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Anarchy breaks loose in Karachi

By Mahim Maher

August 3, 2010 | 3:33 pm

A policeman asked residents to stay in their homes after supporters of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) torched a bus early Tuesday morning in protest of the killing of a member of party in Karachi August 3, 2010. At least 50 people have been killed in the Pakistani commercial hub of Karachi, after a member of the dominant political party was shot dead, police said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Majid Hussain

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... 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
  • Comfortably numb, carelessly vocal

    By Mahim Maher

    July 10, 2010 | 4:42 pm

    Truth be told, I haven’t been able to write the blog since I returned to Karachi this week after a month’s holiday in London. The depression is too great. And I just didn’t want to whine about how shitty Pakistan is. I just didn’t want to say it. I still don’t. Because I... read on

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  • What they never taught us in Pakistan

    By Mahim Maher

    June 25, 2010 | 7:19 pm

    School would be out at 1:35pm in Karachi and by about 2pm I would wearily clamber out of the car with my book bag and trudge up to Aunty Parveen Maneckjee’s flat in Bath Island for tuitions. Her third-floor prison would hold me till 5pm. Aunty Parveen, a Parsi (Zoroastrian) lady,... read on

  • Benazir Bhutto and me

    By Mahim Maher

    June 14, 2010 | 5:33 am

    At the premiere for ‘Bhutto’ at London’s Frontline Club on Friday, I swivel around from my back-row seat and squint to try and make out the Pakistanis who have turned up. The room is dark but at the slightly ajar entrance doorway, half illuminated, stands a man in a light linen... read on

  • In Pakistan, they almost party like in the USA

    By Mahim Maher

    May 30, 2010 | 4:13 am

    If you ever visit Karachi make sure you have a local socialite contact so you aren’t bored out of your gourd on Saturday night because we have no bars, clubs or strip joints in town. Well… sorry, we actually do have strip joints – they’re called ‘mujras’ and tend to be... read on

  • Shopping in Karachi - Will that be paper or plastic, Aunty?

    By Mahim Maher

    May 29, 2010 | 1:44 pm

    I went shopping today. With the exception of good bras, you can find pretty much anything you need in Karachi. One of the best markets for kitsch is Zainab market in downtown Saddar.
    I park at the Karachi Press Club and walk over to the market. We’ve been getting pretty hot... read on

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