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Clinging on to fiction – Umair Javed

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THE aftermath of the brutal and utterly tragic murder of Noor Mukaddam is following familiar patterns seen in instances of high-profile cases of gender-based...

Demanding power in Pakistan – Umair Javed & Amina Omer

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WHAT does the politics around energy tell us about the relationship of the Pakistani state with its citizens? With load-shedding in the news again,...

Land struggles – Umair Javed

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THE most widespread form of political conflicts taking place across the country these days are struggles over land. Within this larger category, there are...

Populism and Pakistan – Umair Javed

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FOR the past decade, the rise of reactionary and regressive forms of populism across the globe have remained a source of anxiety for progressive...

Cuisine and culture- Umair Javed

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COLONIAL-ERA district gazetteers are interesting documents. Reading them requires constant reminders that their value as historical record is tempered by the fact that...

Co-optation and expediency – Umair Javed

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IN part, out of the anxieties imposed by global concerns with religious fundamentalism, and in part, due to events in Pakistan’s immediate neighbourhood,...

Inequality and ideology – Umair Javed

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THE state’s decision to ban the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), following a wave of riotous mobilisation and significant violence against police officials, is not without...

Conservative anxieties – Umair Javed

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AS has become customary, this year’s Women’s Day commemorations, and specifically the Aurat March event, resulted in considerable political and cultural backlash from conservative...

Domestic exploitation – Umair Javed

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ON Jan 30, Lahore police registered a case against a family for the murder of a 12-year-old employed as a domestic worker at...

Informality and state policy – Umair Javed

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SINCE the start of this decade, policy discourse in Pakistan has grown more cognisant of economic activity that takes place outside of the...