23 September, 2020

Lady Courage

Razia Bhatti, intrepid journalist, spared and favoured none

Lady Courage

IN a country where the press has had to work in shackles under successive military regimes, Razia Bhatti was truly a torchbearer. She stood up to whoever was in power, both military and civilian, and exposed them ruthlessly. And when she died on March 12, she left behind a successful English monthly, News line, which she had begun as a journalists' cooperative, the first of its kind not just in Pakistan, but perhaps in the whole of South Asia.

 "I have worked with several great editors," says I.A. Rehman, himself a former editor and now director of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, as he ranks Razia Bhatti, whom he knew for 20 years, among such distinguished names as Faiz Ahmed Faiz ( Pakistan Times ), Mazhar Ali Khan ( Pakistan Times and Viewpoint ) and Ahmed Ali Khan ( Dawn ). From one of the most respected thinkers in Pakistan, this is high praise for one almost 18 years his junior in the profession. But Razia would have taken it in her stride, with her usual wide smile, modesty and endearing humility.

Her sudden death at 52...



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