Today, we face a state of military hegemony: political, economic and intellectual control. There is not a single young scholar who is not on the military’s payroll or network. Shahbaz Sharif used to instruct the police to facilitate Hamid Gul’s Varan bus service.
A dissident’s job is always fraught with dangers. In case of Pakistan, the risks involved in criticizing all-powerful Khakis and their proxy Taliban hardly need an elucidation. Still, dissident voices keep tormenting military establishment. Ayesha Siddiqa is one such ‘tormenter’. In an interview with Viewpoint, she candidly exposes the Khaki myths painstakingly built by indoctrinating outlets.
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