Archive for April, 2013

Qavvaali featuring Taj and Shaad Mohammed Niazi

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Sunday, 5th May 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of qavvaali featuring Taj and Shaad Mohammed Niazi.

Hailing from the Atrauli Gharana, Taj and Shaad Mohammed Niazi are amongst the finest contemporary practitioners of Hazrat Amir Khusrau’s kalaam. The progeny of the late, critically acclaimed Moin Niazi, recipient of a Pride of Performance award, the troupe has performed widely across the subcontinent, from Pakpattan to Dhaka. Taj and Shaad Mohammed Niazi perform regularly in Karachi and we are delighted to host their first performance at T2F.

Taj & Shaad Mohammed Niazi

Date: Sunday, 5th May, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 300
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Personal Histories: In Conversation with Dr. Attiya Inayatullah

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Saturday, 4th May 2013 | 6:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of conversation with Dr. Attiya Inayatullah as she discusses her journey to the National Assembly, shares her thoughts on women in politics, and her hopes and aspirations for the next generation of Pakistani women leaders.

Attiya InayatullahDr. Attiya Inayatullah is a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan. She holds a PhD in Social Demography as well as a Masters in Sociology and Anthropology. She is acknowledged in the fields of international relations, human rights, population and social development, and women’s empowerment, in Pakistan and globally. In recognition of her services, she is the recipient of the coveted Ceres Medal, the only UN award for women and has received the highest civil award in Pakistan for public service.

Dr. Inayatullah has served as Minister for Women’s Development, Social Welfare, and Special Education. She was successful in using her ministerial office to obtain political space for women at all three tiers of the democratic structure through constitutional amendments. Dr. Inayatullah is among the most senior parliamentarians with a record for initiating a range of women and child related legislation, which include the Domestic Violence Bill, Acid Throwing and Burn Victims Protection Bill, Corporal Punishment Prohibition Bill, Reproductive Health and Rights Bill, Marriage Act, Restraint Act, and the Child Rights Charter Bill.

Date: Saturday, 4th May, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

The Enigma of Suicide: A Talk by Dr. Murad Khan

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Wednesday, 1st May 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a session with Dr. Murad Khan as philosophy and science come together in a discussion about the enigma of suicide.

Murad Moosa KhanSuicide is a major global public health problem with an estimated one million deaths worldwide (approximately 6000-8000 in Pakistan) every year. It is one of the most personal yet complex acts anyone can perform, as it goes to the very core of the concept of human existence and the meaning of life. Suicide cuts across all national, ethnic, religious and social boundaries, though there are variations in rates and methods used between and within different societies, cultures and religions. Traditionally, suicides were rare in Islamic countries but have shown a worrying and dramatic rise in recent years. Although the vast majority of suicides are preventable, there are formidable challenges in preventing premature and needless deaths.

Dr. Murad Moosa Khan was born and educated in Karachi, attending DJ Science and Dow Medical Colleges, before training as a psychiatrist at Kings College London. He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and has a PhD in suicide epidemiology from the University of London, UK. At present, he is Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry at the Aga Khan University. His clinical and research interests include suicide and attempted suicide, mental health of women, and medical ethics. He serves on the Boards of several national and international mental health organisations.

Date: Wednesday, 1st May, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Raqs Mein Hai Sara Jahan: World Dance Day Celebrations

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Saturday, 27th April 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening showcasing Sufi, Eastern Classical, Folk, and Western Contemporary dance performances.

World Dance Day, introduced in 1982 by the UNESCO International Dance Committee, aims to bring dancers together to celebrate the art form, revel in its universality, and to transcend political, cultural and ethnic barriers. World Dance Day brings people together in peace and friendship through the language of dance.

Raqs Mein Hai Sara Jahan

Raqs Mein Hai Sara Jahan features performances by:

Munawar Chao
Munawar is a trained classical dancer and has been performing for over 25 years. A disciple of Sheema Kermani, he specializes in Bharatanatyam and also performs other genres of classical, modern, folk and sufi dance.

Joshinder Chaggar
Joshinder is a performing artist from Australia and is trained in Bharatnatyam and modern contemporary dance. She was featured in Zeb & Haniya’s music video, ‘Aitebar’ in 2007 and created a modern contemporary dance drama, ‘Conversations’ in 2010.

Rajab Ali Sayed
Rajab recently graduated from the National College of Arts and is a visual and performance artist. He has produced, choreographed and performed two critically acclaimed ballet recitals in collaboration with Suhaee Abro.

Khaista Khan
Khaista is a folk dancer from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Half Iraqi and half Ghazni, her unique dance style features a blend of the folk dances of Kurdistan, Afghanistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Suhaee Abro
Suhaee began her training in classical dance at the age of seven under Sheema Kermani. She has performed in Pakistan, India and Nepal and is the Dance Director for ‘Nritaal’, a dance and music group.

Leva Folk Dance Group
Leva is a genre of celebratory folk dance from Balochistan.

Date: Saturday, 27th April, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 300
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Chai and Conversation with Novelist, Shazaf Fatima Haider

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Tuesday, 23rd April 2013 | 7:30 pm

Shazaf Fatima Haider

Join us at T2F for an evening of chai and conversation with novelist, Shazaf Fatima Haider.

Shazaf will talk about her debut novel How It Happened, her inspirations, and experiences with publishing. The session will be moderated by Hani Yousuf, editor of This Karachi Life, an upcoming magazine of culture and art in Karachi.

After the session, Shazaf will be available for one-on-one chats at the café upstairs. She will also sign books, answer questions and share tips on the process of writing, editing, and publishing a book while juggling another job.

Shazaf Fatima Haider is the author of How It Happened, a novel about arranged marriages. It has been published by Penguin India and was released in January 2013. Shazaf is a teacher as well as a writer and lives in Karachi.

Date: Tuesday, 23rd April, 2013
Time: 7:30 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

PeaceNiche Founding Members

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

PeaceNiche is governed by a group of visionary individuals, including writers, activists, educators, doctors, and changemakers.

Sabeen Mahmud
Founder & Director of PeaceNiche & The Second Floor (T2F)

Mahenaz Mahmud (Chairperson)
Advisor, Teachers’ Resource Centre
Academic Advisor, Institute of Early Childhood Education

Seema Malik (Treasurer)
Director, Teachers’ Resource Centre
Principal, PECHS Girls’ School

Ghazala Aziz
Managing Trustee, Accident & Emergency Foundation, Jinnah Hospital

Nuzhat Kidvai
Education Technology Advisor, Beaconhouse School System
Women’s Rights Activist

Zaheer Kidvai
CEO, b.i.t.s.
Board Member, Virtual University & Textile Institute of Pakistan
Advisor, Beaconhouse National University
Education Technology Consultant

Sonia Rehman
Actor, Producer, Designer


PeaceNiche Board

khalid portrait

Khalid Mahmood (Chairman)

Khalid Mahmood has been the managing director and CEO of Getz Pharma (Pvt) Limited, Pakistan, since its inception in 1995. Getz Pharma is the 2nd largest Pharmaceutical company and the largest pharmaceutical exporter of Pakistan. The company is one of the largest tax payers and employers of the country. Khalid currently serves on the board of the Zindagi Trust ( and the board of Eqbal Ahmed Center for Public Education. ( He has served as the president of the board of The World Wide Fund for Nature – Pakistan (WWF-P) during 2013-2015 and was its board member for six years. Khalid is a supporter of the preservation and development of music, theatre arts and culture, and supports programs and initiatives in the areas of education, health, and sports for the underprivileged communities. Khalid has an MBA from Rutgers School of Management, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA and a B.S in Industrial Engineering from California State University, Pomona, California, USA.

Nadeem Khalid
Nadeem Khalid
Nadeem is the Chief Executive Officer of Herbion, which manufactures and markets natural medicines having operations in more than 25 countries of the world and employs over 1,200 people.  Its sales and marketing network is spread across Asia, Europe and North America. The company has manufacturing units in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore.
He is a graduate of Peoples Friendship University, Moscow, Russia.
He has been  active in theatre, literary and social groups like Dastak, Research Forum and several literary organizations.
He is currently serving on the Board of Governors of WWF, Board of Directors of Pakistan Ukraine Business Council and several other professional and business bodies. Nadeem Khalid is the Honorary Counsul (designate) of Mongolia in Pakistan. His wife Hoori Noorani is a publisher of Urdu Books in Pakistan.

Nazish brohi
Nazish Brohi

Nazish is an independent researcher with sixteen years of work experience in the social development sector in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. Her various publications focus on the state; conflict; democratization; women’s rights and social change  — the most recent of which is ‘Women, Violence and the Jirga System in Pakistan’ published by the Gender Equity Program.
Awarded Senior Visitor Fellowship, Charles Wallace Trust at Oxford University, UK, she has previously been a member of the governing body of the Arts Council of Pakistan and a consultant for Lok Virsa, the national institute of folk heritage. She writes for Dawn newspaper and is an activist with the Women’s Action Forum.

Faisal Siddiqi
Faisal Siddiqi

Faisal did a BSC in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Law and MA from the University of Cambridge.
He is a practicing lawyer of the High Courts and Supreme Court of Pakistan. He is a former Advisor/Consultant to the Attorney General for Pakistan. He is also a Board Member of the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER), Karachi, and is a Founding Trustee of the Legal Aid Foundation for Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault.
He, and his law firm, were also actively involved in the legal and political movement (2007 to 2009) for the successful restoration of the deposed Pakistani Superior Court judges, unconstitutionally suspended and removed by the then President, General Pervez Musharraf.
He has a varied general litigation practice in constitutional, civil and criminal law and specializes in pro-bono human rights litigation. His well-known human rights cases include the Baldia Factory fire case (case seeking justice and compensation for the 255 deceased workers of a 2012 factory fire in Pakistan), numerous cases representing victims of rape and gang rape, cases involving maladministration and lack of governance, cases involving the right to electricity and education.

Zaheer Kidvai

Zaheer was one of the Founder Members of PeaceNiche/T2F, having resigned soon after Sabeen’s assassination from the Board. Zaheer has now agreed to join the Board again. He was a mentor and advisor to Sabeen when she joined him after her 14th birthday.
Having sailed for 25 years in the Merchant Navy, he opened 3 computer companies in Pakistan and became a pioneer of New Media. He started the first New Media Department in Pakistan (Hamdard University). His CD-ROMs included the first in Pakistan for IBM as well as the famous ‘Faiz – Aaj Kay Najam’ that became an international hit. Both were ably done along with Sabeen’s programming and design.
Extremely fond of Eastern and Western Music, he also blogs, writes poetry, and is called upon to lecture here and abroad on several topics.

Khalid Mehmood

Khalid Ahmad
Khalid is Director, writer, and Actor on theatre, stage, films, and TV plays. As an activist, he brings much of that into the plays he writes, directs and performs.  Urdu and English Prose and poetry are his favorite pre-occupations,  and he uses his gifted and trained voice to read from these pieces of Literature to enthrall  audiences. He is also a  musician, and plays the  Eastern Classical Music on his various Flutes. Khalid currently heads the Dramatic Studies department at the National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi, where he teaches voice and acting.
Khalid has a masters degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Davis. Khalid Ahmad was initially trained as an Engineer and taught at NED University, Karachi for several years. All this while, his interest in theatre and television continued to grow. In 1981, he finally decided to switch careers and went to study theatre at the LAMDA. Upon his return, he devoted himself to the performing arts.

Aisha Guzdar

Aisha Gazdar

Aisha is heading  Films d’Art, an independent film  production company based in Karachi. She has  made films on human rights and social issues, especially women’s rights Her film Silent Voices: Women home based workers in Pakistan won the best documentary  award at the Canadian Labour International Film Festival in 2010.
Her recent  film, The Honour Deception, is a short documentary on Honour Killings and the complications arising out of the Qisas and Diyat Law ( Law of Retribution). The film won the best documentary award–jury at the 2nd Shorts Delhi International Film Festival 2013.



Chaudhry Channan Productions Present SHOOT/GET TREASURE/REPEAT

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Thursday, 18th April – Sunday, 21st April 2013 | 8:00 pm

Join us at T2F for three short plays from the SHOOT/GET TREASURE/REPEAT series by Mark Ravenhill.

  • Fear and Misery
  • War and Peace
  • Crime and Punishment

Directed and performed by Sarmad Khoosat and Nimra Bucha with Adnan Jaffar & Channan Hanif.

Lighting Design: Khizer Idrees
Production: Samreen Yousuf

Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat

These plays were first produced as Ravenhill for Breakfast at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in August 2007 by Paines Plough, with the support of David Johnson.

Warning: Very strong language and some violence. Not suitable for children under the age of 15.

Dates: Thursday 18th April – Sunday 21st April 2013
Time: 8:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 800 [passes available for prior collection at T2F]
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Changing Hands: Bargain Books & DVDs Bazaar

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Saturday 13th April – Sunday 14th April 2013 | 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm

Spend the weekend at T2F browsing through our motley collection of bargain books, magazines and DVDs.

From quirky fiction to collector’s finds, from historical tomes to children’s books, T2F’s Bargain Books and DVDs Bazaar has something for everyone. Prices start at Rs. 25.

A number of wonderful individuals support PeaceNiche by donating books and DVDs. Thank you all so much for your generosity. If you have used or new books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs that you’d like to donate, please bring them over. We’ll take everything! All proceeds are used to fund T2F’s literary programs.

Bargain Books

Dates: Saturday 13th April to Sunday 14th April, 2013
Time: 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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LitLab: Literary Open Mic

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Saturday, 13th April 2013 | 7:00 pm

Come to T2F’s literary open mic this Saturday and share your poetry, prose, play, or any other piece of creative writing. You can read your own work, including work-in-progress, or a published piece by someone else.

LitLab is hosted by Afia Aslam, Editor – Papercuts Magazine.

Each person gets 9 minutes at the mic. Sign up as soon as you arrive at T2F. Everyone is welcome to come and listen …


Date: Saturday, 13th April, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Shallum Xavier & One Nine Four Seven Live at T2F

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Saturday, 6th April 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a concert featuring various genres of Eastern and Western improvisational sound structures.

The lineup features:

Shallum Xavier on Lead Guitar, Emu on Keyboards, Simien Xavier on Rhythm, Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals, Jason Anthony on Drums, Sara Haider on Vocals and Mohammad Ali Zafar on Bass Guitar.

Shallum emu

Date: Saturday, 6th April, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 500
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.