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.
It’s here that the IS hopes to set up its sub-HQ, with help from powerful madrasas and clerics
Islamabad’s Lal Masjid remains a symbol of a difficult transition.
The Council of Islamic Ideology symbolises a contagion of pious madness
Peshawar school attack changed the country. The onus of reform is on Islamabad
He entertained India for 15 years, none of it rejected by his Pakistani fans, and became a Bollywood success like many Muslim stars there.
Syed Babar Ali is a self-effacing empire-builder
Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif should agree on a joint Afghanistan policy
In Pakistan, being a liberal means going against the ideology of the state.
Hopefully, in 2016, India-Pakistan will break some of the shackles of the past
In Pakistan, ‘double Shahs’ profit from religious Muslims’ alienation from modern banking.
Victims of Pakistan’s blasphemy law are mostly the poor and the helpless
Imran Khan is a politician with a sense of personal destiny, and a divine mission
If the Pakistani state really cared for its people, it would put the national economy above all else
Polymath philologist Maulvi Muhammad Husain Azad’s work shows that Sanskrit and Persian have much in common.
But there are some minor rituals of settling in that he will have to go through.
Benazir Bhutto’s killing continues to roil Pakistan
While India takes stock after Dadri, Pakistan’s minorities continue to languish under the law.