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  • 5 years since Benazir left us

    By Mahim Maher

    December 26, 2012 | 9:21 pm

    Today all eyes in Pakistan are on Bilawal Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto’s son, who is expected to launch his political career at a massive gathering in Garhi Khuda Bux – the place where his mother was buried five years ago.

    December 27 marks Benazir’s death anniversary. Slowly, as the... read on

  • Karachi’s shrinking parks

    By Mahim Maher

    December 24, 2012 | 11:24 pm

    My three nephews, aged 1.4, 3 and 5 years, are on school break. Their mother is going out of her mind. “I’ve got to get them out into a green space to run around till they drop,” she said. And then, before I could even perish the thought, she added in a stiff voice: “I don’t want... read on

  • Listening for Daniel

    By Mahim Maher

    October 13, 2012 | 2:02 pm

    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 consulate in Karachi and as usual, I was invited, not just because of my special connection as... read on

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  • 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

  • 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

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