Monthly Archives: January 2010

Women’s bills revisited

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

Hats off to the women who lobbied for the two bills on sexual harassment, and managed last week to move them a step further towards becoming the law. At long last the ruling coalition partners mustered enough courage to take a stand on women’s rights in this matter.
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No education, no democracy

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

THE event organised in Karachi on January 9 by the family of Dr Sarwar to commemorate the legacy of the students’ movement of the 1950s proved to be inspiring beyond all expectations. It was after a long time that people turned up in such large numbers to remember the past. That itself was something remarkable – people are too busy trying to cope with the present. They have no time for anything else, least of all for kal, aaj, kal (yesterday, today, tomorrow). The idea was to create a link between these three phases of our lives, as Rahat Kazmi who hosted the show put it pithily.
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All about books

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

THERE is good news about books. The Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers Association`s fourth international book fair in Karachi in December was quite a crowd puller. The fair has now emerged as a welcome annual feature of life in this cosmopolitan city and the organisers claim that visitors and sales have been on the rise.

What is a more positive development is that the link between publishers/booksellers, libraries and readers is now receiving recognition. Concerted efforts are being made to promote the intellectual activity of reading by giving a boost to publishing and libraries.
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A memorial to Benazir

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

THE government has, after much thought I presume, decided to erect a monument in Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi, to honour the memory of the first woman prime minister of Pakistan and the late chairperson of the PPP, Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated two years ago.

This move was long overdue as Ms Bhutto merits a tribute irrespective of the political controversy surrounding her.
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