Punjab Research Group

Treading carefully in Lahore By M Ilyas Khan

Posted in Articles by Pippa on April 3, 2009

Treading carefully in Lahore By M Ilyas Khan BBC News, Lahore


Wine glasses and tumblers sit in a row atop a huge sideboard along the wall and a couple of servants are rearranging furniture in the hall.

They are laying the scene for the weekend party at an outhouse across the back lawns of a sprawling villa in the Gulberg locality of Lahore, Pakistan‘s cultural capital.

But the hosts are increasingly nervous.

“These days you have to be very careful about who to invite and who to pass over, because the word goes around and there are people who don’t like such get-togethers,” says one of the hosts, requesting not to be named.

Lahore‘s party scene has been unlike any other in Pakistan, bringing together aspiring artists, their potential promoters, business magnates, media dons, bureaucrats and politicians.

But the growing influence of armed religious groups now threatens the late night revelries of the city’s whisky-drinking professionals and topless dancers.

Read further: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7976866.stm

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  1. nazmain said, on October 6, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Lahore is a nice city i live here.

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