Hassan Javid

  • TIt is a crime of unspeakable proportions. The rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab in Kasur has united the people of Pakistan in grief and anger, sparking protests across the country. As is usually the case in such instances, the government has followed a well-worn script; the police has ...

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  • TSo, the United States will no longer be providing Pakistan with military aid. For the past week, in response to a tweet by an American president who, if Michael Wolff’s account in Fire and Fury is to be believed, is utterly unsuited to the office he occupies, the airwaves have been saturated ...

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  • TIn 2017, much was made of the role played by the internet and social media in facilitating the spread of ‘fake news’. This concern over the dissemination of false information arose primarily out of the alleged role it played in influencing politics across the West; from the election of ...

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  • TPakistan has never been a particularly democratic state. This does not mean it has not had periods of democratic rule, flawed as they may have been. Instead, the reality is that regardless of the type of regime Pakistan has had – democratic or authoritarian – governments have usually ...

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  • TIf you happened to have been passing by the Punjab Assembly in Lahore earlier this week, you would have been met with what has become an increasingly familiar sight – a massive traffic jam caused by a protest outside the building. However, unlike the past couple of months, where a sit-in ...

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  • TIt has been a season for coincidences. As many including myself have noted in the past few months, it seems quite convenient that in the aftermath of the Supreme Court judgment that disqualified Nawaz Sharif from the premiership on grounds of corruption (with the judgment itself inviting both ...

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  • TWhat is one to make of what happened last week? What explanation could possibly be offered for the combination of craven capitulation and opportunistic cynicism that saw the Pakistani state – possessing nuclear weapons, vast administrative and coercive apparatuses, and the oft-stated desire ...

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  • TWhen you sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind. One wonders if this is a thought that has crossed the mind of the powers-that-be as protests erupt across Pakistan’s cities in response to the crackdown on the Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah’s (TLY) sit-in at the Faizabad Interchange ...

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  • TIs anyone really surprised by what has been going on at the Faizabad Interchange this past week? Is it really shocking to find that the government has chosen to meekly stand by and watch as a few thousand protestors stage a sit-in at one of the busiest roads in the country? After all, has it not ...

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