Aamir Butt

  • TAround this time 71 years ago the clocks in New Delhi were announcing that it is now 12 o'clock of the night between 14th and 15th of August. And this meant that the 90-year-old British raj over India has ended and the two independent states called Pakistan and Hindustan are born. Leading up to ...

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  • TA few years ago an international tournament of Desi Kushti was held in Kohlapur district in India’s Maharashtra state. Some wrestlers from Lahore were taking part and a rumor spread that in one of the bouts the great grandson of Gama Pehalvan is taking part. Astonishingly a crowd of 200,000 ...

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  • TWazir Khan Mosque; easily the most beautiful mosque of Lahore which has been described as a beauty spot (mole) on the face of the city. After entering the city through Delhi Gate the mosque can be reached by going straight through the narrow and busy Kashmiri Bazaar. The mosque is a Mughal building ...

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  • TIn 1955 MGM studios decided to make a film based on a novel by John Masters called Bhowani Junction (published 1954). The story is about a young Anglo-Indian girl called Victoria Jones who works for the British army and is being simultaneously wooed by three suitors, a native Indian Sikh named ...

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  • T Hind ra in’n zauk Azadi ki dad’h?     Said’h ra sau’dai sayadi ki dad’h?Un’n Brahmin zadan zindah dilLalia’h ahmar rau-shou’n khajil  [Who gave Hind/India zest for freedom? And who turned the hunted into hunters?They were the ...

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  • TMohammad Ali Jinnah and Jawaharlal Nehru were the two leading characters of the Partition drama. Although they were on opposite sides, there were many similarities between them. Both were nationalists and committed to their vision of the world and both wanted freedom for India. In their personal ...

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  • TAs a young man Ashiq Husain Batalvi worked as the energetic secretary of Sir Mohammad Iqbal. Later he became a renowned scholar,  prolific writer, historian, commentator and broadcaster. In his twilight years he worked for BBC Eastern Service from London. In those days, he often repeated an ...

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  • T77 years ago on this day the All India Muslim League passed a resolution in its session at Lahore demanding a separate homeland for Indian Muslims. Although the name Pakistan was never mentioned in the resolution it has been since known as the Pakistan Resolution. Disgusted by Pakistan’s ...

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  • T ''The evil that men do lives after them;The good is oft interred with their bones'' Shakespeare's words may well have been written for Zulfikar Ali Bhutto whose 89th birthday is being celebrated today. And before a jiyala gets offended please be reminded that Mark Anthony said these words in ...

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  • TTwo famous men celebrate their birthdays on 25th December and both have names that start with J! Jesus and Jinnah. The coincidence does not stop here, as it is almost certain that neither was actually born on this day! Regardless, both had immense impact on the world. For Jesus, this was universal ...

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  • TGoing by official records December 25 is the 140th birthday of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, also known as the Quaid-a-Azam (The Great Leader). While we can call Jinnah controversial, there is no denying his immense popularity and the impact he had on the history of Indian sub-continent, if not the world. ...

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  • TToday, 16th of December, marks the 45th anniversary of the day when Pakistan’s Eastern Command surrendered to the Indian army thus ending the civil war in East Pakistan and creating the state of Bangladesh. While a day of jubilation for people of Bangladesh it is a black day for the ...

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  • TIn 1996 Samuel P. Huntington published a book titled The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. For whatever its shortfalls, this was a landmark piece of work in which Huntington tried to explain the ongoing conflicts of our times on the basis of a clash between different sets of ...

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  • TOne of the biggest reasons for the success of Pakistan movement was the fact that the big landlords in Punjab who had always supported the Unionist party switched over to Muslim League. Similarly the landlords in Sindh supported the Pakistan movement as well. Perhaps the reason for this was the ...

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  • TThis is the second in a two-part series of articles. The first piece titled ‘A tale of two anthems – Part I’ can be read here PAKISTANI ANTHEM Pakistan's anthem is much younger but quite interesting to discuss. There are quite a few misconceptions about it, the most prevalent ...

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  • TPakistan and India's cricket games are seldom free of controversy, on or off the pitch. The recent match at Kolkata was no exception. This time the hullabaloo has been about the national anthems of the two nations which were sung before the start of the game. Pakistan's anthem was sung by the ...

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  • TIn the southern part of Lahore's old city there is a beautiful little mausoleum. It is a white stone building with eight corner turrets.  Inside is a pure marble sarcophagus with one of the finest and elegant  carvings anywhere in the world. The legend is that this is the final resting ...

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  • TRecently I was fortunate to watch the first screening of Among the Believers at FC College. This documentary has been made by two America based Pakistani filmmakers. Apparently, one of them lost children from his family in the APS massacre. However, it is Professor Hoodbhoy who looks to ...

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  • T "Let us thank every good and noble man who stood so grandly, so proudly, in spite of opposition, of hatred and death, for what he believed to be the truth." - Robert G. Ingersoll, The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child During the last few days, blasphemy and honor killing, two different, yet ...

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  • TI am sure these days many decent Muslim men and women often wonder why countries with Muslim majority are so backwards technologically, militarily and politically compared with the nations of West? What is the reason for this dominance by European and American states and how can we decrease if not ...

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  • T I didn’t listen when my father recited your poems to usby heart. What could it mean to a boythat you had redefined the cruelbeloved, that figure who alreadywas Friend, Woman, God? In your hands... So wrote Agha Shahid Ali in his homage go Faiz and like him I can’t remember being ...

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  • TMuhammad Ali Jinnah is universally acknowledged as the father of Pakistan. We also know that he has an older child as well called Dina but unlike Pakistan not much is known about her. Coincidentally, Dina was born just before midnight on the night of 14th August 1919, a date and time, though not ...

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  • TJust over one year ago when Army Public School was attacked we were told that this is a desperate act by the militants who are on their last legs. Well the militants have conclusively rebutted such nonsense. And while Zarb-e-Azab keeps going (1 year, 7 months, 4 days and counting) the Jihadi ...

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  • T“It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.” (Rabindranath Tagore) Sadat Hasan Manto is arguably the greatest story writer from Indo-Pak subcontinent. Today January 18th we remember him on his 61st death anniversary, a date he shares with my father who died 20 ...

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  • T''Oh democracy has failed in Pakistan and military rule has been better'', is a common thought prevalent among Pakistanis. The idea is a fallacy and the reason for this misconception is twofold: 1. The mistaken belief that democratic rule should solve all of Pakistan's problems within 2 years. 2. ...

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  • TThis is a topic that has been extensively discussed and debated over the years. All parties are able to provide valid evidence to support their stance on the argument and the matter has never been fully settled. While this will always be a case for MA Jinnah’s stance on the issue is without ...

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