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Deconstructing a dangerous myth about FATA

Muhammad Zubair Khan

The people of the tribal areas got what they had signed up for and their constitutional status is but a quid pro quo for retaining their ‘autonomy’. And so goes the argument: the constitutional arrangement for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) reflects the written agreements that were concluded with the state on their behalf. Why would the tribes accept ...

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Dr. Ruth will go to hell?

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Dr. Ruth is no more with us. The social media is paying tributes to the noble soul. However, some of the people started to post about her faith and showed concern for her afterlife. It sparked an unwarranted debate whether she would go to paradise or hell. As if we are gods to decide about the jannat and jahanum of ...

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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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Book Review Exclusive: “The Real Pashtun Question” by Farhat Taj. Reviewed by Angelina

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Book Review: “The Real Pashtun Question: How To Control Religious Extremism, Misogyny And Pedophilia”?  By: Dr. Farhat Taj 2017 Published By: Kautilya Books, New Delhi. Contents: Acknowledgements, Preface, Seven Chapters, Endnotes, Annexes, Abbreviations, Glossary, References, Map. pp.216. Reviewed by Angelina Merisi. Considering the enormous body of literature and scholarly works available concerning the Taliban movements and Pashtun socio-cultural and political ...

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The Kabul massacre

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

The bloodbath in Kabul on May 31 will never be forgotten. Like a terrible nightmare it will haunt the memory of generations to come, not that Kabul had not seen atrocities before. Unfortunately, Afghan blood had callously been shed by both foreign oppressors and local warlords at different points in time. Particularly after 1992, Kabul has seen the wild ferocity ...

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The woman in hijab

Namia Akhtar

Within the elite circles in Bangladesh, a veiled woman is often framed in irrationality or presumed to be religious and possess intolerant views for she dresses to convey transcendence. Her dormant sexuality creates the perception of being enslaved or repressed. Some view her as an embodiment of virtue, some as an epithet of enslavement; she may be a feminist, her ...

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The crippling standoff

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

Before the political uncertainties generated by the Supreme Court decision on Panama leaks could subside, a fresh public stand off between the civil and military leadership on what is called the Dawn leaks ushered a new challenge to the state system. So much has already been written about the aforementioned controversies and there is no use getting into their details ...

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Implosion?

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The deepening contradictions of the post Zia “republic” do not seem to be manageable anymore. The de facto isn’t ready to live with even the semblance of the de jure. The deep state is ready to attack the leadership of every institution that comes in the way of its total control of the state system and it includes even people ...

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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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The Tragedies of Sacred Violence and Profane Rights

Usman Mahar

While non-Muslim minorities seem like the most obvious victims of Pakistan’s repressive   blasphemy laws, in practice the picture is not as simplistic. That is not to say that the existence of these draconian blasphemy laws does not curtail the “substantive freedoms” of the minority groups in Pakistan — they certainly do. How the so called ‘Muslim’ penal code is creating ...

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