Hurmat Ali Shah

  • TWhat should have been a day for the coming together of whole nation, and an hour of a strong show of solidarity and outrage, following Mashal’s brutal lynching the political parties, the religious, the conservatives, the progressives, considered it safe to stay silent. There are moments where ...

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  • TI am Mashal Khan. I was lynched and killed by my fellow students at a place I thought was a step in fulfilling my dreams. I was there like them, but they were turned into savages by the societal thinking and conditioning of the state. You can consider what happened to me as collateral damage. ...

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  • TReform in Fata is in the news again. Political parties who have any claim to represent Pashtuns are again turning it into a game of petty point-scoring. I am presenting my opinion regarding the reforms in Fata as an outsider and admit at the outset that I have no claim, no right, to either ...

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  • TSocial media is criticized for being an echo chamber, for being a bubble. Social media at best can provide a semblance of dispassionate discussion, nothing more, goes the popular standpoint. The inability of social media to herald a long-lasting change is something which has to make everyone ...

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  • TLike my tears which dried away, my words have also become frail, futile. It has been exactly two years that you, my children, were massacred in broad daylight, and we, we all as a nation, as a state, as people, as humans stood by silently. We let your slaughter happen. And then we had the temerity ...

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  • TOne day I will leave my tiny little island of isolation. And let the ocean which caresses my shores through tiny but powerful waves inundate my little island, washing away every bit of aloofness. The ocean of pain, of suffering; which is created by the tears of the loved ones and the families of ...

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  • TThe ultimate tragedy of a people, and a nation who is more obsessed with the past and re-writing its past in a self-serving way, is that its future is lost and its present is gloomy. At some level, it points to the nation’s inability to buckle up and amass the required discipline to envision ...

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  • TQuetta happened. The TV screens were all inundated with hollow condemnations and impotent resolves to fight terrorism and high-flying tributes to the fallen ones. It would all have gone well. The repeated violence and perfunctory statements have desensitized us as a nation to the acts of bestiality ...

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  • TThe charm of magical realism is that it makes reality more enchanting and irrationality is explained away with recourse to the very nature of magical reality i.e. strange things happen for no reason and that it is perfectly fine. In reality one doesn’t have that ...

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