Ashir Azeem

Ashir Azeem

The author was born in Quetta and was an Aeronautical Engineer in the Pakistan Air Force. He was at the IBA Morning Campus Karachi University and joined the Civil Services of Pakistan in 1988 (Pakistan Customs). He directed Dhuwan (1994) for PTV Quetta and is the director of Maalik (2016). He tweets as @ashirazeemgill (twitter.com/ashirazeemgill)

The story behind my film, Maalik – From the horse’s mouth

Maalik is in the midst of a huge controversy; all kinds of motives are being attributed to my film and, although everyone is entitled to their own views, I thought a straight narrative from the one who knows Maalik the best may help. A brief intro before going further: I was born in Quetta and proudly call Balochistan my home. I am ethnically a Punjabi and my ancestral roots may be connected to a village near Nankana sahib in the district of Sheikhupura, near Lahore. Being a common man, I have little use for title, surname and caste and I have never used my ...

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