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Temples and tourists

LATE last week, a joint team of Italian and Pakistani archaeologists, working in the Swat region, announced that they had discovered a 2,300-year-old Buddhist temple. The temple is located in the…

Reflections of a systemnik

The recent takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban poses a grave danger to Pakistani society and state – but these dangers are not what a typically Westernised lens on Pakistan…

Remembering Bhutto The Writer

Remembering Bhutto the writer

Today marks the 40th death anniversary of Z A Bhutto, arguably the most intelligent and well-read political leader Pakistan has had in its 72-year history.  A lot has been written…

Makers Of History

Makers of history

From a very young age, we Pakistanis are fed an official diet according to which individuals are made out to be almost exclusive makers of history. In the standardised version…

Manufacturing History

Manufacturing history

“Who controls the past, controls the future. Who controls the present, controls the past.” — George Orwell, 1984. The collective memory of our nation has transcended into something of a spectacular…

The Sale Of Saiful Maluk

The sale of Saiful Maluk

For years the eco-system of Balochistan has been mercilessly plundered by visitors from rich Middle Eastern states. Trampling upon large tracts of our territory, each year they indulge in mass…

Linguistic Clashes

Linguistic clashes

WHILE the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee was trying to spot the new moon, another phenomenon was brewing on social media. Pakistanis took to their Twitter accounts and Facebook status updates to call…

A Case For Gandhara

A case for Gandhara

Growing up in Lahore I wondered about the gap in my history textbook between the end of Indus Valley civilisation circa 1500 BC and the invasion of Sindh by Mohammad…

The Hard Truth About Image

The hard truth about image

Why do we constantly try to project a ‘soft’ image of our country? Why do we urge writers, actors, artists to try and do so, depicting a different picture of…

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