Classifying texts as colonial and postcolonial is a common practice in English studies in Pakistan. A key outcome of this trend is the reading of colonial and postcolonial texts as binary opposites with clearly and narrowly defined ideological stances supporting the colonial masters and the voiceless subaltern. By using two key textsused extensively in the Pakistani educational contextwe attempt to debunk that myth that Colonial texts act to undermine the colonized, whereas the Postcolonial texts give voice to the suppressed colonized and expose the cruelty of the coloniser. The analysis shows that the perception is not entirely correct, the Colonial text exposes the colonizers atrocities and snobbish attitude and the Postcolonial text presents the colonizers as good friends and kind superiors and therefore readers, and critics too, should be on their guard against being lulled into false generalities. The study is significant in that it underscores the importance of offering impartial and holistic view of reading texts in the educational settings with a view to encouraging learners to explore multiple meanings and interplay of ideologies.
Key words: Subaltern, Binary, Shamsie, Voice, Postcolonial