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Munir Pervaiz Saami

Former chair of Writers in Exile Committee at PEN Canada

Former chair of the Writers in Exile Committee at PEN Canada.Columnist at the weekly Urdu Times. Director, Progressive Writers Association, Canada. Born in Pakistan, a banker by profession and writer by trade.
Sabeen Mahmud's Brutal Killing Is Another Stain on Pakistan's Human

Sabeen Mahmud's Brutal Killing Is Another Stain on Pakistan's Human Rights

Pakistan has a long history of dissidence and struggle for human rights, where leading writers, poets, artists, students, labour leaders, and journalists, including men and women have sacrificed and given their lives. The shooting death of Pakistan's human rights activist, Sabeen Mahmud, is the latest victim.
04/27/2015 05:54 EDT
Don't Keep Yelling 'Islamophobia' To Silence Genuine

Don't Keep Yelling 'Islamophobia' To Silence Genuine Debate

These conspiracy theories and Jihadi rhetoric have so clouded the Muslim mindset in Canada that they rarely come out to denounce Muslim terrorism with a united voice. And if they do, they refrain from renouncing the doctrine of armed Jihad.
10/31/2014 06:14 EDT
Malala's Nobel Prize Could Make Her Exile

Malala's Nobel Prize Could Make Her Exile Permanent

While the announcement that Malala Yusufzai has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Kailash Satyarthi of India was greeted with jubilation across the world jubilant, many in her native Pakistan have shown open hostility towards her while her admirers fear that she may now never be able to return to her birthplace.
10/12/2014 03:37 EDT
With Only a Pen in Her

With Only a Pen in Her Hand

There are times in human history when a single person becomes a metaphor for philosophy, morality, humanity, poetry, literature, and human stature, all rolled into one. Such persons lead by example, at times sacrificing their own lives for their convictions. We live in the times of Malala Yousafzai.
11/08/2012 09:41 EST