Parliamentary democracy, caliphate and Islamists

Parliamentary democracy, caliphate and Islamists

It is not uncommon to come across the argument in Pakistani society that, perhaps, the wheels of time can be turned back and caliphate style government could be enforced in Islamic societies.

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Revolution or status quo?

Revolution or status quo?

Of all the terms in political science, borrowed from the West and in common usage within Pakistani society and media, ‘revolution’ is the most misused and misrepresented.

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Journal observations

Journal observations

A (fictional) excerpt from the diary of journalist Hamid Mir.

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Axis of  national security

Axis of national security

The alliance among the military, the mullahs and the militants is alive and kicking.

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Journal observations

Journal observations

A (fictional) excerpt from the diary of the new chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, Siraj ul Haq.

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Wrongs versus rights

Wrongs versus rights

On the poverty of dominant legal discourse on anti-terrorism legislation.

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Nationalist interests

Nationalist interests

Two events in late 1990s significantly influenced the thinking of Pakistani military vis-à-vis the process of liberalizing laws, which allowed private news channels to flourish in Pakistan. The first event was undoubtedly the Kargil military conflict with India. The second … Continue reading

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Oh Karachi, my Karachi!

Oh Karachi, my Karachi!

Tips for writing on the city.

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