Editor's Note: Crackdown!

Editor’s Note: Crackdown!

There is no doubt that there has been a long history of manipulation, control, forceful silencing and crackdown on dissenting voices and ideas in our country from colonial to post-colonial times. But ever since the Tabdeeli Sarkaar had held its office for last two years both the regression and repression had reached to unprecedented heights. Very few regimes in our political history have ruled with such impunity and senselessness. But we are witnessing a new kind of onslaught on activists, academic freedoms and critical thinking for a while now which is happening both through systematic manipulation and force.

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Imagining a Nazi Pakistan: the swastikas of MMA

Imagining a Nazi Pakistan: the swastikas of MMA

By Salman Sikandar

If we were to imagine a Nazi Pakistan, it won’t be something like we see in movies about Nazi Germany apparently. There won’t be any Swastikas hanging on huge red flags but there will be pictures of religious symbols along with the display of military power. Not suggesting that it hasn’t always been like that in Pakistan but that in a Nazi Pakistan the old Mullah Military Alliance (MMA) would be strongest. We are on a road towards that dystopia. The alliance between mob and elite is the first ingredient in the complex recipe for cooking a Nazi state. In the case of Pakistan mullah acts as a mob that perpetrates the extremely jingoist ideology that is based upon chauvinist nationalism and the military might. Even though many segments from both of them are exactly not on the same page but slowly they are joining hands to wipe off any kind of resistance that challenges the ideology which they have taken years to propagate.  Continue reading “Imagining a Nazi Pakistan: the swastikas of MMA”

"Split Identities; A Colonial Trauma." / "Keh Hum Aik Ho Jaaen"

“Split Identities: A Colonial Trauma.”

Maryam Shakeel

“Keh Hum Ek Ho Jaein”

Pakistan’s social and political landscape always subsisted a dispute resting on ethnicity and identity conflicts. Balochistan, one of the most persistent subject to underdevelopment, could be considered as a residence of such clashes. In the last week of June 2020, protests stirred in major cities of Balochistan demanding identification and abolition of bogus domiciles and their holders to be removed from official posts. The campaign began in 2018 when DC Mastung issued notices to officials asking them to verify their domiciles. In the first week of July 2020, DC canceled 400 domiciles on the charge of being bogus. A trend emerged on twitter “#BalochistanRejectsBogusDomiciles” and posed the disservice of the state towards indigenous people residing in Balochistan. Conflicts on the documents that are identity markers are nothing new but the developments followed by this are unfortunate.  Continue reading ““Split Identities: A Colonial Trauma.””

Punjab Tahaffuz-i-Bunyad-i-Islam Bill 2020: the latest legislative attempt in censorship of dissenting voices

Punjab Tahaffuz-i-Bunyad-i-Islam Bill 2020: the latest legislative attempt in censorship of dissenting voices

Eshm Suhaib

Pakistan has had a long, sordid history of laws that have been used and abused to silence those disagreeing with the state or mainstream beliefs. This trend, starting with Zia ul-Haq’s retrogressive policies, has appeared to continue with the Punjab Tahaffuz-i-Bunyad-i-Islam Bill 2020. The new piece of legislation forbids the printing and publication of objectionable material and also bars the publisher, editor or translator from printing or publishing any material that contains of photographs or pictures of suicide bombers, terrorists, except as required by law enforcing agencies for purposes of investigation. Additionally,  it has been mandated that “the blessed name of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) shall be preceded by the title Khatam-an-Nabiyyin or Khatam-un-Nabiyyin followed by ‘Sallallahu alaihi wasallam’ (darood) in Arabic text”. Continue reading “Punjab Tahaffuz-i-Bunyad-i-Islam Bill 2020: the latest legislative attempt in censorship of dissenting voices”

The right to freedom of thought: a threat to state oppression

The right to freedom of thought: a threat to state oppression

Arshia Shoaib Khawaja

Freedom of thought and conscience is a fundamental human right, formally recognized by transnational organizations and states globally. Contrarily, things differ factually, rather the reality is completely antonymous in all nation states, in some more and in some less. How so ever, this non-derogable right is not available to any subject in any state. Rather, this right is fought for and revolted for by a certain class of subjects those who despite any fetters, yearn to think and express freely and are conscious of the power that should be rightfully entailed to them. However, it is but natural that the state would attempt to suppress such dissidents as much as possible and oft ends up succeeding in doing so, but it is unable to completely succeed as the more they oppress, the greater becomes the likelihood of civil strife. Continue reading “The right to freedom of thought: a threat to state oppression”

زکریا یونیورسٹی: بلوچستان اور فاٹا کے طلبہ کے لیے مخصوص کوٹہ اور سکالرشپس ختم

زکریا یونیورسٹی: بلوچستان اور فاٹا کے طلبہ کے لیے مخصوص کوٹہ اور سکالرشپس ختم

رپورٹ: علی رضا

بہاالدین زکریا یونیورسٹی ملتان نے بلوچستان اور فاٹا کے طلبہ کے لیے مخصوص کوٹہ اور سکالرشپس کی سہولت ختم کر دی ہے۔

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راولا کوٹ: مطالبات کے حق میں سات روز سے طلبہ کا دھرنا جاری

راولا کوٹ: مطالبات کے حق میں سات روز سے طلبہ کا دھرنا جاری

رپورٹ: انضمام میراج

گزشتہ سات دن سے آزاد کشمیر و گلگت بلتستان کے طلبہ کا راولاکوٹ میں فیسوں میں کمی اور5 انٹرنیٹ کی فراہمی کے لیے دھرنا جاری ہے۔

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جی سی یو فیصل آباد نے ہزاروں طلبہ کے مستقبل کو خطرے میں ڈال دیا

جی سی یو فیصل آباد نے ہزاروں طلبہ کے مستقبل کو خطرے میں ڈال دیا

رپورٹ: علی رضا

گورنمنٹ کالج یونیورسٹی فیصل آباد نے بی اے/ بی ایس سی اور ایم اے/ ایم ایس سی کے امتحانات ستمبر تک ملتوی کرنے کا فیصلہ کیا ہے۔جس پر طلبہ میں شدید تشویش پائی جا رہی ہے۔ کیونکہ طلبہ نے ماسٹرز یا آنرز کے بعد ایم فل میں داخلہ لینا ہوتا ہے جس کے داخلہ کی معیاد بیشتر جامعات میں ختم ہو چکی اور باقی میں اگست میں ختم ہو جائے گی۔ مزید یہ کہ بہت سے طلبہ نے بیرون ملک سکالرشپس کے لیے اپلائی کرنا ہوتا ہے۔ اس کا مطلب ہے کہ امتحانات ملتوی ہونے کے سبب طلبہ ایم فل یا کسی اور ڈگری میں اس سال داخلہ نہیں لے سکیں گے اور ان کا سال ضائع ہو جائے گا۔

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طلبہ پر تشدد میں ملوث پشاور یونیورسٹی کا چیف سکیورٹی آفیسر معطل

طلبہ پر تشدد میں ملوث پشاور یونیورسٹی کا چیف سکیورٹی آفیسر معطل

انضمام میراج

پارلیمانی کمیٹی خیبر پختونخواہ نے دو سال قبل طلبہ کی ریلی پر تشدد میں ملوث چیف سکیورٹی آفیسر کرنل ریٹائرڈ عزیز گل اور واقعہ میں ملوث تمام دیگر سیکیورٹی اہلکاروں کو نوکری سے بر طرف کر دیا ہے۔

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