Nasser Yousaf

The power of fiction

Some years ago, Peshawar’s three leading bookstores lay close together in such a geometrical proximity on the ...

Published Mar 09, 2020 07:09am
The last of the old

The last of the old

The demolition of Capitol cinema will be the climax in a series of events that has seen the effacement of the old.

Updated Jan 03, 2020 09:58am
A rude awakening

A rude awakening

Young children are seen rummaging through mounds of garbage.

Published Nov 07, 2019 07:08am


Urbanisation, development and hordes of domestic tourists are fast changing the landscape of our Northern Areas,

Updated Jun 17, 2019 03:00pm

Remembering Maureen Lines

PESHAWAR: Two years and some days ago, Maureen Lines left us for her eternal abode. For the better part of her life,...

Published Mar 22, 2019 07:13am
A petition by trees

A petition by trees

We, some of the oldest trees still standing our ground in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, wish to make a petition to the people...

Published Sep 16, 2017 07:05am
A beautiful day

A beautiful day

Islam stresses the importance of morning time.

Published Sep 08, 2017 01:20am

Goodbye, Mr Ziaul Qamar

Whoever comes to shroud me, do not harm. Nor question much. The Funeral by John Donne The history of English literature

Published Aug 27, 2017 07:00am

A short letter to PTV

Dear PTV,It was after reading a few news reports about some protest demonstrations in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa...

Published Jul 10, 2017 07:28am

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

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