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Kashmir: Once Again On Floor of the Security Council

Kashmir: Once Again On Floor of the Security Council

Kashmir: Security Council Rise To Occasion Z. G. Muhammad  For the past seventy years the war of words, on the floor of the United Nation’s Security Council on the Kashmir Dispute, has been a routine with India and Pakistan. It, in fact, began, on 30 December 1947, when New Delhi sent a cable to the Security Council, through its representative at UN. The cable, making a complaint under Article 35 of UN charter … Read entire article »

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“Shallot Man” – A Dickensian Character in Ashpaz’s Team

“Shallot Man” – A  Dickensian Character in Ashpaz’s Team

  Nostalgia ‘Shallot Man’ ZGM The lofty tents with white satin roofs, frills at ends hanging like damsel braids and transparent curtains flying at a slight breeze have an Arabian Night romance about them. For their grandeur, they are called white houses.  The dazzling illuminations and the mellifluous folk songs tearing apart silence of the nights reminiscent of festive occasions like Shab-i-Shalimar of the late fifties are most familiar scenes these days in the city. Scores of … Read entire article »

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Kashmir: Imran Khan’s Litmus Test

Kashmir: Imran Khan’s Litmus Test

PUNCHLINE Kashmir: Imran Khan’s Litmus Test By Z.G. Muhammad   On Saturday, August 18, 2018, four days after the Independence Day of the country there was a change of guard in Pakistan. This was not a simply passing baton from one political party to another. It was a paradigm shift inasmuch as it brought to end rotating leadership between the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and the Pakistan People’s Party after decades. In fact, transferred power from the fiefdom of the … Read entire article »

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Zanapan-e- Kihaar- These lowly paid animated the life in the night

Zanapan-e- Kihaar- These lowly paid animated the life in the night

    Nostalgia Zanapan-e- Kihaar By ZGM Like a ‘hypnotic gem,’ our birthplace was mesmerizing. It had many facets, with every facet having its own shade and color, the life here opened like into a kaleidoscopic- with its variety of colors continually changing. For diversity of its characters, with children of less god immensely contributing to the landscape of the Downtown, it reads like a Dickensian novel. In the wee morning hours, it would be goatherds, dressed like Hebrew in the … Read entire article »

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Ambassador Yusuf Buch: As I See Him

Ambassador Yusuf Buch: As I See Him

  Yusuf Buch, as I see him In search of a genuine intellectual voice PUNCHLINE by ZG Muhammad Some time back, I had written there was no Edward Said on our side.   My lament was more out of concern rather than critique.    I believe that an intellectually stimulating discourse on Kashmir was missing and so far it had been   pathetically routine and blatantly ‘de- intellectualized’ projection of the Kashmir case that had vexed it thus far.  I had written … Read entire article »

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On Kashmir Dispute Vajpayee Puts Nehru in The Dock

On Kashmir Dispute Vajpayee Puts Nehru in The Dock

PUNCHLINE  Vajpayee Was Different From Nehru?   Z.G. Muhammad In all literature; history, memoirs, and travelogues, Kashmir is described as a country.  Notwithstanding, being ruled by  Moguls, Durranis, and Sikhs through their governors for exacting taxes to the extent of famishing people, it continued to be known as   a country. It retained, this title even after India and Pakistan were born as an independent dominions. For the first time, it lost this title on 27 October … Read entire article »

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Mashal-e-khu’er – the children of lesser god but part of pageantry

Mashal-e-khu’er – the children of  lesser god but part of  pageantry

  Nostalgia ‘Mashal-e-khu’er The Luxury of time was the beauty of our childhood. We were not couch potatoes, but free as birds having liberty to perch on high or low branch and sing our songs like a nightingale. We had freedom of Iqbal’s hawk to fly   unimpeded high in skies at our sweet will. ‘To have a happy childhood is the luckiest thing that can happen in one’s life. That way our whole generation despite being … Read entire article »

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