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Atta Shad — a poet cum anthropologist

13 February, 2021, marked the 24th death anniversary of Atta Shad. He wrote poetries par excellence in two languages: Balochi and Urdu. Born in November 1939 in a small village town Singanisar Turbat, Atta Shad began his literary career around 1950s. This period was highly ambivalent owing to political, literary and philosophical upheavals. However, it would not be a purple prose to utter that Atta Shad was amongst those, who evinced trailblazing poetic dictions and techniques, across the landscapes of Urdu and Balochi poetry alike. His acumen to carve out fresh and evocative symbols as well as imageries to bring sweetness in dry thoughts was unparalleled, particularly in Balochi. The period of early 50s and late 60s was held to ransom by several literary as well as political bands. To outshine contemporaries, and strive a new chord in a generation weary of world per se, Shad grappled with daunting challenges. All in all, soon he established himself as a poet who appealed sophomores as

Mark Valentine’s Day with these iconic Mideast poems about true love

This Valentine’s Day, we explore some of the Middle East’s legendary poetry about love and longing. (Shutterstock) Short Url https://arab.news/bc96w Updated 14 February 2021 ARAB NEWS February 14, 2021 09:03 1442           Follow @arabnews DUBAI: This Valentine’s Day, we explore some of the Middle East’s legendary poetry about love and longing. From Lebanese great Gibran Khalil Gibran to the Syrian wordsmith Nizar Qabbani, these verses have stood the test of time and offer up a poignant look at what it means to be in love. For the latest updates, follow us on Instagram @arabnews.lifestyle ‘I hadn't told them about you’ by Nizar Qabbani “I hadn't told them about you, But they saw you bathing in my eyes. I hadn't told them about you, But they saw you in my written words. The perfume of love cannot be concealed.” Legendary poet Nizar Qabbani (1923-1998) was born in Damascus, Syria and was one of the most popular Arab poets of the 20th century. The region's poets are known

Colorful Pakistani ‘boat art’ rules the waves

Previous 1 / 4 Closeup of artwork on a boat at the Ibrahim Hyderi fish harbor in Karachi. (AN photo) 2 / 4 Closeup of artwork on a boat at the Ibrahim Hyderi fish harbor in Karachi. (AN photo) 3 / 4 Artist Abdul Aziz paints a boat at the Ibrahim Hyderi fish harbor in the Karachi, Pakistan, on Friday February 12, 2021. (AN photo) 4 / 4 Artist Shoaib Ali points to art on a boat at the Ibrahim Hyderi fish harbor in Karachi on Friday February 12, 2021. (AN photo) Next Short Url https://arab.news/bneqq Artists in Karachi say the practice began in Ibrahim Hyderi, a fishing village in the Qur’angi district A trained eye can distinguish vessels from Ibrahim Hyderi, or from nearby regions such as Keti Bandar, Gharochan, Badin and Somiani Updated 18 February 2021 NAIMAT KHAN February 18, 2021 23:01 1391           Follow @arabnews KARACHI: In Pakistan, where traditional truck art adds color and humor to highways and roads, another unique form of ornamentation has emerged on the country’s coast —

Pakistan-China collusion: Why some Baloch are building elite clubs

15 February 2021 By Francesca Marino According to a survey done by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) and widely advertised in 2020 by the local press, the average household income in Balochistan has increased by Rs 6,346, Rs 36,387. The survey, called Household Integrated Economic Survey, compares ‘social and economic indicators’ across the provinces. According to the same survey, Punjab and Balochistan were the two main provinces where income increased significantly — both in absolute terms and in percentages, while the slowest increase was registered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). The reason behind this stunning result, according to the PBS, can be found in the ‘magical’ China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and other mega-development initiatives related to it. PBS of course knows nothing about an Italian poet called Trilussa and what he wrote about statistics: ‘if the survey says you eat a chicken every month and you did not have yours, don’t worry. Somebody else is eating two

Baloch culture, tribal lifestyle depicted in paintings

SAMAA |  Muhammad Atif Ali Posted: Feb 17, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 mins ago Photo: SAMAA TV Artists displaying their works at an exhibition in Quetta on Tuesday said that art must be part of syllabi at schools if we have to promote it. Artists from all over Balochistan displayed their works based on Baloch tribeswomen’s lifestyle, nomadic traditions and the beauty of Bolan Valley. It was organised by the Balochistan culture department.

Five FC soldiers martyred in two attacks in Balochistan

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: Five members of the Frontier Corps were martyred and two others injured in two attacks in different areas of the province. In one incident, which took place in the western bypass area of the provincial capital on Thursday, an FC soldier was martyred and two others were injured when a remote-controlled bomb fixed to a motorcycle parked at the roadside exploded, as an FC vehicle was passing by. “The bomb blast took place near the official vehicle of the Frontier Corps in which one FC soldier was martyred on the spot and two other soldiers were injured,” senior police officer Shaukat Mohmand told  Dawn , adding that the blast badly damaged the vehicle. “An improvised explosive device strapped to a motorcycle parked at the roadside was detonated with a remote control,” the police officer said. Personnel of FC and police rushed to the area after the blast and took victims of the blast to a hospital. In the second incident, four soldiers of Frontier Corps were martyred

BLA kills 7 Pakistani soldiers, captures the post in Kahan

Source: Social Media  Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) sarmachars attacked two Pakistani army posts in Kahan area of ​​Kohlu, on Wednesday night and took full control of one post. The attack killed 7 enemy personnel and wounded 5 others. The BLA claims responsibility for the attack. Last evening, the BLA sarmachars attacked the Jamuk and Kotri posts of the 84th wing of the occupying Pakistan Army in Kahan from different directions and succeeded in capturing the Kotri post entirely. Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed and five wounded in the attack, while several personnel of the cowardly army dropped their weapons and fled. Meanwhile, the sarmachars targeted the Jamuk post with heavy weaponry, as a result of which the enemy army suffered casualties and financial losses. After capturing the post, the sarmachars seized a large cache of arms and ammunition and torched the enemy’s army post. The BLA warns the Levies Force stationed at Shahu-Kandag to abandon the site. Earlier, we have repeate

CPEC Committee Recommends To Open Sust Border For Whole Year

   20 hours ago    Wed 17th February 2021 | 09:56 PM The Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on Wednesday recommended for the viable proposals to open Sust border for whole year for increasing the bilateral trade between Pakistan and China ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Feb, 2021 ) :The Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor ( CPEC ) on Wednesday recommended for the viable proposals to open Sust  border  for whole year for increasing the bilateral trade between  Pakistan  and  China . The committee suggested to the quarters concerned to decide about the  lead  ministry which would regulate boder's management framework for opening the Sust  border  for whole year and shrug off  all  the odds and challenges faced at the  border  so that seamless regulation of trade and economic activities could take place there. The second (in-camera) meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor ( CP