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"The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer."

Henry Kissinger. New York Times, Oct. 28.1973


Sep 17, 12:18 PM

Shahid grew up in Pakistan. He was the editorial cartoonist for the national newspaper in Pakistan, Dawn. His work has appeared in numerous International publications including the Huffington Post and Courrier International. Shahid’s work was viewed by world leaders at the 1997 APEC Conference, enjoyed by John F. Kennedy Jr., and managed to continuously enrage Benazir Bhutto. Shahid is internationally syndicated with the New York Times Press Syndicate and has work archived at the Museum of Contemporary History in Paris.

"Shahid bites. And he bites hard! His cartoons are unsparing, and choice of targets excellent. Dialectical pairs are skilfully mated: Bush and bin Laden; nuclear India and nuclear Pakistan; CNN and Al-Jazeera; the mullah and atomic science. Even a glance tells so much about contemporary world history and the absurdity of it all."
Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy, renowned nuclear physicist and disarmament activist, is a Professor of High Energy Physics and the head of the Physics Department at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. In 2003, Dr. Hoodbhoy was awarded UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize and his film The Bell Tolls for Planet Earth won honorable mention at the Paris Film Festival.
"Cartoonists are uniquely positioned to cut through propaganda and illuminate the follies and hypocrisies of the rich and powerful. There are few who do it better with the artistry and pizzaz than Shahid."
David Barsamian - David Barsamian is the award winning founder and director of Alternative Radio. His interviews and articles appear in The Progressive, The Nation, Z and other journals and magazines. He is the author of numerous books with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Eqbal Ahmad, and Edward Said. His latest books are Targeting Iran and What We Say Goes with Noam Chomsky.
Rashid Image“For years under military rule political cartoonists have been the bravest of the brave depicting what was impossible to say in the printed word in the press. Shahid has become the most widely read cartoonist because he is the prime example of grace under pressure. His honesty, his sense of humour and his artistic skills are incomparable in today’s Pakistan.”
Ahmed Rashid - Ahmed Rashid is the author of the best-selling Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia which has been published in over 25 languages.
fundamentalist“In the conformist culture we inhabit, there are not too many critics with the exception of a few cartoonists. To be effective a cartoonist must be abrasive, fearless, iconoclastic and, sometimes, vicious. Shahid can be all of these and that’s what makes him such a gifted artist.”
Tariq Ali - Tariq Ali is the editor of New Left Review and has written extensively on world history and politics. His first novel of a quintet, Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree was awarded the Archbishop San Clemente del Instituto Rosalia de Castro Prize for Best Foreign Language Fiction in Spain in 1994.  
batman_jerry robinson“Shahid expresses his points of view through biting humor, powerful imagery and expert draftsmanship. Moreover, his cartoons reflect a deep understanding of global issues. Shahid represents Pakistan among the world’s great cartoonists represented by Cartoonists & Writers Syndicate and the New York Times Press Syndicate.”
Jerry Robinson - Jerry Robinson founded Cartoonists & Writers Syndicate (CWS) in 1978. CWS is renowned for representing some of the best cartooning talent from around the world. Robinson, himself, is a prize-winning cartoonist and pioneer Batman artist who created the archvillian the Joker.
“Shahid gives a distinctly ironic South-Asian slant to his work. Yet his view isn’t limited to the politics and affairs of one region. He combines a worldly knowledge of events with a keen non-western perspective in drawings that are both intelligent and darkly irreverent.”
Tim Karr - Timothy Karr joined Globalvision New Media from the World Times and The WorldPaper where he served as Executive Editor. He previously worked with Time Warner as their Asiaweek correspondent in Vietnam.
Musee D’Histoire Contemporaine“Shahid’s cartoons are pointed political attacks in which the artist usually lambasts the impotence of international organizations and the omnipotence of the United States. The ideas he expresses, as complex as they might be, do not require captions. The image, with biting humor, speaks for itself. Shahid’s sharp line, his powerful use of black and white contrasts, and his strong sense of composition, cannot leave the reader unmoved by the critical message that the he wants to convey.”
Laure Barbizet - Laure Barbizet is the head curator at the Musee D’Histoire Contemporaine (Museum of Contemporary History) in Paris.
“Shahid’s work always seeks to unveil the truth. It is courageous, humorous and always human.”
Salman Ahmed - Salman Ahmed is the founder and lead guitarist for Junoon. ‘Q’ magazine calls them “One of the biggest bands in the world.” Billboard credits them with being “the subcontinent’s biggest crossover success after the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.”
norman solomon“The power of Shahid’s cartoons are acute. Take a close look if you dare. Instead of euphemisms, find direct statements; instead of evasion, find candor. The skill of illustration is matched by the acuity of vision. Here is sharply drawn humanism, edgy as a straight razor — and unwavering as a mountain. Shahid doesn’t waste a single line. He is one of the finest political cartoonists around.”
Norman Solomon - Norman Solomon is the founder of of the Institute for Public Accucracy and the author of many books including The Habits of Deceptive Media and War Made Easy. He organized two trips to Baghdad in 2002, the first with Rep. Nick Rahall and the second with actor and director Sean Penn.

S E L E C T  C V


Editorial Essays and Cartoons appear[ed] in the following publications, 1986-2006 [select summary]. The following list does not include publication through international syndication (syndicated publication is too extensive for listing purposes).
DAWN - Pakistan
NEWSLINE - Pakistan
THE STAR - Karachi, Pakistan
SPIDER - Pakistan
MONTREAL GAZETTE - Montreal, Canada
MONTREAL HOUR - Montreal, Canada
DECISIONS - Montreal, Canada
TORONTO NOW- Toronto, Canada
TORONTO SUN - Toronto, Canada
OTTAWA CITIZEN - Ottawa, Canada
GV NEWS - New York City, USA
CHOWK - San Francisco, USA
WARTOONS - United States / Canadian publication
A NEW WORLD - French publication
PORTFOOLIO 2003, 2004 – ACEC publication
OPEN DEMOCRACY – London, England

I N T E R V I E W S  A N D  L E C T U R E S

DAWN – 2001 (Article)
BBC WORLD SERVICE – June, May 2002, (Radio)
FIVE INTERNATIONAL CARTOONISTS - Interview conducted in France, (Video)
MCMASTER MUSEUM OF ART – January 2004 (Upcoming Lecture) – CENSORED
OMNI South Asian News, OMNI – Canada, 2004
The Current, CBC Radio – Canada, 2005
SBS World News, Radio – Australia, 2006
Bev Smith Show, Radio – USA, 2006
Peter B. Collins Show, Radio – USA, 2006
The National, CBC TV – Canada, 2006
The Saturday Report, CBC TV – Canada, 2006
York University Debate (Danish Cartoon Controversy) – Canada, 2006
The Michael Coren Show, TV – Canada, 2006
The Muslim Chronicle, TV – Canada, 2006

C O N F E R E N C E S  A N D  S P E E C H E S

Editorial cartoons for the following individuals and International Conferences, 1992-1999
HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTE - Judicial Senate accountability report


INTERNATIONAL CARTOON EXHIBIT - Museum of Contemporary History, Paris, France - December 2002
CARTOON EXHIBITS - St. Just, France, 2001; Ayer, Scotland, 2001; Paris, 2002; Istanbul, 2002; Buenos Aires, 2002
ACEC MEMBER EXHIBIT - Sheraton - Toronto, Canada - 2001 
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL - Sponsored exhibit at the Munk Center for International Affairs, Toronto, Canada - 1999
PERMANENT COLLECTION, PARIS - Six pieces at the Museum of Contemporary History, Paris, France
PERMANENT COLLECTION, BUENOS AIRES - Two pieces at the Museum of Satire - Buenos Aires, Argentina
PERMANENT COLLECTION, ISTANBUL - Two pieces at the Museum of Caricature - Istanbul, Turkey
BONLIEUE CENTRE - Annecey, France - December 5th 2003
DESIGN AND MODERN ART MUSEUM (MU.DAC) - Laussanne, Switzerland - June 2, 2004
MCMASTER MUSEUM OF ART - Twenty-nine pieces, Hamilton, Canada  – January 18, 2004 - CENSORED

S Y N D I C A T I O N  A N D  A S S O C I A T I O N S

CWS - International Syndication
ACEC - Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists
NEW YORK TIMES PRESS SYNDICATE - International Syndication
SAVAC – South Asian Visual Arts Collective (Toronto) / Member; Executive Board Member (2002-2003)
CHOWK – South Asian web-zine Editor