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Flight of kindred spirits

FAHMIDA Riaz was a progressive poet and Annapurna Devi a classical musician. They are unlikely to have ever met but both women were united in a strong yearning to ignite…

Who’s Afraid Of Dr Riaz?

Who’s afraid of Dr Riaz?

Over the weekend, news reports came in that an ‘MQM-London member’ had been arrested by law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) in Karachi. The accused was en route to the Karachi Press Club,…

Unexplained wealth Dr Farrukh Saleem

Background: On May 12, David Cameron, the-then prime minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, hosted an Anti-Corruption Summit to “step up global action to expose,…

Korean Conundrum

Korean conundrum

NORTH Korea’s latest nuclear test last week was greeted with a predictable mixture of scepticism and consternation. The seemingly contradictory responses often emanated from the same sources. On the one…

Drones, Wounds And Privilege

Drones, wounds and privilege

S. Akbar Zaidi’s recent article in these pages (November 8, 2013) on my film, ‘Wounds of Waziristan’, is replete with ad hominem attacks. He misrepresents what he does know, makes…

Friends and enemies

The fate of peace talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) remains uncertain after the group ended the month-long ceasefire earlier in December, accusing the Pakistani authorities of failing to honour…

Debtocracy & enslavement

All indicators show that our economic managers, due to imprudent economic and tax policies, have pushed Pakistan into chronic, unremitting, unceasing debt-enslavement. Debtocracy, a term yet to become part of…

Listening to students

ON Friday, a large number of students participated in coordinated public mobilisation — titled the Students’ Solidarity March — across all major cities of Pakistan. Organised by a number of…

Dark times?

I am feeling quite chuffed while writing these lines. I want to express my thanks to the powers that be for forcing the organisers of the Faiz Festival held in…