Mina Malik-Hussain

  • TWhen the bomb on Fane Road detonated in October 2009, outside the FIA building, I was in class. It was around nine thirty a.m, and I was teaching English to thirty eighth-graders. There was a dull fwoomp, a kind of heavy explosive sound. Because I grew up in a Lahore where bombs never went off, the ...

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  • TWe have suffered a terrible loss. Asma Jilani Jehangir, lawyer and activist, passed away suddenly on the weekend. This is no ordinary passing, because she was no ordinary woman. On the basis of a legal education had at Punjab University, she began her career when she was called to the High Court in ...

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  • TLahore, ancient and beautiful, is a city with an unparalleled, diverse history. Before Partition, Lahore was one of the great cosmopolitan cities of India, brimming with artists, thinkers, writers, poets, saints and philanthropists. As Pakistanis, we seem to be obsessed—at least on a ...

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  • TNew Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is expecting a child while in office. She is the first Kiwi PM to take oath pregnant and quite possibly be the first to give birth while in office. New Zealanders are pretty excited, and news of who is jokingly being referred to as “the ...

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  • TOne wonders, as one is inclined to do, why public figures sometimes let utter whoppers loose. Sometimes it’s an unthinking slip of the tongue—“s**thole”, anyone?—and sometimes it’s deliberate because you thought it was clever or witty, and turns out it was ...

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  • TOur law minister, that shining ray of truth and justice in the dark days we see on an all-too-regular basis, thinks that when bad things happen to children, their parents are to blame. One would almost think he didn’t have any children himself, because this is precisely the kind of pompous, ...

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  • TThis weekend Lahore hosted one of the best, most vibrant festivals it has: the fourth edition of the Lahore Music Meet. The LMM brings together musicians from all over the country for two or three days of incredible talks, workshops and concerts that are all free, and open to all audiences. From ...

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  • THappy New Year, readers! It’s the first day of 2018, and let’s begin with one resolution: to stop being killjoys. It is a truth nationally acknowledged that the moment anyone does something different—not even breathtakingly shocking or deviant, just unusual—we will ...

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  • THappy Christmas and Quaid e Azam day to you all! It’s always been a pleasing coincidence that the founder of the nation and the founder of a religion should be celebrated on the same day. Hopefully there will be a time when we will, other than commemorating his birth, be able to honour ...

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