faiz’s memoir recounts a life less ordinary
Pakistani newspapers begin to talk honestly about Hafiz Saeed and his operations
Ibn Khaldun thought the tribals were bound together by their “asabiya” (group feeling) and were united in making war on the “soft” city.
Why a book on India is seen to be unbuyable in Islamabad.
If Pakistan is waking up to its perils, now is the time to reach out to neighbours
The project of Islamisation is a kind of planned ‘retribalisation’ of the state.
Pakistan has long suffered from this delusion which keeps the state from serving its citizens
Jihad has made the Pakistan state powerless before the monster it has created.
India and Pakistan provincialised their Kashmirs without consulting the people who live there.
Kidnapping has spread in Pakistan as a means of filling up the war-chest of terror; and everybody, including those who are supposed to prevent it, is getting fat on it.
The rivalry between PPP, MQM and militants is destroying Pakistan’s most important city.
Sharmila Tagore stole the show amid deliberations on Pakistan’s quest for a coherent national identity
Why the world doesn’t buy Pakistani claims of India-sponsored terrorism
Despite growing Sunni resentment, the country is still a role model for integrating the Shia population.