Alternative narratives: History rewritten to further political ends

People named their sons after Dahir and Chach until 1960s, says historian Manan Ahmed. LAHORE: The view that Pakistan was conceived as soon as…

Bureaucratics

Bureaucratics – Images by Jan Banning Bureaucratics is a project consisting of a book (ISBN 978-1-59005-232-7) and exhibition containing 50 photographs, the product of an anarchist’s…

Pakistan media: Through the looking glass

Raza Rumi It is ironic that the electronic media which played a major role in the movement against a military dictatorship is now being…

Pakistani media does not report on the brutal realities of Balochistan

Ali Dayan Hasan — Pakistan representative, Human Rights Watch The News on Sunday (TNS) How does HRW view the current state of human rights…

Is Islamic Mysticism Really Islam?

By Omid Safi There is a lovely story from the life of the Prophet Muhammad, remembering that a mysterious visitor came upon him and…

State of Human Rights in Pakistan

“The elected government’s authority remains notional in several areas – particularly those concerning the intelligence agencies –Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistan Representative, Human Rights Watch…

Reflections on Jantar Mantar revolution

By Jehangir Ali The Drama So we had an insouciant, television revolution in Lutyen’s Delhi. How peaceful it was! It took just four days…

The Mohali exchange did not take place in a policy vacuum – Sherry Rehman

An interview with Sherry Rehman who visited India with Pakistan’s Prime Minister to enjoy cricket and build bridges with India. It was the first…

Pakistan has been playing us all for suckers

Pakistan has been playing us all for suckers Britain is spending millions bolstering Pakistan, but it is a nation in thrall to radical Islam…

Love and the Law: An exerpt from Bulleh Shah (Required reading if you have studied the law)

By Sovmind Bulleh Shah (1680 – 1757) was a Punjabi Sufi poet, a humanist and philosopher from what is now considered Pakistan. As one…

Bulleh Shah and Holi – Madan Gopal Singh sings

Mukhtaran Mai: Pakistan betrayed you once again

By Raza Rumi April 21, 2011 will be remembered as a black day in Pakistan’s history. Not because this was the day when the Supreme…

Raymond Davis and our national honour

By Raza Rumi A few weeks ago, when the Raymond Davis saga had gripped the public imagination, I had humbly suggested, on a TV show,…

Har Lehza Ba Shaklay But-e-Ayyar Baraamad

Har lehza ba shaklay but-e-ayyar baraamad Dil burd-o-nihaan shud Har dum ba libaas-e-digar aan yaar baraamad Gah peer-o-javaan shud…

The land of his dreams

By Raza Rumi Professor Javaid Iqbal Syed’s memoir traverses the political and the personal, the mundane and the sublime, and weaves a narrative that…

Seven artists in Delhi: Gigi Scaria – video

The first of seven films looking at Indian artists’ responses to the city of Delhi features Gigi Scaria, a sculptor and video artist from…

Diplomatic duplicity

By C. CHRISTINE FAIR LAHORE — This much is clear about the latest convulsion in U.S.-Pakistan relations: an American man, operating under the name…

History must not lie

By Shahid Javed Burki EVER since gaining independence Pakistan has done a remarkable job of either ignoring its history or simply not telling the…

You see the writing, but you don’t read it

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Every day, this pain. Either you’re numb or you don’t understand love. I write out my love story. You see the writing, but…

Witch hunt grips Pakistan as bloody political assassinations deplete liberal ranks

By Amanda Hodge IT says much about Pakistan’s McCarthyist atmosphere that the television presenter whom many accuse of inciting the political assassinations rocking the…
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