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  • A history of slander — Good language vs. bad language

    Sometimes it is really tiring to explain the difference between good Taliban (GT) and bad Taliban (BT)...

    It is actually self-explanatory and not so hard to decipher, yet, there are many out there who just can't seem to determine the fact that those fighting for a just cause are good Taliban, and those fighting against us on the behest of foreign powers are bad Taliban...

  • 2 policemen suspended for using abusive language against citizen in Karachi

    Sindh Police on Monday suspended two police officials for using abusive language against a citizen who was reportedly taking pictures of a police protocol on Shahrah-i-Faisal, Karachi main thoroughfare, officials told Dawn...

    The IGP appointed Ehsan as the inquiry officer and directed him to conduct a thorough probe and submit a detailed report of the incident, a police spokesperson said...

  • ‘Heritage Now’ opens at Alhamra: Experts discuss role of museums, identity and language domination

    LAHORE: Heritage Now, the festival to celebrate the cultural heritage of Pakistan, started here at Alhamra Art Centre on Saturday, offering myriad of attractions for the visitors, including panel discussions, talks, art activities and stalls of traditional merchandise and exhibitions...

    While many exciting activities and installations were there on the lawns of Alhamra, panel sessions and talks were held in the halls and galleries... ...

  • NARRATIVE ARC: LANGUAGE AND NATIONAL LITERATURE

    In his essay, ‘The Curse of The Moroccan Writer’, Fouad Laroui’s description of the problems faced by Moroccan writers in terms of the choice of their language and idiom has analogies with the situation of languages in Pakistan and the conscious and unconscious choices made by our creative writers...

    Laroui deals with a host of other related issues including style, imitation, codes, register, diglossia and syntax, but the final...

  • Waqas Khwaja on poetry and language

    The English-speaking world is biased against the non-native speakers of English and there is too much racialism and these biases are enshrined in the English language...

    There should be a conscious effort by us to do away with these biases, says prominent Pakistani English language poet Waqas Ahmad Khwaja...

  • Literary Notes: Two books on origin and history of Urdu language

    IN a recent meeting held at a university to discuss the curriculum for the teachers’ education programme, it was hotly debated whether or not Urdu was a ‘lashkari zaban’ or the so-called ‘camp-language’...

    Some professors from Karachi University’s Urdu department objected to the incorrect, age-old theory being taught to the new teachers...

  • COLUMN: Ivan Bunin and language as music

    Made curious that a Latin American writer was given such attention in a newspaper in Pakistan, they were further surprised that the author receiving such high praise was unknown to them, and then, on reading Hernández, even more surprised that he was indeed one of the best...

    The function of literary criticism surely is first to bring to a wide audience new works which, because of their original aesthetic approach, initially appear...

  • Urdu and Hindi are one language, says expert

    KARACHI: The 17th Hamza Wahid Memorial Lecture organised by Irtiqa Institute of Social Sciences at PMA House on Wednesday had scholar and award-winning author Dr Fahmida Hussain Memon looking at the ‘Globalisation of cultures and importance of mother tongues’...

    And today, even if there are 10 Sindhi people in a room conversing in their language and there is only one Urdu-speaking individual among them, he would ask them to speak in...

  • Literary Notes: National language and Pakistani languages: the only way out

    AT the one-day symposium, organised by Idara-i-Farogh-i-Qaumi Zaban (IFQZ) to discuss the status of Pakistan’s national language and Pakistani languages, the participants seemed to agree on many issues...

    But on three points there was an absolute consensus: 1) every Pakistani language should be protected and promoted; 2) English should immediately be replaced with Urdu as official language; 3) there is only one language that should...

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