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Tehmina Durrani was married to Ghulam Mustafa Khar, a close ally
of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his chief minister in Punjab, Pakistan.
Khar was one of the founders of the Pakistan People's Party, and Tehmina
Durrani was his eighth wife. Khar was
jailed by the Zia regime. Durrani and her husband separated
after his release from prison, and he then married her sister.
She wrote a book about her trauma and torture during her life with
Khar, My Feudal Lord,
which became a bestseller in several languages. She argues in the book
that the real power of feudal landlords like Khar is derived from the
distorted version of Islam that is supported by the mullahs and
Her second book, Mirror to the Blind, is the autobiography of
Abdul Sattar Edhi, the renowned Pakistani social worker,
as told to her during the two years she followed him on his rounds
and in his daily life. It was published by the National Bureau of
Publications, Islamabad, Pakistan, in 1996.
She returned to controversy with her third book, Blasphemy, a novel
in which she describes the secret lives of the Muslim clergy. Durrani
declares that the story is factual, with some names and events altered
to protect the identity of the woman who is at the center of the
story. The pir (mullah) in the book lives a life of bestial,
orgiastic debauchery, and the victims are
the women of his household and the community. Durrani makes
connections between religious fundamentalism and exploitation of the
- About Mirror to the Blind
Edhi, Kingpin of Compassion. Article from Pakistan News Service.
- A Mirror
to the Blind. From Islamicvoice.com, April 98.
- About Blasphemy
- After Taslima
Nasrin, Tehmina Durrani. From Hindu Vivek Kendra archives.
author fears reprisal from Muslim fundamentalists. ABC News, Oct
Pir power and peccadilloes. Indian Express, Oct 98.
reprisal from Muslim fundamentalists. ABC news, Oct 98.
and courageous. Hindu, Jan 99.
- Review from
- My Feudal Lord
- The author is the former wife of Mustafa Khar, once a compatriot and
fellow traveller of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. She was born into one of
Pakistan's most influential families and raised in the privileged
strata of Lahore high society. She married one of Pakistan's most
eminent political figures and continued to move in the best circles
and learned how to keep up the public facade as a glamorous,
cultivated wife and mother of four children. However in private the
marriage was violent and abusive. Subsequently seeking divorce, she signed away
all financial support, lost custody of her children and was alienated
from her friends and parents.
- My Feudal Lord
- Mirror to the Blind
- Autobiography of Abdul Sattar Edhi,
the renowned Pakistani social worker, as told to Durrani during the
two years she followed him on his rounds and daily life.
National Bureau of Publications, Islamabad, Pakistan, 1996.
- Mirror to the blind
South Asian Women authors