You have fallen in love my dear heart

You have fallen in love my dear heart Congratulations! You have freed yourself from all attachments Congratulations! You have given up both worlds to…

First woman to lead Friday prayers in UK

This is such an interesting development. Much as it is preaching to the converted syndrome. But as such scattered reformist acts occur within Islam…

K K Aziz: Historian Extraordinaire

The state, society and intelligentsia in Pakistan had forgotten about this towering scholar of our times. His books on Chaudhry Rehmat Ali, Sir Agha…

Beyond censorship

Facebook blocked the page with the caricatures from being accessed in Pakistan and the ban was lifted on May 31; but not until after…

No respite in Lahore: Gunmen storm Jinnah Hospital

Just as we thought that the government will proceed with investigations, another act of violence has broken out. Ostensibly to save a terrorist under…

Is this Jinnah’s Pakistan?

The massacre of Ahmadis in Lahore has once again exposed the inner fissures of our society. As if treating them like second class citizens…

Lahore – a nightmare that is still not over

Updated: my quotes in Tehran Times Today’s events in Lahore have shaken the entire country. The zealots and the bigots aside, an ordinary Pakistani…

Lahore’s now the latest target of Taliban

Once again the terrorists have hit Lahore. But this time they have chosen the favourite target of the fundamentalists the Ahmedis who were declared…

Al-Jazeera: Deaths in Pakistan mosques raids

The attack sparked a gun battle between security forces and the attackers in Garhi Shahu [AFP] Assailants with guns and grenades have attacked two…

Pakistan’s crumbling institutions

Published in The News (Sunday) Pakistan’s instability is a cliché, almost a self-fulfilling prophecy. All the theoretical ingredients for stability are there: an elected…

Pakistan loses young Facebook friends

Raza Rumi was quoted by the Australian here: The Lahore High Court banned access to the social networking site on Wednesday after conservative Islamic…

Pakistan seethes on Twitter, Blackberry ban

I was quoted here , here and here Islamabad :  Pakistanis are hopping mad following the ban on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter…

Music sans frontiers

by GEETA NANDAKUMAR Song of the soul Farida Khanum ‘Aaj jaane ki zid na karo, haaye mar jaayenge ham to lut jaaenge, aisii baatein…

Step across this Line

Quite a readable piece published by CARAVAN- thanks to Fizza Ishaq for sending me the link AS MUCH AS SHE MAY HAVE wanted to,…

UK Election: Yasmin Qureshi, MP

Yasmin Qureshi, a barrister in the UK, is one of the few Muslim women of Pakistani origin to have entered the British Parliament. Despite…

Two poems from the work of Faiz Ahmed Faiz

A Prison Evening   Each star a rung, night comes down the spiral staircase of the evening. The breeze passes by so very close…

Pakistan’s democracy remains fragile

My piece which was published by The News, Pakistan under a different title If the parliament and judiciary want to continue exercising their newfound…

Whither rule of law?

My piece published in the Express-Tribune State effectiveness, by most definitions, has been waning in Pakistan. The ability of the law enforcement agencies and…

8th International Mystic Music Sufi Festival

Sufi Music and Expression of Devotion from the Muslim World is one among a rare festival initiated in Pakistan by Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop.Performance…

‘1978’

Grief’s circles extend and extend. The country teeters like a slowing top. The way is down, down. I cannot see the miracle that will…
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