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3 small changes in Pakistan

By Mahim Maher

June 17, 2011 | 4:00 am

A screenshot from private television channel SAMAA TV showing Sarfaraz Shah pleading with the paramilitary Rangers sepoy. Sarfaraz's brother works at SAMAA TV. The original footage was shot by a Sindhi TV channel cameraman who happened to be at the park filming for a programme. He has since gone into hiding.

It has been an unusual week in Karachi. Three things have happened, which I’m almost tempted to define as change. It feels like an imperceptible shift in the way things are done in... read on

  • Pakistan wakes to sleep and takes its waking slow

    By Mahim Maher

    May 23, 2011 | 4:17 pm

    Been down so long, it looks like up to me – this should be Pakistan’s running motto. After a 19-hour gun battle the army wrested control of a navy airbase in Karachi that a handful militants infiltrated starting 11pm Sunday night. They destroyed 2 out of 3 US-made P-3C Orion... read on

  • Does Karachi need a Rudy Giuliani?

    By Mahim Maher

    May 17, 2011 | 2:23 pm

    Pakistan’s largest city once again proved to be an excellent hiding spot for al Qaeda men with the arrest of a Yemeni operative on May 17, Tuesday. The swoop was announced in Islamabad/Rawalpindi which is why our crime reporter in Karachi couldn’t get any details because the... read on

  • Will his death fuel jihad?

    By Mahim Maher

    May 6, 2011 | 3:11 pm

    Fridays are great days for protests. The formula is simple across Pakistan - get the men when they come to the mosque for the special Friday or Jummah prayers.
    Also, in Karachi, if you want to give a “show of street force” organise your protest on MA Jinnah Road, a veritable jugular... read on

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  • WSJ’s Paul Steiger in Karachi

    By Mahim Maher

    May 5, 2011 | 12:43 pm

    Former Wall Street Journal managing editor Paul Steiger, who now runs ProPublica, was in Karachi today. I had the good fortune of meeting him, Joel Simon and Bob Dietz from the Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday at a group discussion on safety for the media. It was when... read on

  • Osama’s 85% dead

    By Mahim Maher

    May 4, 2011 | 11:46 am

    Two interesting stories surfaced today. In one, at a press conference, the Jamaat-e-Islami party’s chief in Karachi Professor Ghafoor Ahmed said that he wasn’t entirely sure that Osama bin Laden was dead. Our reporter Saher Baloch went to cover it. She came back with this:
    Responding... read on

  • Strangely muted reaction for Bin Laden

    By Mahim Maher

    May 3, 2011 | 11:59 am

    “The apathy of this nation has no bounds,” said one of my colleagues in the newsroom when I asked him how he would categorise the reaction to the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. I’ve been left scratching my head. Why haven’t all the Taliban and al Qaeda supporters burnt the... read on

  • The Abbotabad compound by The Express Tribune

    Image by Anum Haleem for The Express Tribune

    May 3, 2011 | 4:44 am

    For more details please visit http://tribune.com.pk but I thought I’d share this image with you of the compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was killed.

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