This moved me to tears – Suspect Paki’s anguish

The last time I cross-posted a piece from Suspect Paki, it was about the ‘political’ and the alienation of British Muslims. However, this time…

Picasso’s Guernica – Timeless relevance

Picasso’s Guernica is an immortal mural painting. It shows the horrors of the war in a timeless fashion. More from David Hart’s amazing website…

Iraq – Emptiness of War (Unforgettable photos)

I could not sleep well this weekend. The images from Iraq, some sent by friends and the others discovered on the Internet kept on…

Mission Accomplished – Louise Rill on Iraq

Stumbling upon Louise Rill’s poetry website was rewarding. I found this unyielding poem on Iraq operation signifying the emotions of many citizens in the…

Beirut – taste of smoke and fire (Best Photos 2006)

Many months ago I wrote about a popular song by the Lebanese singer Fairouz. To Beirut – peace to Beirut with all my heart…

Love and reputation

Love and reputation, brother, are not in harmony: don’t stand at the door of reputation, if you are a lover. Rumi Version by Camille…

More on M F Husain – the great artist

I wrote about M F Husain’s persecution at the hands of extremists here. Parvaiz Alvi sent me images of his works that were most…

Jal gaya tha ik roshniyon ka shaher

Aggrieved by the recent sinister, senseless violence and brutal murders in Pakistan, this is my feeble attempt at poetic expression. I have also trans-created…

Easter in Lahore

The local Christian community praying at an Easter service in Lahore, Pakistan.…

Current Situation Of Indian Occupied Kashmir After Revoking of Article 370

Suicide Bomber Strikes Pakistan Election as Christians There Fear Rise of Islamic Militancy

July 24, 2018: Suicide Bomber Strikes Pakistan Election as Christians There Fear Rise of Islamic Militancy A suicide bomber killed dozens of people in Quetta,…

Pakistan appoints former chief justice as interim premier

May 28, 2018: Pakistan appoints former chief justice as interim premier Mulk “enjoys a good reputation” among Pakistan’s political circles, Raza Ahmad Rumi, a…

The personal is political

January 22, 2017: The personal is political (Dawn) Pakistani American artist Anila Quayyum Agha has been celebrated for her groundbreaking sculptural installation ‘Intersections’ that earned…

Love, Loss and Gain: Anila Quayyum Agha’s Art

A shorter version of this article was published in DAWN in January 2017. Pakistani American artist Anila Quayyum Agha has been celebrated for her…

Fighting for democracy

Raza Rumi is a Pakistani journalist and policy analyst who is currently Visiting International Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College, US. A consistent voice…

Media in the Cross Hairs: Militants continue to Target Journalists in Pakistan

Despite the commitments of the Pakistan government to protect journalists, media freedoms remain endangered in the country. Pakistani journalists continue to struggle with the…

In memoriam: Writers like Intizar Husain never die, they live on in their words and ideas

In celebrating his pluralistic literary roots, Intizar Husain was a truly contemporary writer. Intizar Husain, the last of great Urdu writers, passed away yesterday…

Miniature Painting Goes Global

Steeped in the past, and yet, modernist in its application, neo miniature is the new face of Pakistani miniature painting and art. Having evolved…

In Bangladesh the term blogger has become a curse

Around the world online freedoms are being threatened both by states and violent criminal organizations that are seeking to repress free speech.…