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Justice for Mashal

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

Writing about the lost blood of the wretched of the earth, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, the outstanding progressive poet of Urdu in the 20th century, says in his poem “No trace of blood”: Neither on the hands and nail of the slayer Nor any sign on the sleeve No redness in the dagger’s edge No any colour on spear’s head No ...

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Where Pakistan stands in multi-polar world?

Dr. Khurshid Alam

I think when Dr Tariq was writing his book‘the death of a state” it was the early 70s. In his canvas there was forsaken of’lesser Muslims’ in the then East Pakistan, nucleation of the eyes of the eldest son of the Nawab Attaullah Mengal and Sukkur tribunal with civilian Martial administrator on the top. The canvas is the same today ...

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Civil society and civic life in Afghanistan

Dr. Khadim Hussain

It is interesting to note that electronic media has taken longer strides than print media in the war-torn country. The evolution of the concept of civil society over the past several hundred years makes an interesting study.  Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Tocqueville and Gramsci took hard efforts to construct the concept of civil society at various phases and eras of ...

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Pakistan and abuse of religion

Dr. Khurshid Alam

Pakistani ruling elites hold Pakistan acrimonious to Islam and proudly claims that it was the first country which was carved from the belly of India in the name of Islam. Unless one has detailed knowledge of philosophy, one cannot use it for a particular mission. Every mission needs a driving force and the religious scholars were not a driving political ...

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The Witch-hunt

Dr. Khurshid Alam

The two nations narrative, based on religious hatred suddenly ceased to exist when India was declared independent and a new state was carved from its belly, named Pakistan on 15th August 1947. On the first anniversary, the date was changed to 14th as it was sacred Friday. To have same Independence Day with India was unacceptable to the elites of northern India ...

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Closing the border

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

After its closure in February, the Pak-Afghan border was reopened for two days this week to let thousands of stranded children, women and men on both sides of the border go to their homes. Many trucks and containers loaded with all sorts of goods, some of them perishable, could also proceed to their destinations. The sudden and unilateral closure of ...

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Pashtun profiling

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

It is official now. The Punjab police has issued written instructions to its personnel to keep an eye on people with Pashtun/Afghan dresses and food habits as terror suspects. Police officials of Mandi Bahaudin were not shy of widely circulating written instructions for profiling of Pashtuns/Afghans with interesting details in this regard. According to credible press reports Punjab police is ...

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Self-policing: The colonial system of Frontier Management through “traditions” and “jirgas”

Wakeel Khan

Self-policing: The colonial system of Frontier Management through “traditions” and “jirgas” (1) In 1799 the Afghan emperor Zaman Shah executed his powerful vazir Painda Khan Barakzai, who Zaman thought was a party to the recent coup of his half-brother Mahmud against him. A bloody civil war ensued in the wake of Painda Khan’s execution in the Afghan heartlands. This civil ...

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How not to end the Afghan war

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

In the mid 1980s when the Cold War was at its peak and things had heated up in Afghanistan, the former Soviet statesman Mikhail Gorbachev described Afghanistan as a country that had turned into a bleeding wound. Unfortunately, apart from some brief intervals, the unlucky country hasn’t seen peace in the true sense of the word throughout the last four ...

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Returning to North Waziristan

Mohsin Dawar

Since the launch of operation zarb-e-azab, the residents of North Waziristan were desperately waiting for a date of their return to North Waziristan. They left their homes with a hope that the displacement would no be more than a few months. Being one of them I was also living in the same state of mind. After being in that situation ...

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