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Afiya Shehrbano
Afiya Shehrbano

  • April 26, 2016

    Down in the weeds

    I only watch movies on airplanes. A few years ago, despite not being a George Clooney fan, at 35,000 feet it seemed only appropriate to watch one...

  • April 15, 2016

    The murky middle ground

    The Islamists in Pakistan are not impressed by sympathetic scholars’ defence of their politics over the last decade. These religious groups...

  • March 26, 2016

    Resisting the murder of democracy

    It feels like it’s 1999 again. Gen Musharraf did it then and like Brittany Spears, he’s done it again. The former usurper of democracy...

  • March 10, 2016

    Does analysis mean dumbing down?

    There are two broad-brush conventional opinions about knowledge and philosophy in Pakistan. One estimates that the majority of Pakistanis are...

  • March 03, 2016

    The Hollywoodisation of issues

    One can be cynical of the chauvinism that comes with patriotism and nationalism and yet admit a joyous moment of pride when Pakistani women receive...

  • January 28, 2016

    The gift of Zia – keeps on giving

    In his original article on these pages , Feisal Naqvi invited us to consider the benefits of the Federal Shariat Court operating as a silo for...

  • December 21, 2014

    Taliban Stockholm syndrome

    The calculated massacre of schoolchildren by the Taliban in Peshawar began as a hostage situation. B

  • November 16, 2014

    The PTI’s hatred for all

    Politicians commonly attack their opponents because at the end of the day, they have to compete agai

  • September 23, 2014

    Questions and answers

    In 2006, a triangular debate over democracy in Pakistan was published in these oped pages. S Akbar Z

  • August 19, 2014

    The boiled-egg revolution

    Surely, the conscience of this nation lies with our moral angels, the TV anchors and hosts of talk-s

  • August 06, 2014

    The moral base of conflict

    As the Israeli war machine targets and systematically mows down Palestinian children, global observe

  • July 23, 2014

    Sex crimes - dare we compare?

    In both the Shakti Mills gang-rape cases, the Mumbai police and crime branch were committed to what

  • July 22, 2014

    Sex crimes - dare we compare?

    Part - IAny effort at a comparative analysis between postcolonial and post-Partition progress in

  • June 17, 2014

    The limits of protest

    The spectacular protests around the current World Cup in Rio offer an important lesson for the IOC,

  • June 06, 2014

    Beyond sound and fury

    Part - IIIt is worth asking what distinguishes west-based Pakistani academic-activists from the

  • June 05, 2014

    Beyond sound and fury

    Part - INot beyond military rule: Gen Musharraf’s greatest contribution to Pakistan has not been

  • May 08, 2014

    Compatriots not patriots

    This is not an article about Imran Khan or the PTI (So, Insafians are requested to disarm all social

  • April 26, 2014

    Censorship: between conservatives and liberals

    Even after the remand and continuing trial of Gen Musharraf, few believed that the days of military

  • March 27, 2014

    Fear of liberal politics

    The offended Moeen Cheema takes exception to my criticism of the scholarship produced by him and his

  • March 16, 2014

    The crisis of an ideology

    It’s really quite unfair. The Council of Islamic Ideology is facing considerable criticism for

  • January 31, 2014

    The politics of the dead

    Several human rights activists in Pakistan have observed the ‘double jeopardy’ that enables the syst

  • December 31, 2013

    The worth of a picture

    The images of Imran Khan and other PTI men administering polio drops to children in Khyber Pakhtunkh

  • December 20, 2013

    Reinventions of 2013

    2013 had been predicted to be a year of change, transition and even closure in Pakistan. Apart from

  • November 15, 2013

    Will the end of conflict mean peace?

    The decade-old debate of whether the conflict in Waziristan is ‘ours’ or ‘theirs’ has intensified si

  • October 24, 2013

    Waar-ing us softly

    One would agree with those who argue that it is completely irrelevant whether the ISPR funded the re

  • October 04, 2013

    Is the PTI a tea party?

    Some years ago, I found myself as the only woman on a planeload of PML-N men travelling from Quetta

  • September 25, 2013

    Faith-based failure

    In the wake of the mass murder of Christian worshippers in Peshawar, there will follow the predictab

  • September 19, 2013

    Women against ‘gang war’

    Criminal designs, collusion and mistrust: The sisters of Ibrahim and Shoaib, the murdered activists

  • September 18, 2013

    Women against ‘gang war’

    A material and symbolic battle: The graffiti along the entrance walls of the Hingorabad goth of Lyar

  • July 24, 2013

    Permanent victimhood

    Politically speaking, Malala’s gravest error was to survive the attack by the Taliban gunmen who sho

  • July 07, 2013

    Lessons from the Brotherhood

    Surely Nawaz Sharif is empathising with fallen President Morsi of Egypt to some extent. Some aspects

  • May 19, 2013

    Make politics ordinary

    Those who care for historical comparison may note that in 1988, General Zia’s children of dictatorsh

  • April 30, 2013

    Ignorant goodwill

    This article has not been sponsored by any infidel government or agencies such as Mossad, the CIA or

  • March 15, 2013

    A worthier adversary

    The writer is a sociologist based in Karachi, with a background in women’s studies and has authored

  • January 19, 2013

    Tahir and Tahrir

    Of all the claims made by various political leaders, from the avengers of democracy to the forecaste

  • November 28, 2012

    Anti-heroes of Pakistani liberalism

    A dinner-table conversation on political liberalism seems to have caught the imagination of neophyte

  • October 16, 2012

    Murder by an abstraction

    Condemning the assassination attempt on Malala’s life but not naming the perpetrators - Taliban - is

  • October 03, 2012

    Gender and the politics of slander

    Over the last five years, as Pakistan faced its most critical challenges in the realm of foreign rel

  • April 25, 2012

    The trouble with the politics of tsunami

    There was a time when PTI founder Imran Khan used to harbour doubts over the compatibility of democr

  • April 14, 2012

    Do we need solutions?

    According to many Pakistani analysts, the answer to our fiscal and political problems is to emulate

  • April 03, 2012

    Exceptional in death

    The dead body of ‘dancing girl’ Shabana, mocked with currency notes strewn across it at Khooni Chowk

  • February 14, 2012

    A city of three tales

    In Karachi, any reference to the ‘other side of the bridge’ is usually a euphemistic allusion to soc

  • November 21, 2011

    Shutting the doors?

    A few months ago, the National Commission on the Status of Women , chaired by the seasoned wom

  • November 18, 2011

    Perils of a new liberalism

    If Gen Musharraf should be tried and punished for anything, it should be for the crime of co-opting

  • October 06, 2011

    The geometry of reason

    In his article ‘Dealing with non-linear reason’, Mosharraf Zaidi grapples with how democratic states

  • August 29, 2011

    The politics of anti-secular scholarship

    The lack of academic debate over the role and place of religion, Islamist politics and secularism in

  • August 03, 2011

    Dangers of cultural revivalism

    The PM recently made statements to encourage what he called, ‘cultural revival as a means to counter

  • July 02, 2011

    Is devolution too dull?

    One of the most forceful influences of globalisation has been the free-flow of information. This in

  • March 21, 2011

    No honourable exception

    It is quite understandable that the Jamaat-e-Islami, Imran Khan and the likes consider the acquittal

  • January 26, 2011

    Strategic surrender

    Every time there is a political crisis, civil society activists in Karachi become conflicted over ‘s