In 1961, a young male civil servant named Sayeed Ahmad, posted in Karachi to serve the Government of Pakistan, wrote a play in English named The Thing. It was a time when the Martial Law had just been lifted in Pakistan after years of extreme political instability, and the War of Liberation of 1971 that would lead to the birth of Bangladesh was still some years away. In this apparent calm between two major crises, the port city of Karachi had lost the status of capital of the country, but continued to be its bustling financial hub. In the eyes of Sayeed Ahmad, “affluence paved the way” of the metropolis “with glitter and style, big hotels, fashionable clubs, broad roads, a grand race course and pubs galore” (Ahmad 455). In pale imitation of Parisian nightlife of artistes, Ahmad…

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Citation: Ahmed, Syed Jamil. "Sayeed Ahmad". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 June 2020 [, accessed 11 December 2023.]

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