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On Faiz’s 102nd birth anniversary

This article was first published in The Express Tribune on Feb 14, 2013. Islamabad – Weeks before his death in 1984, legendary Urdu poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz expressed a great desire to visit his birthplace — Kala Kader village in Sialkot district. During the days he spent in the village, Faiz donated some money for […]

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No room for the literati when the PM visits to speak

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jan 11, 2013. Islamabad – Over 200 writers and poets from around Pakistan waited under the sun for around two hours at the Prime Minister Secretariat on Thursday as they were denied immediate entry to the auditorium to attend the inaugural ceremony […]

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An Urdu TV channel in Canada and the man who started it

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jan 2, 2013. Islamabad – In the year 2000, Tasleem Elahi Zulfi took an early retirement from Air Canada in Toronto. He had a simple reason for retiring: He was about to launch a TV channel. Twelve years later, Zufli’s project, […]

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On Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Eulogy from Islamabad

  An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on April 23, 2014. At the end of Love in the Time of Cholera, the 1985 novel by Colombian Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a riverboat captain, who is transporting his girlfriend and two ageing lovers, is hounded by armed […]

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On Literature for Social Change

An Interview with Indian writer Noor Zaheer, the daughter of Sajjad Zaheer An edited version of this story first appeared in The Express Tribune on January 19, 2014. Islamabad – There is certain fearlessness and optimism around Noor Zaheer, when she speaks. To the left-leaning activists, writers and intellectuals assembled at her book’s launching ceremony […]

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