Trivializing Rape: A Guide for the ‘Enlightened’ Elite

Express Tribune January 5, 2016 A 15-year-old girl was kidnapped, drugged and gang raped in a hotel on Mall Road, Lahore a few days ago. The rapists later texted the parents to come pick up their unconscious child from the hotel room. The girl was rushed to Services Hospital where initial medical examination revealed that she had been…

Religious Bigotry: In Pakistan & America

The last few months have been quite intense for Muslims in the US. The Syrian refugee crisis gave us gems like ‘hey, these people have smart phones! They cant possibly be fleeing a deadly war’ from twitter analysts. Then Donald Trump, the rising Republican star, informed us that some serious TV watching had led him…

Why Geo’s ‘apology’ is not enough

Social media is once again flooded with outrage at ‘Dr’ Aamir Liaquat – our nation’s foremost televangelist. During an episode of his morning show Subh-e-Pakistan aired on Geo TV on December 22, one of Liaquat’s guests Syed Arif Shah Owaisi used inflammatory language to accuse the Ahmadi community of being responsible for terrorism in the…

The Class Politics of Blasphemy in Pakistan

The brutal murders of Shehzad and Shama, a Christian couple in the village of Kot Radha Kishan in Kasur district on 4th November, spawned predictable outrage in the press and social media. The rush of horror, the diagnoses and prescribed course of action against such violence involved the familiar paternalistic discourse of the ‘illiterate masses’ whose…

If Ebola hits Pakistan

The Ebola outbreak has claimed almost 5000 lives since March, the vast majority of them in West Africa with Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea being the worst hit. Even though Nigeria has been declared Ebola free by the WHO as of now, there is no vaccine or even a specific treatment for the virus which…

In Defense of Malala’s ‘Leftist’ Fans

On October 10, 2014, Malala Yousafzai became the second Pakistani to win a Nobel Prize. Amidst all the celebrations that unfolded on social media, there was the predictable response by some who chose those see this award as yet another way of humiliating our nation and portraying Pakistan in a negative light. What was unexpected…