As militancy engulfed Pakistan in recent years, the power disparity between the Pakistani military and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)-led insurgency worked against the former, prompting the military to resort to heavy-handed, counterproductive tactics in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) that exposed the central government’s political vulnerabilities. This article adapts Ivan Arreguin-Toft’s framework for understanding […]
The Role of Leadership and Rhetoric in Identity Politics: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a Case Study – By Bilal Baloch
This paper uses the speeches of Altaf Hussain, the political and spiritual leader of The Muttahida Qaumi Movement, as a lens for examining MQM ideologyand its development. The framework to carry outthe analysis are divided into three phases: (i)1985-1992, defining ideology; (ii) 1993-2002, exile and development; (iii) 2003-2010, gaining legitimacy. This paper concludes that, while […]
This paper examines the story of Swat, a Taliban militants foothold just 70 miles outside of the Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad,through the prism of human development, taking a narrow view of the ongoing unrest among Taliban militants, the central government, and the disaffected people of the area.