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Making windows into men’s souls

Beena Sarwar

Karachi, December 25, 2009: Writing this on Christmas day, two words come to mind: 'morality' and 'terrorism'.

The curse of living in ‘interesting times’

Beena Sarwar

Visiting newspaper offices in Sweden some years ago, I was struck by the relative ease and routine manner in which journalists obtained information.

The long war

Beena Sarwar

My 13-year-old daughter and her friends were thrilled when the government announced a nationwide closure of schools for the rest of the week.

Knock, knock... Don’t knock it

Beena Sarwar

"Let them stew in their own mess, we are better off without them." Sounds familiar?

Neighbours in peace: Or pieces?

Beena Sarwar

If we listen to this babble of voices whose sole aim seems to be to present their own country’s case as better than the other’s, we’ll never get anywhere. There is an old saying in our part of the world, ‘Taali dono haatho se bajti hai’ — it takes two hands to clap

This wonderful Doc...

Beena Sarwar

As a comrade, his relationship with Abba was an unspoken clear bond based on a shared understanding of the universal struggle for a just human order,” says Salima Hashmi, Faiz’s daughter.

Beating back the Taliban

Beena Sarwar

Two young girls in colourful salwar kameez, dupattas draped casually over their shoulders, walked the opposite direction. Another woman went alone, a black chaddar over her blue salwar kurta

Arundhati ‘Pakistani’ and Ram Sene ‘Patriotic’

Beena Sarwar

This is the nature of the media beast. Who is going to tame it?

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