Pervaiz Nazir

  • TThe carnage at the school in Peshawer has rightly outraged people in Pakistan and the world. The US, ironically, roundly condemned the act as well; ironically, because the US never condemned itself for carrying out bigger outrages all across the Muslim world.  What has come to the fore after ...

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  • TElision of ipsocracy: that is removing the rule of the same rulers. In Pakistan’s case, the rulers are motivated by power-seeking or office-holding, rather than by motives of pursuing weighty policies appropriate to the needs of the vast majority of the country’s people. To say that ...

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  • TWe are right even when we are wrong neatly sums up the attitudes and predispositions of leaders in Pakistani politics who are perpetually in denial mode, and which has brought the country to the brink of disaster. The net effect of this attitude has been negligence in dealing with the most pressing ...

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  • TThere has been an important transformation in many aspects of political discourse in Pakistan: From one where successive governments have stressed the favours that leaders of their governments have bestowed on the people (or have not been able to do so because of intervening factors); to one where ...

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  • TPakistan’s economic policy makers need to formulate and implement economic policies that will bring about an integrated and autonomous productive structure in the country. In this, the role of the machine building or capital goods industries in general and that of the machine tools sector ...

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  • TIt is a sad reflection on the state of Pakistani scholarship that legitimacy in the formation of Pakistan is still, with periodical regularity, called into question – including in Pakistani newspapers. The two main factors underlying withholding legitimacy to Pakistan can be attributed to a ...

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  • TPakistan is a ‘Soft State’ because it places expedience and negligence over principles and discipline in all walks of Pakistani life. So that if the citizens of Pakistan think that the zebra crossing on the road is a decoration, it is not the citizens’ fault for they have not been ...

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  • TWith all the blood-curdling noises being made by 'liberals' and 'modernists' in Pakistan (and around the world) against the militants in Pakistan's north, one might be led to believe that the bearded ones deserve to be punished or eliminated because they had desecrated an idyll habitus, the world ...

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  • TThe 'war on terror' has become the public leitmotif of the country that has long been regarded, and continues to regard itself, as the world's leading democracy, the United States. In this context the use of the term 'rogue state' by the US to designate, and often attack, other countries is made to ...

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  • TThe US claims to be the world's 'last best hope' for spreading democracy around the world, a claim that can be made only by sanitising its own, and medicalising others' history.  Its own understanding of and support for democracy is idiosyncratic and hedged around with caveats and ...

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