Jewish Journal

When will we start talking about the missing people?

By Mahim Maher

December 10, 2011 | 2:49 am

The Pakistani government stands by as thousands of its young citizens go missing from Balochistan. This ad is the worst form of hypocrisy I've seen in a long time.

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... 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

  • Give me liberty or give me death

    By Mahim Maher

    September 14, 2011 | 2:47 am

    I’m listening to Adele’s ‘Set fire to the rain’ these days and leaving the radio on all night long in an attempt to latch on to any sort of different sensory input in the hope that it will compete with and eclipse the anxiety-riddled tickertape running through my head. I’m... read on

  • Hijab shampoo? What next!

    By Mahim Maher

    August 1, 2011 | 2:41 am

    A new product has hit the Pakistani market – Hijab shampoo. It’s meant for women who cover their heads tightly in hijab that leaves their faces exposed. The hijab is not like, say the Afghan shuttlecock burqa, which covers a woman from head to toe.

    I think this product is... read on

  • Black magic woman in Karachi

    By Mahim Maher

    July 9, 2011 | 6:39 pm

    “Do you sometimes feel someone is there,” the woman asks me. Her name is Asma Begum. She does full Ninja-turtle style hijab, smells of incense and the tips of her fingernails are just growing out henna from three weeks ago. She is lower-middle class or middle-lower, I can’t... read on

  • 3 small changes in Pakistan

    By Mahim Maher

    June 17, 2011 | 4:00 am

    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 Pakistan.

    The first case: The murder of a journalist

    A Pakistani journalist called Saleem Shahzad... read on

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