Rafia Zakaria

The right to exit

The government can at any time and with no stated reason prevent a Pakistani from leaving the country by putting ... Published Nov 26, 2014 12:59am

'The 3,000 deaths that don't matter'

So normalised is the killing of women that it is difficult to extract more than a desultory shrug or a resigned sigh. Published Nov 21, 2014 04:40pm

The citizenship market

What does it mean to be a citizen of a particular country when a passport can be easily procured with the transfer ... Published Nov 19, 2014 01:56am

Physicians and patriarchy

Female doctors have to contend with societal pressures that make achievement impossible. Published Nov 12, 2014 07:02am

Mumtaz Qadri, Prison King

The world in prison, where blasphemy accused are being killed before trial, reflects the world outside. Updated Nov 01, 2014 12:19am

The education emergency

An uneducated and powerless majority is useful for an equally uneducated but powerful ruling class. Published Oct 29, 2014 04:37am

For sale in Dubai

The lords of UAE do to their domestic workers what we do to our own, together maintaining a ceaseless chain of servitude Published Oct 24, 2014 02:48pm

Drones and domination

Drones are a perfect symbol of a superpower that can kill but remain invincible itself. Updated Oct 22, 2014 05:03am

5 misgivings of an ISIS fighter

Like the rest of the world, ISIS is obsessed with whiteness. The white fighters get the most face time before the media. Published Oct 17, 2014 04:54pm

Remittances and returns

Pakistani workers abroad can be a source of economic rejuvenation at home. Published Oct 15, 2014 06:46am

Inside polygamy: Reader response

Pakistani men have discarded the second portion of the clause on polygamy, the one that exhorts “perfect justice”. Updated Oct 04, 2014 08:56pm

The problems of polygamy

In recent years, polygamy has become more normalised in Pakistan’s marital culture, and is presented as a solution for Updated Oct 01, 2014 10:26am

Displacement and destiny

Pakistan’s creation story reflects the central belief that those who migrate and start again can be absorbed. Published Sep 24, 2014 01:15am

Changing face of a holy city

In the ‘upgrade’ of Makkah, there is no room for an immigrant hovel that does not accord with the expected spiritual Updated Sep 17, 2014 01:57am

Men and explanations

There are small, everyday ways in which women are silenced, disciplined and shown condescension by men. Published Sep 10, 2014 01:02am