Political Writing

Is There a Way Out?

(Completely alienated from the country’s political process and saddled with a corrupt and ineffective administrative set-up the city of Karachi has become a hotbed of every variety of violence and crime. Is the city doomed...

The Unresolved Conflict

Since 1947, when Pakistan was created, major demographic, social and economic changes have taken place in the country. These changes are so enormous that they can be termed revolutionary. However, they have not been institutionalised...

Day of the Middleman

The no confidence motion moved by the COP in the national assembly, and the political manoeuvring that accompanied it, has dominated the national media for the past few weeks. Both parliamentary groups emphasised that only...

The Sindh Cauldron

The present state of political unrest and social anarchy in Sindh cannot be explained by the application of conventional political theories based on class or nationality, as our leaders, political pundits and intellectuals have been...

The Grand Compromise

The Prime Minister makes brave speeches. With great confidence she inaugurates the wheat growing season and the People’s Works Programme. She is nominated for prestigious international awards and she accepts the nominations gracefully. She visits...

The MQM: An Uncertain Future?

Ever since the November elections were announced, a number of political commentators and analysts, both local and foreign, have insisted that no political issues were involved in the campaign. They have maintained that the whole...

A Generation Comes of Age

Civic strife in Karachi and Hyderabad, Sind’s two largest cities, has escalated in the last two years into what appears to be a major ethnic conflict. The government has responded to the situation by arresting...

The MQM Factor

For the first time since the creation of Pakistan, the Urdu-speaking Sindhis, or mohajirs as they are called, have sought to identify themselves with the larger interests of Sind. Their new leadership, born and bred...

Karachi’s Godfathers

If their statements are to be believed, it seems that leaders of public opinion, political parties and ethnic groups all agree that the real cause of Karachi’s recurrent ethnic riots is a lack of civic...

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