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M. Ahmad & M. Tahir


A. Hashim | A. Kamal S. Hussain | S. Hyder | K. Hamzah Saif

Contributing Editors: 

M. Kasana | R. Mehmood | I. Tipu Mehsud | H. Soofi

Urdu translators: 

S. Bhatti | S. Hussein Changezi | S. Hussein | P. Mushtaq | A. Naz

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Why Tanqeed?

“Because it is the only truly critical and humanist publication coming out of Pakistan!” —critic

Ziauddin Sardar, Why do People Hate America?

Why Tanqeed?

“If you want just information, go to any other news source. But if you want perspective, if you want understanding, is the place to go.” —novelist

Bilal Tanweer, The Scatter Here is Too Great

Why Tanqeed?

“Tanqeed stands for a critical challenge to both conventional wisdom and preconceived ideas about the state, the society, the history and the culture in Pakistan. It partakes in a fearless debate treating nothing as sacred or taboo.” —editor

Badar Alam, Dawn Herald Magazine

Why Tanqeed?

News from Pakistan is easy to find. Its vibrant press produces newspapers and magazine, websites and news channels. But what lacks in much of this media ecology is the long-view, the attempt to place today’s events in a historical context or to widen the framework to bring culture and society into a political story. Tanqeed’s reason for existence is to bring the historical and the cultural into a conversation with the political. For that, it is indispensable. —professor

Vijay Prashad, Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World

Why Tanqeed?

“If only people were Pterodactyls. We would be able to screech at each other and fly away from our problems. But because we are condemned to communicate and forced to confront our challenges we need repositories of wisdom and criticism like this here magazine. We need Tanqeed, indeed.” —writer

Ali Eteraz, Children of Dust