Writings

France and its revolutionary ideas have given much to the world. From Rousseau and Voltaire to Emile Durkheim to Fernand Braudel – the historian and leader of the Annales School whose work, “History of Civilizations” was a treat for...
In November, Covid-19 claimed a very unusual and controversial life in Pakistan. Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the founder of Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), died on 19th November in Lahore. He was suffering from fever and breathing difficulties – though he never got himself...
Elections 2020 have stained the American democracy, and the toxic political divide will continue to polarize the US politics for an indefinite period – unless some societal leadership or intellectual movement emerges that comes up with new solutions to...
Alan Campbell Johnson, in his famous book, “Mission with Mountbatten” writes – while trying to explain why Kashmir, amongst the princely states, represented a special problem that “there was a Hindu ruler with a state geographically contiguous to both...
The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), came back into the limelight after it took responsibility for an audacious attack on the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) in Karachi on June 29. Four BLA militants stormed the PSX building and killed three...
Last week I had the opportunity to spend a whole day at National Command and Operational Centre (NCOC) and I left with this palpable feeling that Corona Pandemic has induced Pakistan into creating a quintessential national institution – in...
Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall died on 19th May, 1936. Today, few in the Muslim world remember him but maybe they should for he was the first Englishman to come up with a credible translation of Muslim’s Holy book, Quran, into English. Pickthall...
Francis Fukuyama’s, End of History and the Last Man (1992) – influenced by the events triggered by Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan (1987), Fall of Berlin Wall (Nov, 1990) and Dissolution of Soviet Union (Dec, 1991) – had argued that...
Do Muslims in general – and Pakistanis in specific – care for liberal democracy? This question came to my mind, unbidden, unprompted, as I was writing, for Global Village Space, an Editorial analysing Kissinger’s latest piece (The Coronavirus Pandemic...
Peace Agreement signed in Doha between the US and Taliban is certainly historic and a moral victory for Pakistan. But New Delhi is bound to see it as a strategic reversal and will react in its own ways. Without...
Dr. Moeed Pirzada | Many political changes, upheavals of one or the other kind, throughout the twentieth century have often been referred to as: “revolutions”. The term has been used loosely enough to refer to a pro-western change in Georgia,...
Dr. Moeed Pirzada | Tired, sick, guilty and beset by rebellion, King Henry IV is feeling the weight of his crown… Henry IV, Part 2, Act 3, Scene 1, 26-31 William Shakespeare, 1597 Supporters of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan were perturbed...
News Analysis | Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor made it clear on Monday that the “time is up” for Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM). General Ghafoor talked at length about the PTM, its demands and links...
News Analysis | Salman Safdar, legal counsel for former president Pervez Musharraf, announced that his client is likely to return to Pakistan on May, 1. Mr Safdar reportedly told media personnel that despite his deteriorating medical condition, the former military...
News Desk | Two stories have captivated the media in Pakistan more than any others in the last few days – news regarding a reshuffle in the federal cabinet and the Prime Minister Imran Khan allegedly having “developed differences” with...