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An Isolated Incident: In first novel, Soniah Kamal looks at survival

KARACHI: A saga of love, loss and survival, An Isolated Incident is Soniah Kamal’s first novel that was launched on Wednesday.

The novel is set in Kashmir, the United States (US), Afghanistan and Pakistan. It explores ways to survive through various kinds of losses, such as the loss of family, the loss of ideals and the loss of love. The Second Floor cafe hosted an interactive launch of Kamal’s debut novel with moderator Fahad Kamal.

Born in Karachi, Kamal grew up in Pakistan, England and Saudi Arabia and currently resides in the US. She said it was the maternal side of her family that inspired her novel. “The maternal side of my family is from Srinagar and they used to tell me how difficult life in Kashmir was,” she told The Express Tribune. “I began to write this book after promising my late Kashmiri grandfather that I will write about Kashmir.”

The theme of this novel is love for your home and the feeling of belonging to your home and to your loved ones, the writer added.

Kamal admitted that her interests include reading and reading alone. “I am currently working on a collection of short stories and after that I will write another novel,” she said.

The book launch was attended by a large number of literary enthusiasts. “The world needs much more attention and only fiction can do justice to this,” said filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. “I am really excited to hear what Soniah has said about Kashmir.”

In his endorsement for An Isolated Incident, writer Khaled Hosseini was full of praise. “Soniah Kamal has written a deeply engaging novel about the disturbed condition of Kashmir and the impact of the conflict on one ordinary family,” he has written. “A wonderful novel it is, with remarkable poise and elegant, precise prose, Kamal explores identity and exile, hope and disillusionment, and the fault lines in the lives of the people living in the shadow of war.”

After Karachi, Kamal will be travelling to Lahore and Islamabad to launch her novel.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 19th, 2014.

Faisalabad incident: Punjab police arrest 5 suspects

ISLAMABAD: Punjab police on Wednesday arrested five suspects allegedly involved in killing of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) activist Haq Nawaz during Monday’s riots in Faisalabad.

The suspects had been rounded up from various parts of the city, including Sir Syed Town, Madini Chowk of Samanabad, Totiwala chowk. All of these areas are within the constituency of former Law Minister Rana Sanaullah.

The suspects were shifted to an undisclosed location for questioning and to help trace the other accused, especially the shooter whose identity has become controversial and mysterious following his sudden disappearance from the city. The Punjab government has already announced a reward of Rs5 million for information leading to his arrest.

The police, however, was reluctant to disclose the identities of the suspects it had taken into custody. But City Police Officer (CPO) Faisalabad Dr Sohail Habib Tajik did confirm the arrests.

“All those who have been taken into custody were identified from various footages of the incident in which some people were seen firing, also the people seen very close to them have been arrested, but the main suspect who was firing has yet to be identified and arrested,” Tajik told The Express Tribune.

“We are hoping for a breakthrough from the suspects taken into custody to reach the real accused involved in killing Nawaz although they were nominated in the FIR by the complainant and they were not big shots,” he said.

A case under sections 302.148,149, 324 and 7 ATA has been registered by the Samanabad Police on the complaint of Nawaz’s brother, Attaullah Khan. The FIR nominated State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali, Former Law Minister Sanaullah, his son in law Sheharyar Khan, DCO Noorul Amin Mengal, MPA Mian Tahir Jameel, Nadeem Mughal, Imtiaz, Arshad Siddiqui, Syed Muntsrar and 300 others.

Lahore incident: Law to protect disabled persons demanded

Members of the civil society on Sunday protested outside the Rescue 15 Office on Murree road against police action against visually impaired persons in Lahore recently.

The protest was jointly organised by Ability Foundation for Disabled Persons, The Angles School for Special Education and Aman Development Foundation.

The protesters included disabled men, women and children, who demanded action against the policemen responsible for the incident. The demonstrators also demanded legislation in favour of protection of the rights of the disabled and employment quotas.

Addressing the protesters, Centre for Peace and Development Initiative (CPDI) Programme Manager Syed Kausar Abbas urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Punjab Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Sukhera to take notice of the incident and bring the guilty officials to book.

Abbas said the government should organise training sessions to change the behaviour of the police so such shameful incidents do not take place in the future.

The protesters set January 2 as the deadline for the government for acceptance of their demands, saying if their demands were not met they would hold a protest at Constitution Avenue.

Angles School for Special Education Director Nadim Joseph, Aman Development Foundation Head Muhammad Tufail, as well as leaders of the Pakistan Peoples Party, Jamaat-e-Islami and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf also spoke at the protest.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 8th, 2014.

Paktika incident: Afghan Senate chief blames Pakistan for volleyball bombing

ISLAMABAD: Hours after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spoke to President Ashraf Ghani and condemned the suicide attack in Paktika province, Afghan Senate Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar on Tuesday pointed fingers at Pakistan for the blast that has killed nearly 60 people.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack at a volleyball match; however, the Afghan intelligence agency has blamed the Haqqani Network for the incident.

Nawaz Sharif called President Ashraf Ghani Monday evening and conveyed deep sympathy and condolences over the loss of human lives caused by a suicide terrorist attack in Paktika, the foreign ministry said.

The prime minister condemned the deplorable and cowardly act and conveyed Pakistan’s solidarity with the brotherly Afghan people, a foreign ministry’s statement said. The premier expressed the confidence that, through joint efforts, Pakistan and Afghanistan would succeed in rooting out terrorism.

The Afghan “Mesharano Jirga” or Senate on Tuesday debated the deadly blast and some members delivered speeches against Pakistan following the harsh remarks by Muslimyar, a leader of Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf’s group, Afghan media reported.

Muslimyar alleged that attacks like Paktika are being “carried out by Pakistan’s security agencies,” Pajhwok news agency reported.

Muslimyar, an ethnic Pashtoon from Nangarhar province, had served as a guard to Sayyaf’s commander Malang Yar during the revolt against the Soviets. He spent years as refugee in Pakistan during the period.

“Afghanistan must talk to the Pakistan army and its intelligence with the cooperation of the international community as silence on Pakistan would amount to a sin,” he remarked during the Senate session.

Muslimyar’s comments could affect the efforts of the two countries who are trying to bury the hatchet of 13 years of tensions and mistrust and start a new era.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 26th, 2014.

Near-death incident: Doctor shot, injured in robbery


A doctor was shot and injured on Friday when he put up a fight against a man who was robbing his mother-in-law outside the clinic located in Sector I-8/4.

The victim, identified as Doctor Nadeem Shaikh, was shot in his thigh when he intervened in the robbery after hearing the hue and cry of his mother in-law, said a family member. She added that the robber was snatching jewellery from the woman at gunpoint in front of Shaikh’s clinic and escaped on a motorcycle after the incident.

Following the shooting, the victim was rushed to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences where he was operated on and his condition was said to be stable.

The family’s statement to the police was recorded at the hospital but a case could not be lodged till the filing of this report. The police said that the family was reluctant to come forward for registering a case.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 22nd, 2014.