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  • اردو | The Supreme Court’s decision to void the privatization of the Pakistan Steel Mills retained an unsaid pact with capitalist interests even as it seemed to subvert them.

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  • اردو | Slavery is intrinsic to modern-day capitalism.

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  • اردو | There is no rights-for-shelter or housing movement in urban Pakistan like Brazil or India because conditions force katchi abadi dwellers often to work with land developers rather than against them.

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  • اردو | Humanitarianism without politics has helped maintain the conditions of risk that expose people to harm in the first place.

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  • اردو | Khamosh Pani and Ramchand Pakistani are the first films by a generation that did not directly experience Partition. They plumb memory and examine living with what comes after.

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A Very Queer Ramadan

Dec 2014

This is a story of a group of queer Muslims who refused to let their identities be mutually exclusive this Ramadan, a group of queer Muslims who were tired of feeling out of place in their mosques.
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Mosque & Memory

Nov 2014

The life of the immigrant is an exercise in remembrance— a city carried inside the heart. Every act of remembering becomes a walk down a never-ending fractal of cities within cities, forever colored in sepia tones of longing. Somewhere...
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In the Belly of the River: Flooding the Landless

Nov 2014

As Punjab deals with the aftermath of yet another devastating flood, it is the poor and landless who have once again been disproportionately affected. This is not an accident.
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Issue 7: Beyond Tremors & Terror

Sep 2014

اردو | Contemporary writings on Pakistan peddle views of a country wrecked by tremors and terror. We push back, and feature a fresh young crop of thinkers on Pakistan who don't buy into stereotypes.
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The Road to Bannu

Sep 2014

اردو | Even though Bannu is governed by the Pakistani constitution, the Pakistani state views it in almost colonial terms. For this part of Pakistan, then, the Raj isn’t over. Reportage
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The Allure of Al-Huda: Reconciling Liberalism and Literalist Islam

Sep 2014

اردو | Liberalism lies at the heart of the practices of Islamic piety by the Al-Huda organization. That affects how certain Islamic practices are understood — and denounced.
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Neoliberalism against Privatization

Sep 2014

اردو | The Supreme Court’s decision to void the privatization of the Pakistan Steel Mills retained an unsaid pact with capitalist interests even as it seemed to subvert them.
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How the State Sanctions Bonded Labor

Sep 2014

اردو | Slavery is intrinsic to modern-day capitalism.
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Sit-ins with the Dead

Sep 2014

اردو | The Hazara sit-ins began as protests with broad potential, only to become ritualized under the undemocratic organization of the Quetta Yakjehti Council and Shia leadership.
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Protests in Search of a Movement

Sep 2014

اردو | There is no rights-for-shelter or housing movement in urban Pakistan like Brazil or India because conditions force katchi abadi dwellers often to work with land developers rather than against them.
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Islamabad’s Forgotten Villages

Sep 2014

اردو | Two villages encircled by the capital’s naval complex fall outside the state’s security concerns. Reportage
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“We should be resettled there”: On the Limits of Humanitarianism

Sep 2014

اردو | Humanitarianism without politics has helped maintain the conditions of risk that expose people to harm in the first place.
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#AskGHQ: Pakistanis Ask the Army

By TQ

Pakistanis ask the army questions about its role in the Pakistani state. Twitter hashtag: #AskGHQ
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Why the Death Penalty Won’t Work

Army Chief Raheel Sharif has signed the death warrants of 6 men accused of being "hardcore terrorists." But, a report released this month finds that many of those facing execution are "simply not terrorists." Butcher's Block blog
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مہاتما جی اور نیتا جی:مقبول سیاست بمقابلہ لیفٹ؟

ماضی میں بائیں بازو اور مقبول سیاست کے تصادم سے کیا امکانات ابھرے ہیں؟ ماضی قریب میں اس سلسلے کی ایک دلچسپ مثال ہمیں غیر منقسم ہندوستان کی دو قدآور سیاسی شخصیات -- مہاتما...
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In conversation with Jawad Aslam: The challenges of providing affordable housing in Pakistan

Invisible Cities | Blog | In Pakistan, there is a shortage of 6 million units for those who earn less than PKR 25,000/month. At this point in time, with the exception of a few isolated low-income housing...
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توہین آمیز بلاگ | سلو کا بلاگ

اب ایک صورت تو یہ ہو سکتی ہے کہ آپ پولیس کے پاس جائیں لیکن ایک تو پولیس آلو رگڑ رگڑ اوراینٹیں پیس پیس کر محنت سے کمائی گئی دولت کا خاصا حصہ آپ سے طلب کر لے...
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Like Most People – a short story

A stagnant career, diminishing prospects, redundant responsibilities – these concerns animated Hakim’s anxiety, like they do for most people. So here was Hakim, lying on his charpai, unable to sleep since he lay down five hours ago.
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آدھا پیکٹ سگریٹ | سلو کا بلاگ

وستوں پر سخاوت اپنی جگہ لیکن یہ بات سن کر میری کنپٹیاں سلگ اٹھیں۔ میرا دل چاہا کہ میں سگریٹ کا پیکٹ جیب سے نکال کر ان کے منہ پر دے ماروں لیکن پھر خیال آیا کہ ایک...
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شمارہ ٧│ ماورا ئے حادثات و دہشت

eng | چند تازہ فکر دانشوروں کے ایسی تحریری ہیں جو پاکستان کو محض حادثات اور دہشت میں گھرا دیس قرار دینے سے منکر ہیں۔


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روزمرہ سیاست اورمحدود نظریہ انسانیت

eng | -غیر سیاسی نظریہ انسانیت نقصان دہ حالات پیدا کرنے والے عوامل کو برقرار رکھنے میں مددگار رہا ہے


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نج کاری کے خلاف نیولبرل ازم

eng | سپریم کورٹ کا پاکستان سٹیل ملز کی نج کاری کو کالعدم قرار دینا بظاہرسرمایہ مخالف ہونے کے باوجود سرمایہ دارانہ مفادات کے ساتھ ان کہے معاہدے کو برقرار رکھے ہوا ہے۔


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جب ریاست بیگار کی اجازت دے

eng | غلامی ماضی کی کوئی چیزنہیں بلکہ دور حاضرمیں زندہ ہے۔


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God’s Gravediggers: The Politics of Sectarian Killing

اردو | In a Hazara school, it was possible to divide the students' preoccupations into 4 categories: navigating relationships with parents, career choices, prospects for university and the risk of being shot by a death squad.

HANIF SLIDESHOW

Looking for Uncle Ali

اردو | PLUS VIDEO | Nasrullah Bungalzai is still looking for his Uncle Ali in a Kafka-esque search for one of thousands of Baloch who have been forcibly disappeared.

Not Talking About Pakistan | Taymiya R. Zaman

Not Talking About Pakistan

Questions about Pakistan are now a fact of living here, no different from damp weather or calls from salespeople. Some I deflect, and others I frame around my own terms. I drew a secret line around the borders of Pakistan and rarely stepped over it.

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“I cannot speak openly” | Voices from North Waziristan

Media coverage has been biased, says North Waziristan journalist Fida Khan Wazir.

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Failed State Or Fragmented Hegemony? | Aasim Sajjad Akhtar

VIDEO | Aasim Sajjad Akhtar speaks on the political economy of change in Pakistan.

Videos: Pakistanis, the Army and the American War

A collection of Tanqeed videos looking at how Pakistanis have struggled with the wars,...


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