Rafia Zakaria

Saving second wives

Women must be informed that they can refuse polygamous arrangements by the insertion of an anti-polygamy clause in Updated Dec 17, 2014 07:14am

Face veils and males

Fatwas that liberate women from being responsible for the acts of men are ignored or picked apart. Updated Dec 10, 2014 09:13am

Islam and the constitution

‘Islamic’ constitutions often grant just as many rights as secular countries: implementation is the problem. Published Dec 03, 2014 12:45am

The polio pariahs

Sixty-five polio workers have died in the service of an apathetic nation; undeserving of their sacrifice. Published Nov 28, 2014 03:37pm

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