July 4, 2015

True Representative of Saraiki Wasaib

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  • Saraikistan: Land of Jinns by Ayesha Siddiqa

    Saraikistan Land of Jinns by Ayesha Siddiqa The writer is an independent social scientist and author of Military Inc. She tweets @iamthedrifter “This pir has locked up a jinn under this mound; otherwise he might come out and eat the entire basti (village).” This is how the woman from the nearby village of Sui Vihar…

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  • Protest against removal of Saraiki Map

    Protest against removal of Saraiki Map Saraiki Community of Rawal pindi & Islamabad protested against PML-N and PTI over the issue of crushing Saraiki identity from the ethnic map of Pakistan, which was published in an 8th class textbook of geography by Punjab Textbook Board. // Posted by SL - Saraikistan Lovers on Sunday, June…

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  • Save Shakir Godfather of Saraiki Poetry

    Save Shakir Godfather of Saraiki Poetry Shakir Shujabadi- A Saraiki Ghalib   His poetry came from a dark place of struggle and uncertainty, because of a stroke that he suffered as a child. He managed to attend a local government school, from where he drop-out after the death of his grandmother. Forced to work as…

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  • Seraiki Language & Culture– by Ijaz Baloch

    Seraiki Language & Culture– by Ijaz Baloch Seraiki is a language of great antiquity in Pakistan. It served as “Lingua Franca” among the people living around i.e. the Bloch and Sindhis, the Pashtoons and Punjabis etc. for centuries. It also remained the language of commerce and trade until recent times. Today over forty million people…

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  • Seraiki Language and its Poetics – by Hassan N. Gardezi

    Seraiki Language and its Poetics – by Hassan N. Gardezi (The following article is extracted from the translator and editor’s introduction to ‘Tenement on Sand’, (Sunjian Saalheen) an English translation of selected Seraiki poems of Syed Hassan Raza Gardezi ) Seraiki is an Indo-Hittite, and therefore an Indo-European language, with its original pre- Islamic word-hoard deriving…

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  • Movement for Saraiki Province: The Pros and Cons – by Faisal Awan

    Movement for Saraiki Province: The Pros and Cons – by Faisal Awan When bomb explosions, hysterical screaming, acrid black smoke, dreadful smell of burning flesh and blood, human body parts littering the streets, even the sound of a fire cracker making you cringe like a frightened child with a cadaverous look praying dearly that it is…

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  • Saraikistan Movement

    Saraikistan or Seraikistan (Saraiki, Punjabi, Urdu: سراییکستان) is a term used by some Seraikis to denote the southern region of the Punjabprovince of Pakistan, inhabited by Saraiki-speaking people. Many people contest the status of Saraiki as a separate language.[1]. Though, it has overwhelming influence of Punjabi and Sindhi; Seraiki can be called a separate language of Indo-Aryan Family.[2].When compared to its sister languages: Sindhi and Punjabi, Saraiki is…

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  • South Punjab Movement

    South Punjab Movement – by Ayesha Siddiqa MOHAMMAD Ali Durrani, the former information minister, recently went public with his plan to struggle for an independent Bahawalpur province. One can simply dismiss his views as an extension of the old Seraiki movement which people have heard about for very long. This time round, however, the idea has…

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  • Terror’s Training Ground

    Terror’s Training Ground – by Ayesha Siddiqa By Ayesha Siddiqa 9 SEPTEMBER 2009  NEWSLINE A few years ago, I met some young boys from my village near Bahawalpur who were preparing to go on jihad. They smirked politely when I asked them to close their eyes and imagine their future. “We can tell you without closing…

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