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Sindh Abhyas Academy Brochure


We are proud to announce the launch of the Sindh Abhyas Academy at SZABIST brochure, click to download the PDF version.





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Those where the days…WAF early years

Back in the late seventies and early eighties, a number of previously unrelated Pakistani women returned to Karachi from various universities in the west. They carried with them strange and radical ideas about women’s rights. For example, one of them created a group called ‘TUF’ or ‘The Union Feminist’.

For that time, in a Pakistan under Zia, it was a bold step that bordered on heroic even though it was a little obscure for most ‘local girls’ who attended those early meetings. ‘Feminism’ or ‘the women’s liberation movement’ was radical enough without needing fortification by Marx. Most of us had already understood that “the personal is political.”

There was no social media back then and ‘uppity’ women were often labelled derogatorily in what media was available. Mughrib zudda, kuttay balon waleen (western influenced, with shorn hair) was one epithet often hurled at them. And if these women did not have more in common with each other than that the general’s demeanour inspired revolt in them, equally, they did not show it. They had begun to dissolve their dissimilarities for the joint venture ahead.

Artist Nayyer Jamil’s home was where I met up with the launch of ‘Tehreek e Niswan’ which didn’t start out as a theatre/dance group. However, nothing in my background could relate this Persian sounding Urdu title to Kathie Sarachild ‘Consciousness-Raising: A Radical Weapon’ that had given rise to my feminist tooth. Continue Reading

Seminar Sindh’s Irrigation System: “Our Life, Our Sindhu River”

Dear All,

You are cordially invited to a seminar on Sindh’s Irrigation System on Tuesday the 17th of September at the 90 Clifton auditorium, SZABIST. Please see below copy of the press release.


Ghazala Rahman Rafiq, Ph.D.,

Director, Sindh Abhyaas Academy (SAA)

Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science & Technology (SZABIST)

90 Clifton, Karachi


“Our Life, Our Sindhu River” is the title of a seminar on Sindh’s Irrigation System that will be held on 17th September, 2013 by The Sindh Abhyas Academy at SZABIST Karachi (Auditorium at 90 Clifton) from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. To build or not to build Kalabagh dam, flood triggered devastation, as well as Sindh’s overall water security will be some of the afternoon’s issues. The renowned water expert and former chairman of the Technical Committee on Water Resources, A.G.N Abbasi, and widely respected irrigation system expert, Idrees Rajput, will address a gathering of scholars and students on issues pertaining to Sindh’s water management.

The Sindh Abhyas Academy (SAA)  is a regional studies institute at SZABIST dedicated to research and teaching about subjects pertaining to Sindh Studies. All interested citizens are cordially invited.

Date: 17 September, 2013

Time: 11:30am – 2:30pm

Venue: SZABIST Karachi, 90 Clifton [Map It]

Street fighting days

[Published in DAWN, Monday, June 16th, 2008 – Editorial Section]]

By Ghazala Rahman Rafiq

WHO in Pakistan believes elections mean democracy? Iraqis learned beheading Saddam heralded neither freedom nor democracy.

Even many Americans discovered they went to war ‘not in our name’ since WMD never turned up in Iraq. Worldwide it is possible to participate in seemingly free and fair elections, vote for a party and then face a government that doesn’t represent you.

However, despite its systemic historic/current flaws, Americans continue their engagement with democracy in numerous painstaking and persistent ways. One shining example is that 45 years after Dr King’s “I have a Dream” speech, America finally produced African American Barack Obama, (middle name Hussain) as their democratic nominee.


The Writing Tribe of Sindh

Original version below: 

Edited version printed in DAWN on Tuesday, December, 25, 2007

Perhaps the largest literary association in Asia, with a membership knitted only by the Sindhi ukhur, and woven throughout Sindh’s cities, towns and villages, the Sindhi Adabi Sangat, despite a recent structural and ideological controversy within its ranks, continues to crackle. It does so because of an innate academic and artistic dynamism that has sustained it for over 50 years. Its chapters, extending to remote Sindhi hamlets, give it an atypical range in variability and imbue its collective mind with an equal passion for both Sindhi canonical and modern literature.