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Rasul Bakhsh Rais

Rasul Bakhsh Rais is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS, Lahore. His latest book is “Islam, Ethnicity and Power Politics: Constructing Pakistan’s National Identity” (Oxford University Press, 2017).
Twitter: @RasulRais 

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The rise and political future of the TLP

The sudden rise of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) in the wake of the execution of a murder convict in the spring of 2016 surprised the then ruling PML-N government and many observers of religious politics in the country.

November 10, 2021

Pakistan’s new ordinance for anti-graft body brings big credibility questions

By bringing in a new ordinance to amend the decades old National Accountability Ordinance (NAO), the PTI government has added more material to many controversies surrounding the accountability process in the country. 

October 19, 2021

9/11 and Pakistan

The events of 9/11, 20 years ago, were as transformative as they were tragic. The attackers’ choice of targets, the symbols of financial and military power and employment of passenger planes as weapons shocked the United States and the world.

September 11, 2021

Is law enough to end systemic custodial torture in Pakistan?

It is quite remarkable that despite open warfare between the government and opposition benches, both sides have demonstrated unprecedented unanimity in passing a bill, moved by a private member from the opposition in the Senate, which criminalizes custodial torture and killings.

July 14, 2021