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Washington, DC: Forty years have passed since the death – ostensibly by an unjust hanging, which some consider as a judicial murder – of Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. His supporters view him as a martyr while his detractors consider him to have been the ‘most divisive’ leader of the country. Twenty-nine years have …

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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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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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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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