The Arousal

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The Arousal was Pakistan's first ever anarchist newsletter founded and published by a group of ex-Socialist and ex-Marxist student activists in 1988.[1]

The group was led by Nadeem F. Paracha who went on to become a famous and iconic music and cultural critic. The Arousal was distributed in Karachi and Lahore and became notorious for its mocking attacks and madcap articles aimed at the country's Feudal and Capitalist elite and many orthodox politico-religious parties.[1] The magazine was also allaigned with British anarchist group Class War.

After its offices were repeatedly raided by the police, the magazines ceased publication in 1991.[1] Nadeem F. Paracha joined mainstream journalism, for now he is in Dawn.


  1. ^ a b c Salvatore Attardo (18 March 2014). Encyclopedia of Humor Studies. SAGE Publications. p. 472. ISBN 978-1-4833-4617-5. Retrieved 26 July 2015.