The commission’s ToR only extend to probing the last decade.
Aasim Sajjad Akhtar
In recent days, Pakistan’s reputation of being a country at war with itself has been reinforced.
We put public services on the chopping block.
These ‘working people’ have taken on other concerns.
Everything, it seems, is a ‘foreign conspiracy’.
Every political regime here has spewed the same rhetoric.
It is unlikely that this wave of nationalism will last forever.
Men do not own feminist struggles as their own.
They write and rewrite history to create pliant populations.
Progressives in Pakistan tend to veer between two extremes.
The voice of the system’s real losers has been muted.
The fallout is now increasingly centred in countries like ours.
Does the contemporary state really want to rid the world of terrorism?
The trope of security will become even more powerful.
Dents can be made in the hawkish attitudes of Pak-India officialdom.
The illegality of the rich is almost always glossed over.
Reactionary forces are gaining ground everywhere.
There is a crisis of survival and of human agency.
The poor continue to be left by the wayside.
One is inclined to think that it all doesn’t really matter.