Published: April 12, 2012

The team that takes out the pages every day did not and has not come with any kind of baggage.

Two years ago on April 12, 2010, our very first issue came out. The very first issue had no letters to the editor because we didn’t have any in advance. But two years later, I am glad to say that despite being a brand new paper, we have carried genuine letters every day of our publication. Over the past year, while the desk has seen lots of very good people come and go, we have managed to maintain the quality of the editorial pages.

In fact, we keep getting new writers all the time, and that is a sign that the pages are being widely read and appreciated.  Readers will also be surprised – perhaps pleasantly so—to know that the desk has always been staffed (save a week) by an all women-staff, excluding, of course, myself. And most of these young women are relatively inexperienced— or were when they started off, not like the dozens of years of experience that one would find at editorial pages in other newspapers such as Dawn or even The News. In a sense that has perhaps been the pages’ strongest point – that the team of people that takes out the pages every day did not and has not come with any kind of baggage (barring of course myself, who has now been working in op-ed for the past 12 years) – since for most of them it has been their first, or at the most, second job.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 12th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Dr Saifur Rehman
    Apr 12, 2012 - 12:41PM

    Great work.


  • Apr 12, 2012 - 2:36PM

    The editors of all the Pakistan English language newspapers need to put their foot down when any article/op-ed uses the word LOOSE when they mean LOSE.
    These are NOT inter-changeable.


  • Cautious
    Apr 12, 2012 - 10:39PM

    Kudos are your two year anniversary – for the most part your content and contributor base has steadily improving My only negative observation has been that your World section is rather anemic – rarely reflect major events and doesn’t seem to be updated frequently – perhaps you should review BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera to get a flavor of what’s happening.


  • Apr 13, 2012 - 7:55AM

    Wishes from India.. Great job.


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