RIP Salmaan Taseer: this country did not deserve you

Salmaan Taseer’s brutal murder at the hands of a policeman is a cruel reminder of where we have landed ourselves: in a dark morass of…

Mixed emotions complicate Punjab governor’s assassination

Salman Masood [NATION] ISLAMABAD // Analysts said yesterday that the assassination of Salman Taseer shows the extent of extremism in a deeply divided society…

Another blow to Pakistan: Salmaan Taseer killed by extremism

Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer’s brutal murder at the hands of a security personnel is a cruel reminder of where we have landed ourselves: in…

Le grande exposé: South Asia and WikiLeaks

By Raza Rumi An extraordinary exposé through WikiLeaks has shaken the closed doors diplomacy and the global security establishment, which flourishes on a culture…

Kabir and the search for identity

My earlier post on Kabir Kabir seems to push me to question the borders of my identity- Where do I draw the line? Where…

The Right to Dissent

(The year 2011 will be celebrated worldwide as the centenary of the great poet of Southasia, Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Himal‘s forthcoming January 2011 issue will…

Had Anhad: Journeys With Ram & Kabir

View this movie at cultureunplugged.com…

Veena Malik and the moral brigade

Pakistan’s electronic media is now a repository of the grand opinion setters of the Urdu press. Almost all channels have employed conservative writers of…

Dear Raza Greetings of Peace, Shalom, Namaste, Salaam! It is time, this holiday season, to savor the sweetness of those who work steadfastly for…

Afghanistan: Where’s the exit strategy?

The Afghan imbroglio has now come to haunt the region and perhaps the globe as well. Thirty years of destruction and violence have left…

Remembering Parveen Shakir

Naveed Abbas has contributed this beautiful tribute to a great poetess Parveen Shakir who died 16 years ago. Please check her poems and their…

Sufi rock by an immensely talented band

This video is from the band Da Saaz. Dhruv Bilal Sangari is singing and Raoul Amaar Abbas has directed, produced and shot all the…

Rumi – You and I, in the Palace

Happy is the moment, when we sit together, With two forms, two faces, yet one soul, you and I. The flowers will bloom forever,…

My Master has planted jasmine in my heart

Shahidain has sent another Bait from Sultan Bahu for Jahane Rumi ” Alif-Allaah chambe dee bootee murshid man wich laee hoo Naffee asbat daa…

Priests and scholars parade their learning to please the kings

Abayat from Sultan Bahu on Priests and Scholars (thanks to Shahidain) “Parh parh ilam mulook rijhaavan, kiaa hoiaa is parhiaan hoo Hargiz makkhan mool…

The Martyrs of Karbala

By Sadia Dehlvi We are in the beginning of Muharram, the first month of the lunar Muslim Hijrah Calendar. According to authentic prophetic traditions,…

In and out of Isloo

I have waited, walked and sometimes slept… the reluctant memories of lounges live with me By Raza Ahmad When I think of an airport,…

Our brotherly friends

Thanks to sensational reporting on WikiLeaks, the relationship of Pakistan with Saudi Arabia has been spotlighted. We have known of ideological links between radical…

The Journey Within

By Wanderer It was in August 1989 and the date was either 10 or 11. I had a strange dream, a dream that I…

The priest thrives on self promotion

A Bait from Sultan Bahu “Haafiz parh parh karan takabbur, mullaan karan vadaaee hoo Saavan maah de badalaan vaangoon phiran kitaabaan chaaee hoo Jithe…
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