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‘Don’t laugh like a whore, this is Karachi’

By Mahim Maher

December 25, 2010 | 4:26 am

In 2002, Mukhtar Mai challenged the Pakistani gender status quo by demanding reparations for the violence and trauma of the state-sanctioned gang rape she suffered.

“In a city like Karachi with 20 million people are you telling me that there were no rapes today?” I stare at the crime reporter.
“Er… ma’am…,” his voice trails off.

This... read on

  • Talented new duo - The Cheapmunks

    By Mahim Maher

    December 24, 2010 | 2:21 am

    I just had to share a small note on The Cheapmunks, two talented young Pakistani girls who have come up with a unique blend of East-meets-West music. Their song “Hum dum” is a particular favourite of mine. But you can catch their other stuff on YouTube and Facebook. Here is an... read on

  • Remembering the Prophet’s grandsons in Karachi - Muharram and Shia rites and rituals

    By Mahim Maher

    December 16, 2010 | 3:38 am

    The first time I ever saw bodily flagellation was in the screen adaptation of French dramatist Jean Anouilh’s 1964 play ‘Becket ou l’honneur de Dieu’ (Becket or The Honor of God. Henry II (played by Peter O’Toole) was being whipped by priests for supposedly ordering his four... read on

  • Daniel Pearl case lawyer resigns?

    By Mahim Maher

    November 24, 2010 | 2:08 am

    On Nov 14, the Prosecutor General for Sindh province, Shahadat Awan, confirmed that the special public prosecutor in the Daniel Pearl murder case, Raja Qureshi, had resigned.
    Awan was speaking to The Express Tribune newspaper, where I run the metropolitan section. Awan was talking to... read on

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  • Daniel Pearl remembered in Karachi

    By Mahim Maher

    October 21, 2010 | 11:42 pm

    The annual Daniel Pearl music day was held at the US consulate in violence-addled Karachi, Pakistan. It was tight security so unfortunately the kids who should have come from all over the city to attend and learn about him, had to read about it in the newspaper. The closest they will... read on

  • Our dirty secret: Muslims killing Muslims

    By Mahim Maher

    October 10, 2010 | 3:36 am

    God can seem distant, inaccessible at times. In Pakistan, however, there are more tangible intermediaries to beg for intercession. They are the mystic Sufi saints – the face of a more affectionate Islam that preaches love and peace, uses music as a vehicle for remembrance of Allah.... read on

  • How do you pick up the pieces if it was broken anyway?

    By Mahim Maher

    September 4, 2010 | 2:30 pm

    I get really angry that many of the people I studied with at school and college are now living in America. They are doctors and bankers, engineers and teachers. It’s a sweet sweet life, isn’t it? Even I’d like to have a small coffee shop around the corner, a secondhand... read on

  • Pakistan will need aid at least until March

    By Mahim Maher

    August 23, 2010 | 4:16 am

    My cousin Musheer picks me up from the Sukkur airport. On the drive home we pass a tent camp under the moonlight. These days I cannot hear or think the word ‘camp’ without simultaneous echoes of ‘concentration’, ‘ghetto’, ‘misery’, ‘disease’ and ‘death’ in my... 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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