‘Just as man could view his appearance in a mirror, he could examine his essence within his own thoughts.

Just as a person could view his external self in a mirror, he should be able to observe the interior of his mind in his thoughts…[through writing].’

~ Orhan Pamuk’s ‘The White Castle’.

I pour my passion as the ink in my pen.

I think, I write, I argue, therefore I am.

And find inspiration in Jinnah, Iqbal, Edhi, Sir Zafurullah Khan, Meena Keshwar Kamal, Hoda Sharawi and in the common masses of Pakistan, whose laborious hands have kept it alive since its birth.

Kashmiri by roots, Punjabi by birth – Pakistani by soul and heart.

A fervent writer, reader, observer and an ordinary student of life who wishes to better things during this stay on the halted caravan of the temporary harbor, called the world.

- Hafsa Khawaja

Published on February 1, 2010 at 8:20 am  Comments (46)  

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  1. your aspirations are commendable indeed. I hope and pray that one day you have hundreds and thousands of followers carrying the same thoughts and objective(s). If only our youth could be so enlightened, they can surely make this country (if not the entire world) a better place :-) keep it up!!

  2. We as youth also need to plan how to spread the voice to those who are living in rural areas.

    Welcome and good luck ahead :-)

  3. you are making a remarkable effort and doing your part very enthusiastically . Need of the hour is that we should change ourselves first. i believe that the person who veils the truth has the same share as a liar does. May allah help you in every positive effort you are making.


    • Thank you very much for these heartening words of appreciation!
      I hope to keep up with the expectations and do more in this aim.

      • Hey Hafsa!
        My name is Eleyna S. Haroun and I am making a documentary about the Pakistani youth and politics. I came across your blog and I found the way you expressed your political views very interesting. I was hoping to talk to you in regards to the documentary. I am temporarily in Karachi at the moment.

  4. Hey there Miss Hafsa, This is Mohsin Mirza ( President Reform Fraternity). Basically I’ve created a social network and org aimed at youth activism. I wanted to enquire if u would be interested in contributing on the forums and blogs of our website, if so i ll be very appreciative!


    • Hello Mr.Mohsin, I just went through the page and would be very happy to contribute!
      Thank you for reading through my writings and considering me to be a part of this work.

  5. Interesting

  6. Your focus and zeal is highly laudable..

  7. I’m inspired. Wonderful work Hafsa…………Actually we both are yearning for the change in this loam. But some time I feel that we are trying to catch a black cat in a dark room or may be suffering from a bad dream and have started acting like a blind man groping in the dark- when we talk of “The Change”. Because we are already under the command of an eye.They have various unethical ways of controlling our mind and have invented many inventions to scatter our attention. First we need to get ride of the addiction and need to ponder because the 10th century crusades born again and have started to destabilize the peaceful nation……Peace

    I appreciate your thought and work for Pakistan. Keep awakening us.

  8. Pakistan is indeed full of mystery – such a young country and thus far achieved so much and yet to achieve so much. I’m not surprised by the kind that live in Pakistan as I find them to be full, fearless and achievers. The only negative aspect which ruins it for all is the Political drama – but I guess this then gives Pakistan two wings to fly and not just one.

  9. I think the first step to begin the revolution should be to “Own” this land as ours and not point fingers at other calling them “Sindhi/Punjabi/Pathan..etc”. Entering this phase in entirely in our own hands.. so let us begin!

  10. your writtings are commendable. Keep it going!

  11. Hafsa, am glad we have come across each other’s sphere! I have relished going through some of your writings (shall continue more during the weekend!), what a remarkable expression in your writings. Keep the veins from running dry, keep penning, dear Hafsa. We shall be in touch! Cheers. Ssd

  12. I came across your blog while goggling something and ended up reading your reply to Mr. Hitchens “The Problem Isn’t With Pakistan’s Name Mr. Hitchens!”. I am really impressed by your patriotism and knowledge.

    Keeping in mind your flare of learning I would like to extend an invitation for a Society Lecture on “Reflections on the Ethical Foundations of Pakistan” on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the Serena Hotel, Islamabad, if you happen to be in Islamabad at that time.

  13. Wow. Superb writing style you hold the quality of online writing. I’m proud you’re a Pakistan. Pakistan must be proud of you. You are also an icon for the youngsters of Pakistan. I’m very happy at success of your blog. I also write a bit about life’s lessons and happenings on My Life Blog. Hope you’d contribute to that by gues-posting. Thanks.

    • Although neither I nor my writings warrant such praise, but thank you for such generously kind thoughts, Abdul.

      I appreciate that you spared time to go through my posts, comment and leave such an encouraging feedback.

      Why not? I would be most happy to write a guest post in near future.


      • I really very appreciate and love your humble-behavior, Hafsa. Your posts deserve more appreciations.
        And wow, it’d be lovely to have guest-post from such a master-piece-writer like you. I’d wait eagerly. Yeah, I forgot one thing and that’s link to simple guidelines to follow for the kindness: http://www.abdolrauf.wordpress.com/guest-post

  14. Used to enjoy your tweets, just skim read ur blog, tum tou kafi serious blogger niklee.n unlike me, http://legslip.com/about/

  15. Hafsa, I really enjoyed and appreciated some of the articles that you have written on your blog. I wanted to bring your attention to a gentleman originally from Pakistan that is helping to bring about interfaith harmony in our world. His name is Shawn Rae at http://www.ShawnRae.com
    His interfaith harmony efforts are as follows:

    Also here is his tribute to Malala & World Youth

    Thanks for all that you do for enlightening our world.

  16. I am very happy to come across your blog, which offers some refreshing insights. I am also a fellow concerned Pakistani..just beginning to pen my thoughts:


  17. Very lovely

  18. dear Hafsa Khwaja
    i have read your blog you are a really good writer
    and your profile is also good i have also write few of articles and need your help to become a good writer.

    • Thank you for visiting the blog, Bilal.
      I would be most pleased to help you with writing. Feel free to approach anytime.

  19. Good work with:


    You are absolutely right, today one is seen as stupid and highly unpatriotic if they are not a PTI supporter. I don’t know if we(they) will see the change we(they) hope for, but I have seen one change already; people (especially PTI’ites) have started judging other’s morals, intelligence, and patriotism based on the party they support. I hope this attitude of PTI supporters change.

    Great read! Keep it up.

    • Thank you for reading Haris.
      I apologise for temporarily closing the comments section on that post due to the seemingly-never-ending bombardment of comments on it, I thought I should slow them down a bit so I can respond more evenly.

      I wholly and completely agree with your views, can well relate to it.

      Thank you again!

  20. Just read your latest post (PTI supporters..) and if it wasn’t almost sacrilegious to me, Id ask, ‘ app mujh say fraandship karein gi?’. Refreshing to be reminded that Pakistan still has great minds who can articulate a good thought.
    You would make for a great chai buddy…tsk, the distance. In the meantime Ill manage with just your blog.

  21. Hi Hafsa,

    I have read your post “An Open Letter to PTI Supporters”, it reflects my sentiments as well. I myself have been in a similar position and had to find myself to vent out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/asad4/posts/10151544854160914

    I own the blog Read.PK which a platform for writers to write about their views and opinion. I can share your story with your name and blog url on my blog if you agree


    • Hello Asad,

      I’m glad to know that it reflects the sentiments of many, thank you for reading the post.

      I would certainly have no problem with the post being shared on Read.PK, feel free to republish it.


  22. “An Open Letter to PTI Supporters”

    Well said.Hoping you’d write more before 11th May. :)

    • Hello Asma,
      Thank you for reading it!
      I just published another post here :)

  23. Chosen a good words with a fine sense to deliver the thoughts.
    Wish to hear more from your side soon…

    • Thank you for visiting the blog and reading!

  24. Dearest Hafsa,

    Apologies for leaving a comment here which is actually a very specific question but I couldn’t find a more private contact button.

    I’d really appreciate any help in getting in touch with Aatif who made the docu ‘postcards from Lahore’.

    On a different note, I work for the UK chapter of and strongly support a charity called The Citizens Foundation (TCF). I don’t know if you are familiar with our work. In a nutshell we build and manage schools across Pakistan for the disadvantaged often going into areas no one else cares to go, rural villages and slums. http://www.tcf-uk.org

    If your focus turns to education for one of your blog entries, I would highly recommend you look into TCF’s model, which is know to be astoundingly cost-effective and yet imparts a high-quality education. We don’t believe in poor schools or schooling for poor kids. I’m happy to help in any way I can along the way.

    all my very best,
    from another patriotic Pakistani,

    • Hello there Amina,
      I’ve responded to your comment in detail regarding contact with Aatif and TCF, please do check your email.

      Thank you for visiting the blog.


  25. Their is much to argue about especially welcoming Mengals, Vote for Nawaz Sharif and his achievements. I think reality may be some thing else rather than what u have portrayed.
    Well over all i appreciate your effort and respect your views and wish you have a good time ahead.

  26. That is a pretty beautiful blog you have here….
    Off to read some posts now.

    • Hi there, thank you so much Khaula!

      • No problem. :)

  27. You should write more often.

    • Hello Asma, thank you for visiting the blog.
      I try to atleast, hoping not to disappoint!

      • You have some really nice articles on this blog. Just found it while searching for material on Pakistan hockey after our team’s failure to qualify for the world cup. Thought you might be interested in this:

  28. normally i refrain from reading “About” page just like i forbear to write one. however, reading this one made me realised that you are my classmate, somehow, this “student of life” is a tag line i have been using for my self for ages. good to see another one from my class :)

  29. Slamoalikum behun g ALLAH PAK aap ko kamiabi say nuwazy

  30. okay so im super new here (as in wordpress), and idk how to send personal messages here, maybe you cant so ill just write it over here
    hi, imma media student currently working on a project and am interested in your writings/posts. hit me up, if youre interested in publishing your work on a platform encouraging, promoting pakistani youth

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