Jewish Journal

‘Friendly’ Pakistani journalists, hostile environment

By Mahim Maher

October 11, 2011 | 4:27 am

This is one of my recent favourite photographs taken by Pakistan's best photographer Akhtar Soomro who now works for Reuters. Here he's captured Qasim, a labourer, whose camel is nuzzling him near sacks of grain in a wholesale market in Karachi on February 9, 2011. Reuters has excellent guidelines for photographers in conflict areas and sent Soomro for training to Korea when he joined. For more details on the Reuters courses see http://www.trust.org/. Photo: REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

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... 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

  • 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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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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