Hassan Javid

  • In a little over a year, Pakistan will go to the polls to elect a new government. Assuming the current government completes its term, the next election will mark only the second time in Pakistan’s history that power will be transferred from one democratically elected government to another ...

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  • Sometimes it seems that blasphemy, its perpetration, and its perpetrators, are the only subjects worthy of discussion in the Land of the Pure. Forget grinding poverty, abysmal social indicators, inept governance, and rampant militancy; the biggest issue confronting the citizens of Pakistan is the ...

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  • Whatever else they may be, Pakistan’s politicians cannot be accused of being particularly enlightened. As if more proof of this were needed, earlier this week the PTI’s Murad Saeed and the PML-N’s Javed Latif were involved in a physical altercation outside the National Assembly ...

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  • I have never been much of a sports fan. While I understand the appeal, I have never really been able to take much of an interest in the athletic antics of young men and women chasing balls, throwing things, and smashing objects around fields and arenas. I also remain perpetually mystified by the ...

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  • To understand the media in Pakistan, it is necessary to consider the way in which it is structured and the imperatives that guide it. In the past two decades, dozens of privately owned channels and networks have burst on to the scene, each of which exists primarily as a business venture rather than ...

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  • Not much can be said that has not already been said. The spate of bombings across Pakistan this week, including in Lahore and at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalander in Sehwan, has left more than 100 people dead. Responsibility for these attacks has been claimed by the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a breakaway ...

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  • There is a reason why agents of conservatism are often called ‘reactionaries’. More often than not, their opposition to progress and reform does not come from a position of strength and is instead rooted in deep insecurities and fears about change. When religious extremists threaten ...

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  • Policies can be good or bad but this distinction is of little relevance when the state simply lacks the will or the capacity to take substantive action. The popular discourse in Pakistan has long been characterised by a paradoxical approach to the question of state power; on the one hand, ...

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  • There is a tendency to treat the purveyors of bombastic outrage with patronising contempt; only an utter fool, the argument goes, would actually believe that a massive wall could end illegal immigration from Mexico to the United States, or that the recent US elections were characterised by ...

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  • It is done. Donald Trump has been inaugurated as the president of the United States. An openly racist, Islamophobic, and misogynistic bigot has been sworn in to the most powerful office in the world. Assuming his new responsibilities with a speech that struck an unapologetically strident and ...

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  • There they are on Facebook, in their multitudes. Their profile pictures are usually selfies and often feature friends and family. They smile and they laugh, plastering their profiles with inspirational quotes, funny news stories, and pictures of places they have been. It all seems innocent enough ...

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  • Across the world, the start of 2017 has been met with a certain degree of trepidation. Beyond the widespread, if inaccurate, belief that 2016 was a particularly bad year in terms of celebrity deaths (an artifact of the increasing number of aging celebrities and public figures following the ...

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  • Asif Zardari’s December surprise was ultimately unveiled with a whimper rather than a bang; his announcement that he and his son Bilawal would compete in by-elections to join the current National Assembly, while significant, was not as seismic as the previously expected launch of a nationwide ...

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  • If 2016 is likely to be remembered for anything, it is the ascension of populist, largely right-wing movements and parties to the heights of political power across the world. The Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, the election of Donald Trump in the United States, Matteo Renzi’s ignominious ...

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  • On the 16th of December, the second anniversary of the APS attack, the airwaves and print media were full of memorials and tributes to the 144 schoolchildren who were killed by terrorists on that terrible day. Amidst the grief and the sadness, leaders from across the political and military spectrum ...

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  • When the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) raided the offices of the Tehreek-e-Jadid in Rabwah earlier this week, arresting nine men, it claimed to have done so in order to stop the publication and propagation of hate speech. The Punjab Government barred Tehreek-e-Jadid from producing any ...

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  • Few things are as hypocritical as the baying outrage of many conservative Pakistanis who denounce Donald Trump for his bigotry and intolerance. More often than not, these people will pounce upon even the most remote incident of Islamophobia or racism in the United States to bemoan the plight of ...

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  • Fidel Castro was one of the most towering and influential leaders of the Twentieth Century. Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez saw him as a friend and an inspiration, and people around the world, particularly in the Global South, viewed him as powerful symbol of resistance ...

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  • Earlier this week, it was reported that thirteen-year-old Muhammad Ahmed Mashori has been bed-ridden since August 10 after being severely beaten by his teachers at Cadet College Larkana. The boy was admitted to hospital covered in bruises and with broken bones in his neck, and is currently ...

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  • Much ink has been spilt and spleen has been vented following Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election earlier this week. Back in 2011, when President Obama mercilessly mocked him during the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, no one would have imagined that Trump would ...

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  • In the wake of the UK Brexit vote and the rise of Donald Trump, some observers have written about the arrival of a new ‘post-factual’ politics, characterised by emotional appeals, populist rhetoric, and an almost willful refusal to engage with questions of actual policy and fact. ...

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  • Do the ends justify the means? This is the question that is implicitly being asked by the government and the PTI as they prepare to confront each other in Islamabad this week. Amidst an opening salvo of repression by the PML-N, involving the arrest and suppression of PTI leaders, activists, and ...

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  • Barbarism. There is no other way to describe the senseless bloodlust and spiteful vindictiveness that characterises what passes for the criminal justice system in Pakistan. In a judgment that will long be remembered for its sheer idiocy and mindboggling insensitivity, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ...

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  • On October 5, the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) announced that it would be holding a countrywide protest against Indian aggression and atrocities in Kashmir, with the campaign being launched in Islamabad at a conference to be held on October 28. At the meeting where this announcement was made, the ...

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  • On October 5, the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) announced that it would be holding a countrywide protest against Indian aggression and atrocities in Kashmir, with the campaign being launched in Islamabad at a conference to be held on October 28. At the meeting where this announcement was made, the ...

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  • Earlier this week, Dawn reported on a meeting between the civilian and military leadership in which the DG ISI was told, in uncharacteristically blunt terms, that Pakistan’s increasing diplomatic woes could be attributed to the widespread perception that the military establishment was ...

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  • Farcical’ and ‘stupid’ are two words that come to mind when considering India’s triumphant announcement that it conducted a ‘surgical strike’ on Pakistani territory that successfully targeted alleged ‘launch pads’ for insurgents planning on crossing ...

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  • In May 1998, after India and Pakistan both conducted nuclear tests that established their status as states possessing the means to wreak untold death and devastation upon each other, it was ironic and more than a little disconcerting to see large numbers of people on both sides of the border ...

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  • In September 2012, 259 people lost their lives and around 600 more were injured when a factory run by Ali Enterprises in Karachi’s Baldia Town caught fire. In the four years since then, families of the workers who died in in this incident have ceaselessly sought justice for their loved ones, ...

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  • There are a number of reasons why it makes sense to assume that Donald Trump will not be the next president of the United States. As his often erratic performance over the past year has shown, Donald Trump lacks many of the attributes and talents that are arguably required to perform the job he is ...

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