By Aasim Sajjad Akhtar
AS Pakistan’s love-hate relationship with the mythical ‘rule of law’ unfolds, the very real rule of the danda continues to manifest itself in virtually every little nook and cranny of society, unnamed if not unnoticed.
Every thana and katcheri in this country — the very institutions that purport to . . . → Read More: “Rule of the Danda” in Pakistan
Fatalism is a Pakistani characteristic. Allah maalik, God decides, is a popular refrain, particularly amongst the poor when confronted with the reality of life, and Inshallah — if God wills it — rolls off all our tongues with the greatest ease and with a sense of piety we pass the buck to God. If He . . . → Read More: Fight with ideas, guns aren’t working
But still, they are what the people of Pakistan voted for… well, 56% of them anyway – the rest were bogus votes.
Hurray for the parliament! Hurray for Pakistan’s democracy! The Army has finally been cowed down! The ISI has its tail between its legs, and its DG has surrendered! Hurray for Pakistan! Oh . . . → Read More: Forget Governance: Pakistan’s civilian politicians know nothing about security and sovereignty