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Amir Zia

The Script We Need – Amir Zia

So Pakistan’s most powerful and organised institution – the army – has finally spoken in unambiguous terms yet again that it believes in the supremacy of the constitution and continuation of the democratic process. The rare press briefing…

Playing With Words – Amir Zia

It seems that the much-trumpeted revolution of Allama Tahirul Qadri will have to wait for now and the freedom sought by Imran Khan will also have to remain on the hold because the ‘umpire’ ignored their initial bout of appeals. But let’s…

The Indian Rebuff – Amir Zia

Pakistan’s civil and military establishment should be thankful to the hard-line Hindu nationalist Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, for making the rules of diplomatic engagement with Islamabad clear in the opening months of his…

Fight Till The End – Amir Zia

‘No more hideouts,’ announces the cover title of the Pakistan armed forces’ monthly magazine ‘Hilal’ in its latest issue. ‘Zarb-e-Azb: Fight till the end,’ it displays in bold letters, underlining the mission statement of Pakistani soldiers…

The ‘Receipt’ – Amir Zia

There is no intimidating message written on the small donation receipts being distributed among shopkeepers of an apparent safe and upscale neighbourhood of Karachi during the closing days of the holy month of Ramazan. The receipt carries…

‘Not A Dinner Party’ – Amir Zia

“The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall”. – Che Guevara. There is hardly a parallel between the words and actions of Che and our very own self-professed revolutionary Allama Tahirul Qadri. They…

The Police And The PPP – Amir Zia

Why did the PPP-led provincial government fire Inspector General of Sindh Police Iqbal Mehmood? There were no formal corruption charges against him. He was also not accused of any irregularity or of violating the law. He was mentally and…

The Gullus Within Us – Amir Zia

Gullu Butt - the baton-wielding hooligan, who smashed cars outside Minhajul Quran headquarters in Lahore’s Model Town last month, has gradually descended back into oblivion after briefly blazing across our televisions screens, adorning the…

Militancy And Media-Lingo – Amir Zia

A few years ago, a non-government organisation held a seminar to discuss its research on literature produced by the local militant organisations. The seminar was titled ‘Jihadi media in Pakistan and its impact’. The focus of the research…

Picture Perfect – Amir Zia

After wasting many crucial weeks and months, the civilian leadership has finally decided to stand with the armed forces to fight the twin ghost of extremism and terrorism. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and many of his key team members…