The Dark State Has Prevailed Once Again…

“The hair on the back of my neck and forearms still prickle up every time I visit Kohsar market in Islamabad. For years I had enjoyed its easy cosmopolitan feel, one of those comfort-capsules that have all the right ingredients. Bookshops and newspapers, coffee and cakes, the near certainty of bumping into somebody I knew and a chewing over of the state of the nation. The murder of Salmaan Taseer soured it, and it is further soured by the knowledge that people gathered there to actually celebrate his murder and that moreover those celebrants enjoyed police protection. Those few who had come to mourn on the anniversary of his death were driven away, intimidated, and The Dark State prevailed once again.”

h/t Dr. J