Dr Ayesha Siddiqa Archive

UN report….It’s just that our gods behave badly: Does anyone really think that anyone with a military title in front of their name is going to get persecuted? Though I am sure they will pass on the blame on to the people who drove the tankers that
Shahbaz Sharif’s bargain with the Taliban – by Ayesha Siddiqa: Shahbaz Sharif appears to have his footprints all over the PML-N’s future. –File Photo Shahbaz Sharif’s faux pas Shahbaz Sharif’s comments asking the Taliban not to attack Punjab have caused a furore in many parts of the country. In
Promoting senior army officers without consulting the government: State within a state? – by Ayesha Siddiqa: The fact that Gen Kayani has the powers to promote senior officers without consulting the government is far too important to be brushed aside as a minor procedural issue. –Photo by APP It is amusing to note that there
The psy-ops of conspiracy theories – by Ayesha Siddiqa: Conspiracy theories galore I COULDN’T believe my ears when responsible quarters informed me of an American-Blackwater conspiracy to isolate Pakistan. According to this heinous plan the objective will be achieved by infiltrating the media, specifically through placing people in
Pakistan’s Jinnah – by Ayesha Siddiqa: “Some devious elements are tinkering with Jinnah’s person and his narrative” Writes Ayesha Siddiqa in the following article. Some time ago, I had a chance to read veteran columnist Ardeshir Cowasjee’s article ‘Bring back Jinnah’s Pakistan’ in which he
Education and values – by Ayesha Siddiqa: The coexistence of various economic classes also meant greater tolerance for other differences, be it class, religion, caste or creed. –File Photo A year ago, some of my old classmates from Lahore’s Cathedral High School tracked me down through
Mapping the establishment – by Ayesha Siddiqa: As the battle rages between the political government and its rival, popularly known as the establishment, the public silently awaits the final result. For some, the civilian government has already lost because its capacity to influence policymaking or make
After the NRO -Ayesha Siddiqa: The Supreme Court’s NRO judgement must be seen in the broader context of political tactics and power dynamics.Here is  the article of Ayesha Siddiqa which does exactly that. In her opinion military is the prime beneficiary of the Judgement. By Ayesha Siddiqa Friday,
A requiem for freedom – By Ayesha Siddiqa: Religion must be reinterpreted, not to make it acceptable to the rest of the world but to breathe life into the Muslim world itself…. Such people, who subscribe to the ideology of Hameed Gul — Pakistan’s indigenous version of
We must support Police in Pakistan’s war against Takfiri Deobandi terrorists: Here are two excellent articles by Dr Ayesha Siddiqa and Muhammad Amir Khakwani in appreciation of policemen sacrificing their lives in Pakistan’s war on terror.
Who is next in Ahmed Quarishi and Zaid Hamid’s traitors list ?: By: Jarri Mirza Contribution by guest blogger : Humza Ikram First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I
Don’t malign Taliban. It’s foreign agents who are responsible for terrorism in the guise of Taliban.: The threat withinAyesha SiddiqaFriday, 13 Nov, 2009 (Dawn) A few days ago I came across a letter to the editor in Dawn in which the writer had protested against the use of the word
Understanding the nature of Taliban and Al Qaeda in Pakistan – By Ayesha Siddiqa: The nature of the beast By Ayesha Siddiqa The series of recent terrorist attacks call for a close analysis of the militant threat and the formulation of a strategy to ward off such tragedies. At the moment, we seem
Who are the Punjabi Taliban?: Articles by Nasir Jamal and Muhammad Aamir Khakwani: On trail of Punjabi Taliban By Nasir Jamal Saturday, 17 Oct, 2009 LAHORE, Oct 16: A day after the triple-strike in Lahore, officials, counter-crime experts and academics in the province grappled
The Punjabi Taliban and the Ostrich of Punjab: Shahbaz Sharif: ریت میں سر چھپانا مسئلے کا حل نہیں عبدالحئی کاکڑ بی بی سی اردوڈاٹ کام، پشاور لاہور اور اس کے گرد و نواح میں ہونے والی دہشتگردانہ کارروائیوں میں درجنوں ہلاک ہو چکے ہیں لاہور میں چند ہی گھنٹوں
The need for an urgent army action against the Taliban in southern Punjab: NWFP for army action in southern Punjab Bureau ReportSunday, 11 Oct, 2009 PESHAWAR, Oct 10: The NWFP government has called for an early “Swat-like” military operation in South Waziristan and southern Punjab, where it believes “terrorists are trained and
Jihad and the state: By Ayesha Siddiqa Friday, 09 Oct, 2009 Pakistan’s support is critical in reducing the size and subsequently the threat posed by terror networks like Al-Qaeda. –Photo by AP Pakistan’s support today is central to winning the war on terror.
The need for a critical examination of Islamic history and an alternative discourse: The backwards forward Posted by Nadeem F. Paracha There is an urgent need in the Muslim world to think anew about a lot of issues, not to appease the West, but to co There is an informative debate show
What is the ideology of Pakistan’s military?: The military’s ideologyBy Ayesha SiddiqaFriday, 25 Sep, 2009 (Dawn) PAKISTAN observers often wonder what the Pakistan military’s
There is far more to be lost than gained by any action against Gen Musharraf, says Ayesha Siddiqa.: Capital games By Ayesha Siddiqa Friday, 28 Aug, 2009 The present PPP leadership understands the cost of exposing Musharraf who will certainly be protected by his own institution, a facility that others in this polity do not have. –File
This is how Taliban and Army colluded to terrorize progressive Pashtuns of Swat: ’فوج مدد کرتی توماں، شوہر، بیٹا زندہ ہوتے‘ عبدالحئی کاکڑ بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام، پشاور ’فوج کو خبر ہونے تک طالبان گھر کا محاصرہ کر چکے تھے‘ پاکستان کے قبائلی علاقوں اور صوبہ سرحد میں پچھلے کئی
Ayesha Siddiqa: Many readings of Sharia: Many readings of Sharia By Ayesha SiddiqaFriday, 03 Apr, 2009 THE students of Jamia Hafsa want nizam-i-adl implemented in the entire country as a way out of the current crisis. They also want Taqi Usmani, their mufti, as chief