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Pakistan's Ajoka Theatres founder and Director Madeeha Gauhar passes away

It is with a sad heart that I write these lines about a friend and colleague whose compassionate nature and humanist commitments earned my respect and admiration. Whenever I was in Lahore she and her life partner Shahid Nadeem would invite me to watch their plays.

Apr 25, 2018
By Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed 
 
It is with a sad heart that I write these lines about a friend and colleague whose compassionate nature and humanist commitments earned my respect and admiration. Whenever I was in Lahore she and her life partner Shahid Nadeem would invite me to watch their plays.
 
She had been ill for quite some time and when I last met her some months earlier on the occasion of the publication of Shahid Nadeem's book on some of his plays she was weak and tired but fighting cancer with great dignity and composure.
 
She was a true cosmopolitan who made friends wherever she went.
 
Ajoka theatres earned goodwill from conscientious people in both Pakistan and India and wherever they went abroad.
 
With her departure Shahid Nadeem is now without his closest co-worker, friend and life partner.
 
 
Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Stockholm University; Visiting Professor Government College University;  and, Honorary Senior Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. Latest publications, The Punjab Bloodied, Partitioned and Cleansed, *(Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2012), won the Best Non-Fiction Book Prize at the 2013 Karachi Literature Festival and the 2013 UBL-Jang Groups Best Non-Fiction Book Prize at Lahore and the Best Book on Punjab Award from Punjabi Parchar at the Vaisakhi Mela in Lahore, 2016. And , Pakistan: The Garrison State, Origins, Evolution, Consequences (1947-2011), Oxford, 2013.  I can be reached at: billumian@gmail.com

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