What Does Malala’s Nobel Prize Mean?

(16th October 2014) Last Friday, 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. As fans…

Dharna Politics: Do Ends Justify the Means?

In May 2013, I along with many other Pakistanis weary of a system steeped in corruption, bribery and dynastic politics supported Imran Khan’s bid for power through the general elections. I was deeply critical of his stance on the Taliban, the War on Terror and absence of a clear political ideology but nevertheless felt that…

Hitler Quotes Will Not Help the Palestinians

As the death toll in Gaza mounts and Israel shows no signs of relenting, netizens across the world have taken to the internet to express their outrage or support for Operation Protective Edge. Unfortunately, these passionate arguments often degenerate into Islamophobia, anti Arab racism and anti-Semitism. As a Muslim and a supporter of the Palestinian…

Blasphemy: The New Face of Religious Terrorism in Pakistan

If the 1980s is notorious in Pakistan’s history for its so called Islamization, the current decade will probably be remembered as the era of ‘blasphemization’ of Pakistan. Over forty years ago Zia ul Haq deployed Islam to legitimize his illegal coup against a democratic government and proceeded to raise a generation of militants in CIA…