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A tribute to Ghalib

Bhupinder Over the last fifteen years, there is only one book that has always accompanied me. I had bought it in 1991 for rupees twenty, a pretty neat sum considering my first job paid me a microscopic amount. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogging, Literature, poetry, Urdu

Ijaz Hussain Batalvi – the Storyteller

Syeda Saleha in DAWN Books The late Ijaz Hussain Batalvi was a multi-dimensional personality — a short story writer, critic, poet, essayist, broadcaster, barrister and a teacher at Law College, Lahore. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Literature, Media, Pakistan, poetry, Urdu

Laced with Barbed Wire (a poem by HUR)

PTH has recieved a poem from HUR who is currently confronted with the troubled climate in Islamabad. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamabad, Pakistan, poetry, Writers

Pakistan Zindabad – an exhibition in Islamabad

A question of the Human Rights Agenda … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Citizens, Democracy, Islamabad, Media, Pakistan, Politics

Is the NWFP Slipping out of Pakistan’s Control?

by Hassan Abbas The NWFP is not likely to physically slip out of Pakistan’s hands, but the province today is certainly in the eye of the storm. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Islamism, Pakistan, Politics, USA, World

An image of the Pak Tea House – courtesy ST

Shaan Taseer from Karachi has sent us this image that was captured while he was shooting for a documentary on The Pak Tea House. The documentary was shown at the Kara Film Festival 2005. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, Pakistan, Photos

A bitter-sweet year

by Afiya Shehrbano   Unless we critically bring into the discussion the issue of what we want to restore along with our abused constitution, in terms of structural re-distribution of resources, new visions of power relations .., the idea of change will not appeal or convince those who cannot and do not want to live on ideals. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Media, Pakistan, Politics

On Love: the Politics of Intimacy

In this brief post Shaheryar Ali presents a radical view of intimacy and discusses how the exercise of control and power define, limit and often undo what is termed as “intimacy”. Several readers may not agree with all the points made, but this is an inquiring write-up betraying contradictions of “knowledge” itself. … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Pakistan, Uncategorized, USA, World

"Arts Pakistan" – a place to visit

by Raza Rumi The art world of Pakistan is not given the attention it deserves. But amends are being made. Arts Pakistan, or Artspak, is a recently developed website, with an exclusive collection of videos, paintings and photographs that depicts the country’s vibrant art scene. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Dance, Pakistan, Photos, Theatre

How I Became A Pseudo – Secularist (Vinod Mehta on Lucknow)

Magazine| Nov 19, 2007 excerpt How I Became A Pseudo – Secularist The Outlook editor recounts life and times in Lucknow, as part of an anthology, Shaam-e-Awadh VINOD MEHTA Truth to tell, I am a philistine Punjabi who managed, in the most formative years of his life, to be lucky enough to claim residence in Lucknow. The Mehtas are middle-class merchant refugees from Pakistan, allegedly the land of the pure. So, … Read entire article »

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Pakistan's traditional bourgeois political establishment

  Pakistan’s bourgeois politicos are terrified of a genuine popular mobilization, as military is the bulwark of their privileges—of the Pakistani nation-state and Pakistan’s vastly unequal property-relations.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Media, Pakistan, Politics

Death of an Idea

by Aasem Bakhshi A dead idea is an idea whose origins have been betrayed, one that has deviated from its archetype and thus no longer has any roots in its original cultural plasma. (Malik Bennabi) It is amazing to discover the similarity with which history repeats itself in the cherished land of the pure. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, History, Pakistan, Philosophy, Politics

The Tragedy of Musharraf

By Yasser Latif Hamdani Reform in a constitutional democratic process is slow but permanent. Reform under absolute rule maybe quick but is always superficial. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Pakistan, Politics

From Karachi: Cities for Cars or People?

by Arif Pervaiz You don’t need to be an urban planner to figure out that our cities are socially and environmentally unsustainable. At the heart of our urban mess is a paradigm which is geared towards making a city suitable for cars rather than people. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Environment, Karachi, Media, Pakistan

Only a democratic Pakistan can win the battle against global terrorism

  by Yasser Latif Hamdani The battle against global terrorism will be fought and won by the people of Pakistan. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Pakistan