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[18 Jun 2013 | 4 Comments | ]
A Gentle Heart Has Been Stopped

Aquila Ismail
Karachi, Pakistan 
Perween Rahman, renowned social worker, urban planner, and architect, was murdered on March 13, 2013 at 7:15 p.m while on her way back from work.
The butterfly counts not months but moments and has time enough…Tagore
“Apu! You’re here! Great!” That’s how my little sister Perween would greet me every time I arrived at her door from Abu Dhabi at 3:00 in the morning, followed by hugs and kisses. The fragrance of her embrace would right every little grievance that I had with the world. She had a habit of doing this smile with …

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[16 May 2013 | No Comment | ]
Nyla Ali Khan and the Life of Her Grandfather

Ashley Gibson interviews and writes on University of Oklahoma professor and granddaughter of a former Kashmiri prime minister Nyla Ali Khan, whose writings are making headlines in both India and Pakistan.
Khan’s extensive family history, particularly the portion pertaining to the leadership of her late grandfather Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, has been at the center of South Asia’s political debates for decades. Now, after spending years on her own academic quest to discover the truth of her grandfather’s ideals, Khan, a noted scholar and author on Kashmiri culture and politics, is addressing …

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[24 Apr 2013 | One Comment | ]

By Mariam Shoaib, Pakistan
I could turn up the volume on the news,
but there are bills to pay.
Grasping for the car keys,
the anchor repeats the alert.
News keeps  breaking,
breaking new  records of  domestic terrror and
drone-aided calamities.
Quick glance, is it Peshawer, or Karachi?
If I wait any longer,
the banks will close,
who can bear late charges in this economy?
I could slow down my car at the chowk,
weaving around the men,
children protesting,
asking “What are you demanding today?’
But I have been in line for over 3 hrs,
and  still need my job,
so in the rearview signboards and chants,
like numerous …

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[19 Dec 2012 | One Comment | ]
Where Are Kashmiri Women in Conflict Mitigation, Nation-Building?

Nyla Ali Khan
“Although women of Kashmir have been greatly affected by the armed insurgency and counterinsurgency in the region, they are largely absent in decision-making bodies at the local, regional, and national levels.”
The confluence of religious nationalism, secular nationalism, and ethnic nationalism create the complexity of the Kashmir issue. The political asphyxiation of a viable trajectory for Kashmir has further vitiated the political space, mainstream and separatist, of Kashmir. There is a plethora of opinions about the political, cultural, religious, and social complexity of Kashmir.  Jammu and Kashmir (J & …