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The war is not over for Pakistan or the US

By Mahim Maher

May 3, 2011 | 1:18 am

This image was on the front page of The Express Tribune on Tuesday, May 3. It was created by our in-house designer Mohsin Alam. The art team discussed with the news editor Gibran Peshimam how to convey that while one man may be dead now, many others like him survive. IMAGE: THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

I sighed with relief when the news broke that Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbotabad, near Islamabad – not just because well, he was dead, but because I thanked my stars as the city... read on

  • Bracing for post-Laden street anger

    By Mahim Maher

    May 3, 2011 | 12:46 am

    I was expecting a major backlash when news of Osama bin Laden’s killing spread on Monday morning. I thought the major madrassas in Karachi and the religio-political parties would come out on to the streets and burn the place down.
    But that didn’t happen. Instead Karachi saw... read on

  • Searching for water in the Pakistani desert

    By Mahim Maher

    March 27, 2011 | 3:03 pm

    The Thar desert is about six hours by road from Karachi. The water here is completely unfit for human consumption because it has too much fluoride and arsenic. In fact, the levels are between 4,000 to 5,000 ppm, which is well above the WHO standard. I will be able to comment more on... read on

  • Taliban-shaliban and suiciders - we spik Inglish here

    By Mahim Maher

    March 10, 2011 | 1:20 am

    The grammar may be off, but it makes sense: What goes of my father. This is the literal translation of an Urdu saying, ‘Mere baap ka kya jata he’. In American it turns into: I don’t give a shit.
    We speak English in Pakistan, not just because it’s become a global language that... read on

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  • The great hidden Jewish hand behind Pakistan’s woes

    By Mahim Maher

    March 9, 2011 | 11:56 am

    Pakistanis love conspiracy theories. They call it the “foreign hand” meddling in their affairs. Some people call it the “hidden hand”. The American devil is behind the corruption of our youth that is addicted to MTV and Cheetos, and Israel and India are ganging up against us... read on

  • Pakistan’s Jewish roots

    By Mahim Maher

    March 8, 2011 | 12:22 am

    I always wanted to be Jewish, mostly because of the literature I discovered in my teenage years – The Diary of Anne Frank, the ten-part Meryl Streep series Holocaust, Isaac Babel’s ‘How it was done in Odessa’. Later, I came to love certain poets and writers such as Leonard... read on

  • Pakistan’s blasphemy laws in the spotlight again

    By Mahim Maher

    March 5, 2011 | 2:08 pm

    I wonder what God/YWH/Allah will say on the Day of Judgment about the mess we’ve made on earth. I met a Christian friend at a dinner tonight who told me he was upset that there hadn’t been enough protests from his people over the killing of a Christian legislator this week. The... read on

  • Funds drying up for Karachi’s Jewish cemetery

    By Mahim Maher

    March 2, 2011 | 10:50 pm

    I wanted to bring to the Jewish diaspora’s notice that funds for the upkeep of the Jewish cemetery in Karachi, Pakistan are drying up. While there are no Jews left in Pakistan, which is probably a good thing given that extremists just gunned down a Christian minister on Wednesday,... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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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