Over seventy articles published on literature and culture in scholarly journals, magazines, and literary editions of Pakistani newspapers in addition to nearly a hundred columns on literature, politics, social and economic issues, and culture in The Friday Times, The Frontier Post, The News International, The Pakistan Times, The Nation, etc. A selective list of articles on literature is provided here:


“The Language Barrier,” Herald, Oct. 2015

“Shamsur Rahman Faruqi’s The Mirror of Beauty—Striking a Discordant Note,” Herald, Jan. 2014

“The Marketplace of Voices,” in Poetry and Voice, Stephanie Northgate and Ellie Paddington, eds., Cambridge Scholars, UK, 2012

“What Upsets Muslims About The Satanic Verses,” South Asian Review, Vol. XXV, No. 2, Fall 2004, published in Fall 2005

Review article, Postcolonial Plays: An Anthology, ed. Helen Gilbert, 2001, in Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 8, No. 1 & 2, 2001, pub. in Mar. 2003

Zulfikar Ghose, in South Asian Novelists in English: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook, ed. Jaina C.   Sanga, Greenwood. 2003

Mohsin Hamid, in South Asian Novelists in English: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook, ed. Jaina C. Sanga, Greenwood. 2003

“The South Asian Diaspora in the Arts,” UGA Series on Globalization and Global Understanding, ed. Sujata Iyengar, transcription of discussion between Bharati Mukherjee, Waqas Khwaja, Sarojini Jha Johnson, and Romita Ray, from symposium on “Globalization and Change in South Asia,” (2001) UGA Website, 2003

“The Gothic Conventions and Henry James’ Ghost Stories,” Spectrum, Journal of the Department of English Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan 1994

“Byron’s Cain: A Tragic Affirmation,” The Frontier Post, Aug. 16, 1991

“Sara Suleri’s Meatless Days: Tell Me Where is Fancy Bred,” The Frontier Post, Aug.9, 1991

“The Carnival of Character in Bapsi Sidhwa’s Fiction,” The Frontier Post, May 17, 1991

“Zulfikar Ghose–Hybrid Jazz of No Tradition,” The Frontier Post, Jun. 22, 90

“Two African Writers: Taban Lo Liyong and Niyi Osundare,” The Pakistan Times, Feb. 17, 1989

“Taufiq Rafat and the Creation of an Idiom,” Star, Karachi, Jul. 16, 87

“Voodoo & Violence–the Concept of Power in Wole Soyinka’s A Play of Giants,” The Nation, Jul. 03, 1987

“Sea-shells in the Soul–Interview with poet Michael Lynch,” The Nation, May 22, 1987

“Rudyard Kipling: “The Charmed Circle I,” The Nation, May 08, 1987

“The Charmed Circle II,” The Nation, May 15, 1987

“Approach to Middlemarch,” Cactus, Lahore, Dec. 1985

“Writing and Deceit,” Viewpoint, Lahore, Sep. 1985

“The Aesthetics of Post-Creation in Ulysses,” Spectrum, Fall 1984


“Faiz Made Revolution a Romantic Rendezvous,” Herald, August 2017

“The Poetics of Storytelling,” Herald, May 2012

“Urdu Writing in India and Pakistan,” Words Without Borders, Oct. 2010

“A Stricken Soul,” In Memorium: Ahmad Faraz, South Asian Literary Association Newsletter, Winter 2008

“The Lost World of Intizar Husain,” Herald, Dec. 1992

“Disclosure and Disguise in Ghulam Abbas’ Fiction,” The Frontier Post, Jul. 13, 1990

“Ghulam Abbas: Artist Paring his Fingernails,” The Frontier Post, Jun. 29, 1990

“Mazhar-ul-Islam: The Riddle of the Self,” The Frontier Post, Jun. 01, 1990

“The Fire of Bones–Fictive Presences in Mazhar-ul-Islam’s Tales,” The Frontier Post, Jun. 08, 1990

“Ashfaq Ahmad: Shadow of a Dream,” The Frontier Post, May 11, 1990

“Ashfaq Ahmad: Eleven Lovers and the Spoken Word,” The Frontier Post, May 04, 1990

“Self-consuming Artist,” The Friday Times, July 27, 1989

“Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi: The Elusive Tragedy I,” The Friday Times, Aug. 17, 1989

“The Elusive Tragedy II,” The Friday Times, Aug. 24, 1989


“Houndstooth and Gemstones,” on the life and legacy of Punjabi poet Nasreen Anjum Bhatti, The Friday Times, Feb. 05, 2016

“Oral tradition: Legacy of a Rebel–Punjabi poet, Ustad Daman,” Herald, May 1993

“Ferenc Temesi (Hungarian novelist)–Mendicant of the New World,” The Frontier Post, Sep. 7, 1990

“Shlomo Nitzan (Israeli fiction writer): Failure and Despair,” The Frontier Post, Sep. 14, 1990

On Korean poet Shin Toon Chun, “Zen and the Itch of Poetry,” The Friday Times, Jul. 20, 1989

“Pulling off a Glasnost: Alexander Tkachenko (Russian poet),” The Pakistan Times, Mar. 10, 1989


“Strangers in the Metropolis,” Loose Canons, Mar. 2002

“The Break,” Mornings in the Wilderness, Sang-e-Meel Publications, 1988

“Death of a Princess: A folktale from Cholistan,” The Friday Times, Aug. 3-9, 1989

“The Man From Nahtaur,” The Pakistan Times, May 26, 1989

“Prince Jallat and Mehbooba,” The Friday Times, July 13-19, 1989

“The Hippopotamus,” The Pakistan Times, 1989

“A Crusty Mechanic,” The Pakistan Times, Jan. 30, 1990

“A Love For Pigeons,” The Pakistan Times, Feb. 06, 1990

“Aayee Bo Kataa!,” The Pakistan Times, Feb. 09, 1990

“The Sacrament of Spring,” The Pakistan Times, Feb. 20, 1990

“Billa,” The Frontier Post, April 12, 1991

“The Thief Who Shouts,” The Frontier Post, May 31, 1991

“The Story of Prince Bairam and the Fairy Bird,” The Frontier Post, June 28, 1991

“Beauty and the Bandit,” Aug. 02, 1991

“The Story of Sassi and Pannu, or Love Will Find A Way,” The Frontier Post, Aug. 30, 1991

“Lahore, Through the Looking Glass,” Herald, Sept. 1992

POEMS (a selection):

“It is the end of the world,” “Food, where it is needed,” and “Awakened by a hum,” in Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan StudiesVol. 6 (2018)

“What could be stranger,” Poetry India, Feb. 2017

“I was born an enemy,” and “a breath, a word,” for Eric Garner, Wild River Review, Jan. 2017

Translation of Nasreen Anjum Bhatti’s Punjabi poem “Shamlaat,” webjournal Umang, Jan. 2017

“Last Spring,” Aleph, International Centre for Creative Writing in English, Pakistan, Spring 2017

“Five Wives I Am Married To,” “Kughu Korrhay,” and “We Are Old Men,” Chicago Quarterly Review, Spring, 2017

“I am afraid of Muslims,” with translation in Italian, Margutte, Oct. 2016

“I am afraid of Muslims” (with German translation), and “I was born an enemy,” Poien Kai Prattein (Create and Do), July 2016

“Primer,” Atlanta Review, Vol. XX, No. 2, Spring/Summer 2014

Translations of poems by Tanweer Anjum, Nasreen Anjum Bhatti, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Ahmad Faraz, Nasir Kazmi, Muir Niazi, Zahra Nigah, Fahmida Riaz, Parween Shakir, and Mushtaq Soofi, for the special issue on Pakistani poetry, Atlanta Review, Spring/Summer 2014

“Before Saying Goodbye,” and “Wet Wings,” in Fireworks on a Windowpane: Selected Poems with English Translations. Tanveer Anjum. Karachi: Scheherzade. 2014

“My Heart, Fellow Traveller,” and “Go Forth into the Streets Today in Your Fetters,” in Daybreak: Writings on Faiz, Compiled and Edited by Yasmeen Hameed. Karachi: Oxford University Press. 2013

“unclassified i,” The Missing Slate, Issue 9, July 2013

“Farewell,” and “Dreams,” Sugarmule: A Literary Magazine, Issue 43, “Borders and Partitions: South Asia Diaspora,” May 2013

“Piya Torey Nain,” “Aftermath,” “Poor day, poor night,” Pakistani Literature, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2012, published in 2013

“Coat,” with a note on its origin, Alhambra Poetry Calendar 2013, 365 Classical and Contemporary Poems, Alhambra, Bertem, Belgium, 2013

“Coat,” Wild River Review, August, 2012

“Triptych,” Vallum Contemporary Poetry, Vallum Society for Arts and Letters Education, Poets from Pakistan, 9:1, Winter, 2012

“Once,” “Last Rites,” “Paris Spleen at Dinner Time,” and “Basant”) anthologized with translations into Lithuanian in Poetinis Druskininkų Ruduo/Druskininkai Poetic Fall, Oct. 2012

“Going Back,” South Asian Review, Pakistani Creative Writing in English: Tracing the Tradition: Embracing the Emerging, Creative Writing Issue, Vol. 31, No. 3, 2010, published in Nov. 2011

“I Bide My Time,” Wild River Review, August, 2011

“A Prison Evening,” and “Don’t Ask Me, Dear, For That First Love Again,” translation of two poems by Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Eleven Eleven, Journal of Literature and Art, California College of the Arts, Issue 10, March 2011

“Even Today,” translation of poem by Ada Jaffery, Eleven Eleven, Journal of Literature and Art, California College of the Arts, Issue 10, March 2011

“Don’t Ask Me, Dear, Of That First Love Again,” translation of the poem by Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Alhambra Poetry Calendar 2011, Alhambra, Bartem, Belgium, Dec. 2010

“PK 754,” translation of poem by Yasmeen Hameed, Granta, Issue 112, Sept. 2010

“Kiran,” Alhambra Poetry Calendar 2010, 365 Classical and Contemporary Poems, Alhambra, Bertem, Belgium, 2010

“Silences,” Books and Authors, Dawn, April 5, 2009

“Poem: The City That We Left Behind,” translation of a poem in Urdu by Ahmad Faraz, South Asian Literary Association Newsletter, Winter 2008

“Basant,” Alhambra Poetry Calendar 2008, 366 Classic & Contemporary Poems, Alhambra, Bertem, Belgium, 2008

“Triptych” and translations of 8 poems by Punjabi poet Ustad Daman, South Asian Review, Vol. 27, No: 3, 2006 (published in 2007)

“Following Bulleh Shah,” Alhambra Poetry Calendar 2007, 365 Classic & Contemporary Poems, Alhambra, Bertem, Belgium 2007

“My Inside is Empty,” Alhamra Literary Review, Vol. 3, 2006

“Following Bulleh Shah” (original work) and translations of Faiz, “My Companion, My Friend” and “On Returning from Dacca,” & Fehmida Riaz, “In the Underground Train,” from Urdu, South Asian Review, Vol. XXVI, No. 3, U of Pittsburg, 2005 (published in 2006)

“Following Bulleh Shah,” The News International, Pakistan, Aug. 28, 2005

“riverflow,” Atlanta Review, Fall/Winter 2002

“April ’77,” “Among Burning Nettles,” “The Tribal Shadow,” “The Legend of Roda and Jalalli,” A Dragonfly in the Sun, Muneeza Shamsi, ed. (OUP, Karachi, 1997)

“The Neighbor,” “My Underwear,” and “The Lost Land,” World Poets from Iowa, Tong-choon Shin, ed. (12th World Poets Congress: Seoul, Korea, 1990)

“The Sculptor,” Frank: An International Journal of Contemporary Writing and Art, David Applefield, ed.  (France, 1988)

“City Studies: April ’77,” Passage V & VI, Erika Boehm, Malcolm Berd, eds. (Triton College: Illinois, 1980)

“Old Age,” Passage II, Robert F. Hlavin, Malcolm D. Berd, eds. (Triton College Press: Illinois, 1976)

Poems in occasional anthologies published by the Quaid-e-Azam Library, Lahore, Pakistan: Next Moon (84); Inspirations (85 and 91); A Various Terrain (86); Silence on Fire (88); Winter Voices (89).