Omer Farooq

World Calligraphy Day: From Pindi to Kashmir, a story of seven calligraphers

World Calligraphy Day: From Pindi to Kashmir,  a story of seven calligraphers

Today on 12th of August, the World Calligraphy Day, Omer Farooq writes a special report on the online platform 'Takhliqee'. Launched in 2017, the group has so far taught different art courses mostly Kufic Calligraphy to 500+ Kashmiri students.

Srinagar, August 12: Seven calligraphers have joined to promote dying art of calligraphy online in the Indian subcontinent for which they are getting positive support from the people. Soudha Sultana, 24, a fine arts graduate from Rawalpindi Pakistan, teaches Kufic Calligraphy, fine arts, Islamic art courses and Mandala Art along with her six Kashmiri artists […]

 Omer Farooq

Azra Choudhary, a Jammu massacre victim: the journey to Islam and translation of Tazkeer ul Quran into Dogri

Azra Choudhary, a Jammu massacre victim: the journey to Islam and translation of Tazkeer ul Quran into Dogri

Story of her life, her childhood in the most difficult conditions, her journey to Islam, translation of Quran and also the story of her mother, a victim of the Jammu massacre in 1947.

This is the story of Azra Chowdhary’s legendary life, how she began her childhood in the most difficult conditions, her journey to Islam and larger purpose as she toiled through her difficulties. Also the story ofher mother, a victim of the Jammu massacre in 1947. Azra Choudhary, a Jammuite Muslim and former govt employee, had […]

 Omer Farooq

In conversation with Late Sardar Khalid Ibrahim

In conversation with Late Sardar Khalid Ibrahim

Sardar Khalid Ibrahim Khan was a veteran politician of Pakistan administered Kashmir. He was a member of AJK legislative assembly and the President of Jammu Kashmir Peoples Party. He was the son of Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, founder President of Azad Jammu Kashmir government which he helped set up in Rawalpindi on 24-Oct-1947. Sardar Muhammad […]

 Omer Farooq

Sopore woman challenges patriarchy by socio religious activism

Sopore woman challenges patriarchy by socio religious activism

Sopore, 15 May 2018: Born in New Colony area of Apple Town, Mubeena Ramzan is an epitome of bravery, straightforwardness ever since her childhood. Mubeena, in her late thirties, runs two institutions: Jamia Islamia Mahdul Muslimat, based in Sopore and in Srinagar under the aegis of a registered public trust namely ‘Mahdul Muslimat Educational Trust.’ […]

 Omer Farooq

In conversation with Sharafat Ali, Awardee of 2017 Ian Parry Scholarship

In conversation with Sharafat Ali, Awardee of 2017 Ian Parry Scholarship

Ian Parry was a photojournalist who died while on assignment for The Sunday Times during the Romanian revolution in 1989. He was just 24 years of age. Aidan Sullivan, then picture editor, and Ian’s friends and family created the Ian Parry Scholarship in order to build something positive from such a tragic death. Each year […]

 Omer Farooq

70 Years of Independence: Achievements, Losses and Hopes

70 Years of Independence: Achievements, Losses and Hopes

What Pakistan achieved and lost in the last 70 years? To know this it is inevitable to ascertain the importance of Pakistan. Without that, we cannot come to know our journey of the last 70 years. In a historical context, Pakistan has exceptional importance because of the following three reasons. In the current era, Pakistan […]

 Omer Farooq

‘Pen represents intellect while as sword is a sign of power’ – Dr Ghulam Qadir Lone

‘Pen represents intellect while as sword is a sign of power’ – Dr Ghulam Qadir Lone

Dr Ghulam Qadir Lone is a renowned scholar, author and intellectual. His three important books namely “Muta’alai Tasawwuf” and “Quroon e wusta kay musalmanoun kay scienci karnamay” and ” Iqbal aur Nitzche” got good applaud in academic circles of Sub-Continent. Apart from these, many of his books have hit the stands. His work in research, […]

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“Kashmir is quarry of stories. Kashmir is both beautiful as well as brutalised.”

“Kashmir is quarry of stories. Kashmir is both beautiful as well as brutalised.”

Recently a young author from Kashmir namely Mr. Shahnaz Bashir’s novel “Scattered Souls” hit the stands. It was widely accepted in scholarly and literary circles. Earlier another of his book “Half Mother” was published, which comprises stories of relatives of people who were subjected to enforced disappearances. According to the author, the relatives cannot share […]