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  • Karachi grows fat by eating its tail

    By Mahim Maher

    March 7, 2015 | 10:27 pm

    Over the years the image of an accordion, expanding and contracting, growing and shrinking, has stuck in my mind whenever I think of my city Karachi. This was, at least, a development from the image of a beast that had prevailed. 
    It is a city that contradicts itself - at the risk...

  • Drones, Jews and morality

    By Rob Eshman

    January 28, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    My address to the first interreligious conference on the morality of drone warfare didn’t go over particularly well.

    This happened last Saturday afternoon at Princeton Theological Seminary, where I was among 150 clergy, theologians, academics and peace activists gathered to...

  • The Paris-Pindi Connection

    By Mahim Maher

    January 10, 2015 | 3:08 am

    The manhunt for the French terrorists had barely ended when more violence was being reported—in Pakistan.

    As I waited for a flight back home from the US, I watched BBC and CNN reporting the hunt for the two Muslim men accused of killing 12 people at French magazine Charlie...

  • Charlie Hebdo: High-impact, low-tech tactics add chilling dimension to attacks

    January 9, 2015 | 2:51 pm

    In the aftermath of 9/11, the biggest fear that haunted U.S. counter-terrorism officials was that al-Qaeda or its allies would somehow get hold of a weapon of mass destruction: a biological agent or a nuclear bomb.

    As a series of more recent attacks have shown, notably in Mumbai,...

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  • What Pakistan wants: its people or terrorists

    December 19, 2014 | 2:52 pm

    Museum of death

    Rows and rows of men stood in straight lines, hands folded in front of their chests, offering a Namaz-e-Janaza (prayer before burial) on Wednesday.  Some held their chests tighter as if to push back something that wanted to burst out; a howl, or a murmur or an...

  • Rage, tears and broken childhoods as Pakistan reels from massacre

    December 17, 2014 | 12:02 pm

    Mehran Khan, a mild-mannered 14-year-old survivor of this week's massacre at a Pakistani school, says he will not rest until the meaningless deaths of his classmates have been avenged.

    Shot with three bullets – in the hand, leg and back – Khan said from his bed at Peshawar's Lady...

  • 12-year-old survivor: 'I witnessed the Peshawar massacre'

    December 17, 2014 | 10:38 am

    This is the testimony of 12-year-old Ali, survivor of the Peshawar massacre, as recorded by journalist Kiran Nazish. This transcription has been edited for clarity.

    In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Salam, my name is Ali. I am twelve years old. 

    We were...

  • Anger and grief as Pakistan buries students massacred at school

    December 17, 2014 | 8:50 am

    A shocked Pakistan on Wednesday began burying 132 students killed in a grisly attack on their school by Taliban militants that has heaped pressure on the government to do more to tackle the insurgency.

    People across the country lit candles and staged vigils as parents bade final...

  • Taliban go on killing spree at Pakistan school, 132 students dead

    December 16, 2014 | 8:16 am

    At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years.

    More than eight hours after militants slipped...

  • Suspect in Daniel Pearl murder released in Pakistan

    October 27, 2014 | 10:35 am

    A suspect in the execution-style murder of Jewish-American journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan was released by a Pakistani court due to lack of evidence.

    Qari Hashim was arrested in 2005, three years after Pearl’s murder. He was accused of introducing Pearl to British-born...

  • Obama says Nobel Peace Prize choice a victory for human dignity

    October 10, 2014 | 11:40 am

    President Barack Obama congratulated Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian campaigner against child trafficking, for winning the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, calling it a victory for those who uphold human dignity.

    "Today's announcement is a victory...

  • New rule: Fanatics can’t use Twitter

    By Rob Eshman

    September 18, 2014 | 4:29 pm

    Each week, we are forced to bear witness to hideous acts of terrorism committed on a piece of barren sand thousands of miles away, then transmitted to our eyeballs via miracles of modern technology, like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, the Internet.

    Evidently, fanatics...

  • Pearl Foundation: The pragmatic fight against evil

    By Susan Freudenheim

    August 27, 2014 | 11:50 am

    As the online video of an ISIS militant’s murder of American freelance journalist James Foley went viral on the Internet last week, the gruesome scene recalled another journalist’s murder more than 12 years ago. In 2002, al-Qaida member Khalid Sheikh Mohammed killed Daniel Pearl,...

  • Will Pakistan’s govt fall today?

    By Mahim Maher

    August 14, 2014 | 1:01 am

    Today, Aug 14, is Pakistan’s 68th birthday but instead of celebrating we’re wondering if we’ll have a government by the end of the day.

    Two anti-government forces are trying to march on the capital of Islamabad to get the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, to resign. Pakistanis are...

  • A bullet waiting for us all in Karachi

    By Mahim Maher

    August 4, 2014 | 2:46 am

    I was robbed at gunpoint this week in Karachi. I don’t really want to write about this because the repetitive telling of the story or externalization of the experience feels as if it will give it another life—numb its essence or fetishize it.

    I’ve worked as a journalist in...

  • Big business destroys Karachi landmark space

    By Mahim Maher

    March 20, 2014 | 7:04 am

    Just like any other city, Karachi too suffers from the disease of big business interests. I am writing this here because it is not possible to criticise this particular big business in most newspapers.

    Bahria Town is a real estate business run by tycoon Malik Riaz. Most of the...

  • Moving and Shaking: 12th annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture, Rabbi David Baron honored

    By Ryan Torok

    February 26, 2014 | 6:43 pm

    The 12th annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture, honoring the life and legacy of the Wall Street Journal reporter murdered by Islamic extremists in Pakistan in 2002, was held on Feb. 23 at UCLA. Samantha Power, United States ambassador to the United Nations, delivered the lecture and...

  • Polio virus strain in Syria confirmed as being from Pakistan, WHO says

    November 11, 2013 | 10:24 am

    Polio that has crippled at least 13 children in Syria has been confirmed as being caused by a strain of the virus that originated in Pakistan and is spreading across the Middle East, the World Health Organisation said.

    Genetic sequencing shows the strain found in Syrian children...

  • The Torah of drones: Examining the complex morality of drone warfare

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 2013 | 11:33 am

    In 2009, an Israeli drone flying over the Gaza Strip transmitted back to its command station an image of a telltale rocket trail streaking toward Israeli territory. Many kilometers away, a young Israeli operator, Capt. Y, quickly maneuvered the unmanned aircraft to get a look at...

  • The two Muslim narratives

    October 21, 2013 | 10:22 am

    The Muslim world finds itself amidst a battle of two narratives — one of oppression and one of justice.

    The oppressive narrative enforces death for blasphemy and/or apostasy and wants government that rejects the democratic ideal of separation of mosque and state. It relegates...

  • Raheel Raza’s Jihad

    By David Suissa

    October 3, 2013 | 11:00 am

    If the religion of Islam ever succeeds in eradicating its extremist and violent elements, it will be because of devout Muslim women like Raheel Raza, a long-time human rights activist from Pakistan.

    I came across Raza’s name on a piece she wrote last week on the Gatestone...

  • Daniel Pearl Fellows: Reshaping hate

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 2013 | 1:35 pm

    On the evening of Aug. 22, I had a public conversation with three Muslim journalists, two from Pakistan and one from Bangladesh, at the Los Angeles Press Club. All three were in the United States as Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellows, a program to introduce Muslim journalists to...

  • Malala Yousafzai: ‘Our books and our pens are the most powerful weapons’

    July 12, 2013 | 12:57 pm

    This is a transcription of the speech that Malala Yousafzai gave to the United Nations on 12 July 2013, the date of her 16th birthday and "Malala Day" at the UN.

    In the name of God, the most beneficent, the most merciful.

    Honorable UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-moon, respected...

  • Pakistan’s Malala, shot by Taliban, takes education plea to U.N. [VIDEO]

    July 12, 2013 | 12:04 pm

    Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban last year for demanding education for girls, marked her 16th birthday with a passionate speech at the United Nations on Friday in which she said education could change the world.

    "Let us pick up our...

  • His Holiness

    By Rob Eshman

    May 15, 2013 | 11:06 am

    Before His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, entered the gilded ballroom of the Montage Beverly Hills last Saturday afternoon, a spokesman took the microphone and explained the rules to the 500 or so acolytes, dignitaries and invited guests. 

    ...
  • 86m Pakistanis vote today

    By Mahim Maher

    May 10, 2013 | 12:52 pm

    Updates: Saturday 8:44am - Army chief votes

    It has never been seen on TV before: the chief of Pakistan's army, General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani, has just come to an ordinary polling station NA 54 and cast his vote. He could have done it by postal ballot, but as Geo TV reported, he...

  • April 17, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 17, 2013 | 3:35 am

    The US

    Headline: US Senate: Will back Israeli attack on Iran

    To Read: Aaron David Miller writes about the effects that the US’ convenient geographical location has always had on its attitude toward foreign policy:

    The luxury of America's circumstances -- particularly its...

  • Elections in Pakistan May 11

    By Mahim Maher

    March 25, 2013 | 12:49 am

    Elections are scheduled to take place in Pakistan - one of the world's most troubled democracies - on May 11.

    A little over 85 million people are registered to vote. The largest chunk, 20%, is the 31-40 year group.
    The world is watching.

    On Sunday, the caretaker prime...

  • Pakistani girl shot by Taliban starts at English school

    March 19, 2013 | 2:59 pm

    Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani girl who drew global attention after being shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education, returned to school on Tuesday in Britain where she has been treated for her injuries.

    Yousufzai, 15, has become an international figure as a...

  • Pakistan arrests suspect in murder of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl

    March 19, 2013 | 5:11 am

    Pakistan has arrested a former militant leader in connection with the 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, security officials said on Monday.

    Qari Abdul Hai, once a leader of the outlawed Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), was arrested on Sunday...

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