The search for a new security paradigm

Recently, Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, elaborated on the losses incurred by the country in fighting terrorism, while making a policy statement…

Farewell President Zardari

Analyzing President Zardari’s tenure President Zardari has set a new record of being the only democratically elected President to have completed his term and…

The heart divided

Here’s an excerpt from my book ‘Delhi, by heart’ that was featured in TFT I am not sure how I met Bunty. It was…

State accountability

My piece published in The Friday Times (June 18 issue) Leaving aside the political debate on the results of the recent Transparency International (TI)…

The time traveler’s life

Here’s something I wrote in TFT about Intizar Hussain saheb’s legacy, his life, and his significance. Intizar Hussain’s nomination for the Man Booker International…

A literary landmark

A review of the Islamabad Literature Festival for TFT Literature festival in Islamabad sounds a contradiction in terms. A city better known for politicos,…

The art of short story

A review of Irshad Abdul Kadir’s recently published collection of short stories written for TFT The gentle stories of Irshad Abdul Kadir have recently been…

Farewell, Dear SM

 TFT “Death, a necessary end, will come when it will come…” Salma Mahmud, or SM as we called her at TFT, quietly left us…

Book Review – Nobody Can Love You More: Life in Delhi’s Red Light District

There is usually too much romance, tragedy or judgment in books about South Asia’s sex workers Writing about the lives of “fallen women” is…

Books, bombs & mangroves (on the fourth Karachi Literature Festival)

In its fourth year, the Karachi literature festival (KLF) has become a public event that brings together the cosmopolitanism and the fissiparous identities of…

The dream that was not mine – Harris Khalique’s poetry

khud pe kia taari use woh khwab jo apna na tha (I let the dream take over me/ The dream that was not mine)…

Books in the times of jihad

After a hiatus of nearly a decade, I found myself in the United Arab Emirates, also popularly imagined as ‘Dubai’ in Pakistan. I was…

Book review: An ambitious undertaking

Pankaj Mishra’s new book is an ambitious undertaking. “From the Ruins of Empire: the Intellectuals who Remade Asia” traces the lives and works of…

Redeeming our tryst with destiny

Raza Rumi took a group of Pakistani politicians to India where, amid food fests and conferences and emotionally charged mushairas, the first pages of a…

River Indus: Flow of life – Part II

From ancient Vedic times to stories told by Sufi saints, the Indus continues to play a central role in the legends and folklore associated…

River Indus: Flow of life – Part I

Along its 1,800-mile course, the Indus joins cultures from the steppes of Central Asia to the arid plains of the South Asian subcontinent. It…

Book review: Poetic resistance to Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s murder

As a young student I obtained a tattered copy of ‘Khushboo ki Shahadat’ from an old bookstall in Lahore’s Urdu bazaar. This was the…

Azad Jammu & Kashmir – Ruling from Islamabad

It is time that we focus on what happens in the midst of our polity rather than churn out propaganda as to how India…

Save Rimsha Now

My piece which was published a fortnight ago. Today Rimsha was released on bail by a judge. Thank God sanity prevailed. But Rimsha and…

Finally Pakistani state honours Manto

“Here lies Saadat Hasan Manto and with him lie buried all the secrets and mysteries of the art of story writing. Under mounds of…
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