30 Jan, 2009

It's eerie to read Mohammad Hanif's…

30 Jan, 2009

It’s eerie to read Mohammad Hanif’s novel The Case of the Exploding Mangoes in 2009, nearly two decades after that giddy August 1988 evening in Karachi, when we all raced to the streets and danced in celebration of the death of a dictator. It’s a wonderful novel.

And today, Pakistan is back on the frontline of another chapter of the same war, as the north collapses. And the international community once again watches silently as girls’ schools are burned and closed, teachers killed and men forced to wear beards.

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