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Mohammed Hanif is a journalist, novelist and playwright who worked as reporter for Newsline before joining the BBC. He is the author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes.

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[17 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
The Dawning of the Dharna Age

Imran Khan may not have achieved his goal of instant power through his dharnas, but he has inspired a whole generation of protesters.

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[6 Jan 2014 | Comments Off | ]
Cover Story: Updating Razia

Erstwhile Newsline reporter, now author, Mohammed Hanif takes his former editor on an enlightening tour of her pet peeves and introduces her to a few new ones.

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[16 Jul 2012 | Comments Off | ]
From the Archives: Gun Runners of Karachi

Author Mohammad Hanif examines the seedy nature and meticulous inner-workings of Karachi’s ammunitions industry at a time when the industry as a whole was booming.

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[2 Jun 2012 | Comments Off | ]
From the Archives: The Anatomy of Violence

Newsline takes you back in time to 1989 to inspect how violence became a part of Pakistan’s youth culture.

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[13 Jun 2011 | 10 Comments | ]
Murshid, Marwa Na Daina

The army and its advocates in the media often worry about Pakistan’s image, as if we are not suffering from a long-term serious illness, but a seasonal bout of acne that just needs better skin care.

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[21 Mar 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Tracking the Assassins

Suhail Waraich’s Qatil Kaun will take you as close to Bhutto’s assassins, their facilitators and shielders as you’re ever likely to get.

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[29 Jan 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Seven Places in My Heart

A young man’s journey from the backwaters to bright lights, big city – and how the literary seed was sown…

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[24 Jan 2010 | 12 Comments | ]
The Dumb Decade

From religious overreach to conspiracy mongering, Mohammed Hanif looks back at a decade when Pakistan lost its mind.

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[27 Dec 2009 | 9 Comments | ]
A BB Murder Fantasy

It has been two years since Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. Here, Mohammed Hanif remembers her life and how it crossed his.

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[26 Oct 2009 | 11 Comments | ]
The Sheikhs of Araby

Why does Pakistan defer to Saudi Arabia when it is hypocritically puritanical and corrupt?