Lahore feels under siege
Faizan Peerzada has been on a long tour of Sufi areas, collecting stories, music and poetry. And he has promoted a Sufi singer, Sain Zahoor, now internationally famous.
Sain Zahoor sings ancient poetry that tells of past conflicts between the Sufi mainstream and mullahs who wanted a more restrictive vision of Islamic life — a reminder that the Taliban represent an old viewpoint, appearing in a modern guise.
All of these artists are striking back with the only weapons they have — drama, music and above all humour. And the public are responding. Learning about the real nature of the kind of life the fundamentalists want has brought a new unity against them.
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BBC News – 27 July 2009:
‘Pakistan arts-lovers defy Taliban stage fright’
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