Category: Pakistan

Pervez Hoodbhoy: The State of Liberalism in Pakistan

Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy is a prominent Pakistani nuclear physicist, essayist and defense analyst. In 2011, he was included on the list of 100 most influential global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, for his “bold secular defiance.” His articles and commentaries about Islam, education, and secularism have had a lasting impact on debates in Pakistan. He Read more…

Pervez Hoodbhoy: Jinns invade campuses

Last week, a workshop titled ‘Jinns and Black Magic’ was organised in Islamabad by the department of humanities at the COMSATS Institute of Technology (CIIT), one of Pakistan’s largest universities. The invited speaker, Raja Zia-ul-Haq, introduced as a ‘spiritual cardiologist’ is reputedly an expert on demonic possessions and evil spirits. He is popular: a press Read more…

Pervez Hoodbhoy: Pakistan’s Donald Trump

Charismatic narcissists are much hot air but very little substance. Unfortunately, they can be very dangerous

Pervez Hoodbhoy: Who Changed The Weather? India, America?

TEASER: In a world crackling with multiple tensions, pseudoscientific allegations of weather modification can do great harm by increasing mistrust

Juan Cole: As 700 Die in Pakistan from Extreme Heat, Pakistanis Deny Climate Change

Despite the severe dangers to Pakistan posed by climate change, opinion polls show that only about a quarter of Pakistanis view the issue as a powerful threat

Pervez Hoodbhoy: Pakistan – The State Bows To The Mullah

The once hapless mullah is no longer interested in playing second fiddle. Instead he is intent on seizing control from his former masters

Saroop Ijaz: Textbook Killing

Fake degrees are bad and people wilfully obtaining them are untrustworthy. There is a lot being said about the issue and much of it is necessary and obvious. What about real degrees and degree holders? If law-enforcement authorities are to be believed, the killers of Sabeen Mahmud and those responsible for the Safoora Goth massacre Read more…

Murtaza Hussain: New Film, Among the Believers, Looks Inside Pakistan’s Madrassas

Talha’s story is symptomatic of a broader phenomenon in Pakistan: a central government without the means or motivation to provide infrastructure and economic opportunity for the great mass of its poor citizenry

Farooq Sulehria: Reading Trotsky in Pakistan

A short history of Pakistan’s Trotskyist Left, and a plea for re-evaluation

Farooq Sulehria: Peshawar School Tragedy

Frequent remote-control bombings and Fidai missions have claimed over 70000 lives in Pakistan since 9/11

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