Rafia Zakaria

King Salman's shady past

With the US and Pakistan both in Saudi Arabia’s figurative pocket, King Salman is likely set to rule much of the world. Published Jan 31, 2015 05:23pm

The threat of divorce

The Council of Islamic Ideology could simply have asked for the provisions of the family laws to be better enforced. Published Jan 28, 2015 01:38am

The women of Israel

Just how much Israel capitulates to the gender-segregating requirements of ultra-orthodox Jewish elements is not often Published Jan 21, 2015 06:38am

Women and militancy

In Pakistan, groups espousing militancy are casting their own seductive shadows on women. Published Jan 14, 2015 02:35am

Anniversaries & amendments

The half-measures of the present will be just as useless and ineffective as the inaction of the past that has fomented Published Jan 07, 2015 06:29am

How to try a terrorist

Without a public conversation, no court military or otherwise can excise terror from hearts and minds. Updated Jan 03, 2015 06:05pm

The imperialism of language

In Pakistan, the promotion of a language has often been equivocated with the political dominance of one or the other Published Dec 31, 2014 06:36am

The children left behind

Wherever they may be, all attacks on schools share a singular architecture of horror; for a ... Published Dec 24, 2014 05:45am

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