POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 17, 2014 AT 20:55 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 17, 2014 20:55 IST

Peshawar, 16 December, 2014.

"Pablo Neruda once asked if you could have a line which says “the blood of children flowed on the streets?” What is there that can match the blood of children flowing on the streets? This is also an aesthetic problem, and the way he solves it is by writing “And the blood of children flowed on streets like the blood of children flows on the streets." There is no equivalence outside itself."

Agha Shahid Ali. August 1997. (H/T Professor Suvir Kaul on Facebook)
 


 

Since words fail, we give you a Faiz poem, sung by Iqbal Bano, with a rough, inadequate translation:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 17, 2014 AT 20:55 IST, Edited At: Dec 17, 2014 20:55 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 17, 2014 AT 16:39 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 17, 2014 16:39 IST

The Indian papers:


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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 17, 2014 AT 16:39 IST, Edited At: Dec 17, 2014 16:39 IST
POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Nov 05, 2014 AT 10:08 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 05, 2014 10:08 IST

At about 6 pm on Sunday evening, a young suicide bomber (said to be 18 years old) blew himself up in a crowd returning from the testosterone-heavy flag lowering ceremony held every evening at the India-Pakistan border at Wagah, near Lahore.

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POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Nov 05, 2014 AT 10:08 IST, Edited At: Nov 05, 2014 10:08 IST
POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Jun 09, 2014 AT 23:30 IST ,  Edited At: Jun 09, 2014 23:30 IST

Terrorists attacked Karachi Airport today. Fortunately the airport security force managed to keep them away from the passenger terminal and the army responded effectively and now claims to have killed all the terrorists with relatively limited damage to the airport.

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POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Jun 09, 2014 AT 23:30 IST, Edited At: Jun 09, 2014 23:30 IST
POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Jun 27, 2013 AT 02:46 IST ,  Edited At: Jun 27, 2013 02:46 IST

On June 23rd some 15-20 men dressed in the uniforms of the Gilgit Scouts climbed up to the base camp at the foot of the Diamir face of Nanga Parbat. There, at the height of 13000 feet above sea level, they pulled climbers, guides, porters and cooks out of their tents, smashed their phones, laptops and solar panels and put them in two groups. The locals were in one group, the foreigners were lined up on the other side. Then they shot all the foreign climbers in the back of the head. Since exit wounds are bigger than entry wounds and exit wounds were in the face, some of the foreigners are said to be hard to recognize. Looking at ID cards, they also shot a local cook whose name was Ali Hassan. Another local who told this story to a friend survived because his name is Sher Khan. He is Ismaili. Luckily for him, they just looked at ID cards. He survived because his name doesn't sound Shia.

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POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Jun 27, 2013 AT 02:46 IST, Edited At: Jun 27, 2013 02:46 IST
     
 
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