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Power and fear

19Jan11

Last night I went to an unusual event in Karachi. Some of the wealthiest people of Pakistan sat next to the poorest, and when I say that, I mean it literally. Leaders of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party were invited to speak at the same stage as those of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and the […]


Ten years ago Pakistan was a different place. The country had many problems, and has had since its very inception, but it was not somewhere a man would fire forty bullets into an unarmed man’s back and be lauded as a hero. In the Pakistan of today there are rows of security checkpoints at every […]


On November 25, 2010, Pakistan People’s Party MNA Sherry Rehman, submitted a bill to the National Assembly seeking amendments to the Blasphemy laws. Since then, the Islamist parties of Pakistan have been in a tizzy. Aside from the announcement of two major rallies – one on December 31 and the other on January 8 – […]


Today I learnt a new statistic. 95 percent of aggressive behaviour, harassment, abusive language and degrading images online spaces are aimed at women. This is a global phenomenon but one that can be and is overlooked. After all, when we think of violence, it is physical assault that comes to mind. What takes place in […]


When I was invited by activist and political blogger, Sana Saleem to talk to women at flood relief camps set up inside Sindh in the district of Thatta, I was quick to accept. I went to around eight camps that day as part of a team of about twenty professionals including dentists from Baqai Dental […]


[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=pakistan+lahore+attack&iid=8939974″ src=”4/0/3/7/An_Ahmadi_Muslim_c58f.jpg?adImageId=13093023&imageId=8939974″ width=”380″ height=”254″ /] There are many before me who have written about Friday’s attack on the Ahmadis in Lahore. By the time this piece goes into print, still more will have written – and written better – of the audacious attack on Jinnah Hospital by the terrorists who came back […]


The failure of the Lahore police to register a case against the alleged and likely murderers of twelve-year-old Shazia, giving them the time to escape is a glaring example of the complicity of authorities in crimes against the underprivileged. The details of Shazia’s story are horrific. She first turned up on the national pages of […]