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Talking about sex with women journalists

By Mahim Maher

October 18, 2011 | 6:34 am

I took this photo of the front or women's section of a bus in Karachi about a year ago. The buses reserve this section for women and separate it from the men's section by erecting bars. But as many women will tell you, if they are sitting in the seat next to the bars, as the woman in the cream scarf is, the men will often reach through and pinch or fondle them.

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... 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

  • 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

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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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