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"Eunuchs" and Rights

“Eunuchs” and Rights

The Petition Under the aegis of his organization the Insaan Welfare Trust, Mr. Aslam Khadi, advocate, filed a constitutional petition (Consititutional Petition no. 63/2009) under article in the Supreme Court alleging the infringement of the fundamental rights of “Eunuch’s” (a term that is used as an English translation for “Hijra”). The incident that forms the basis of the petition is… Read more →

Credit: Larry Moore

عورت کے نام

تجھ کو معلوم یہ شاید نہیں ہم صنف مری اک تماشا بنا دنیا میں تیرا ہے یہ وجود بات جینے کی ہو یا بات ہو مر جانے کی بات کوئی جب ہو تُو ہے وہی پابندِ حدود تجھ کو مغرب سے ملا کیا فقط رسوائی کے جھوٹے وعدوں کی ردا چھین کے عزت ہے ملی اک تلخ دھوپ کے سائیوں… Read more →

Unrequited Love

Unrequited Love

Amongst the a.t.m. receipts in my wallet I gotta ticket           of unrequited love   It’s not as simple as the a.t.m receipts, you see — like you could punch the numbers on the terminal   and hit the Green Key for “Here she comes” —   She never came out for me   even though she’d signed that ticket with… Read more →

Five Prayers of a Day

Five Prayers of a Day

Fajr, or “when will dawn arrive?”   “Why be infatuated with him?” “He’s proud, he’s pretentious — the world’s not the right fucking place, now that he’s turned his eye upon it.”   “Yes.   He’s the man I’d die for in one instant, and kill the other.”   I would own you. Each stubborn hair on your head —… Read more →

Walking the Line

Walking the Line

Every society is an accumulation of certain norms and belief systems which define and establish the standard operating procedures by which it functions. However, the basic difference lies in the nature of the society: traditional cultures have relatively rigid, conservative and holistic approaches towards social institutions and liberal cultures are more open, liberal and individualistic in nature. Therefore, gender roles… Read more →

Review: Lahore Love!

Review: Lahore Love!

Lahore With Love: Growing Up with Girlfriends Pakistani Style by Fawzia Afzal-Khal Syracuse Unviversity Press, 2010   Although this is quite a bold statement to make, I will go ahead and make it: Fawzia Afzal-Khan is one of the most overlooked creative non-fiction writers of our time. She has a linguistic gift that gives her prose a weighty depth that… Read more →