Violence: targeting the lamp of Chishtiyan

Agar Gaiti Sarasar Bad Girad, Chiragh-e-Chishtiyan Hargiz Namirad If the entire universe is devastated by the storm the lamp of Chishtiyan shall not cease…

A damning UN report

The revelation contained in a recent UN report on Afghanistan that “more than 80 per cent” of suicide bombers in Afghanistan are recruited and…

A picture tells a thousand stories

An old man in Iraq looks at the rubble left after another round of bombing. There is a bit of confidence in his posture.…

Lies, Half Truths and Deceit

There is talk of war again. There is a familiar web of lies, half-truths and deceit. As if the smouldering cities and dying civilians…

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…

The Story of Gul Badshah – Z. Nigah

Zehra Nigah’s beautiful poem for an Afghan boy, a victim of the war that was waged in the name of world peace but that…

Surveys show that Pakistanis (and Muslims) reject ‘terrorism’

The Daily Times Pakistan has published a story on surveys carried out by various organizations. The results are quite revealing not least for Pakistan.…

Friendship Train Blast – Derailing the peace process (yet again)

Blast kills 67 on India-Pakistan friendship train¬†PANIPAT, India, Feb 19 (AFP) At least 67 people burned to death after a blast aboard a train…

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…

The Universalism of Kabir

Troubled by the ongoing middle east crisis, the destruction of Lebanon and the acrimony generated by the tragic Mumbai blasts, I am reminded of…