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Faiz-Neruda: Great contemporary poets, friends and humanists

Huzaima Bukhari & Dr. Ikramul Haq

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) and Faiz Ahmad Faiz (1910-1984)—contemporary poets, friends and outstanding humanists—have left lasting impression on the world of literature. Their works won global recognition—Neruda was honoured with Nobel Prize for literature in 1971 and Faiz won Lenin Peace Prize in 1962. Both Neruda and Faiz, like many others, notably Nazim Hikmet and Mahmoud Darwish, were essentially humanists, anti-colonialists and anti-imperialists. Their great struggle and works were interwoven—these were inseparable. Their work complimented their struggle and vice versa.

The life and work of Neruda has amazing similarities with that of Faiz.


Pable Neruda (1904-1973) Pable Neruda (1904-1973) 

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Khuda kay Liye and Ramchand Pakistani: A Comparison

By Zia Ahmad


Ramchand Pakistani has come and gone and has made another addition to the slowly and lets hope surely upward struggle for the revival of Pakistani cinema. With the lack of any other appropriate banner for these films to be categorized under, no room for “New Pakistani Cinema” or “Reasonable/Sensible Pakistani Cinema”, “Revival of Pakistani Cinema” is the nomenclature that has been agreed upon and Shoaib “Showman” Mansoor’s Khuda Kay Liye has been accorded the privilege of ushering in this revival. Continue reading

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Gaza and the tragic failure of humanity

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

The recent events in the Middle East in all that I hold dear about the western civilization.   It seems that the fine ideals that we have come to associate with the west ie justice, fair play and equality before law are still a long way away from maturity and realization.

Today on Ashur, the day on which Muslims around the world commemorate the sacrifice of Imam Hussain (AS) on the battlefield of Karbala,  spare a thouight for the hapless Palestinians caught up in a conflict imposed on them and the world that has refused to take note of their plight.  We do not condone the actions of Hamas but there is no justification for what Israel is doing now and against non-combatants no less. Continue reading


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