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Rafia Zakaria

Dead but not defeated

In the virtual world, women are exerting the sort of independence and equality that is denied to them in the real Published Jul 20, 2016 01:23am

Saudi scapegoats

Pakistanis are weak, their lives are cheap and they can provide at best a feeble response to the aspersions Saudi Arabia Updated Jul 13, 2016 09:45am

Elites, expats and enclaves

In many parts of the developing world where security is an issue and social inequity is rampant, there is deep Published Jul 06, 2016 02:59am

The lost art of Pakistan

Once touted as a giant step forward for Pakistani art, the National Art Gallery is now languishing. Published Jun 29, 2016 07:06am

Lords of the campus

Educational institutions offer excellent opportunities for power plays and harassment, whose targets are often. Published Jun 22, 2016 05:21am

Leaving Saudi Arabia

The issue of Pakistani workers trapped in Saudi Arabia’s eastern region deserves the urgent attention of both ... Updated Jun 15, 2016 09:47am

On secret marriages

In a patriarchal society, where men dominate, arguments against secret marriages are quickly transformed into... Published Jun 08, 2016 07:08am

‘A light beating’

The CII has come out with decrees that effectively make marriage a union of three: the man, the woman and the mullah. Updated Jun 01, 2016 01:24pm

Bodies and bullies

Girls are starved and scolded, trussed up and painted to participate in the manically competitive marriage market. Updated May 25, 2016 10:33am

Pakistan abroad

The Lahore Literary Festival in New York took with it the story of a country where art and resistance have a long . Published May 18, 2016 01:34am

A women’s jirga

The Sister’s Council represents a promising answer to a difficult problem. Updated May 11, 2016 09:33am

After Saudi Arabia

The restructuring of the Saudi economy means that many Pakistanis working in the kingdom will no longer have jobs. Updated May 04, 2016 09:25am

Men and monologues

The solitary successes of some women do not reflect benefits to be reaped by all. Published Apr 27, 2016 06:44am

Diamonds aren’t forever

It is quite unlikely that the British will return the Kohinoor to any country. Updated Apr 20, 2016 09:48am

Our own angel

Taher Shah is more than funny — according to a post on his official blog, there is an ideology behind his latest song. Updated Apr 14, 2016 09:34am

Other girls in green

If a new era in women’s sports is to be heralded in Pakistan, sports governance bodies must include women. Published Apr 06, 2016 01:08am

The aesthetics of terror

There are some who do not watch anymore, who tune in to other things and talk about other things. Published Mar 30, 2016 01:33am

Chronicles of the conquered

Claire Chambers’s research on Muslim writers’ accounts of visits to Britain from 1780-1988 is a unique inquiry Published Mar 27, 2016 07:20am

Decolonising education

The movement in South Africa represents the recognition that knowledge can and must be decolonised instead of being Published Mar 23, 2016 07:12am

Between intent and reality

The new Punjab law recognises the family is not a private matter untouchable by legislation. Published Mar 16, 2016 01:19am