Archive | June, 2014

Children not reading as many or as diverse books as before

An edited version of this book was first published in The Express Tribune on May 5, 2014. Islamabad – From among the group of school girls, Ramsha Zafar admitted bashfully that she is fond of the stories of Amar Ayyar, popularly mispronounced as Umro Ayyar, the legendary trickster from the Dastaan-e Amir Hamza. Ramsha, an […]

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Metro Bus Project: Cost, environment impact assessment and dedicated route criticised at public hearing

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 4, 2014. Islamabad – Saturday’s public hearing on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report of the Metro Bus project’s Islamabad section might have been a case of “too little, too late” to protect against any potential environmental and economic harm […]

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International Labour Day 2014: No respite for Islamabad’s daily wage workers

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 2, 2014. Islamabad – They shake their heads almost simultaneously. None of the eight daily-wage labourers, sitting under the shade of a tree by the G-9/4 service road near Peshawar Mor, have ever heard of Labour Day. They are not […]

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Missing persons’ relatives to hold fort at D-Chowk two days after police brutality

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 1, 2014. Islamabad – Relatives of missing persons and activists demanding an end to enforced disappearances continued their sit-in at the D-Chowk for the third consecutive day on Wednesday. On an exceptionally hot last day of April in the capital, […]

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Islamabad Literature Festival 2014: South Asian English poetry and the hegemony of English language

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 27, 2014. Islamabad – Why would a non-native English speaker belonging to a postcolonial nation write in the former master’s language? Why would a South Asian poet write in English? Some writers and poets say it was their personal preference, […]

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Islamabad Literature Festival 2014: Literature in the time of crises

This article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 26, 2014. Islamabad – April which to TS Eliot apparently is “the cruelest month” turns out to be the most benign for the literature buffs of twin cities. They – before it departs – will have a chance to listen and interact with as […]

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Pakistani state has failed its citizens

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 25, 2014. Islamabad – The Pakistani state has failed to devise a broad and all-inclusive strategy to tackle the country’s worsening situation of human rights, which did not show any significant improvement in 2013, according to representatives of the Human […]

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PM Sharif to visit UK in April

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 17, 2014. Islamabad – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit the United Kingdom later in April for a summit-level meeting with a focus on further improvement in Pak-UK bilateral trade, the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and […]

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Didgeridoos at the Australia Day in Spring

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 14, 2014. Islamabad – Every spring season, there is a festival in the heart of the capital to showcase the indigenous folk arts and crafts of Pakistan. On Saturday evening, however, the spirit of multiculturalism in Islamabad went beyond Pakistan’s […]

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No more stops at Rawalpindi’s Chaklala Railway Station

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 14, 2014. Islamabad – At 11:47am on Saturday, a rail car from Lahore approaches the Chaklala Railway station, one of the oldest stations on Rawalpindi’s main railway line. But the train does not stop. Within five seconds, just long enough […]

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