The Prisoner by Fakhar Zaman
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First political novel to depict the true story of the Gulags in Pakistan. Fakhar Zaman is a politician and a journalist, five of whose books were banned by the Pakistani military regime in 1978. As political advisor to Nusrat Bhutto, Zaman spent six months in prison, and this is the (ostensibly fictionalized) report of his incarceration. This is the first exposé of the draconian measures the judicial and prison authorites used in their attempts to eradicate dissent in the gulags. The Prisoner, the most celebrated of Zaman's novels, is compelling reading. UNESCO Collection.

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Khalid Hasan, writer, translator and journalist, is one of Pakistans best-known columnists and translators and his writings have appeared in various publications abroad. Khalid Hasan has written and edited 40 books, including several translations of the works of Saadat Hasan Manto and one collectionof the stories of Ghulam Abbas. His own collections include Rearview Mirror, Scorecard, Give Us Back Our Onions, The Umpire Strikes Back, Private View, The Fourth Estate, Return of the Onion, and Question Time. Authors Details: Inam Aziz was a respected journalist who started out as an apprentice onan Urdu daily in Lahore. He worked in Peshawar on another paper and ultimately moved to Karachi where he rose to become news editor of Jang, Pakistans most widely circulated national Urdu daily. From print journalism, he went into broadcasting in the 1960s when he also worked for the BBC.
Published May 1, 1996 by Unesco. 118 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Written in Punjabi and first published in India in 1984, it graphically depicts the brutal atrocities commonplace in Pakistani prisons after Zia's military overthrew the government of Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and dissolved the parliament of Pakistan in July 1977.

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