Posted on May 3, 2016 by beenasarwar
In Karachi last week, I wrote about Sabeen Mahmud and the Creative Karachi Festival held to commemorate her life and work. PRI published it with the title Remembering a Pakistani woman who died because she wanted everyone to have a space to speak freely along with my radio interview with Marco Werman of PRI’s The World. Below is the unabridged text including with more links and photos. Also see our friend Afia Salam’s tribute to Sabeen in The Wire, Why Sabeen Mahmud Will Always Matter.
A poster with Sabeen’s photo at CKF 2016 on a divider between a stall and walkway at the Alliance Francaise. Photo: Beena Sarwar
Early on Sunday morning in Karachi, a small, eclectic crowd converged at The Second Floor, the iconic coffee shop-cultural hub founded by my young friend Sabeen Mahmud in 2007. Continue reading
Filed under: Balochistan, Freedom of expression, Pakistan, Peace, Progressive politics, Resistance | Tagged: #CKF, #Tree4Sabeen, Activism, Pakistan, Phool Pati, Sabeen, T2F, Truck Art | 1 Comment »
Posted on April 9, 2016 by beenasarwar
My oped for The News International, Pakistan, published March 29, 2016.
Polio-free Pakistan: one last push
“Not since the eradication of smallpox in 1980 has the world had a chance to wipe out an incurable, but preventable, human disease, “ says Dr Hamid Jafari, former director of the World Health Organization’s Global Polio Eradication Department. Continue reading
Filed under: Health, Pakistan | Tagged: Afghanistan, Africa, conflict, Hamid Jafari, health, India certified polio free, Nigeria, Peace, polio, Rotary, WHO | 3 Comments »
Posted on December 16, 2014 by beenasarwar
Devastated at the news from Peshawar. Unless and until Pakistan doesn’t get out of this confusion of ‘good Taliban’ and ‘bad Taliban’ and treat every single criminal act as a criminal act and move to punish those who perpetuate it, whether in the name of religion or for whatever justification, we will not begin to move out of this morass. Sharing a statement from Malala Yousafzai that was just released: “I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us. Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this. I condemn these atrocious and cowardly acts and stand united with the government and armed forces of Pakistan whose efforts so far to address this horrific event are commendable. I, along with millions of others around the world, mourn these children, my brothers and sisters – but we will never be defeated.”
Filed under: Pakistan | Tagged: fasadis, Malala, Pakistan, Peshawar attack, Taiban | 4 Comments »
Posted on July 2, 2014 by beenasarwar
Belatedly updating my blog with the article I wrote for The News on Sunday, June 15, 2014, as part of a Special Report on conspiracy theories. Other reports in that issue were Dr M. Taqi’s The truth behind conspiracy theories in Pakistan, an interview of Nadeem Farooq Paracha and more. Lots has happened since then, but this remains relevant.
If India and Pakistan develop a good relationship, how will the security establishment justify its existence? Continue reading
Filed under: Pakistan | Tagged: conspiracy theories, hamid mir, India, Karachi airport attack, Malala Yusufzai, Pakistan | 8 Comments »
Posted on June 5, 2014 by beenasarwar
Got the word a few hours ago. Without any notice, warning or explanation, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has blocked several progressive pages on Facebook. Interestingly, there is no bar on the pages spewing hatred and furthering the ideology of banned groups.
The blocked pages include Laal, the largest leftist page in South Asia with over 408,000 followers. The other pages include those that post largely in Urdu and therefore reach large numbers, like: Continue reading
Filed under: Media, Pakistan | Tagged: censorship, Internet, Media, Pakistan, PTA | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 2, 2014 by beenasarwar
Grieved to have had to write this. Published in The News today.
Columnist, humourist, cricket and jazz buff, advertising doyen and connoisseur of the finer things in life Masood Hasan, 72, passed away in his beloved Lahore on Sunday, June 1.
Sunday was the day of his popular column ‘Over the Top’ in the op-ed page of The News, where it has been published since the launch of weekly The News on Sunday (originally The News on Friday) in 1994. Continue reading
Filed under: Pakistan | Tagged: Bapsi Sidhwa, Ira Hasan, Khalid Hasan, Kinnaird College, Lahore, lakshmi mansion, Masood Hasan, Mekaal Hasan, Samina Ahmed, sialkot, Waris Road | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 28, 2014 by beenasarwar
Below, text of my interview with Viewpoint Online about the Hamid Mir saga, that began with the murderous attack on one of Pakistan’s top journalists and television talk show hosts, who has angered Pakistan’s ideological security establishment with his stands on 1971, regional peace (including with India), and most recently, Balochistan. Besides speaking openly about the distorted history we are taught about this issue in Pakistan, he even walked in support with the Baloch Long March activists. Also read these excellent analyses: Sahar Habib Ghazi on Pakistani spies, Mir, and the missing people of Balochistan, and Jugnu Mohsin – Rumi and Mir. The character assassination on Hamid Mir now reminds me of the campaigns that followed the attack on Raza Rumi that killed his driver, and even before that, against Malala Yusufzai when she was shot. And this measured speech by Shaheen Qureshi at a recent SAFMA meeting (video, Urdu). Continue reading
Filed under: Balochistan, Media, Pakistan | Tagged: attack, hamid mir, Malala Yusufzai, Media, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, SAFMA, Shaheen Qureshi | 1 Comment »