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Sean Penn comes to Pakistan

By Mahim Maher

March 24, 2012 | 1:19 am

Sean Penn and US Consul General William J Martin speaking to the people in flood-hit Badin, Pakistan on Friday, March 23, 2012. PHOTO COURTESY MUSHTAQUE RAJPAR

I hear the helicopters flyover overhead and I know that Sean Penn is in one of them. He’s probably being taken to the airport in Karachi, Pakistan right now and then onwards back to the... read on

  • European extremism vs Pakistan’s

    By Mahim Maher

    March 22, 2012 | 2:02 pm

    As the door opened and the orderly came in, the man I faced across the desk stopped speaking.
    I waited.

    As the orderly left, he began speaking again.

    This, I thought, was the hazard of doing a side interviews with former intelligence officers. (Although, they say once a spy,... read on

  • Yom Kippur and its links to Urdu

    By Mahim Maher

    March 18, 2012 | 3:19 am

    Words fascinate me and so do origins. One of the experts in etymology for Urdu, the language of Pakistan, is Khaled Ahmed, who I had the pleasure of interacting with off and on at The Friday Times and Daily Times when I worked there in Lahore. He is one of the giants of Pakistan, the... read on

  • Banality of evil in Pakistan

    By Mahim Maher

    February 29, 2012 | 2:43 am

    Karachi has made violence important to me, not just as a resident of this city but as the metropolitan editor of a newspaper. After reading Susan Sontag on ‘Regarding the Pain of Others’ (2002), I began to wonder how we were unknowingly, as journalists, covering Karachi’s... read on

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  • When will we start talking about the missing people?

    By Mahim Maher

    December 10, 2011 | 2:49 am

    There’s a figure of speech among crime reporters in Pakistan, which pretty much anyone across the world can understand if it’s translated: Bæt’ti ke neechay bet’ha dena. Sit you under a light bulb.
    I first heard it at Daily Times in Karachi when one of our Baloch reporters... read on

  • For Daniel Pearl, music circles the earth one more time

    By Mahim Maher

    October 31, 2011 | 2:46 am

    Each year an invitation lands on my desk from the US consulate in Karachi for the Daniel Pearl Music Day. And each year I marvel at this phenomenon. Even my sister, who was up by the time I got back from this year’s concert, remarked: “Man, I don’t know how his parents do it.... read on

  • Talking about sex with women journalists

    By Mahim Maher

    October 18, 2011 | 6:34 am

    She shut me down just as I started talking about women and their reputations in newsrooms and how I went to cover a fire at a prostitution den, a chakla. I remember once mentioning the word ‘chakla’ only to have male colleagues snicker and remind me of how it was a ‘bad’... read on

  • ‘Friendly’ Pakistani journalists, hostile environment

    By Mahim Maher

    October 11, 2011 | 4:27 am

    I’ve got to hand it to the Alfred Friendly fellowship folks who work with the Daniel Pearl Foundation to train journalists. They picked what was possibly the farthest, most remote location in Karachi for their training sessions on working in a conflict zone: a country/golf club... 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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