Manto’s Pakistan

Print edition : June 14, 2013

Undated photo of Saadat Hasan Manto. Photo: Manto Family Archives

"Where brave women continue to be victims": Women chant prayers in Karachi in support of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, when she was shot in 2012 by the Taliban for speaking out in support of education for women. Photo: Shakil Adil/AP

Writing in the 1940s and early 1950s, even before Pakistan’s first military coup, Manto was surprisingly prescient about the dangers confronting contemporary Pakistan.
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