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Pashtuns and Double Consciousness

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By Noman Wazir: Du bois was an African-American. He coined the term double consciousness. His parents lived their lives in slavery; however, he was born just after the enforcement of the emancipation of slaves. Therefore, he was able to get the education and became the first Ph.D in the Afro-American society. He extensively researched the causes of the backwardness of ...

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The rise of clerics as the new class in Pashtun society

Asmat Shahjahan

In the contemporary era of War on Terror, one often hears the words Mullah/Taliban and Pashtun carelessly associated with each other in Pakistan, as if there is some synonymity between the two. More often than not, such associations are intended to place the entire burden of the rise of religious extremism on Pakhtun society while absolving more powerful actors of ...

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The myth of accountability

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

Although the Supreme Court is expected to take up the inquiry report of the JIT against the Sharif family on Monday, but it seems to be a mere  formality as the cheerleaders of the creeping coup are determined to force the Apex Court to sack the elected Prime Minister of the country. By now it’s pretty clear that in actual ...

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The affliction of common masses

Zubair Khan

Man is quite eccentric creature of the planet: he surpasses other creatures in intelligence and articulation and in physique and beauty; in power and strength he has tamed the monsters and the rocks to move; in patience and forbearance he has surmounted Mount Everest and discovered the unknown planets; he has even subdued the winds and the waters; yet in ...

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The JIT Syndrome

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) appointed by the Apex Court of the country for investigating the money trail leading to off shore companies in Panama owned by Sharif family has proved to be a curious phenomenon. It has representatives of the six federal departments as members but it goes without saying that its pivot is constituted by the members coming ...

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Helmand/Quetta/Kurram carnage and Michel Foucault

Muhammad Zubair Khan

Re-plugging my post from Oct 25, 2016: Our friend Saif Nasar shows us very aptly how Michel Foucault would analyze the Quetta attack and discourse surrounding it. I loved his analysis. Consider myself lucky to live in an age where social media could keep you connected with such people. Some of us — who are not very much familiar with ...

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Diminishing an enlightened legacy

Khadim Hussain

ANP has owned Mashal Khan and has stood up to the extremists’ violent narrative Academia and political analysts throughout the world use framework of hegemony constructed by Antonio Gramsci and analysis of the culture of silence by Paulo Frere to understand silencing of voices raised for the aspirations of masses who claim nationhood. Seen in this context, one is not ...

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Baloch in the eye of storm

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

It has become almost a norm for Balochistan to make it to the headlines during every regional crises situation in the last so many decades. Afghanistan was accused by Pakistan for supporting Baloch nationalist uprisings that started in 1973 after the unconstitutional dissolution of the elected provincial government of Baloch nationalists by the Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto led federal government of ...

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The West Asian volcano

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

Eruption of the West Asian political volcano, though expected due to the political heat accumulating over the last few years due to deepening political rivalries in the region, stunned political observers across the world when it materialised. The two spectacular terrorist attacks in Tehran last Wednesday that took place simultaneously at the Iranian Parliament and the Tomb of Ayutollah Rohullah ...

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Pakistan won’t change its support for terrorism inside Afghanistan

Aimal Faizi

The May 31 Kabul truck bomb attack, the worst since 2001, shows that Pakistan won’t change its support for terrorism inside Afghanistan unless there is a strategic shift in US policy towards Pakistan. How Ghani’s appeasement towards Pakistan has worsened the situation inside Afghanistan. Afghan president Ashraf Ghani referred to Pakistan nine times in his 36-minute speech at the Kabul ...

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