My library was dukedom enough

Imaduddin Ahmed | The Friday Times Salim Ansar owns many rare books and perhaps the largest signed book collection in the world In the midst of the sleepy verdant avenues of Lahore Cantonment lies a trove that not a lot of people know about. It has been here since 2000. Home to a claimed 100…

Pakistan’s charade debate

Global Edition of  The New York Times | September 7, 2006 The Boston Globe | September 3, 2006 By Imaduddin Ahmed LAHORE, Pakistan THE BATTLE for basic women’s rights — including the right to have a rapist prosecuted — is back on the agenda in Pakistan. Since 1979, laws known as the Hudood ordinances have placed a…

Showdown in Anatolia

The Friday Times | Sep 1, 2006 Snow By Orhan Pamuk; Translated by Maureen Freely; Faber and Faber (2004); Rs 395 Our guide, “Orhan the novelist,” is the narrator of his own novel. Culturally and politically Western, Pamuk remains critical of the force the Turkish state applies to enforce its vision of democratic secularism, established…