What might link a group of middle-class Pakistani women sipping coffee demurely in a living room, with the fiery young women in black burqas threatening shopkeepers in Islamabad? When and how do an adolescent girl's aspirations translate into the maturing of a social and political revolution in urban Pakistan?
This project began by deliberating the legacy of one death—Benazir Bhutto's. It is now ending with the death of another protagonist of the previous pages, Junaid Jamshed. The furore over him being remembered for his musical legacy rather than being an Islamic scholar highlights all the schisms in Pakistani society.
Where Are They Now? In the period since I last wrote about Pakistan's particular nexus of gender, militarism and religious revivalism, some of the actors mentioned in these pages have been living (as some may have wished upon them) in quite interesting times.
Junaid Jamshed, the singer-turned-Islamic motivational speaker had struggled with a blasphemy case (in 2014) and a strong social media campaign against him for using insensitive comments with regard to women and the ...