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They’d make his heartthrob gently yet violently

They’d leave him flustered quietly yet thoroughly

And he’d wonder will he be able to recover from this.

They’d take him to a realm of unpredictability.

And he’d dance his way through it swiftly.

They’d beat down on his old rusty scars,

And opening up his deep-rooted fears.

He’d still be wide awake, shivering and listening.

Tight-lipped, barely holding on.

He could hardly contain himself,

As the dusty stained memories,

Hovered around his existence.

He’d try to fool himself,

Thinking that, it’s just a false alarm.

But this futile attempt of flattering himself didn’t suffice.

They’d shoot down on him like grenades.

And he’d stand there,

Clutching the tiny sand grain beneath his feet.

While the whispers from the past,

Came crashing down on his fragile eardrums,

Apprising him of his bygone indiscretions.

Shamama Shabbir for Beyond Sanity Publishing

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About the Short Fiction

Set in the backdrop of sex trafficking, Zoya is a small but a darkly controversial moment in the life of a Muslim Mumbai police officer, Mr Khan. The brutally terrifying consequences that results after the horrific suicide of Zoya.
Mr. Khan is one of the two protagonists from the crime-drama thriller with supernatural undertones,
THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF MAYA SAMPATH. Set before this.

“#ifeelsafewhen… Justice is delivered NOT delayed.”
– unknown
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Chapter 3- Repulsion

Mr. Khan slammed the assailant—this disgusting womanizing culprit—against his vehicle.
He threw a left clenched fist into the assailant’s rib, a jolting explosion erupted as the blow punctured and broke them in an instant. Before the assailant could fully absorb the impact, Mr. Khan lunged forward and threw a fistful punch, another, rapidly after each succession. Hammering down at him. Repeatedly. Mr Khan was an extremely strong man, with brood shoulders, his presence imbued a brute-like force. The assailants face grew bruised, bloodier to the pulp and swollen. After the fourth punch he collapsed. Mr Khan’s fifth punch collided against the vehicle, denting it. The recoil pushed his arm back. His knuckle bruised and bloodstained. Then he slammed his foot fiercely into the assailant’s shoulder, enough to dislocate his right arm. Dragged him by the neck collar to the rear of his vehicle. Pushed him until he fell to the ground, the assailant’s palms scraped against the surface peeling his skin off. He pleaded and begged for his life, he registered this much, it had to do with what he had committed against Zoya. Her tearing eyes flashed over his glistening eyes. The shame her gifted her and the suicide that lead from it. He screamed loud and violently as he could, over his lungs as terrified onlooker watched, their eyes bulged with disbelief. This couldn’t be happening. No one could intervene or even face an extremely intimidating Mr Khan. Maybe due to his authority status. But really, what drove Mr Khan over the edge to carry out this terrifying act wasn’t about him being a police officer, it was the harrowing screams of Zoya still ringing in his ears. Pulling at his heartstrings. Justice was calling out from within him. Enough to bury the pleading cries of the assailant. Mr Khan numbed mentally. Nothing would change what he was about to do next. His eyes wavering dark, direct and challenging. Nonchalantly. He pulled out his revolver out from his holster and fired at the assailant’s left leg-chin. Blood gushed out. But he stopped, his hand was shaking. It couldn’t come this easy. He placed
the revolver back into his holster. Then walked back to his vehicle, and paused at the boot. He closed his eyes, squashing, his face grew to a wince. His palms touched his cheeks as he with his fingers pressed over his closed eyes, and wiped away the tears before they trickled down. Took a deep breathe. Opened his eyes. Lifted his car boot open, pulled out a gasoline canister, quickly began to uncap it. He walked over to the disoriented assailant and began to drench him with oily and poisonous fluids of it. Washing over the assailant as he continued to scream, pleading and begging. Could even taste pungent aroma of gasoline in the back of his throat. The noxious smell of it. Fatality darkening his bulge eyes as he registered no one could do anything to help him. Once empty, Mr Khan then slammed the bottle into his face. Mr Khan returned back to the open boot, he grabbed hold of something, slammed the boot shut. And paused. He stared at the onlookers, a majority of which were young, frightened teenage girls, forced to become sex workers. Something had passed through to them, a personal but relatable emotion, it’s as if they read the expressions projected in his wavering eyes. It someway, seemed justified. That’s what they had come to register. Mr Khan stared at his partially burnt palms, thought of Zoya flashed at him. The assailant pleaded once more, his hands joined together, his face winced, tears that only became consumed by the thick fluid of petrol dripping over his face. The space between death shrunk. His existence almost invalid Hoping for a change of heart, as Mr Khan walked over to him. There would be no mercy. Zoya had torched herself, and died. Nothing could change that, even if killing him was considered murder or justice. Mr Khan raised his hand towards the assailant, held was an orange snub-nosed flare gun. He fired a flare shot into the right thigh, the velocity and impact of the flare was enough to torch the assailant with violent fire. The assailant writhed and pleaded for help. There would be no remorse. The only screams Mr 9 – 1 0 Khan could hear linger over him was of Zoya. Never had someone taken their life in front of him. She had grown over him as if a daughter.
Mr Khan watched as the fire grew wild, reflecting over his wavering eyes. The whaling
screams of the assailant grew but buried under the weight of the harrowing screams of Zoya that hung in the air. Fumes of dark grey ash gave way. Her screams echoed.

Read the  previous chapters here:

Chapter-1

Chapter-2

M. Aamir Naseer For Beyond Sanity Publishing

Artwork by Syeda Fatima

“You never really understand a person… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” 

And yesterday I heard the news, Harper Lee passed away. This year is filled with deaths of people in Literature and music world. I can’t even begin to understand why.

Is the world done with legends?

Are they not a part of us anymore?

More importantly, are we sure we can live in a world without them putting their art and words in our lives?

Harper Lee had a Tom boyish life when she grew up in Alabama, US. She died before she could celebrate her 90th Birthday. I guess all she wanted was to see the world in her perspective and she did, she wrote about all she felt growing up, and wrote about the life everyone was living. Differences are present in every century, in every culture, but to revolutionize thoughts every time someone is treated in  a way they feel alienated, is something Harper Lee accomplished.

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I’ve heard so many quotations from her first master piece over the years that have now become crystal clear and they give meaning to all she she wrote.

I’m positive that I don’t have a unique approach or thought that someone else hasn’t already articulated around. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those books which is a legend in literary culture for standing apart thematically and stylistically.

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“She was almost in love with him. No, that’s impossible, she thought: either you are or you aren’t. Love’s the only thing in this world that is unequivocal. There are different kinds of love, certainly, but it’s a you-do or you-don’t proposition with them all.”

The world isn’t done with legends yet, we are not saved yet. we are still lost souls looking for our missing puzzle piece, a place where we belong. A place where we are all treated equally and without any discrimination. Peace isn’t all we crave. We long for ‘belonging’

We long for our misplaced faith, we find it in the most uncertain of ways. Some might find it in love, some find it in the realms of chaos. Either way, you are bound to find your way. That’s why legends stay with us forever, I mean if I take out this book after ten or twenty years I will know exactly how it made me feel. And if I am blurry on the details, I will read it again. Someone would see me reading the book in my favorite coffee shop or a foodie place and they will be inclined to read it again too. And if not again, there is always a first time for everything.

And No, I am not okay with these legends going away from us. There is so much they could teach us, there is so much they could give us, so much they could say, so much they can write and all that is lost as they pass away. Then we miss them a little less every year.

May you rest in piece, our legend and I wish we are able to keep you in our thoughts and in our lives forever.

“I need a watchman to tell me this is what a man says but this is what he means, to draw a line down the middle and say here is this justice and there is that justice and make me understand the difference.”

Irum Zahra

‘United, we will win!’

Pakistan Super League took the world by storm this year. Everyone was talking about it. They still are. Social media hurricane with millions of comments and likes, live tweeting, video shares, live streaming, music endorsement (Because hey, we Pakistanis love Cricket and music the most in their hobbies) and endless discussions!

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Out of 23 heart warming and exhilarating matches, we now have 2 teams ready to fight for the crown of the first Pakistan Super League Champion. Five teams will play the other team twice in PSL before qualifying for the semi-finals through ICC points system in UAE.

Islamabad United  is owned by Leonine Global Investments and lead by Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s most successful test captain.

Here is the team:

Shane Watson (Australia), Andre Russell (West Indies), Misbah ul Haq, Samuel Badree (West Indies), Mohammad Irfan, Brad Haddin (Australia), Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Sami, Khalid Latif, Babar Azam, Imran Khalid, Kamran Ghulam, Umar Amin, Sam Billings (England), Rumman Raees, Amad Butt
Supplementary Players: Ashar Zaidi, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Siddiq

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I had the chance to attend the Theme song & Kit Event in Pak-China center where I witnessed the dawn of a grand sports culture that placed Pakistan on new levels of achievement and recognition in sports world. I met with Atif Naqvi, the owner of Islamabad United and I was so excited to see his high aims at making Pakistani cricket the best example of ‘Non political positive entertainment’

“Islamabad represents the unity of all provinces, and that is what Islamabad United stands for” – Ali Naqvi, Owner of Islamabad United spoke on an interview with Beyond Sanity Publishing.

He said that if he would describe this event in one word, it would be ‘Entertainment’. Pakistan needed a means of entertainment and phenomenal cricket, PSL and Islamabad United will provide just that. 

When asked the future of PSL and Islamabad United, he said that Islamabad’s image is United, which is exactly what this team portrays. PSL is crucial for the health of Pakistan cricket. PCB will earn, the players will earn and they will spend more on the welfare of cricket and well being of each other. It will help Pakistan elevate the image of trust, entertainment and sports in the world that is going down in the last decade. He also said that the national mission of Islamabad United is successful PCB. 

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Undoubtedly, PSL is a great cricket show of all T20 league in the world and it is a wonderful edition to support Pakistan Cricket. new talent will surface through this exciting tournament making us legends in sports world.

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I personally can’t wait for the FINAL match between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators. There is going to be a never ending session of tweets, Snapchats, Facebook statuses, mobile phone alerts, outdoor screenings, live telecasts with thousands of people across the globe seeing Pakistan glorifying Cricket.

The star-studded HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) will end with the SOLD OUT news of all the seats for the February 23 final in Dubai for the 25,000-capacity of Dubai International Stadium.

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 Watch The Live Stream Here!

Good luck Team, Make us proud!

Irum Zahra For Beyond Sanity Publishing

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Lahore, 21 February, 2016: Mountain Dew Pakistan organized Pakistan’s first ever Electronic Dance Music Festival in Lahore featuring London’s No. 1 Dance and House Club ‘Ministry of Sound’ to launch three exciting new flavors Live Wire, Pitch Black and Blue Shock. The campaign is termed very aptly DEWmocracy since the brand is giving its fans the right to choose which flavor should become a permanent offering in the Dew portfolio. The high profile event was attended by many top celebrities including Umair Jaswal, Junaid Khan, Bilal Lashari, QB, Cybil Choudry, Ali Xeeshan and many more.

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The event was a first ever of its nature, which took place on the outskirts of Lahore on 20th February. It was widely attended by the hip and chic from across the city and beyond. The festival’s main stage showcased various successful Pakistani DJs including Hira Tareen, El Safino, VIVID and Fake Shamans, with the main attraction being King Arthur from Ministry of Sound. Various other local DJs rocked three separate DJ Rooms with stages exclusively for each Dew flavor labeled as Live Wire, Pitch Black and Blue Shock. The guests tried all 3 flavors and then got a chance to vote for their favorite one.

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Mountain Dew stands for originality – the aim of the brand was to promote its three new flavors in an innovative and unique approach which attracts its core audience. At the closing of the night, Lahoris were buzzing from the experience! One such attendee Bilal Latif said:

“I attended the event because it’s Ministry of Sound! Mountain Dew really outdid itself with this event! I’m gonna vote for Blue Shock”

While another participant added,

“When I found out about the event and DEWmocracy I was intrigued because it’s something new letting people decide which flavor they want to stay! Attending DEWxMOS was an awesome experience. A great fusion between the brand and its adventure seeking and exhilarating identity!”.

The launch event immediately went viral over the social media with its hashtags #Dewmocracy and #DEWxMOS. The online conversation engaged people from across the nation to receive live updates for several hours during the event.

Mountain Dew is thankful to the Ministry of Sound, our guest DJs, the incredible audience of Lahore and all the implementing partners who participated to make it all possible and a success.

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Life.

Soul sucking ghost.

Faceless monster.

Paradise for demons.

Are you alive?

I have so many questions to ask you. All the answers depend on your perspective of life as it is.

Cruel and Dead.

Funny.

How is life dead? Its dead!

Every second dies after you have lived it. You’re letting every second die. Every breath you take is a step away from life. You’re on a path that leads to two roads.

Eternity

Oblivion

It depends on your perspective now. What path are you walking towards? Or are you running? Running and skipping towards a better life. Gadgets, cars, watches, mansions. Drugs, smoke, pollution, corruption.

Peace or destruction?

Two boats love.

How loyal is your league? Will it keep you above the water or take you to the depts of the most beautiful journey of your life? Will it show you all that life has to offer or will you stay away from all the mountains because you are afraid of the heights.

Try?

Try to drown. Maybe you’ll love the sea.

Dive?

Maybe you’ll like falling from the mountains you are scared to climb.

Walk?

All the roads you think are not meant for you. What if there is a unclaimed castle at the end of the passage?

Good God. Who will live there?

What about the treasure in the dungeon? You’l never know. You’ll have to walk down the stone path yo discover it It won’t come to you. Gods have forsaken you my dear. This world is yours to have. There are endless windchimes dying to make themselves melt in your ears. There are so many perfumes spilling themselves so you can become an angel. So you can become pure. All elements of universe combined.

You.

Define yourself.

Breathe in the thunder. Make it rumble inside your heart. Make it aligned with the heartbeat. Make the electricity follow the pathways of veins and arteries. Let them draw themselves inside your body so it glows from within. So the power can fuel you. So you can climb that mountain. Dive in that bottomless ocean. Walk the path to eternity. To immortality.

Auroboros.

O baby you’re so alive.

Your breath makes the seconds live before they die. You’re the reason they live! Look what you are doing! You are turning seconds, minutes, days, weeks, months, years, decades immortal.

What you do is you touch each moment of them and you make them experience life before they embrace death.

“In the end, death comes for all of us.”

Alan Rickman passed away. He would be 70 today. Leaving us with a memory of ‘Always’ and a reality of ‘Death’. This is a tribute to one the greatest beings on Earth. A person who embraced each moment and not only made them live, but made us ‘live’ through them.

May you rest in peace Professor.

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Irum Zahra

Noor.ul.Ain is one of Pakistan’s youngest published writers. Her book, “The Youth Of Pakistan” is available in 12 countries including Pakistan. It is a book about Pakistan, it’s culture, norms, political and economical instability issues and yes, guidelines and help to the youth and why they should be a proud Pakistani.

The Youth Of Pakistan was Published last year, in both kindle and paperback formats and it will be available in Pakistan on 23rd March, Nationwide.

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We, at Beyond Sanity Publishing, are very excited and over whelmed to represent a writer that will help give Pakistan a better image in the eyes of the world.

We interviewed her to know more about the history of The Youth Of Pakistan and how she became voice of many students across Pakistan. Reading this, and her book, you will be able to recognize Pakistan as a nation that is positive and heading towards development.

  • You are different than you 2 years ago. How do you define yourself?

I think time gradually changes everyone, and this effect is probably most pronounced in the age group I am in. I have grown as a person in all possible ways in the past two years, but I guess the biggest change of them all has been academic: I got landed in a university.

  • What is The Youth Of Pakistan for you?

The Youth of Pakistan is my first attempt at freeing my emotions concerning things that matter to me the most. It defines my first encounter with the exhilarating world of writing. So it will always have a special place in my heart.

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  • How did you learn about Beyond Sanity Publishing?

Coincidence or probably a stroke of pure luck is the answer to that. It was my sister who met the CEO of Beyond Sanity Publishing Miss Irum Zahra on Facebook, and therefore it’s all thanks to her.

  • How much time did The Youth Of Pakistan take? Are you happy with what you wrote?

It took me around two months to write down the first draft of the book. Then there were the countless editing, composing and proofreading sessions that took another two months.

The term happiness falls far too short to describe what I feel about this book. Overwhelmingly giddy and grateful would probably do.

  • Is Pakistan a good place to be? Socially and Politically?

Realistically speaking, Pakistan with its own nearly intangible mesh of socio-political problems is obviously not the first place where any human being these days would want to be. But that is the part where we come in. It belongs to us and it is our responsibility to make it a good enough place; both socially and politically.

  • What are your thoughts on Modern Islam presented in Pakistan today?

To me, Islam was meant to be a contemporary code of life for all times to come. I, therefore, have trouble understanding this new or modified version of Islam they call ‘Modern Islam’ here in Pakistan. Religion is much more than the practices we sometimes think we can alter at wish under the name of modernization.

  • What message does The Youth Of Pakistan delivers? Is it only for the youth to read?

The Youth of Pakistan delivers many messages with the ultimate core being the fact that the youth of this country is not to be underestimated. This book puts light on the true potential of our people and goes on to show all the possible pathways for us to prove our potential.

The youth is meant to be the main target audience but anyone who wants to understand the youth, its predicaments and ideas that could change the course of time are most welcome to read it.

  • Do you think Pakistan’s economy is stable enough to stand ground in case a war breaks out?

We are already fighting a very dangerous war against terrorism and have been fighting this foreign war and letting it eat up our resources for too long until it got to a point where getting out of it became virtually impossible. We came out of 1965; even the devastating encounter of 1971, so even when the economic structure is practically stumbling, thinking of ourselves as totally hopeless would be wrong.

  • The Youth Of Pakistan goes deep towards the roots of Islam and connects the recent issues with the verses of Holy Quran. Do you think people need a more extreme approach to be taught the truth or they need more time to understand?

I would once again say that Islam is always current, and the biggest proof of it is how the verses of Holy Quran relate to modern issues so easily. I don’t think one should call it extremism. Nevertheless, delivering the truth to someone is a difficult job and just like everywhere, teaching it to our people also demands patience and perseverance.

  • We loved the connection between culture and society in The Youth Of Pakistan. What is your favorite part of the book?

My personal favorites are the two chapters that circle around the various factors that made Pakistan inevitable and the price that our people had to pay for freedom. The facts in these chapters can inculcate deeper feelings of patriotism in the readers which is why they are significant considering the theme of the book.

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  • The Youth Of Pakistan is available in many libraries across the world. What kind of audience do you think it attracts?

It could be of value to anyone prepared to be fascinated by the youth of Pakistan.

  • What do you think about the current India-Pakistan issue on a cricket series? Are sports a good way to avoid the main Kashmir issue?

Sports have invariably been a key element in international ties all over the world. Similarly, cricket has played the same role in the India-Pakistan relationship for a long time. Relieving tension across the border and promoting peace through the lighter context of a cricket series is truly effective. An opportunity like this should be frequently entertained and appreciated by both sides. Sadly, this does not appear to be the case. However, Kashmir still remains far too important to be avoided by cricket.

  • Being a writer who writes in Pakistan, On Pakistan, How do you feel?

Pakistan is my first love, and writing about it is what I think I was born to do. Therefore it feels like my safe place, my home where I belong.

  • What is the value and place of a writer in Pakistan?

All I would say is that it is in desperate need for improvements, and people working to do just that are inspirational.

  • How did The Youth Of Pakistan change you?

The Youth of Pakistan changed me in many unimaginable ways. First of all it gave me a sense of self and built the belief in myself I never even knew I was missing. Secondly, this book told me I was capable of producing actual books that can be published and everything. Through the course of penning it down, it also showed me a clear pathway that can lead me to contribute my fullest towards the betterment of my motherland. I lived and breathed this book, and every word of the book came from deep inside my heart so it was bound to change me.

  • What other projects are you working on?

There are currently three other projects I have started and am working on them. One is an attempt at a novel covering the biggest national disaster of Pakistan in 1971, another is going to be a collection of short stories from various parts of world all circling a similar theme and the third one is meant to be a surprise!

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  •  What issues do you think women in Pakistan are facing and what can be done about it?

All the things that make Pakistan special and more make its women precious. I think we are facing countless social and cultural restraints, but the way our women are still proving themselves everywhere is what is truly laudable. A lot of work is being done and a lot still needs to be done to make sure every pearl is discovered and gets its worth.

  • Message for the Youth?

Our land needs devotion and sincerity from us and as much patriotism as we can provide. We, as a nation, need to learn all the right reasons for falling in love with Pakistan and then channel that love into our practical lives bringing about positive change in every field we may choose for ourselves.

We cannot wait for March 23rd! If you want the book earlier than that, please order here:

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