alleviated intellectual poverty until the day she was murdered, 24 April 2015. In
an interview with Karima Bennoune in 2010 Mahmud explained why she founded a
politico-cultural space in Karachi.
Those who hold Muslims accountable for
these acts, or demand that they apologize for them, are delusional. Beyond
Europe, Al-Qaeda has declared open war against most Arab and Muslim-majority
countries, especially those allied to the west.
Western enthusiasm for Malala Yousafzai
overshadows the fact that western policies deny children in Pakistan their most
basic rights. The short-term memory of the media cycle, coupled with political
self-interest and selective attention continue to marginalise the trauma of CIA
There is a central contradiction at the
heart of the construction of Pakistan. A state that was created to protect a
minority nation was, and still is, wholly unwilling to extend the same kind of
protections to its minorities.
Recipients of humanitarian awards often
invite controversy. In Pakistan, religious and political identities are valued
more than the contributions of such recipients. Malala Yousafzai may have the Nobel Peace Prize, but she
remains the target of criticism from Pakistani conservatives and also many
Just when many thought Pakistan was finally on the trajectory towards a functioning democratic system, unrest broke out in a number of cities and provided a stark reminder just how fragile the country’s politics remain.
The military is never far from politics in Pakistan—and it may be implicated in the latest political crisis, as opposition forces led by Imran Khan challenge the legitimacy of the government of Nawaz Sharif.
We need to subject intelligence
gathering to similar rules that regulate the conduct of war regarding medics and Red Cross personnel. The exploitation of humanitarian efforts for
intelligence purposes must be opposed.
This statutory nature of the Sharia begins
to emerge, paradoxically, in the colonial British courts. It is this legacy that led to a
reimagining of the role of Sharia, that now plagues the modern Muslim nation
the latest military operation launched by Pakistan against the Taliban in North
Waziristan expose and loosen the ties between the military establishment and
their jihadi protégés? So far a sceptical silence surrounds the operations,
says Afiya Zia.
Defenders of Pakistan's blasphemy laws say the rule of law
prevents rule by mob. The May 7 murder of human rights lawyer Rashid
Rehman - to prevent him from defending a young professor accused of blasphemy -
shows the hypocrisy of such a defence, says Meredith Tax.
Forecasts past the withdrawal of US and British forces in Afghanistan tend to prize fears of violence and instability spilling over into Pakistan, obscuring the country's vital importance to both India and China.
The word 'refugee' conjures up images of rows of tents, barefoot children and saddened faces. The reality is more complex. My research shows that Afghan refugees have developed lives alongside Pakistani nationals in Karachi's poor katchi abadi areas: marrying, working, loving and learning together.
The right not to be enslaved is one
of the two absolute human rights that cannot be violated on any ground
whatsoever. However, 65 years after its denunciation, slavery continues to
resist the corpus of human rights. Why the asymmetry ?
Why is it taking so long for Pakistan to choose a new Chief of Army Staff - and who will it be? An insight into the politics and personalities of the brass in the running, and how the US and other allies will react.
Using the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) to justify decisions to intervene militarily abroad is often self-serving.
Countries like India are ambiguous about the right to intervene because the
practice is deeply inequitable. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate,R2P and the
Human Rights Crisis in Syria.
A comprehensive peace will clearly not be achieved militarily, but
how can the warring factions engaged with the complex conflict in Afghanistan
be brought into negotiations? Engagement with Alternative Dispute Resolution
practices at the regional level offers potential.