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Democracy was Derailed through ConspiraciesBALOCHISTAN TIMES, July 22nd, 2016

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BALOCHISTAN TIMES July 22nd, 2016

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2016 Edition of ‘Democracy Train’ Launched in Pakistan

The 2016 expanded edition of Aboard the Democracy Train has been successfully launched in Pakistan with a new sub-title, `Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within.’ The book brings readers up to speed with significant changes that have occurred in the region over the last few years. Beginning with the May 2011 raid by US Navy Seals that avowedly snatched and killed …

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Nafisa Hoodbhoy’s book launched in Quetta alsoPublished on – July 22, 2016 Balochistan Express By Akbar Notizai

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QUETTA: The 2016 Expanded Edition of “Aboard the Democracy Train, Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within” was launched on July 21 at Quetta Press Club Quetta. Speakers at the book launching ceremony said it was preplanned to distort the essence of democracy in the country, which is why the people showed aversion to democracy and politics. Through infiltration in ethnic, religious …

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Aboard the Democracy Train: Book Launched in QuettaBy Yahya Sahil Reki - Balochistan Voices

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Quetta, July 22: “Aboard the Democracy Train” book authored by Nafisa Hoodbhoy was launched in a ceremony held in Quetta Press Club, on Thursday. The book is about the journey of democracy in Pakistan and senior Journalist Nafisa Hoodbhoy has noted down her experiences while travelling in train with political leaders such as Late Benazir Bhutto at different points in …

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Speakers call for alternative narrative to establish tolerant societyDawn Newspaper Bureau Report

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PESHAWAR, July 19: Speakers at a book launching ceremony here on Tuesday said that the state narrative in the country only promoted extremism and intolerance in the society. There was dire need of an alternate narrative by the civil society and political forces to establish a tolerant and peaceful society where people of different faiths could enjoy equal rights, they …

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First Launch of 2016 Edition in Peshawar University on July 19

Peshawar University

The 2016 Expanded Edition of `Aboard the Democracy Train, Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within’ will be launched on July 19 in Peshawar University under the auspices of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies. Peshawar has been selected as the venue for the launch of the book because of the city’s front line role in the Afghan war. In this …

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Next, the Expanded `Train’ Travels to Quetta

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Next, the book’s expanded edition – bearing the sub-title `Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within,’ – will be launched on July 21 in Quetta Press Club. The event will be addressed by political figures, civil servants and the intelligentsia. Quetta has been selected as the venue for the launch because of the economic opportunities being offered in Balochistan by China, via …

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Watch this Space for Info on Launch of Expanded Edition

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The 2016 expanded edition of Aboard the Democracy Train is coming soon to Pakistan with a new sub-title, `Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within.’ The book brings readers up to speed with significant changes that have occurred  in the region over the last few years.   Beginning with the May 2011 raid by US Navy Seals that avowedly snatched and killed …

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‘Aboard the Democracy Train is ‘key book’ on topic’ – Vikas DattaMay 25, 15

Another perceptive look into an embattled country and where Ms. Hoodbhoy scores is starting much earlier in a more dangerous decade which has however not got its adequate share of attention due to the lesser outward manifestations of violence, save in benighted Karachi and Sindh…. One little disconcerting issue is that in the post-9/11 account, all the personal touches disappear …

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Aboard the Democracy Train Reviewed Online

Aboard the Democracy Train has been reviewed by Book Club readers, starting in 2015, and some of their comments have been recorded below. Also listed below are the websites that can be accessed for reading ATDT and related books that are in the public domain. Re: Aboard the Democracy Train: A Journey Through Pakistan’s Last Decade of Democracy by Weenstoma …

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Few Hard Back Seats Left Aboard the `Democracy Train’Author's Note | May 11, 2014

Book Launch in Hyderabad

WASHINGTON DC/KARACHI: About a year after Aboard the Democracy Train was reprinted by Paramount Books in 2013 and launched across Pakistan, the hard back edition is practically sold out. A recent visit to the homeland revealed that non governmental organizations have been in the forefront of purchasing the book, which also documents the struggles by civil society for tolerance and …

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In Memory of Dawn’s I.H. BurneyBy Anwar Mooraj | Express Tribune | April 27, 2014

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When somebody you have known for 54 years suddenly passes away, it is always a shock. When, however, the person has been in a coma for some considerable time and then pegs down from unnatural causes, it somehow lessens the feeling of distress, for one is forewarned that the worst could happen –– like in the case of Izharul Hasan …

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US Journalist Reviews Aboard the Democracy TrainBy Wagner H. Roberts - April 2014

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One might have preferred the title “Aboard the Democracy Train Wreck,” or even “The Little Engine That Might (as opposed to, “The Little Engine that Could”) after reading Nafisa Hoodbhoy’s harrowing account of democracy’s travails in her home country. Nonetheless, it becomes clear, after reading this unique and marvelous little book, that some parts of the planet were not colonized …

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Karachi Book Fair BeginsBy Shazia Hasan, Dawn Newspaper

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KARACHI, Dec 4: “On the one hand we have schools being destroyed but on the other there are also mothers bringing their children to the book fair to buy them books,” said chairman of the Pakistan Publishers & Booklovers Association central committee, Aziz Khalid, at a press conference ahead of the ninth Karachi International Book Fair (KIBF) on Tuesday. “KIBF …

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How to Access ‘Aboard the Democracy Train’

The book is available in Pakistan in hard cover, with new preface and illustrations at the Paramount Books website. Also available in leading books stores in Pakistan Availability in India (Reprinted by Anthem Press in Oct 2012) India Anthem Press India An imprint of Wimbledon Publishing Limited (I) Pvt. Ltd Email: india@wpcpress.com K-130 Krishna Park Extension | Vikas Puri Crossing ….

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UN Women in Florida Discuss ‘Aboard the Democracy Train’By Leita Kaldi Davis

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The UN Women/USNC Gulf Coast Book Club met on Monday, November 4, 2013 to discuss Aboard the Democracy Train:  A Journey through Pakistan’s Last Decade of Democracy, by Nafisa Hoodbhoy.  Hoodbhoy was raised by an educated, prosperous family in Karachi among  Christians, Zoroastrians and Hindus.  She studied history in the United States and returned to become the only woman reporter …

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October 2013 Review of ‘Aboard the Democracy Train’By Karen McFly

Unputdownable! Required reading for anyone who is interested in how Pakistan came into being, developed into the country that it is today and what it was like in between being the only women journalist during dictator Zia ul Haq’s military rule. Nafisa Hoodbhoy is a an extremely brave and defiant woman and a great writer whose storytelling qualities enable one …

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UN Women Committee Selects ATDT for Book Reading

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The Gulf Coast Chapter Book Club will read from Nafisa Hoodbhoy’s book `Aboard the Democracy Train,’ in Sarasota, Florida on Nov. 4, 2013, The book reading will include comments taken from the author, including hopeful signs of change such as greater access to schools and the internet by girls and women in Pakistan. The Gulf Coast Chapter Book Club focuses …

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US Author Reviews ‘Aboard the Democracy Train: A Journey through Pakistan’s Last Decade of Democracy’By D. Lamont Smith

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There have been many people throughout history who made the ultimate sacrifice to move us all along the road to enlightenment.   Aboard the Democracy Train:  A Journey through Pakistan’s Last Decade of Democracy is the story of Benazir Bhutto and her efforts to provide “food, shelter and clothing” for those in need.  What makes her endeavor even more difficult is …

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Pashtun Women Viewpoint – Pakistan: Torn Between Bhutto and ZiaKahar Zalmay

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At the book launch of Nafisa Hoodbhoy ‘Aboard the Democracy Train’ in Islamabad, the speakers who mostly belonged to Karachi and had seen the Pakistan that was before Zia-ul-Haq’s Marshal Law in 1977 reminisced the events led to Marshal Law, life during Zia’s brutal regime, the emergence of MQM and the ruthless tactics used by Jamat-i-Islami, one of the Islamist …

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    "A story of a courageous journalist who defied conventional norms during times when very few other women were in this...

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    "A powerful and courageous voice that represents the best of Pakistan’s emerging journalism… The first insider view of developments in...

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