Much has been written about the damage that Gen Zia’s regime dealt to the country, but few talk about how it co-opted
Nadeem F. Paracha
State institutions may believe that a policy of appeasement avoids conflict, but in reality it offers nothing more than
According to Das when a word or phrase is vigorously repeated, it loses its meaning to the listeners.
Doctoring history does not help to build nations but only makes it myopic and distrustful
The optics of cleanliness campaigns have been used throughout modern history by populists
Over the years most big tent parties in the region have begun to shrink their appeal, alienating voters and leading to
A folktale’s journey through sociopolitical changes in Pakistan
The concept of Nietzsche’s uber-man lives on in Pakistani political posters.
Populist outfits struggle to formulate policies because they excel more as disruptive movements.
What might have happened if, Sheikh Mujeeb’s party had formed a majority government in the centre, in 1970?
The Sunni Barelvi sub-sect narrative has been moulded by changing state narratives but have also met resistance
Does military influence deter the maturing of political institutions or propel the country to take steps that
The Sheedis of Sindh and Balochistan have an intriguing history tracing back to East Africa.
Is the political influence of feudalism merely a stereotype that lazy ‘experts’ keep associating with Sindh?
Why do political parties need to reinforce their leader’s image through mystery or fantasy?
Rigged or not, the recent polls reflected the highly polarised nature of Pakistan’s polity
Sports is no different from other fields when it comes to victimising easy targets for dirty politics.
Democracy has always managed to resolve society’s most complex issues and tensions.
Thirty-two candidates are vying for a constituency where no party has managed to maintain a political hold.
The PTI leader’s act of reverence at a Sufi shrine has led to a media ruckus. But until recently, nobody would have