Daily Archives: November 9, 2010

Iqbal- Dream of an Eagle

The days we have marked for celebrations,
The rest in forgetfulness, we don’t explore
The splendour of Universe as it bestowed
The famous gift of language and rhythm Continue reading

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Asma Jahangir – a formidable fighter

Raza Rumi

Fearless and a formidable fighter, Asma Jahangir personifies the struggles Pakistanis have initiated against shameful cultural practices, discriminatory legislation and executive excess. A frail woman has kept the torch of public liberties, freedom and democracy alive for decades. Born on January 27, 1952, in Karachi, Asma Jahangir during the last forty years has become a champion of women, child and minority rights and in many ways the conscience of Pakistan.

A leading Pakistani lawyer and an advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Jahangir is most renowned for her role as a human rights activist, a role which has made her confront military dictatorships of General Zia-ul-Haq and General Pervez Musharraf and the civilian autocrats. In 1972, Asma Jahangir was only 18 when she filed her first petition to have her father — who had been arrested for denouncing the genocide in Bangladesh — released from prison. In a landmark judgment ten years later, she won the case. In fact, the earliest and perhaps the only judgment against a military coup is now attributed to her name. Her resistance to army’s role in politicshas been legendary. In 1999, when Pakistan’s so-called civil society welcomed the secular Musharraf with two dogs in his lap, hers was the only clear, unequivocal voice against military intervention. A decade later when Pakistan rallied behind the judges and lawyers to oust Musharraf, Jahangir was once again at the forefront. Continue reading

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DSC South Asian Literature Festival – NEW SURVEY ON READING HABITS

Following on from the success of the inaugural DSC South Asian Literature Festival which took place at venues around the capital and at major UK cities in October, the festival organisers, Amphora Arts are now conducting a Nationwide survey into the reading habits of the South Aisan Diaspora by conducting as survey.

Together the UK’s leading book trade magazine, The Bookseller, they are inviting book trade and consumers-alike to participate in one of the first full-scale surveys of the South Asian books market in the UK.

The online surveys—conducted by Book Marketing Limited—examine public and book trade views on books which have South Asian influences, characters, subjects or settings, and which are written in or translated into English.

Readers can participate in the consumer-version of the survey, and become eligible to win £100 worth of book tokens by clicking here.

SALF Industry Survey-Bookseller

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Pakistan: A Train, A Trail.

Nadeem A. Butt – Virginia USA

Another Pakistani, Farooq Ahmad arrested, a few days ago, allegedly planning to blow up DC Metro Trains! Wow, Terrorism, America, Pakistan and Me! All these links are very frustrating! What should I and others like me do, to end such trends as this one? Many like me try all their lives to build trustful relationships in another place far from their birth place! They behave nicely, learn a different language, abide by the Laws of the land, but then suddenly someone with extreme ideology put all this in jeopardy and put a big question mark on my trust and loyalty to my homeland! And the struggle starts again from the scratch! Really frustrating and intimidating! Shall this ever be end? Continue reading

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