Wajid Ali Syed’s touching poem
ye jo karbala, is baar barpa ki gai..
vo karbala jo hum ney apni ankhon sey dekhii…
jismey Hussein ki bajayee is baar
Zenab shaheed hui..
us karbala per bayn karney waly..
kisi kandhey key mutlashii rahey..
aur koi qalam TooTtney per..
marsia bhi na keh saka…
For someone who writes introductions for respected literati’s books, Khalid Hasan himself needs no introduction
By Saad Sarfraz Sheikh
Born in Srinagar, Khalid Hasan is a senior Pakistani journalist and writer. His journalistic legacy and proficiency as a writer began with The Pakistan Times as senior reporter and columnist in 1967. Upon Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s request, he had the prestigious honour of becoming his first press secretary. He held the additional honour of postings in Paris, Ottawa and London for five years in the country’s Foreign Service.
Khalid Hasan resigned in protest when Bhutto’s government was overthrown by General Zia-ul-Haq. Disappointed, he shifted to London and worked with the Third World Foundation and the Third World Media. Then he joined the newly-established OPEC News Agency (OPECNA) in Vienna, Austria, where he stayed for 10 years. He returned to a different Pakistan briefly in 1991 where he worked as a freelance journalist for the next two years. His prolific journey continued as he returned to Washington in 2000 as special correspondent of the Associated Press of Pakistan, which he left to join the Daily Times and The Friday Times, Lahore in 2002. He continues to work as a special Washington correspondent and columnist of these two publications. * Continue reading