Tag "Politics"

Urgently Required: A National Counter Extremism Narrative For Pakistan

After a prolonged period of drastic reduction in major terrorist attacks, Pakistan is again bleeding. Terrorists associated with the Pakistan Taliban’s (TTP’s) Tariq Geedar group, headed by Umar Mansoor alias “Naray (Slim)”, claimed responsibility for yet another brazen attack on an educational institution. The Bacha Khan University (BKU) in Charsadda was attacked on the morning of January 20 by a group of killers who looked almost the same age as

Imran Khan is Rocking the Boat but Can He Change the Course?

The last time we showed some signs of life as a nation was during the lawyers’ movement for reinstatement of CJP.  Once again, the time seems to be ripe for a strong push to topple the status quo (girti deewar ko aik dhakka aur do).  There is no shortage of pied pipers begging to lead us to the Promised Land.  But, save a few, all are tried, tested and failed

Baloch, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pathan, Mohajir definitely! Pakistani…Maybe

The curious case of ethnicity in Pakistan has been touched upon many times before. Initially, I believe it was about identifying each other (for ease of stereotyping) but now it has gotten completely out of control. People identify themselves more with their ethnicity than with Pakistan. When Ethnicity is Taken to Extremes Ethnicity was the main culprit that led to the division of Pakistan in 1971 and today everyone’s talking

The Politics of Diplomatic Immunity

So was there ever any doubt? Raymond Davis, after killing two Pakistani men in broad daylight, in cold blood, gets to go home scot-free by claiming diplomatic immunity. On the other hand however, many Pakistanis, including diplomats, are treated like common criminals upon their arrival in the U.S. How does one understand the logic behind all of this? The sad truth is… there is no logic! In order to understand