Celebrating literature

By I.A. Rehman

THANK goodness, February has become Pakistan’s month of celebrating literature and the people’s successes in expressing themselves in other media. This year’s Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) and Lahore Literary Festival (LLF) appeared to have come of age.

. . . → Read More: Celebrating literature

Reclaiming our culture

On Friday, a few young men in Faisalabad celebrated what the media termed a “mini-Basant”. The celebration was organised despite the enduring government ban against the festival. Yet the festivity was marred, as it has been in many instances before, by loss of life. Ali Hasnain succumbed to bullet injuries sustained as a result of . . . → Read More: Reclaiming our culture

Something for everyone in Karachi Literature Festival

The Karachi Literature Festival 2015 continued for three days with over 80 sessions and several book launches of authors like Musadiq Sanwal, Nayantara Saghal and Arif Hasan among others. Important topics were discussed ranging from politics and art to television and psychology with an esteemed panel of personalities which comprised many new faces from India . . . → Read More: Something for everyone in Karachi Literature Festival

Our colorless spring sky

By Aasma Farhad

As I walk under the pale blue sky today, the pre-spring breeze resounds with the distant clatters of a Basant from my childhood. A sadness settles in, as I realise it is a sound that will never ring in the ears of our new generation.

Basant, the annual spring . . . → Read More: Our colorless spring sky

Charlie Hebdo doing more well now than ever

First it was 1 million copies. Then it was 3 million. Then 5 million. Now the publisher of Charlie Hebdo says it is printing a total of 7 million copies of the once-obscure French satirical magazine.

The new total reflects extraordinary demand for what has become known as the magazine’s “survivors issue.” It was produced . . . → Read More: Charlie Hebdo doing more well now than ever

The danger in critiquing Islamophobia

We were glad that Vox decided to publish the cartoons of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Though their portrayal of Islam and the Prophet Mohammed has offended many Muslims, they are an important part of the story and readers have a right to see them. We were also glad that we covered the cartoons critically . . . → Read More: The danger in critiquing Islamophobia

American Muslim apologizes to the world over the Charlie Hebdo attack

After staying away from the news of the attack, Zunera Mazhar felt so outraged that she had to say something.

“Being a mother, having a 6-year-old daughter, how do I explain it to her? ‘No, this is not us?’ ” said the Muslim from Virginia.

The immigration worker’s powerful video message . . . → Read More: American Muslim apologizes to the world over the Charlie Hebdo attack

The Indian and Pakistani diasporas can help bring peace to South Asia

Dangerous tensions between archrivals India and Pakistan have ratcheted up again along the de facto border dividing Kashmir, reigniting the deadly decades-old dispute that has twice brought the two nuclear-armed nations to war.

About 10,000 civilians from India-administered Kashmir have been displaced after cross-border shooting erupted last week between India and Pakistan in the disputed . . . → Read More: The Indian and Pakistani diasporas can help bring peace to South Asia

Pak COAS becomes NEWSWEEK Pakistan’s man of the year

GEN. RAHEEL SHARIF IS CHANGING PAKISTAN FOREVER.

From under-trial Pervez Musharraf’s hospitalization at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology on Jan. 2 to the attempt on news anchor Hamid Mir’s life on April 19 to the launch of Operation Zarb-e-Azb in mid-June to the attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School on Dec. 16, the year . . . → Read More: Pak COAS becomes NEWSWEEK Pakistan’s man of the year

So has the great Imran Khan tied the knot?

(B y SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE) Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has remarried in secret to a former BBC weather girl, according to reports in Pakistan.

The 62-year-old is believed to have tied the knot at the weekend with Pakistani news anchor Reham Khan, 41, who is a divorced mother-of-three.

She lived in Britain for part . . . → Read More: So has the great Imran Khan tied the knot?