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Pakistan One of the World’s First Safe Havens for Refugees - Thalif Deen

A group of refugee women and their children await the arrival of Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the Shamshatoo camp in December 2001. The camp, at a frontier province in north-west Pakistan, served as temporary home to some 70,000 Afghan refugees fleeing fighting between the United Front and the Taliban. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe The United Nations has declared that 2015 is already “the deadliest year” for millions of migrants and asylum seekers fleeing war and persecution in their countries. “Worldwide, one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum,” says the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “Even as the current […]

By Thalif Deen |September 2, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Fear Stalks Students in Northern Pakistan - Ashfaq Yusufzai

A soldier stands amidst the rubble of the December 2014 attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, capital of Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS – It has been seven months since a group of gunmen raided the Army Public School in Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, killing 145 people, including 132 students. “Since he died, there has been complete silence in our home. Nobody wants to speak. Asfand used to crack jokes and spread laughter – now he has left us, there is nothing to say.” — Shahana Khan, the mother of one of the victims of the Peshawar school shootings in 2014 For […]

By Ashfaq Yusufzai |September 2, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Partition suffering…and healing - Beena Sarwar


(Front) Jameela, Harbajan/Shahnaz, Zubeida; (back) Khursheed, Rizwaan, Iqbal: Reunited after 50 years; (Below) Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed The amazing real-life story of an Indian mother reuniting with her Pakistani children after over 50 years, thanks to her Indian step-son and a Pakistani historian While researching his book, The Punjab Bloodied, Partitioned and Cleansed (Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2012), the eminent historian and scholar Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed came across many experiences “that continue to generate pain, hurt and anguish”. In his award-winning book (Best Non-Fiction Book of 2012, Karachi Literature Festival 2013, and the UBL-Jang Group Prize for the Best Non-Fiction Book of 2012), Dr Ahmed documents the story of his friend […]

By Beena Sarwar |June 30, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Punjabi should be taught in schools - Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad

Punjabi in Pak schools

The knowledge of Urdu became the cutoff point between the rustic, illiterate Punjabi and his literate counterpart conversant in Urdu. The latter tended to feel superior to the former. That complex has never let go of Punjabi Pakistanis. I am not sure if any other major cultural group in the world maintains a more convoluted relationship with its mother tongue as do Pakistani Punjabis. Pakistan is generally understood regionally and globally as a state in which the Punjabis are the most privileged ethno-cultural group. Such an observation is largely true in many ways. The Pakistan military and civil bureaucracy, the big bourgeoisie and middle class have a preponderate Punjabi ethnic component. […]

By Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad |April 30, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment