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Solidarity Politics | Editors’ Intro
From Bara to Quetta to Palestine, we consider solidarity politics this month at Tanqeed. Following a bomb blast that killed 96 people, members of the Shia Hazara community came out in force protesting government inaction. Solidarity demonstrations cropped up across Pakistan. The result? Governor’s rule. Malik Siraj Akbar and Sajjad Hussain Changezi discuss the aftermath. Ziyad Faisal considers the politics of another protest: the Tahir ul-Qadri march on Islamabad.
Drawing inspiration from the Hazara protests, Pashtuns too brought their dead to the governor’s house in Peshawar after 21 people were killed by the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Bara, a small locality in Khyber Agency. This time, the protesters were baton-charged in the dead of night and their relatives dead bodies forcibly taken from them. Rashid Khan Aurakzai delivers a devastating critique of the government and the Pakistan Army.
In our conversation series, we discuss the relevance of Palestine to the Pakistani left. Sunaina Maira discusses the Pakistan liberal antipathy to Palestine. Magid Shihade draws comparisons between his home, Palestine, and the conditions in Pakistan where he has spent time. Qalandar Bux Memon provides a historical view and connects to the Pakistani left.
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