Jewish Journal

Pakistan’s youth bulge and how size matters

By Mahim Maher

August 5, 2012 | 5:02 am

These rides cost 5 cents in Karachi and just sum up for me the entire irony of moving but staying in the same place. PHOTO: ONLINE NEWS AGENCY

Size matters, as I am keen on pointing out much to the irritation of friends outside the newsroom and reporters in it. Their snickers indicate to me that they are having non-Shariah... read on

  • Karachi through the eyes of Singapore

    By Mahim Maher

    July 12, 2012 | 5:44 am

    I have not written for a while because I was away on the East West Center Jefferson fellowship to study urban solutions. I was away for a month with a group of 14 journalists from countries like Mongolia and Indonesia, places like Seattle and Atlanta, questions like what is the... read on

  • Ayman al Zawahiri is next if Hillary’s India formula works

    By Mahim Maher

    May 8, 2012 | 1:47 am

    If Hillary Clinton’s schedule is to be followed, Pakistan should pencil in May 2013 as a possible time next year when Ayman al Zawahiri, who inherited al Qaeda, will be ferreted out and killed by American forces - on Pakistani turf.

    Jokes aside, Pakistanis watched the Secretary of... read on

  • Pakistan’s 10 million dollar baby

    By Mahim Maher

    April 6, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    So the joke with Pakistani Twitterati is that if Hafiz Saeed were on Twitter he could take the handle @HMS_Bounty. For those who may not be familiar with him, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed carries as much head money as Mullah Omar. He has hit the headlines because the American government has... read on
  • Sean Penn comes to Pakistan

    By Mahim Maher

    March 24, 2012 | 1:19 am

    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 US. Sigh. He’s dreamy.

    The Hollywood icon was in Pakistan for Pakistan Day to visit the Badin... 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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