Jewish Journal

Our dirty secret: Muslims killing Muslims

By Mahim Maher

October 10, 2010 | 3:36 am

Pakistani police commandos cordon off the shrine of Sufi Saint Abdullah Shah Ghazi a day after twin suicide bomb blasts killed at least nine in Karachi on October 8, 2010. Two teenage suicide bombers blew themselves up at the Sufi shrine killing nine worshipers, including two children, and injuring at least 64 as Pakistan battles a new wave of Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked violence. GETTY

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... 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

  • Killing pigs in Pakistan

    By Mahim Maher

    August 16, 2010 | 1:43 pm

    At The Express Tribune we’ve dispatched reporters from our small team to cover the floods that hit Pakistan about two weeks ago. And the strangest of stories are coming in. One that Fawad Ali Shah filed from Khairpur in upper Sindh was that young men were killing pigs.

    Not cops.... read on

  • Pakistan, down and out, once again

    By Mahim Maher

    August 15, 2010 | 2:34 am

    The flooding in Pakistan is the worst possible thing to have happened at this point in time. There has been so much destruction from the top of the country down to the bottom that we’ve been set back a few hundred years. And as usual we’ve been caught with our pants down. The... read on

  • Anarchy breaks loose in Karachi

    By Mahim Maher

    August 3, 2010 | 3:33 pm

    Karachi is on fire again. Body after body is being rushed in to the city’s three main hospitals, the one and only morgue has run out of space. Young men waving TT pistols are roaming the streets and picking off random targets. Buses, trucks, cars and rickshaws are being set on... read on
  • Ramadan and the God Squad

    By Mahim Maher

    August 1, 2010 | 4:26 am

    Ramadan is two weeks away and I’m already dreading it in the newsroom. Life slows down to a crawl in this month in Pakistan and while trying to keep your mind off food, the fast is made all the more difficult by the nausea induced by the fake piety of people around you.

    “Are you... read on

  • This is between me and my Maker

    By Mahim Maher

    July 21, 2010 | 2:24 pm

    Mere anarchy may be loosed on my world, to borrow from Yeats, but there must be something to stem the blood-dimmed tide.

    As we wrapped up the page Tuesday night, the crime reporter Fawad came running. I was going through a proof for Page 14. I looked up. He held up seven fingers. I... read on

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