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Dr Naazir Mahmood
Dr Naazir Mahmood

The writer holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK and works in Islamabad.

  • December 31, 2018

    Animals in Urdu: Part-II

    Perhaps the best Urdu short story involving a bird is by Nayyar Masood. ‘Taoos Chaman Ki Mynah’ is set in the Lucknow of the 1850s. A poor man,...

  • December 30, 2018

    Animals in Urdu: Part I

    One of my readers, and a fellow columnist for Dawn, Shahzad Sharjeel, has written to me suggesting that I also write about the role of horses and...

  • December 24, 2018

    Animals, humans and literature: Part-II

    Another interesting piece of writing about animal-human interaction, I found in the ‘Rasail-e-Ikhwanus Safa’ . In tenth-century Basra, there was...

  • December 23, 2018

    Animals, humans and literature: Part - I

    Some readers have enquired about why this writer has stopped writing on politics. Well, I will return to politics off and on. At the moment, there...

  • December 17, 2018

    A forgotten story-teller

    I had planned to continue with my series of columns about women writers of merit but the readers’ feedback on my previous column about Altaf...

  • December 10, 2018

    The fiction of Altaf Fatima

    Hardly a week had passed since the death of Fahmida Riaz that we lost another writer of outstanding merit and talent – Altaf Fatima – who died...

  • December 01, 2018

    The feminist history of Nur Jahan

    After my two columns on Kishwar Naheed and Fahmida Riaz, this article deals with Empress Nur Jahan. Why, you might ask. You will get the answer to...