Aamir Raz Soomro

Aamir Raz Soomro

A social development professional, journalist and freelance writer who studied English Literature and Linguistics. He is interested in Pakistan's socio-cultural and political issues and writes for GlobalVoices and his personal blog, møsaic, and tweets @aamirraz.

Pakistan should mind all of its languages!

Pakistan is an unfortunate country which, instead of actually celebrating the invaluable diversity of its age-old culture and languages, has instead been suppressing every voice raised in its favor. Although it is a question of simple ‘recognition’ of cultures which actually form the ‘federation’, this issue has always been dealt with purely on political grounds, not realising that this simple act of recognition (the government has nothing to show for ‘actively’ promoting its cultures) will add to the strength of the country. It’s not diversity but uniformity which has been propagated through the state or the so-called ‘national media’ – notion of being ‘one’ nationhood has been ...

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What’s wrong with ajraks on a national symbol?

The Teen Talwar roundabout in the Clifton area of Karachi looks different. The swords are clad in ajraks, a block-printed cloth with deep crimson red and indigo blue background, bearing symmetrical patterns with interspersed sparkling white motifs, mostly stars and trefoil flowers. Why? The reason is that Sindh celebrates its culture and ‘Ekta’ on December 4-5, respectively. Preparations to celebrate the cultural days are in full swing throughout Sindh as well as abroad where the Sindhi diaspora is living in scores. A cultural celebration It was last year, on December 6 to be specific, that Sindhis celebrated this day. Last year, it had a special ...

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