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Granta 112: Pakistan

Filled with almost 200 million people speaking nearly sixty languages, brought into nationhood under the auspices of a single religion, but wracked with deep separatist fissures and the destabilizing forces of ongoing conflicts in Iran, Afghanistan and Kashmir, Pakistan is one of the most dynamic places in the world today.

Untitled, 2005, by Mahbub Shah, courtesy of Green Cardamom (paper collage 24.5 x 17.5 cm). © Mahbub Shah

In the Issue

Lorraine Adams with Ayesha Nasir The Trials of Faisal Shahzad
Nadeem Aslam Leila in the Wilderness
Fatima Bhutto Mangho Pir
Hasina Gul Life and Time
Yasmeen Hameed PK 754
Mohsin Hamid A Beheading
Mohammed Hanif Butt & Bhatti
Intizar Hussain The House by the Gallows
Aamer Hussein Restless
Uzma Aslam Khan Ice, Mating
Sarfraz Manzoor White Girls
Daniyal Mueenuddin Trying Tripe
Basharat Peer Kashmir’s Forever War
Jane Perlez Portrait of Jinnah
Kamila Shamsie Pop Idols
Declan Walsh Arithmetic on the Frontier


Jamil Ahmad The Sins of the Mother


High Noon, A special collaboration with Green Cardamom, showcasing the work of fourteen Pakistani contemporary artists, with a foreword by Hari Kunzru

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Six Snapshots of Partition by John Siddique. ‘Faizal carries his wife in his pocket: she is a white handkerchief...’

Saadat Hasan Manto’s ‘The Dog of Ṭeṭvāl’, in a new translation by Aatish Taseer

Caco Neves’ video interpretation of our issue’s themes and artwork

The National Language: Uzma Aslam Khan and Aamer Hussein on Urdu language and literature.

‘Road to Chitral’: Azhar Abidi meets Colonel Kushwaqt-al-Mulk, and meditates on Pakistan’s cycle of violence
‘Power Failure’: Bina Shah on the forces behind Karachi’s electricity crisis

How to Write About Pakistan: four of our contributors show you the ropes. PLUS Nadeem Aslam’s more sober reflection on the same questions, ‘Where to Begin’; also read his piece from the archive, ‘God and Me’.


A selection of contemporary Pakistani artwork from our collaboration with Green Cardamom. Plus the cover of the issue, a special commission made to Pakistani truck artist Islam Gull

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