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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.

Were Rumi, Al-Ma'arri And Rhazes Islamophobes?

As someone who has always been on the forefront of struggling against violent Islamic extremism in Canada and elsewhere, I have been warning against the use of the term Islamophobia to silence objecti...
02/22/2017 01:23 EST

For Mujahideen Jihad means "Jihad by the Sword"

Throughout the Cold War there was no two meanings of the word "Jihad." Both the USSR and the USA knew what it meant -- Islamic War against Godless communists. For the "Mujahideen," fighting the Soviet...
03/11/2015 05:21 EDT

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 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