Tag: Karachi

Les Miserables of Thar Desert

At a local ladies book club in Columbus Ohio, during a talk on my eBook Obscure Women Obscure Stories: A Pakistani Trilogy, the following passage from Purani Kahani, one of the stories, came under discussion and a question was asked. “Bhaag Bhari would go in the hut to fetch her small chest of jewelry. It was metallic painted green…

New Book: Obscure Women Obscure Stories: A Pakistani Trilogy

Obscure Women Obscure Stories: A Pakistani Trilogy By Parveen Talpur   Those of you who read Parveen Talpur’s commentaries and articles on our blog should also check out the Kindle edition of her recent book of short stories. One of the Amazon reviewers describes the book in following words: Obscure Women Obscure Stories” is anything…

Pakistaniaat: Dec 12 Issue Published

Dear All: I just wanted to share that we have now published the last issue of 2012 and the full issue is now available on our website: http://www.pakistaniaat.org/issue/current. My thanks to all our contributors and to the dedicated editorial staff of Pakistaniaat. Table of Contents: http://www.pakistaniaat.org/issue/view/963 Refereed Articles (مضامین) ——– Citizenship Education in Pakistan (1-16)…

A tribute to Ardeshir Cowasjee!

This is what I wrote to Ayaz Amir regarding Ardeshir Cowasjee (The Master Planner – The Doer of Things!) From: Shaikh Muhammad Ali Sent: Sunday, November 04, 2012 6:30 AM To: ‘winlust@yahoo.com’ Subject: The Devil – The Saint (All in one) Importance: High Dear Ayaz Amir Sahib, السّلام علیکم A very dear friend of mine…

“(Karachi) Thou shalt be the Glory of the East…”

The recent violence in Karachi and the rest of the country reminds me of an alarming day in November 2007. The General had declared a state of emergency in the country. There could have been a coup to oust him; a counter coup could have followed to restore him. People feared more bomb blasts, even…

In memory of Shamim ur Rehman

Although it’s normal in our culture not to recognize intellectuals when they are alive, it’s shocking to know how Shamim’s fellow journalists treated him after he passed away silently! A friend and former colleague of mine emails me the shocking news from Islamabad that our former colleague of PTV News Shamim ur Rehman passed away…

Escapade in the Margalla Hills

(Shaikh Muhammad Ali)   “I don’t believe in uncertainties. I am here & I am certain ” – Shaikh Muhammed Ali Overview: I am always intrigued / tempted to visit mountains, maybe because I am a Capricorn; the mountain goat who believes in rising to the top by taking slow and steady yet cautious steps…

PTI and Civil Military Establishment in Pakistan

Pakistan Tehreek –i-Insaf (PTI) has been labeled as the latest horse entered in the power race by Pakistan’s Civil and Military establishment.  It is said that it is a desperate move to retain the faith of masses in an obsolete and rotten political system based on dynastic politics and corruption. PTI has been accused by…

Did someone say “Dr General-CMLA Ziaul Haq” too?

Ninety-nine percent of Pakistani (electronic and print) media (Urdu as well as English) is right wing, and 100 percent of it has run amok in fury over an honorary doctorate awarded to Interior Minister Rehman Malik by Governor Sindh Ishratul Ebad Khan. A newspaper editorialised its anger thus: “The huge smile on ‘Dr’ Malik’s face…