Fatima Bhutto, a woman who could have entered mainstream politics in Pakistan due to her family associations yet chose to channel her talents into journalism. Currently a writer and columnist, she has published three books and is an activist but has no links with any political parties.
Daughter of Mir Murtaza Bhutto and twice Prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto’s niece, Fatima Bhutto was born in Afghanistan. At the age of three her parents separated and she moved from country to country with her father. Her father eventually re-married Ghinwa Bhutto, and it is to her that Fatima credits her upbringing. After completing her secondary education she went abroad to Manhattan’s Barnard College and then to the SAOS at the University of London for her degrees in Middle Eastern Languages and South Asian studies respectively.
Her book ‘8.50 a.m. 8 October 2005’ portrays the living memories and firsthand, terrible accounts of those who survived the devastating 2005 earthquake. She had already distinguished herself as a promising poet by her compilations of poem ‘Whispers in the Desert’ at the astounding age of 15. She wrote another book named ‘Songs of Blood and Sword’.
Fatima started off as a daily column writer in Pakistan’s famous newspaper Jang and its English twin ‘The News’. Currently she works for The Daily Beast and The new Statesmen, writing columns. She also reported live and on the spot, the Israeli invasion o fLebanon.
AlthoughFatima is ever active in the political arena she has repeatedly stated that she has no intentions of entering mainstream politics. This is particularly due to the fact that she disapproves of the effects of family politics on the country. In fact she plans to cause awareness and be vigorous in the political scene of the country, but only through her pen and not any sorts of political office.
Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi, famous Pakistani poet and author, was born in the year 1916 in November. He died in 2006 on the 10th of July. He was born in Anga, Khushab in the subcontinent. Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi graduated from the University of Punjab in 1935. His family was a rather religious family. They were famous as the Peerzada, Qadri family. He played as the secretary for the “Progressive Writers Movement” for which he had been arrested several times. He was a diamond with multi facets. His work is not only based in the Urdu language but also English. Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi had worked in various aspects. He was a wonderful poet, journalist, critic, dramatist and a brilliant short story writer.
Literary Work and Awards
Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi has written a total of fifty books in the following genres; poetry, fiction, journalism, criticism and art. His Afsanas are equated to that of Prem Chand for their quality of rural culture depiction. The element of humanism is greatly depicted in his work. He was an outstanding poet of his time. Not only he received the prestigious Pride of Performance award but he also possessesd the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.
Work as an Editor
Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi had been editing the magazine “Funoon” for about half the century. By doing this, he had been mentoring a whole new generation of writers.His other works as an editor includes; Phool, Tehzeeb-i-Niswaan, Adab-i-Lateef, Savera, Naqoosh and Daily Imroze. One of his poems, “The Feed” has been included as part of the syllabus for the intermediate students in Pakistan.