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Nasser Yousaf

Death and life in December

Death, be not proud, though some have called theeMighty and dreadful, for thou are not so;John DonneDeath, like a... Published Feb 21, 2016 07:11am

Past Tense

Here’s a double-decker passing through the famous University Road of the good old days when Peshawar was Peshawar... Published Dec 14, 2015 06:54am

Mr Governor, sir!

This is to bring some matters of public interest to your notice, which one would hope you may gloss over in your Published Apr 20, 2015 06:20am

Orwellian times!

It could be none other than the 17th century no-holds-barred Pashtun warrior poet, Khushal Khan Khattak, writing such Published Apr 01, 2015 06:41am

Existence matters

THE man, who said that Pashto was our home and Urdu was our farmland, sat in a chair like a pontiff. He was... Published Mar 12, 2015 06:59am

When Mardan turns red

ANYTHING turning red might sound alarming especially if the Americans are in the hearing distance. But since there... Published Feb 19, 2015 06:27am

Our burnt down house

IT is a pretty long prelude, but one that is critical to the subject matter and hence one must bring it on record... Published Jan 30, 2015 07:06am

Nostalgia, a passé

ONE day in winters when Marcel Proust, the French novelist (1871-1922), came home, his mother seeing that he was ... Published Dec 30, 2014 07:30am


It couldn’t have happened on a worst day. December 16 is not an ordinary day in the chequered history of our... Published Dec 20, 2014 06:37am

The curiosity shop

One would never stop wondering why Afghans are loath to returning to their country Updated Nov 30, 2014 01:44pm

Elegy for peace

Life is so constructed that the event does not, cannot, will not match the expectation. — Charlotte Bronte Published Nov 15, 2014 06:19am

Singers of the borderland

TO THE outside world guns and bombs appear to be doing most of the talking in the Pashtun inhabited areas of Khyber... Published Feb 17, 2014 07:53am

The quiet nationalist

Do not feel bad that people remember you only when they need you. Feel privileged that you are like a candle that... Published Jan 21, 2014 07:32am

Time ends at FC Intersection

THE sun is a mere mellowed pale disc as another day in the last week of the year 2013 draws to a rapid end. Hundreds... Published Jan 06, 2014 07:49am

Our fickle winters

IT RAINED here in Peshawar on the first day of November tempting some to send warm winter wishes to their friends ... Published Dec 22, 2013 08:23am

Pain of the dispossessed

IT may not be possible to submit this as an impersonal narrative. Most of my visits to Qissa Khwani Bazaar, located... Published Oct 01, 2013 07:04am

Of what is left of the left

NOT many people seem to remember that not very long ago Peshawar was at the centre of crossfire in a decisive war... Published Sep 23, 2013 07:06am