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It is often said about Manto that although he died in 1955, his slow death began in 1947. The partition shook up Manto, some of his best short stories centre around that time period. Mahvash Faruqi reads 'Khol Do' (Open it) a short story on a desperate mans attempts to find his daughter Sakina, who he loses in the chaotic rush of Partition.
It is perhaps in the last paragraph of the story that Manto in a few lines, manages to capture the pain and horror of Partition and human suffering, but also will. Sakina dropping her shalwar on hearing the words "khol do" and her fathers reaction after her action "zinda hai" -- "she is alive", he whispers. -- Video by Dawn.com