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English Online Resources

English Online Resources

The Modern English Collection (AD 1500-present) 9,575 titles including 203,725 manuscript, book, and newspaper illustrations (including covers, spines, book illustrations, and page images), many of which are publicly accessible Browse…

English At A Cost

English at a cost

A Couple of years ago, the PML-N suddenly announced that the Punjab government was switching to English as the medium of instruction in all public schools. The switch was made,…

Losing hope

One thing humans need for survival is ‘hope’. Even when one knows that life is no pleasure cruise; that each day you’ll be welcoming new challenges; and that you have…

A Modern-day Ibn Batuta

A modern-day Ibn Batuta

We have heard of, and abundantly seen pictures and video recordings, the PM’s visits to Iran, Saudi Arabia, China and Karachi. His visit to Karachi was very similar to BB’s…

A Forgotten Story-teller

A forgotten story-teller

I had planned to continue with my series of columns about women writers of merit but the readers’ feedback on my previous column about Altaf Fatima has prompted me to…

School For Thought

School for thought

The prime minister correctly says “sawa do crore” (22.5 million) Pakistani children of school-going age (five to 16) are not in school. This important statistic needs to be seen in…

Survival Of The Fittest

Survival of the fittest

In September 2015, the Supreme Court of Pakistan asked the government to implement the use of Urdu in all official business. In February 2017, the Lahore High Court also instructed…

Pakistani Fiction

Pakistani fiction

The Pakistani novel in English occupies a space of contestation and confusion. There are those that believe that it must be a response to global articulations of Pakistan. Others insist…

How Sindh keeps Sindhi alive

While English and Urdu enjoy dominance across Pakistan, Sindhi appears to be an exception. It is thriving in both the rural and urban areas of Sindh, with vibrant press and…

Protecting free speech

When Pakistan’s greatest war for freedom of expression was raging in the dark decade of General Ziaul Haq in the late 1970s, Ahfaz-ur-Rahman and Nasir Zaidi were at the forefront…