Law

Why Baba Jan Won

Jun 2015

Baba Jan drew more than 4,500 votes, a massive victory for a candidate running from inside jail. Those votes, even though he came in second, are the critical story of this election.
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‘Impure’ Christians: Youhanabad and the Legacy of Caste

The Youhanabad protests expose the legacy of caste: They are the result of a long history in which the mosque became a symbol of the state’s identity, its past, and its future — the church a mere disturbance.
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Journalist Detained, Asked about Hamid Mir, Bangladesh | Media Watch

Exclusive | While the world celebrates Press Freedom Day this week, Pakistani journalist recounts being picked up by security forces in an ordeal he calls "torturous."
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Legibility as a Political Project | TQ SALON

Feb 2015

The efforts of the Pakistani state in making “Muhajirs” legible through preferential policies did not have the effect of compartmentalizing them into a new discrete identity. To the contrary, it enabled Muhajirs to portray an ethnically neutral “Pakistani” identity.
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How Ahmadis Became Non-Muslim | TQ SALON

Feb 2015

The modern state has a distinct way of "seeing." In this vein, the anti-Ahmadiyya legislations allowed the Pakistani state to penetrate society and fulfill its cultural project of creating a modern Muslim polity.
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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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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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