In our country, women are free to choose or discard veiling in public, yet it is advocated on public platforms from
Nadeem F. Paracha
Was the MQM simply engineered by Gen Zia or was there more to its history?
The Pakistani state has attempted to counter one dogmatic ideology it has fostered by fostering another,
A history of early Pak-China relations shows that India and the US were key players and catalysts in forming ties that
Like an impressionable teenager, the PM circulated a video of Dr Israr Ahmed claiming that the Quaid advocated
Is it time to legalise cannabis and alcohol and ‘sin tax’ them as well?
Playwright Ashfaq Ahmed’s name provokes two distinct responses — reverence or repulsion
There is enough reason to believe that, had Maulana Maududi been alive today, he would have disapproved of the
The traditional sweetmeat has a long history in the subcontinent but its political history is surprisingly short.
Much has been written about the damage that Gen Zia’s regime dealt to the country, but few talk about how it co-opted
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