Pakistan has rejected rationalists like Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and its blasphemy law makes British rule seem better.
A spectre of fear and suspicion has settled at Finsbury Park
Pakistan is being pressured by the US and getting squeezed on its eastern and western borders
There will be a greater reliance on street power to intimidate Pakistan’s institutions
Pakistan is sincerely trying to get rid of terrorism but the way of life made possible over decades by privatising war stands in the way of self-correction despite the realisation that private jihad has shifted “the monopoly of violence” from the state to the nonstate actor.
The US spy was set free by Pakistan, and thereby hangs a tale
An Indian diplomat who offered to fund his alma mater in Lahore
They have had to bear the brunt of religious zealotry in Pakistan
The final at The Oval brought out the best in the defeated Indian team. Pakistan rubbed the defeat in.
Why Nawaz Sharif kept so quiet at the US-Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh
Pakistan, gripped by fear, tries to normalise blasphemy laws, anti-liberal violence
Pre-1947 Lahore, rich in writers, poets and pluralism, pushed at the boundaries of knowledge
A line runs through India, Pakistan and Turkey today
Racial prejudice against Muslims is giving way to a different kind of intolerance as the crisis of capitalism spawns populism.
The attempt to unseat Nawaz Sharif shows how Pakistan’s religious laws confuse piety with justice
In Pakistan, people are being killed for blasphemy; in India, for cow slaughter. Governments in both countries are allowing people to kill while getting ready to hurt each other.
A new book shows how Jinnah’s broken marriage reflected the turbulent times
Imran Khan’s opposition to English-medium education is misguided
With religious groups entering the electoral fray, Pakistan’s polity is tilting sharply
Pakistan watches anxiously as India engages Saudi Arabia, deepens ties with Iran
Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s search for a new national narrative is a fraught endeavour.
For Nawaz Sharif, one shows the way to hardening hostility, the other to fragile peace
In Pakistan, judges are a part of the problem of religious conservatism trumping justice
In dysfunctional states as Pakistan, political polarisation is complicated by the difficulties of publicising facts because of a fear of being killed by terrorists or being “disappeared” by the deep state.
The Sehwan killing by IS only reaffirmed what Pakistan formally believes in.
States obsessed with borders may even implode, making their people refugees
Does religion form the core of the Pakistani identity and is it reconcilable with democracy and its institutional forms? From Pakistan’s army, a range of responses
In the early 2000s, Saeed was asked to temporarily stay at home by the-then ruling General Pervez Musharraf, a request Saeed didn’t like; today, Musharraf is in exile, running away from a treason trial in Pakistan.
Can Kashmir become the link between South and Central Asia?
In Pakistan, state empowered the seminary by hiring proxy warriors from it. Then, the un-empowered developed their own street muscle, weaponising themselves through the underworld where jihad and crime meet
A nation divided, and another seeking leadership of the supranational ummah
He was familiar, not because he was photogenic like Salman Khan and Aamir Khan, but because he was a natural actor who invited focus.
Move to strike down Sindh’s anti-conversion law will push Pakistan further into chaos.
Trade utopia of CPEC will remain incomplete if India is kept out
In Sindh, culturally sanctioned killings of women continue to take a tragic toll.
The chief reporter of a leading daily, Ansar Abbasi, reacted to the PM’s decision by asking why Salam was being honoured in Rabi-ul-Awwal, the month the Prophet PBUH was born.