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A Battle for the Soul of Pakistan

Beena Sarwar
Sehwan Sharif and other shrines in Pakistan are being targeted for terrorist attacks because militant Islam feels threatened by the popular adherence to Sufi Islam and values.

Khurram Zaki: The Voice that Spoke for the Dead by Suleman Akhtar

Suleman Akhtar reflects on the murder of renowned Pakistani journalist and human rights activist, Khurram Zaki, who was shot dead in Karachi in early May.

Pakistan's Competing Schools of Fundamentalists

Ziauddin Sardar
When it comes to competing schools of fundamentalists, Pakistanis are spoilt for choice. Ziauddin Sardar on an entrenchment that is holding civil society hostage.

Backlash as Pakistan arms teachers after Peshawar school attack by Iftikhar Malik

The attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School in December by the Pakistani Taliban in which 150 students and their teachers were killed, was one of the most traumatic events of the post-9/11 violence across the Indus Valley regions ...

Today, for Us Young Citizens, Pakistan Feels Like a Country Empty of Dreams

Fatima Bhutto
But with sorrow, there is anger, says noted Pakistani writer Fatima Bhutto.

The Pakistani Origins of the Israeli State

Ishaan Tharoor
"Pakistan is like Israel, an ideological state," said then Pakistani President Zia ul-Haq in 1981. "Take out the Judaism from Israel and it will fall like a house of cards. Take Islam out of Pakistan and make it a secular ...

My Beautiful Motherland is Sinking Under a Growing Tide of Blood and Broken Bodies

Shaista Aziz
The bludgeoning to death of 25-year-old pregnant Farzana Parveen, by members of her family for defying them and marrying a man of her choice, has once again put Pakistan at centre stage regarding the treatment of women. It isn't ...

Pakistan - How Did It All Go Wrong? (Part III)

Mohammad Soukat Ali
All that I have described in my earlier writings - Part I and II - created a very weak and unstable Pakistan. The events inevitably led to her intellectual degeneration, growth of minnow politicians, spread of religious fundamentalism ...

Pakistan's Tyranny of Blasphemy

Ali Sethi
LAHORE, Pakistan — “I used to feel my life was too straight, too linear.” The speaker was Junaid Hafeez, a young poet and Fulbright scholar from the south of Pakistan, telling a radio show host in 2011 why he had given up ...

Change is the Only Constant

Ehsan Masood
Instead of critically questioning religion, what we are taught (in countries such as Pakistan) is that one interpretation is the final word. We’ve never been taught that human interpreters of the Quran and the Hadith have always ...