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Born Pakistani, he died a Hazara

By Amir Mateen QUETTA: Major Shafaat died a sad broken man. Abandoned by his institution. Betrayed by childhood friends. Forsaken by his hometown. His only fault was to have been born different. A man with a flat nose and chinky eyes. An ethnic Hazara. He lived a rich childhood frolicking up and down the Quetta…

Jamaat, a party swinging both ways at the moment: Special Report Part-2

Tuesday, June 01, 2010 By Amir Mateen MANSURA, Lahore: Now Jamaat-i-Islami Ameer Munawar Hassan, years ago, sought a meeting with a group of Islamabad journalists to discuss why had the Jamaat not captured the popular imagination of Pakistanis. The discussion, of which I was a part, took place 15 years ago at journalist-turned-politician Azeem Chaudhary’s…

Special report on Jamaat-e-Islami – by Amir Mateen

Monday, May 31, 2010 By Amir Mateen MANSURA: The change of Jamaat-i-Islami’s leadership from Qazi Hussain Ahmad to its new Ameer Syed Munawwar Hassan is a singularly important event that has, so far, not gotten the attention it merits. Munawwar has taken over the reins of the party in crucial times. His appointment coincides with…