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The incorrectness of it all,
Posted:Feb 17, 2017
 
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DEATH of a well-known Urdu fiction writer kicking up a debate about her legacy and her role during Gen Zia’s period. Cricket. Killing of popular policemen. Again cricket. Spring festivals. Valentine’s Day restrictions. News about an impending crackdown once again leading to an exercise in dividing the province of Punjab into real and imagined geographical zones.
It has been that kind of a week. The poise has been broken. The terror has returned with a loud, horrific bang. Lives have been lost and once again a need has been felt to issue a strong rebuttal to the militants.
 
One of the most expected consequences of the blast at Charing Cross has been the silent declaration that there shall be an operation. This would be in addition to the action that the Punjab government claims to have already taken. The ‘enough is enough’ chant is back at its most vociferous and it is once again a ‘now or never’ situation.
The old refrain brings forth not so new allegations. Invariably the qualification of ‘southern’ is added to identify the part of Punjab where a crackdown is most urgently required. This leads to protest and politics of its own. For the umpteenth time caution is sounded about the necessity of avoiding all kinds of stereotypes. Examples are quickly provided how an obsession with the southern Punjab model of terrorism could lead the campaign astray.
 
Read more at: http://www.dawn.com/news/1315222/the-incorrectness-of-it-all
 

 Dawn, February 17, 2017

 
 
 
 
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