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We tere naal aenj rehna Jiwen dhup naale chaan sajnan Wakh tere to na rahan sajnan Few composers reached the heights that Master Abdullah touched in his lifetime. An unequivocal giant of Pakistan’s film Industry, his musical prowess and innovative genius made him a legend during his lifetime and decades after his death. He was …

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TV actor par excellence Roohi Bano, who ruled the hearts of PTV drama fans for years for her incredible performances in the early years of the state television channel, is no more. She was 68. She died in Istanbul, with her sister and a nephew by her side, from kidney failure. She is survived by …

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The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) lost one of its diehard and loyal members in former provincial minister Malik Hakmeen Khan on January 4. He began his political career from the PPP platform and breathed his last in the PPP fold. His coffin was proudly draped in a PPP flag. One of the founding members of …

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Khwaab martay naheen Khwaab dil hain, nah aankhen, nah saansen keh jo Rezaa, rezaa huwe to bikhar jaayen ge Jism ki maut se ye bhi mar jaayen ge A man who weaved dreams of love and passion has left indelible impressions on the hearts and minds of the lovers of Urdu poetry the world over. …

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The tolerant, soft-spoken and pro-peace former lawmaker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-P (MQM-P) was shot at and injured outside his house in Karachi Defence late on December 25, 2018. His family says he was to dine out with them on that night and for that reason, he was home to pick them when two motorcyclists …

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Aur tu aur khud insan baha jata hy ketna pur hol hy tufan-e-rawayat aay Josh Ehl-e-alfaz shariat pay maray jatay hain Kis ko samjhaon masheyat k isharat aay Josh Josh Malihabadi will be remembered as Shayar-e-Shabab (poet of beauty) and Shayar-e-Inqilab (rebel poet). This 20th century master poet’s life and work has gained public attention, …

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Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi with Qateel shifai

Dawar-e hashr! mujhe teri qasam  (O Lord of the Day of Judgment, I swear by you) Umr bhar mein ne ibadat ki hay  (I have worshipped all my life) Tu mera namaa-e-amaal tau dekh  (Look at my balance sheet) Mein ne insaan se mohabbat ki hay  (I have loved mankind) A humanist and a revolutionary, …

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I am not an exceptionally politically over-charged poet. Perhaps the only exception is that I am a woman, excerpt from a magazine interview. Fehmida Riaz is no more—with her the voice of reason, critical inquiry and profundity. Fehmida is acclaimed as a writer and poet of the progressive movement. All her life she stood up …

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The man who only gave music for 29 films in his career spanning four decades, left indelible impression on music in the Pakistani and Indian music. Khawaja Khurshid Anwer is remembered for his astute music sense and unflinching work ethic. Khawaja Khurshid Anwer was a profound audiophile, artiste, writer, director, philosopher and an active agent …

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October 13, 1958—disappeared October 2018 When I speak of the fear, intimidation, arrests and public shaming of intellectuals and religious leaders who dare to speak their minds, and then I tell you that I’m from Saudi Arabia, are you surprised? —Writes Jamal Khashoggi in his column titled; Saudi Arabia wasn’t always this repressive. Now it’s …

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