Kashmir needs a political solution, not military action

by Junaid Rather  “If I die, please ask Mufti Nazir to perform my funeral“, says a 25-year-old man who was hit by a bullet during a protest triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahidin’s young and charismatic commander Burhan Wani in Indian-controlled Kashmir. (Mufti Nazir Ahmad Qasmi is one of the few Islamic scholars who enjoys… Read More

Top 10 Books by Novelists of Colour Published in 2014

by Samira Sawlani  It has been a big year for novelists of colour, with both renowned names and up and coming writers releasing long awaited and highly anticipated books. 2014 was predicted to be a banner year for African literature and as expected books and writers coming out of the continent did not disappoint. Meanwhile… Read More

How did Pakistan become the land of bombs and burqas?

by Marziyeh Khaleeli I remember how excited I was that US hit television show, Homeland was actually being filmed in Pakistan, and not somewhere else. Then I saw the poster and was obviously less elated. The image, shows a crowd of women wearing the burqa, revealing from the off that this series will only serve… Read More

Cheap Labour = Child Labour (Part 2)

by Dr Rohail Ahmad In Part 1 Rohail Ahmad presented the findings of his research into child labour. Here, in Part 2, using annotated excerpts of his novel, Pure Mafia, a literary thriller about child labour, Rohail shows us another side of his research, inviting us to think about the place of fiction in research and… Read More

Cheap Labour = Child Labour (Part 1)

by Dr Rohail Ahmad In this article Rohail Ahmad presents the findings of his research into child labour. This will be followed by annotated excerpts from Rohail’s novel, Pure Mafia, a unique literary thriller about child labour. The film 12 Years A Slave depicts the horrors of slavery and its aftermath in the US in the… Read More

The Nobel Peace Prize Winner’s ‘kill-list’

by Usaamah Khan and Taimour Fazlani Last year the New York Times ran an article reporting that Nobel Peace Prize winning US President Obama was armed with a ‘kill-list’. The article was carefully approved by the White House in a bid to improve the re-election chances of President Obama. The New York Times reported how… Read More

Drones: the international system of force and collusion is alive and well

by Dr Rohail Ahmad The BBC revealed on 24th October 2013 that Pakistan was fully aware of the drone attacks on its territory by America: “Secret memos show Pakistan endorsed US drone strikes”. This is a confirmation and continuation of the international system of force and collusion that is both the origin and perpetuation of the… Read More

The Black Clouds over Peshawar and the Inescapable Vulnerability of Life

by Sanaa Alimia For a while now I have been speaking to my friends and family about the ‘black cloud’ that hangs over Peshawar. When you enter Peshawar, I don’t know how else to describe it. There is something in the atmosphere: nervousness, an unspoken tension. This is not a simplistic attempt to romanticise Peshawar as… Read More

A Reply to: Malala Yousafzai and the White Saviour Complex

Editors’ note: We published Assed Baig’s article Malala Yousafzai and the White Saviour Complex with our additional quotes on October 8th 2013, since then it has had over 30,000 views. This level of attention deserved a reply and the opportunity to give a platform to opposing views especially by women. This article was first published… Read More

The Taliban are nasty people but they are not the root cause of the lack of education in Pakistan

The truth is that the selective saving of Malala, along with things like “aid” are part of the “humanitarian facade” which masks the continuing exploitation of the East byDr Rohail Ahmad Much has been made of the Malala Yousafzai case recently. The backlash has already started, with some accusing the West of exploiting and using her… Read More