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Listening for Daniel

By Mahim Maher

October 13, 2012 | 2:02 pm

Noori performing at the US consul general's residence in Karachi, Pakistan on Oct 13, 2012 for Daniel Pearl Music Day. PHOTO: Mahim Maher

This year I paid tribute to Daniel Pearl by simply putting my pen down and listening to the music.

Arieb Azhar and Noori came to perform for the annual Daniel Pearl Music Day at the US... read on

  • Pakistan’s Anne Frank?

    By Mahim Maher

    October 9, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    My real name, Malala, means Grief Stricken..

    For Pakistan and people across the globe, the good news is that Malala Yousufzai appears to be recovering. The 14-year-old was shot a day ago by gunmen who stopped her school van in Swat and singled her out by name. The Pakistani... read on

  • Karachi as Gotham city

    By Mahim Maher

    September 30, 2012 | 10:06 am

    Karachi is a primordial Gotham city of New York in my imagination, which has mostly been fed by Hollywood. When I watched the Dark Knight Rises a month or so ago, sketchy parallels emerged between the anarchic supervillain Bane and the faceless, unknowable killers who we know here... read on

  • These ‘Muslims’ are not innocent

    By Mahim Maher

    September 22, 2012 | 1:21 am

    Yesterday was one of the saddest days in Karachi’s history. Six of its downtown cinemas were attacked by mobs and set on fire.  That’s pretty much the major ones completely destroyed. Only two big ones remain, one at the edge of downtown and one by the seaside.

    The mobs, which... read on

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  • Pakistan’s Love for the Prophet Day marked by violence

    By Mahim Maher

    September 21, 2012 | 12:37 am

    UPDATE: A private television channel’s (ARY) driver succumbed to his injuries after he was shot during a protest in Peshawar. His name was Mohammad Amir.

    Clerics on an Express News talk show defended violent protests as Muslims expressing their feelings. Destroying two cinemas is... read on

  • Your master’s dog is your master

    By Mahim Maher

    September 12, 2012 | 2:03 am

    Your master is your master, but even your master’s dog is your master. The Pakistani protest song may not have the grit of Ohio by Neil Young or the soul of Strange Fruit, but it sure has kick. Two music videos, by young guns Ali Gul Pir and Faris Shafi, have gone viral with their... read on

  • The blasphemy scales tipped

    By Mahim Maher

    September 3, 2012 | 11:47 am

    Till today I confess that the militant network in Pakistan stymies me. When I used to work at Daily Times, I had a chart drawn up: Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Lashkar-e-Tayba (of the Mumbai Chabad House attack), Sipah-e-Sahaba, Sipah-e-Mohammad, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Afghan Taliban,... read on

  • Karachi’s umbilical chord of violence

    By Mahim Maher

    August 6, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    Veeo-lawns is how the French pronounce ‘violence’ and these days that is how I read it in my head when I’m editing copy. I think my brain is linguistically euphemizing my diction – if it sounds soft enough it won’t mean as harsh.

    Today the chief of a political party that... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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I am a 33-year-old journalist in Karachi, Pakistan where I work as the city or metropolitan editor for The Express Tribune, a daily national newspaper in English affiliated...

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