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Terrorists running free in Pakistan

By Mahim Maher

February 22, 2013 | 11:36 pm

Anti-Shia banned militant outfit LeJ chief Malik Ishaq in a press conference in Punjab on Feb22. He was detained for one month on Feb23.
Ishaq was earlier detained in his house, however since the Quetta bombing that killed 89 people on February 16, the police have detained him in the Rahim Yar Khan district jail. Those killed in the attack mostly included members of the Hazara Shia community. The LeJ claimed responsibility for the bombing. Before being detained, Ishaq held a press conference and declared the Quetta bombing a government failure. PHOTO: EXPRESS

I try not to write about these things because I'm not on the ground reporting. But the news is important for Pakistan and well, for reasons I cannot explain, it was played down in my... read on

  • Pakistani newspaper covers the Bene Israel Jews of Mumbai

    By Mahim Maher

    January 6, 2013 | 5:32 am

    My newspaper in Pakistan, The Express Tribune, published this Sunday, Jan 6, 2013, a stellar piece on the Jews of Mumbai. T magazine's editor Zarrar Khuhro commissioned the story 'Where the Crescent meets the Star' that was written by Shai Venkatraman and included some beautiful... read on

  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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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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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