1971: A Blot of Shame

Posted on November 30, 2009
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M.P. Bhandara (Editor’s Note: This is the second in our series of lessons to be learnt from the events of 1971. This particular piece was written by the late M.P. Bhandara, then member of the Pakistan parliament, for Dawn in 2005. The intensity of the sentiment on stranded Pakistanis remains equally valid today.) There is […]

Khan Sahib Mehdi Hassan: The Sound of Perfection

Posted on November 29, 2009
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Fawad The music of Khan Sahib Mehdi Hassan Khan has been the backdrop to my own life as well as of so many music enthusiasts in Pakistan. Cliche as it might sound, there is no one – and i mean no one – who is in the same league as Mehdi Hassan. Just as Noor […]

Financial Innovation: Pakistan’s ‘Hajj Notes’

Posted on November 28, 2009
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Adil Najam Did you know that from the 1950 through the mid 1990s the State Bank of Pakistan would publish special Hajj Notes in Rupees for Pakistani Hajis? These were mentioned in an earlier post on ATP on Pakistani banknotes, but I recently stumbled on a fascinating paper on the history of the Pakistani Hajj […]